Looking for the perfect bike

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by mcmann, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    Very simple: The Adventure is a better road bike & and the SE is better off road. If you plan on taking long trips, get the ADV, short trips . . . Get the SE. You can't go wrong with either bike.

    The SE requires additional fuel capacity as a road bike. The 7.9g Safari tank will take care of that issue. I chose a rear aux. tank because I like the ease of removing the stock tank verse the Safari.

    The adventure has more room for two up riding. I would look for an "S" Adv due to better suspension. The standard Adv rear suspension is somewhat soft for me. I had to have the rear on its max setting ('06 Adv),

    Yes, a taller windshield will improve road ability . . . I have a 690SM touring shield on mine which works great on the road for under 200 mile trips.

    I may try a Versys Madstad adjustable bracket with taller screen . . . Which will give me many alternatives.
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/madstad-adjustable-windshield-mount-kawasaki-versys-650-07-09
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  2. AirDale

    AirDale Adventurer

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    Is it mainly because of the wind protection, if the SE has comprable wind protection could it be similiar at its on road capabilities?
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  3. Capt.saveaho

    Capt.saveaho Been here awhile

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    With that awesome setup... Yeah you're a dumbass.
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  4. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    Yep, my wife agrees.

    My best investment was my Woody Wheels:
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    It made my other bikes feel like turds:
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    I do miss my ST1100 . . . For long trips . . . Especially when it rained so I did not have to mess with a chain:
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  5. jsantos58

    jsantos58 jsantos58

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    How did you like your SE with the smaller wheels? Height, maneuverability? comfort? I have been wanting an SE but, my short 5'10 stature, I think would be a challenge for me. But, with the moto wheels, it might work for me.

    Please let me know you liked the woody's wheel set up.
    js
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  6. mcmann

    mcmann Motorcycle ADV enthusiast

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    My wheels were the 19" X 17" Canyon set which did lower it nicely . . . Plus, I backed off the rear spring tension and dropped the forks in the triple clamps for an addional 1" to lower the hight. I have no trouble at 5' 11" (31"/32" inseam). The bike is rock steady with either wheel set up at any speed (even without hands if you are nuts). It is light on the front with power wheelies at will in 2nd . . .
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=8sdP1TW54e0&desktop_uri=/watch?v=8sdP1TW54e0
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  7. jsantos58

    jsantos58 jsantos58

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    If you decide to sell it, anytime soon, when you get the itch for something different, send me a PM. Thanks for the comments on the wheel size, safe riding
    Joe
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  8. Nowwhat

    Nowwhat I'll Go Second...

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    Wind protection


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  9. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    X2 - I think this may be the answer - maybe add a stabilizer and you have an SE that will do 500 mile hwy days and when you get there you can ride the tough trails. This is the bike that Ktm should selling now. This sweet Swedish fairing is certainly well built, weighs very little (6.5lbs) and is frame mounted.

    Raid designs makes it - no affiliation.
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  10. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    X2 - I think this may be the answer - maybe add a stabilizer and you have an SE that will do 500 mile hwy days and when you get there you can ride the tough trails. This is the bike that Ktm should selling now. This sweet Swedish fairing is certainly well built, weighs very little (6.5lbs) and is frame mounted.

    www.raiddesigns.com
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  11. David37

    David37 Been here awhile

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    mcmann: pm sent
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  12. robdogg

    robdogg turnip truck driver

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    that does look sweet, but dayyyuummm, sumthin like $1300 after shipping..

    :huh

    thinking a bar mounted shield from Puig or JC Whitney for $50 would work just as well and you can remove it in a few minutes when u get to the trail.

    :evil
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  13. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    McMann, you already have the perfect bike. Ride it, then ride it some more. Keep good tires on it and keep it fresh and ride it some more. Get some new gear if you just want to blow some money. I recommend KLIM myself. Waterproof, negates the need for wind protection. Who needs wind protection anyway?
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  14. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    AirDale, you want the 950SE. See, like me, you are a dirt guy, which means we are too stupid to know about things like wind protection and all day comfort ,etc. Get yourself a 950SE, ride the piss out of it and if you don't like it, sell, it. They usually sell within a week. The ADVs are a dime a dozen, not so with the SEs.

    I think there is a progression going from dirt to street. I wore my MX helmet on the street for the first four years. I am a slow learner I guess.

    All you really need is an SE and an ARAI XD helmet, then you're good to go.
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