Musings on bike weight - aging - exploring

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by windblown101, May 13, 2017.

  1. Plebeian

    Plebeian Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder

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    I went with the Whirrrrr as my first bike. I also liked the old-school vibe I got from the bike. Light, capable, go anywhere, do anything.... but don't do anything really well :lol3
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  2. Plebeian

    Plebeian Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder

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    I hear you, and have gone back and forth on whether or not to put a small windshield on my WRR. In the end, I can never pull the trigger on one because, dammit, it's a motorcycle. That freeway blast is the one thing that can't be duplicated by many other vehicles. The roar, the pressure on your chest.... there is something fun about a light, naked bike on the freeway. Keep the stock tank and you get to take a break for gas son enough anyway :thumb
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  3. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer

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    Lot's of interesting choices listed, each with a slightly different flavor/take depending on wants & needs. :clap Hopefully it will serve as a basis for others looking to downsize a source to sort through the current options too.

    As it is, a shiney new KTM 690 Enduro is now in the garage and in "Project" status. I'm currently working on protecting the wiring loom better while everything is new and fresh an waiting for the delivery man to bring me some more goodies to adventurize it with. Basic Flatlands skid plate, Seat Concepts seat, Lynx-R fairing, Perun rear rack, KTM PP radiator guard, Wings Exhaust, KTM Evo1 airbox lid, Uni-filter and a few other assorted odds and ends. Still mulling over fuel range solutions and may go for a Rade underseat tank later but for now I'll probably just add a Rotopax on the rear rack for when I am wandering and revisit the fuel options if I decide to go out west with it.


    Perfect because I wouldn't have a license long enough to blow it up! LOL.
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  4. ClutchDumpinDan

    ClutchDumpinDan Reborn Brap-tist

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    Fantastic, can't wait to see it in action!

    What's approx. fuel range on stock tank?
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  5. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer

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    Thanks. From what I've read one better have a gas station in sight within 130-140 miles if you don't like pushing the bike .
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  6. Black Rhino

    Black Rhino Hopelessly optimistic cat herder

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    We mounted a rotopax on the inside of the saddlebag bracket on my buddies 690.
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  7. tentative_rider

    tentative_rider Wanna Be On Gravel

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    Hello would like to hear what you think of the 690 on longer trips. I have debated for a long time about filling out the stable with one of these. I love my 500 EXC but no way to get acceptable luggage options (although I am still considering Mosko Reckless) I find my F800 can be pushed much harder than the 1200 GSA due to longer travel more compliant suspension and 21" front tire but long pavement sessions are not nearly as fun as on the big GSA due to better wind protection, power, better seat etc. No perfect bikes exist for sure.

    I still go back and forth about long distance comfort vs better off pavement manners due to the fact it's hard to do big trips in without long highway sections (getting to and from the route, meet up points, and fuel/food stops are long way from where I live in NorCal.)

    TR
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  8. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer

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    There is no way it will be as nice on open pavement as a big bike for mile munching. I'm hopeful though that it will make up for it where things get dicy and intimidating on a big bike. Like when you have to turn it around on the trail! LOL.

    It will be a bit yet before I get the chance to do a multi-day trip with it. I'm still bolting on some parts and making it mine. I'm waiting on the Seat Concepts seat and Lynx fairing which should arrive soon.

    I did get a chance to run a bit of single track with it yesterday and today I'm test fitting some Wolfman luggage off my old 525 EXC on it which will do for short weekend get-a-ways. It was nice to have a sub 500lb bike for the tight stuff for sure.

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  9. dirt hokie

    dirt hokie Long timer

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    I am 15 going on 41. I ride a XR 400 ( 270 ish lbs ) in the dirt mostly. I hope to get a ADV bike when i have more time to travel.
    I find the more I drop my bike the older I get. I might start a ride at 20, and finish at 75 if its a hard trail. No drops, and I can ride all day with no real issues to recover from, even if its a challenging trail.
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  10. tentative_rider

    tentative_rider Wanna Be On Gravel

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    Looks great!

    Love the helmet too (I have been riding in Arai for 30 years and just replaced my XD3 with the XD4 last year).

    For sure let us know what fuel tank option you use.

    Like you, one of my biggest worries with the 690 was not spending $10K to turn it to a useable long trip bike. Really wish they would but a bigger fuel tank on but Rotopax is cheap and works well, I carry a 1.75 or 1 gal on my F800 on big trips due to the crappy stock tank capacity. I bought it before the 800 Adventure came out :(

    I am steeling myself to take my 1200 GSA on a 10 day trip in about 2 weeks, will include some dicey unridden (by our group) roads. I may panic last minute and take the 800 but getting out and back is so long (500+ miles on first and last days) the big GSA beckons. We have a big group this time so will be plenty of help around to pick up the bikes when they go down.

    TR
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  11. TarTripper

    TarTripper Been here awhile

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    But if you decide to go for Option B then I'd recommemd the Suzuki Jimmy. It's an amazingly agile rock rat and has enough room to carry all the comfort camping items that we oldies need more of.

    The portable shower, the deck chair with beer holder, the nice big flat stove, the gas lantern a bigger tent, the air matress........
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  12. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Christ
    How old are you??
    Pushing 65 here and still slinging the big VStrom around. And believe me, she is not a svelt girl and I have had to get her upright from the mud
    No reason to think I can't ride a big, comfortable adv touring bike of whatever brand for a good while longer.
    But hey, a smaller, lighter more nimble steed would be ok as well. Ride whatever makes you feel safe
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  13. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer

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    That's cool you're still comfortable getting in situations where you have to pick up a big bike at 65! I'm younger and slinging them around is not a problem, but picking them up is a drag. It's unfortunate in a sense because a big bike is truly awesome for most of the off pavement forest roads around here. The little bike is proving itself though, and it's already taken me to a few places a big bike would have a hard time fitting through. The small fairing I mounted does an amazing job of knocking the wind down on the road. I think it's going to work well for me.
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