Need to choose one bike.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by KustomizingKid, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. TNC

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    Let's see...selling a sport bike and a KLR to be replaced with one bike. I think I'd go with a KTM690 and the spare wheels you mention. Unless your sportbike is a POS, you should get a few bucks for that thing as well as the KLR. You put all of that toward the KTM which is one of the few bikes in the world that can actually do some decent off road and provide some pavement excitement too. The 690 would kill a KLR in any off road or pavement situation, and on pavement it has the power and handling to satisfy quite well...especially with the extra wheels and tires. And later when you can once again afford two or more bikes, I'd almost bet you'd still keep the 690.
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  2. Jeathrow Bowdean

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    I'm sure he would like to have a rocket ship on wheels in the off road department, but I think that his school thing and his need to do some off road stuff will work out good on a simple DRZ 400. I would like to have a KTM, but Western Canada prices don't permit this at $12 300 out the door for the 690 compared to the $7 600 out the door.

    School is coastly, and bikes are just toys, so keeping it real is the best bag for the buck. I ride with the ADS Alberta dudes on my DRZ, and I follow, and lead at times. They kill me on the open stretches, but this is not what he is asking either being that it is not a race bike he is looking for.

    One bike/ Better off roading then his KLR/ and School !!!

    From Jeathrow Bowdean
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  3. Dr.Z

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  4. bobfab

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    dirtydeeds, best post ever!!! :freaky
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  5. OrangeYZ

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    Don't get trampled by wild elephants. Keep the sport bike and ride it on this continent.
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  6. TNC

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    Life is full of compromises, and they'll usually tend to put greater pressures on your motorcycling pursuits as time goes by...marriage, kids, job, etc. While bikes can be classified as toys by some, to some of us it's a critical part of quality living. Sometimes "now" is better than hoping for "later". Nothing wrong with a Suzy 400, but it'll never fill the sportbike function that the OP seems to like. I've only gotten to ride a KTM690 enduro model once, but it was fairly eye-opening. It may be the bike that might be the "one" capable of real performance on pavement and dirt. With the spare wheels/tires, it would be like cheating.:D I'd be highly tempted by a good one in the used market.
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  7. Adv Grifter

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    I'm no KTM fan ... but have to go along with the above reasoning. NONE of the bikes mentioned so far will touch the ability of a KTM 690. Few sport bikes will keep pace with a well ridden 690 on a rough, tight and twisty road ... in either Dual sport of SUMO trim. In enduro/dual sport mode the 690 will be like a moto cross race bike compared to a KLR riding off road.

    The 690 is not an ideal travel bike and not good 2 up ... but for sporty back road riding and challenging dual sport ... it's hard to beat. It's expensive but once you ride one ... you may see where the value is.

    Look hard for a nice used one. Learn how to do the maintenance yourself ... cause if you don't it won't last long. It's no DRZ400S or KLR. Requires more TLC but pays off big in performance and FUN.

    I've had several KTM's and ridden the 690 a few times. A friend had a 690 SUMO bike. Sold it cheap ... as it scrared him. (I should have bought it!)
    Rode a 690 Enduro in the Colorado passes for a day. NICE bike.

    My DR650 is a better street bike/commuter. NO maintenance type bike, fast enough and a good handler .. but no 690 ... which really is a race bike.
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  8. Jeathrow Bowdean

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    Yes. The part about a bike being a way of life is true for some people, but KustomizingKid lives in Minneapolis, so this leads me to believe that he is not driving the bike as a way of life with the winter they are having up there, but stranger things have happened !!!

    My next guess to this, is that he is in school as he said, and he is looking for a DRZ to replace his KLR so he can do a few trails better then what his KLR can not quite handle, and I did not see any thing about a KTM in his post !!!

    Then he asked if the DRZ can do 25 000 miles, so this leads me to believe he wants a bike with real low miles, or something new so he dosen't have to rebuild it while he is in school, He wanted a dual sport bike and SM tires looking at his post, and this is his words!!!

    I'm sure that KustomizingKid has checked out the DRZ forum that I told him about so he can get the info that he wants on the DRZ to see if it fits his catagory he is looking at. I my self totally like the bigger bikes like XR650L, DR650, KTM 690 and a few others including KLR, " " " But " " " KustomizingKid wanted info on DRZ's, so I provided the best info that I could find for him being that this is what he is looking for. I'm sure that Eddie Oh'Dell and Burns Cycle with DRZ will fill KustomizingKid in with all the info he needs to make a collective decision on the bike that he is looking at regarding his OP !!!

    From Jeathrow Bowdean. PS But then, what would I know about this stuff !!! once he has his info, then he might change his mind and pick a diffrent bike. I'm sorry if my take is not spot on, but I tryied my best to answer what Kustomizing is asking so he can do his research ...
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  9. Flashman1

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    Unless it is a Husky TE610 - my riding buddy has the KTM 690 and still lusts after my bike!
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  10. ChromeSux

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    +1
    The op should take it and go with it and never have a second thought, it may be funny to read what dirtydeeds said but like ole 10 Bears said in the movie The outlaw Josey Wales, your word carries iron.
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  11. Adv Grifter

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    You're 100% right from a practical and logical point of view. Cost wise the switch to the DRZ makes the most sense. The KTM 690 would be the dream ride ... and in reality probably way beyond the OP's means.

    I owned a DRZ400E for three years. Bought new in 2001. never missed a beat. I've also ridden the "S" model lot ... like cross country tours and through Mexico and Baja. Great do it all bikes ... but not for touring, 2 up and not great for daily commuting, IMO.

    Guys in Minnesota probably have a 5 or 6 month riding season. How the OP gets round in Winter is anybody's guess. And the Summer's are so HOT and Sticky ... Yuck. We are just too spoiled out West.

    I got through University on a Honda 50 step through with an NSU Prinz 1100 for weekend dates! :lol3
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  12. Jeathrow Bowdean

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    How true that is about the weather. I live in Western Canada and It is tough to go biking when it get into the -29c.
    A few of the dudes were out last weekend in the +4c we had, but today would not be a gooder day. 80km winds with snow made for some slick hyws. Lots of wrecked cars, trucks, and big rigs every where in the centeral part of the Province.

    Ha Ha. No biking for a few days !!!
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  13. Jeathrow Bowdean

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    These dudes went around the world on DRZ 400's with very little trouble. I'm sure that most folks on this forum seen it before.

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    From Jeathrow Bowdean
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  14. KustomizingKid

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    This has been a very interesting thread... Came to life in its own regard with some good advice. Since everyone is dishing out advice I should probably give a little more background. I am 23 and will be finishing up school starting next year, took a bit of time off in the middle eh. I am also a very competent mechanic, and welder, and am currently working as a machinist to diversify the skillset. I am going to school for mechanical engineering if that surprises anyone.

    The only reason service intervals are of a concern to me is that I have been putting down 15k+ miles a year since I started riding and mid season engine rebuilds are a real drag. I partial anticipate rebuilding any thumper every winer, or every other winter depending so that isn't a huge concern.

    I guess I really just want a bike that excites me and has that soul, if that sounds crazy hahaha. When I got my first bike I was stoked to just be riding, and I rode that poor FZR straight into the ground. I bought the KLR because it was cheap and I wanted to try dual sporting and I fell in love after one short trip. But the KLR is just so fucking blahhhh and the amount of mods I feel that would be required to pep it up could put me on a better bike to begin with.

    I guess I just want a bike that I really love to ride.
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  15. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    In all honesty, my first thought was to tell him to get a 690 as well. My "go to" bike is a 640adv. It's a great machine. Just picked up sn SMT for street stuff. I've ridden a couple KLRs. The only way I would own one is if I were in school, flat broke and needed something ugly to smash beer bottles on and it was a great deal. (Apologies to the KLR faithful...)

    I also remember being in school, working nights to pay bills and thinking that I wish I could afford a newer bike. I rolled into "P" parking lot on a smoking :), crashed and bent, leaky fork seal RZ350 with bald tires. It was a fun bike, it was what I could afford and I have some great memories. I remember it got much worse mileage than the Chevette that I drove in winter.

    Sounds like the OP has some cash kicking around being that he's working in a trade. Schooling is typically a couple/3 months at a time. Easy to get through that amount of time. Another vote for the 690!

    If you want a DRZ, go get one. The worst that happens is that you decide to sell it after a season.
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  16. hayduke.klr07

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    I am trying to become an Acronym Unit Leader (AUL) at work but what does SUMO trim mean? And sm tires?
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  17. OrangeYZ

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    Super Moto. SM is the same thing.
    Basically: Dirt bike + Street tires (on street sized rims, 19" and 17") - half the suspension + twice the brakes
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  18. O'B

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    The Xcountry or Xchallenge is a steal at the prices they are going for on the used market. Just a couple of weeks ago on Boise craigslist there was one with less than 2000 miles going for $4200. My second choice would be the DR650 with attencion to the suspension it would be golden. Any bike you get is going to cost money to sort out. If you are going to keep it for some time what is an extra $1000 in the sceem of things.
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  19. O'B

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    :lol3:clap
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  20. NJ-Brett

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    15,000 miles a year is nothing for a lot of bikes.
    You hear about abused dr650's getting 80,000+ without motor work.
    Some bikes have weak points that you can fix and forget, then they are good.

    I think most Japanese bike engines will give long service if the oil is changed when its supposed to be.


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