One Bike Solution

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by zilla, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    1200GS or Super Tenere

    There's not much you CAN'T do with those bikes other than real offroading. I like to take long rides sometimes, and while it can be done on a single cylinder bike, it's just not fun. A GS is fun to rip down a back road, hit a dirt road and then slab back home in comfort or load it up with luggage and ride for days. Not many other bikes can do that.

    If you're the type of guy that rarely ventures out of the county you live in, there's better choices for sure.
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  2. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I've got three favorite bikes right now. All do certain things a little better than the other.

    The three I have are- 2004 BMW R1150RS, 2003 DRZ 400S, and a 1984 BMW R80 G/S.

    Which is the keeper? That's easy the R80 G/S. It's the in between bike tot he other two. It suit my riding style, as I'm not to aggressive off road, and well it's ok on road too
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  3. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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  4. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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  5. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    :thumb Works for me.
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  6. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Ural

    If things got that bad I would need something I could keep alive with parts from Autozone and home depot. Also would need something with serious payload capacity. And I would have no intention of going fast doing so as I would be a cheap and poor.
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  7. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
    having tried to kill a xr650r for the last eleven years you won't get me off one...
    trackdays ....yep it does them and quite well
    long distance days.. yep got a mid winter run set up on saturday of 180 miles
    tight single track .....yep
    gentle woods riding.... yep...
    motocross yep ..
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  8. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    One bike is not a solution, it's the problem. :D
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  9. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Highly farkeled up WR250R.
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  10. tpresten

    tpresten RideUmAll

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    Super Tenere...easy....and I have owned quite a few motorcycles.
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  11. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Yup. It has the best ergonomics of any of my bikes, it's always my favorite to ride, handles and brakes well, has amazing wind protection and sounds like a motorcycle should. If it had factory luggage, it would be the perfect motorcycle.

    That's why my vote would be for a new Multistrada.
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  12. DualSpaz

    DualSpaz Been here awhile

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    The lightest bike that would handle 100 miles of of pavement if the need arose. Probably a KTM 500 EXC. Although I'm not sure I could resist the simplicity of a plated 300 XCW.
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  13. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    If I had to pare it down to one of the eight, it'd be the Buell Ulysses.

    Single track is way down on my list of priorities. The Uly shines brightly in every other riding situation.

    :ricky
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  14. PS-RagE

    PS-RagE Been here awhile

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    This was the correct answer - thanks for playing


    :lol3
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  15. twinjet

    twinjet Been here awhile

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    I've been trying to find this bike all my life. In the 60's we complained because our bikes had to be modified to do what we wanted (dirt, roadrace, etc.). Today we seem to have come full circle trying to find a more universal design in a field of sharply focused "niche" bikes. All of the bikes I've owned all were either to small, to heavy or to sharply focused to be "one bike solutions". The KLR650 I'm riding now would be close if it had another 10hp. Maybe a KTM 690 Duke with a couple more inches of wheel travel?
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  16. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I don't really ride any dirt but with that I could still pretend. :lol3
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  17. eric2

    eric2 ®egister this:

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    +1, by far the most versatile bike I've owned, and its so ugly I can keep the panniers on it and nobody notices. No need to lock them either, even smart people can't figure out how to open them without a salesman nearby.


    I pulled up next to a cute girl on a pink scooter in downtown austin, who had the prerequisite chihuaha in her lap. She looked up at me and asked " Is that even a motorcycle"?
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  18. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    :lol3

    It'd be my number one pick if I could throw it around off the beaten path. The margin for error on that beast is a bit narrow for my skinny ass to have much confidence. It does, however, reign supreme if 2-up is a priority.
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  19. eric2

    eric2 ®egister this:

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    Quite true. It doesn't do well in the more gnarly off road situations at all. Luckily, in central Texas there are no gnarly off road situations; in fact there's very little offroading to be had at all. So i have to settle for worn out county roads which it handles perfectly, along with the daily potholes I encounter.

    Then again, it can tread water OK, just not mud.

    [​IMG]
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  20. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    Either my Husaberg 570 or a Christini 2WD.

    Why would I want only one bike?? :huh
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