One Bike Solution

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

  1. sailer

    sailer trained Cirus Bear

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    off of this list , my choice would be F800GS
    ( with a 18inch front wheel for track days ) and ( up grades in supension for trail stuff )

    IMHO I have done all 6 on list and bike has preform well.
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  2. rodhersh

    rodhersh Adventurer

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    So what are you going to do when your wife reads this thread and gets the misguided idea that a guy only needs one motorcycle? It seams to me threads like this are irresponsible. :lol3
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  3. zilla

    zilla Long timer

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    No wife, no problem. :D

    Great stuff here.
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  4. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    It's pretty nice that they've sorted out the F800 in so many options...all OEM. Wheels to go over boulders...or around them. suspension jacked...or low. Beefed up brakes...or not. fairings heavy, medium, light. Fully loaded luggage, or not so much.
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  5. motu

    motu Loose Pre Unit

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    I have a do it all bike - it's a Lego bike, I swap bits around.

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    And all sorts inbetween. I have 2 sets of wheels, 2 seats and rear guards, 2 front guards, 3 exhaust systems, 2 sets of panniers, 2 screens (I have an S fairing) and lots of handlebars.
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  6. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Yup.
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  7. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    As long as we're still doing some 2-up: 950 Adventure

    No 2-up:SE:deal
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  8. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    All that SWMBO knows about ADV is that I keep showing her trip reports of folks chucking it all and taking off around the world.

    Got her guessing. Told her that if a bike is missing out of the garage, it probably WASN'T stolen....oh and she might not find me either.


    Think I have her afraid to look at this forum :lol3


    My choice for only one bike? REALLY, only one??? :huh

    Can't do single cylinder- the fillings in my teeth aren't that tight and I need lots of paved distances.

    Mid-sized machine Tiger 800, GS800 But supersizing that-a couple riders I know raved about the new Multistradas that they rented in Europe.
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  9. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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    I had an BMW R1100GS and Xchallenge at the same time, didn't have the time to ride both of them much. Sold the Xc and wrote off the 1100, but was getting this built; picked it up last Wednesday.

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  10. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    yup DR650.
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  11. rodhersh

    rodhersh Adventurer

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    Think I have her afraid to look at this forum :lol3


    Let's hope so. It's taken me years to convince my wife that owning only one motorcycle, or quad, or truck/car/Jeep is not only inconvenient but it's also downright un-American.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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  12. Andreja

    Andreja MotherThumper

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    XT600 2kf. It is cheap, reliable, good all round bike. And who cares if I crash it, I just pick it up and continue riding :)

    If I had more money, hmm, MAYBE I'd think about F800GS but I don't like highways so I think I don't need a bike that is faster than my XT. Thumpers rule!
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  13. zzzak

    zzzak Been here awhile

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    950sm,no question.
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  14. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro Supercàzzola

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    i've see a lot of votes for the 12GS. I too own one but I'd have to say a first gen FZ1 with a well tuned suspension for me. That bike will do it all. :wink:
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  15. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    I don't know.......................having owned close to 100 motorcycles I think it would boil down to where I'm at now. My DRZ400S is a do everything bike but the GS is a lot more comfortable and can do most everything the DR can do.

    If I had to choose one it would probably be a DR 650 which can cover both ability and comfort.





    However, owning a GS I'd have to stick with it :lol3 If I could only have one :wink:
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  16. squidhunter

    squidhunter suck-squeeze-bang-blow

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    I can afford only one bike and my DR650 does everything I've asked from it. I commute, chase sportbikes, tour, hit forest service roads and single track. Not only will it do pretty much anything a motorcycle can do, it does it cheaply and reliably :clap

    Of course if I could swing it, I'd have a garage full of bikes....
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  17. soboy

    soboy Long timer

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    DR650 - the most versatile bike I have ever owned. I did everything on it from single track to LD touring. Never let me down once in the five years I owned it. Ridiculously cheap and easy to maintain, it never broke and it was always fun to ride.
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  18. SQD8R

    SQD8R Eat squids and be merry

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    If everything must go I will always hold on to the BMW HP2 Enduro. It is the practical exotic. Meaning it is rare without the usual rare bike issues of no dealer, no parts, and lacking reliability. 5 yrs, 40K and never an issue.
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