SPOKANE Area Riders

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by PNW Buttercup, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. BronsonRock

    BronsonRock Banned

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    Yep...the Stroms aren't really dual-sports. Get yourself an 800GS and see what a difference it makes. :deal
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    How many RC toys do you have? Seems like it is a topic of much conversation in this thread. Do they make RC m/c's so we can at least keep things bike-related? :lol3
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    Junior can show you some :nod
  4. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    That's the bike I want. I love them, but there's no way I can afford one. The Wee may not be the best, but it was able to handle something my 4x4 SUV would've had trouble on.

    I don't really want a large dirt bike, I want an adventure bike, and to me that's 70/30. Mostly paved highways and backroads, with dirt roads/fire roads, and very few, if any, goat trails. Think the Wee is a good fit for me, though I do think I will get a Scotts damper.

    If I had a 800GS I'd probably change my riding style, but I don't, so I do what I can with what I've got. I want some TWs for any "off-road" I would actually do.
  5. smithe

    smithe Been here awhile

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    How much was that big heli?
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    WU7X The Old Fart

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    You are going to do well in life. That is a great philosophy.

  7. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    I'm glad you think so. I'm just a cheap-ass, so I've learned how to get by with what I've got. I do what I enjoy in life, and never let my gear, or my lack of funds get in my way. One day I'll probably end up dead somewhere, but I'll be smiling.
  8. BronsonRock

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    Sure enough but it wasn't a philosophical point I was trying to make. Merely expressing that the Stroms are not designed to handle the conditions the OP described. Thus, the trouble he ran into can be easily identified. He can most certainly still have fun on the little Sazook but it will never handle like a real DS, steering damper or not.
  9. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Sounds like the right tool for the job....Rode a Strom for a 2 up Baja trip, and was able to get through the sand and some off road adequately.

    70/30 good choice.

    When your ready to let it rip.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-6XbJ4ZBk0
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    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    In all honesty, wasn't planning on that. My father has a lot of equipment to maintain his road including a bulldozer, he just hasn't done anything to it yet. A damper won't allow me to ride it like a dirt bike, but it will allow me to get down some sketchy trails at low speeds. Which is how I take any terrain like that. Even on dirt bikes, I don't really like high speed stuff. I may be a youngin' but my bones hurt every time it rains...

    Nope... I don't know if it's the wide angle of the Go-pro, or if they're really going that fast, but even when I used to ride a KLX I don't think I'd do speeds like that. Guess my PTSD does more than I thought.
  11. manshoon

    manshoon Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately neither will a F800GS be a pure dual sport bike, and for the money the Vstrom is a much better buy when you get right down to it. Even after you take the full specifications from both adventure models adventure ABS ect, top speed, MPG, weight handling, reliability/temperaments/parts availability. The Vstrom is a very solid choice.
  12. BronsonRock

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    The Vstrom's are a compromise. No offense to anyone that owns one but I have enough miles on both the 650 and 1000 to know they really are a blunt instrument in most situations. If an 800gs is not a pure DS what is?
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    Motomedic Over-caffeinated Raconteur

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    That's the cool thing about "Dual-Sport" motorcycles. Everyone has a different definition and there's a bike for most of 'em.
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    A steering damper at low speeds is the last thing you would want - unless it's dialed way down :D

    while I agree to some point, the Vstrom for a 70/30 bike is very capable. And a very low maintenance bike to boot. I love ripping up the twists on my sons SV 650 which is almost the same bike. One just needs to understand the limitations of what you are riding. Unless you like repair bills :lol3 Dang, I've ridden my Ducati street bike down some nasty dirt roads - I did shed a tear or two while doing it :cry
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    Then we can get into that whole "Adventure Bike" vs. "Dual Sport" thing too. I think the larger, more street biased bikes are called "Adventure Bikes" 'cause the farther you take 'em out into the nasty, gnarly off road stuff, the bigger the "adventure" becomes. :lol3
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    They are all dirt bikes. Some just handle better then others.
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    Friday Meet-up

    Inland Nortwest Motorcycle show
    SPOKANE COUNTY FAIR & EXPO CENTER
    404 N HAVANA - SPOKANE, WA


    3:30PM (or there abouts)​

    I'm planning on a walkthrough before the crowds. Then it's off to Perry Street Brewing, 1025 S. Perry #2, Spokane, Washington. Should be there by 5:30 PM (or when Ms MT calls and says she's waiting :lol3) for malt beverages and Perry Street Pizza :thumb I sure hope they open as planned :1drink
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    XR4EVER 919 excuses to ride!

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  20. EmptiMind

    EmptiMind Stoopid Youngin'

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    Didn't mean to create a debate. If I could afford a Beemer, I'd own one in a heartbeat.

    @moto-treks The initial thought behind the damper was to have it tuned just enough for those low speeds, but I'm now realizing I can probably just get away with a fork brace instead.

    To add to the discussion, I find things like the DRs and the KLRs dual sports, where as the F800GS is more in the adventure category for me. It has a lot more comfort for a little less offroad ability. No doubt there are people who can do just as much on a 800gs as I can do on a KLR, but I'm more willing to be brave(stupid) on the bike that cost me $2,000 than the one that cost over $10,000. Even bikes like the KLR are still quite tall and heavy. But I'm only 5'9" on a good day, so one of you crazy tall people that adventure riding seems to draw obviously has a different opinion than I do.