The Perfect Quiver

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by HappyForNow, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. HappyForNow

    HappyForNow Banned

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  2. ErockPDX

    ErockPDX Adventurer

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    I'm pretty happy with my quiver at the moment:

    Dirt: 2012 CRF450X
    Touring: 2001 R1150GS
    Tooling around town: 1996 DR 200, 1963 All-State (race kitted and ratted, no battery), 1976 VBC (with an LML, 24mm Carb and Sito Plus, no battery)

    Until next month, I'm sure...
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  3. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Not enough of a list. I also want a dualsport or dualsports. "Pure" dirt means I have to truck it to dirt and I don't necessarily want to do that. (Also for me, I don't have a desire for a "pure" street touring bike.)

    Right now I have a 990 Adventure for road-oriented dualsport, and a DRZ-400 for dirt-oriented dualsport. I used to have a GasGas 200EC (two stroke) for the woods but I am too much of a dualsporter to want a dirt-ONLY bike.

    If I lived in different circumstances maybe I'd want one. Like if good dirt was hours away but there was 1,000 miles of trails once I got there. Instead, I live where the best dirt in the state is minutes away but I don't stay in it all day. So dualsport works for me.

    As for tooling around town, I used to have an Aprilia RXV-550. I think the supermoto version of that bike would be awesome for ripping "around town". But you'd want to be ATGATT for that. And that's not the 2-wheeler to be running errands and picking up groceries on.
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  4. tokyoklahoma

    tokyoklahoma 75%has been 25%wanabe

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    Dirt: Husqvarna WR300

    Around town: Yamaha RD350

    Sport touring/Touring: This one I haven't decided on yet. Maybe a Triumph Tiger or Trophy, or Super Tenere, or a Ducati Multistrada.:ear
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  5. Prettyboy

    Prettyboy BFLB

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    My taste is a little wonky, and I have zero experience to base it on.

    Dirt: Maybe a DR200. It would have to be street legal, as I really don't like the idea of hauling vehicles around on other vehicles.

    Street: This one is easy. Guzzi v7 special.

    Around town: At first I was going to pick my bike (TUx), or something old that I would restore. But then it hit me. This is the bike to tool around town, that means dates or groceries. Clearly a hack is in order. Let's go with a Ural.
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  6. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

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    500 EXC, Multistrada, Zero DS.

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  7. caryder

    caryder Been here awhile

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    Close, KTM 300 2-smoke, Multi, NC700X. But I'd go for the Zero too.

    I have a KDX220 I like quite a bit, an NC700X, a RD 400, and a Gas Gas 300 Pro trials bike. Pretty close to my ideal garage but I would like a Multistrada, or Hypermotard, or ZX10R, or something hyper sporty that is track worthy.


    Chuck
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  8. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Dirt: KTM 500 xc-x
    Street: KTM 690 Duke
    Tooling: Triumph T160r

    Serious! Yamaha Super Tenere
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  9. glasswave

    glasswave Been here awhile

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    One bike for pure dirt riding/camping bike: 2 ea FX mnt moto dual sport (250cc, 150lb ) fxbikes.com/ It'd be a great camp/exploring bike especially if I could fit two on the a front bumper rack on my truck.

    One bike for <strike>pure street</strike> world touring. I don't do "pure street" touring, too much of the world is unpaved. My bike hasn't been made yet, but It'd be much like an 850 cc 475 lb Super Tenere (come on Yamaha!) except it'd have a high & low gear box setting and it'd have 2wd front assist.

    One bike for tooling around town: I'd ether want a classic like an old Norton or a maybe a KTM super moto Race 990.
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  10. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

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    Some people would argue about the optional ATGATT.

    My list evolves constantly. For a while I had a Ducati S4, pretty stomp in' 95hp bike that worked great around town and everywhere else. And a YZ450F that beat me up regularly. And an XR650L Supermoto that was , frankly, disappointing in the engine department.

    Now, currently, KTM950SM. A couple minibikes. And probably, real soon, a KX250 2stroke for off road duties. As far as a.big adventure or something like that, I can't get past the weight of them, I've been riding off road for 41 years and can't imagine getting stuck under or crashing my brains out on a 550-600lb bike. And the resulting $5000 repair bill.
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  11. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    Seems like dirt bikes need plates these days. If you want to ride in a park, on a beach or connect certain trails, you need a plate. Based on what I've read, I think a KTM 350 EXC-F is probably the best tool for that job.

    I've never ridden either but a BMW K1600 GTL is far more appealing to me than any Harley or even a Gold Wing. (for me the comparison is kind of irrelevant since all three of them have seats that probably beat the crap out of that 2x4 on my WRR)

    I never really understood the appeal of step-through frames on scooters, and I certainly don't understand why people figure that means they don't need to wear any gear whatsoever. Crashing at 30mph on a 50cc scooter seems like it'd hurt about as much as crashing at 30mph on a literbike, and you're way less likely to get bucked off by a pothole on the literbike. I never go that far around town so I'd have an electric motorcycle, Zero or other. People around where I live frown on motorcycles and loud vehicles in general so electric might score me points there.
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  12. blues

    blues Long timer

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    Bike for the big one: Super T, currently under consideration.
    Tooling around bike: Triumph Scrambler. Got one, finally.
    Bike I want for no particular reason: Victory Crossroads.
    Trail Bike: 450 EXC. Had one, too old ( sigh ).
    Wacko bike I'd be too chicken to actually ride: Speedway GP bike.
    Rat: 650 KLR. Got one!
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  13. Tip Over

    Tip Over Whoopsie!

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    Hmmm.

    For dirt, i would go with a Rokon trailblazer. It's not fast, and it ain't the best tool every time, but I like it.

    Pure street, a Honda Goldwing. Love the engine, seat and storage.

    Bumming around town? An evo (rigid) sportster, H bars, hardtail, maybe even jocky shift.
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  14. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Been here awhile

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    My friend and I both came to the same conclusion that four is perfect.

    Race and Trail bike: KTM 250XC 2 stroke
    Trail and Dual Sport bike: KTM 540EXC
    Pavement bike: Tiger 800XC
    And a Trials Bike: 97 Beta 250
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  15. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Sokath, his eyes opened!

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    Always 1-2 more than you have at the moment...
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  16. raebear

    raebear Been here awhile

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    Both close;

    KTM 380 EXC
    Multistrada
    V-Rod

    a trials bike and a more 'classic adv." bike would find a good home in the stable
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  17. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    Trail weapon...
    KTM 450exc

    Touring weapon...
    R1200RT

    Daily driver...
    Trumpet Scrambler

    That would pretty much cover my ideal garage, if I could only have 3 ;)
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  18. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Long timer

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    So glad life has no such limitations.
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  19. Seppo

    Seppo Been here awhile

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    only 3 bikes....

    for the street: Ducati 916/996/998 best looking bike, fast and a blast to ride.

    for the dirt: KTM 450/525/530/500 can be configured to race or to travel.

    for around town/travel: f800gs or tiger 800.
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  20. el queso

    el queso toda su base

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    Hmmm, 3 bikes can hardly be called the perfect quiver, but I'll play.

    Dirt: 2013 Beta 250RR

    Street: 2012 KTM 990 ADV

    Around town: Kinda split between something old and funky like a mid-50s Matchless, or a Husaberg 570.
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