The Ultimate Thumper???

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by WIDELOAD, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. WIDELOAD

    WIDELOAD Bunburyist

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  2. joexr

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    A twin is NOT a thumper , dork.:deal
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  3. jmbueller

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    True (by this forums definition anyway). But at five liters it should certainly pack a "thump."
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  4. joexr

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    Not just by this forum's definition. A single cylinder 4-stroke IS a thumper.:deal Where do you people come from?
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  5. graygoat657

    graygoat657 Been here awhile

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    two cylinders is one cylinder too many.
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  6. Wout67

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    The OP may have blown it in his first post, but he does bring up an interesting question.

    What is the "ultimate" thumper?

    Thoughts?

    Even though I just bought an XR600, I think the "ultimate" thumper is the KLR.

    IMHO if you want an affordable, versatile, easilly maintained, do everything motorcycle, the KLR is your best bet.

    YMMV.

    :norton
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  7. tlmaffucci

    tlmaffucci Been here awhile

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    I would say a DR. From what I've seen it would be the best. This is technically an opinion but as far as adventure thumpers go, I would say it's between the KLR and the DR650.
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  8. joexr

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    Oh come on. Everybody knows it's the CRF50R.:deal
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  9. PBOB

    PBOB MOTO NUT

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    ultimate thumper: XR650 hands down :D

    Watch the Baja races...

    IMHO, I think it's the best because you literally can buy it at a dealer one day, then take it to race in the BAJA 1000 the next and be competitive (if your a good rider). Then if you want to ride long distance, get a softer seat, maybe a larger gas tank or extra jerry rig, and a set of moderate dual sport tires.


    Plus, it is rock solid reliable and its as simple as a pencil. All maintenence can be done in your own garage. Plus it's quite powerful...

    The only thing some folks have a issue with is seat height really...

    One last thing- if your a savy CL shopper, you can pick up an early 2000's bike for less than 2K. And the later 2000's models frequently go for 2500-3500ish. That's not a lot of cash to spend on Baja/offroad royalty :queenie
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    I have to agree. And they don't need daily oil changes or weekly rebuilds.
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  11. Pantah

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    The Ultimate is a KTM 450 XC-F race bike with softened suspension, recluse clutch and a custom gearbox for the task at hand. It's a monster! I'd rank my 690R up there too. Lowered with a link and set up for travel. Nothing more spirited than 66hp cradled in 310lbs.
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    My signature answers that statement for me, but the real answer; it doesn't exist. I'm 6'1", you're 5'7". He's 300 lbs and the next guy is 150. If you did a spec comparison against all the thumpers ever made, two bikes would come out on top; the mighty XR650R and the KTM 690 E Enduro R. I own both. No other bikes have their winning power and reliability coupled with raw HP and "do it all" capabilities. The Euro XR even came with an e-button.
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  14. bill pierce

    bill pierce I don't wana pickle

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    +1 more for the xr650r
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    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    That's a pretty bike... any more info on it?


    ...and in the spirit of the OP's link I'm gonna have to say the Harrier jet was the ultimate thumper... could take off like a helicopter but fly like a plane and shoot things! :lol3
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    zeeko shiver me timbers

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    That's just the thing,not everybody wants a versatile,easily maintained,do everything,affordable thumper.
    Many want a thumper with actual performance that doesnt weigh as much as a twin,with say,an engine designed within the last 5 years,instead of 1986.

    A KLR is the very best KLR made,and not much else. They work, and many people like em a lot.

    Others want a 300lb 250 4 stroke and consider it the ultimate thumper,others want a 50+ hp 500 fire breathing street legal dirtbike that weighs less then the 25hp 250 thumper.

    Ultimate can only be ultimate for who ever wants it.
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  20. Foot dragger

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    They did quit building these a while ago,the lack of electric start kills the buzz for many people.
    The XR650R's raced in Baja didnt exactly come off the showroom floor and win Baja. Honda spent huge wads of cash to ensure they won.
    Seat heidth and weight are an issue for many with these 650's,but they do have a big following.
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