What bike do you want today?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by fivehitsweak, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. The Roadie

    The Roadie Adventurer

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    My boyfriend has an IT. Everytime we go dirt riding, half the people we meet ask him what it is.. Just don't see these around often! But when one is around, you definitely notice.. Can see the 2t smoker coming a mile away :rofl
  2. johns

    johns Been here awhile

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    At the moment I'm looking more and more at smaller adventure bikes, like this one:

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    Or something older/cheaper like this:

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    With gasprices up to €1.75/l ($8.75/us gallon) and the total overkill of 75hp and more, it seems common sense to go light. 90% of my riding is on smaller roads, and with 50hp out of one cilinder you can make longer travels also :)
  3. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    I downgraded from a big ADV bike to single slugger. No regrets (yet).
  4. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    That looks more like mine...

    I need to dig it out of the corner of the garage and take some better pics, but here's some older ones I do have. Looks the same though...

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    I never ride it though, so I suppose I need to pass it along to someone that will enjoy it more so that I can make room for something that I might enjoy more too.
  5. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    Question of the day? Are there any thumper adv bikes out there for 6'5" people? I love the simplicity of the BMW 650, but damn, that thing is short!!! I owned an XMoto for a year and I loved that little engine. The seat was death though... (like sitting on a 2x4).
  6. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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  7. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    I went to a 2013 KLR for just that, simplicity. At 6'1" it fits me well. You can add raising links for a taller fit.
  8. Tip Over

    Tip Over Whoopsie!

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    I wanted one of those in the worst way, a while back. Your first photo of the 72 you posted in here was what did it. Saw it in person, sat on it, and wanted it even more.

    Then I got word that I needed to buy a new bike. I was giddy with excitement. We went over to the HD dealer, and I hopped on the 72. I got about a mile before I realized I couldn't live with it as my sole bike. I also didn't look right sitting on it, I'm just a tad too big to look proportional to the 72. I got bounced right out of the saddle twice, on relatively small bumps.

    That being said, a sprung seat on a bike with rear shocks is kinda like wearing suspenders and a belt at the same time, doesn't quite work all the time.

    Ended up buying a Wide Glide. Now I wish I had waited just a week, and bought a police electra glide from destination daytona.
    I miss the storage of my wing, and it would have been cool to have a radio that worked reliably.

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  9. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    Got you by a couple inches and am happy on my DR. Stock wasn't bad, but I got lowered pegs from ProCycle for even more room. Seat Concepts can fix any seat issue and even has them available 1" taller than stock. Huge aftermarket too.
  10. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    I know it's old tech and probably boring, but I keep looking up local stock and thinking "I wonder..."


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  11. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    Thanks for the info. Of all the air/oil cooled thumpers, the DR650 is the only one I'd go with. But what about the liquid cooled options?

    Is it crazy thinking that I can't get a 50 (or so) horse power thumper that has a nice fuel range (big tank-aftermarket upgradeable but not touratech expensive!!!), a NICE seat for a taller guy (or upgradeable to something that's rideable for 500 miles a day), and lots of aftermarket crap to farkle the hell out of it?
  12. vicster

    vicster Long timer

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    DR fits all except the 50HP part. But ProCycle has a 790cc kit, flowed heads,etc. and just had the first stroker crank made to get it out to around 900cc.
    The Husqvarna Terra is the last liquid cooled high HP option I considered, but the first thing that struck me taking it off the stand was it is heavy. The DR has enough power for my uses - commuting, errand running, exploring, and multi-day, multi-state dirt road touring.
  13. vnsfxr

    vnsfxr BornAgainDirtyRider

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    I've been posting on Kawasaki's facebook page asking when we can expect this in the USA..............no response.
  14. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Long timer

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    I'm 6'6" and just love my Honda XR650R with tall ATV bars, Renazco seat, and Clarke tank! It makes 50+ at the rear wheel with just a mild cam and header. It's only 300lbs, but you have to kick it.
  15. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    +1

    I keep eyeballing the naked version in local ads.

    It's the only bike I've wanted for 5 years now.. others come and go, but
    this one would probably be my no.1 choice.
  16. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    :lol3 I have done that as well.

    I think if I had one of these, I may never go home! It looks like it would be an addictive ride. I put 25,000 miles on a DL1000 in 18 months. I just couldn't get enough. This looks even better to me, with that 4 cylinder motor!
  17. TheVikingRider

    TheVikingRider mudonmymind

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    690 with a rotopax? or a 640 enduro with a big tank?
  18. gto3

    gto3 Been here awhile

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  19. opmike

    opmike Choosing to be here.

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    I HAVE to pick one of these up some day. It's getting harder and harder to find an unmolested model for a good price.

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  20. EetsOK

    EetsOK Been here awhile

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    Too many sport bikes on here.

    A lightly modified final edition 53 Chief.
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