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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by fivehitsweak, Jun 3, 2010.
and looking at those tyres - whoever has been riding it has been having a lot of fun
Noticed that too. But that's what the bike was created for, or so I've been told. tp
Good idea, but the Duc is costing me only $4600 USD OTD, and there are NO STR's around for that little bit of money. Actually told the sales friend I wanted both bikes, but need to trade in a cruiser he sold me earlier this year. A loss in $ to me, but the cruiser just hasn't worked out. Guess we will see next Tuesday, when they open again. tp
The same I've wanted for many years...
I've been riding my wife's 300 for 6 weeks while my Ducati has been in the shop trying to trace an electrical issue down.
The X300 is not quite as fun as the Ducati (), but it isn't in the shop either, so there's that.
Can't complain about the 60mpg either.
The title of this thread should be "what bike do you want with this breath?" I change my mind multiple times a day!
Right now I'm having a bit of a love affair with my R1100GS. Plus I'm kicking around the idea of doing a bit of a resto-mod on her (with some parts from unit garage), so the R1100GS is safe.
Every time I think about swapping my XSR900 for something else, I ride it and it pastes a grin on my face that takes a while to fade, and end up getting off of the XSR thinking I'll keep it.
I think I need to figure out what it is that I want my bikes to do. Because depending on which stage of a breath I'm in, I may be thinking that any one of the following bikes are perfect:
- Kawasaki Versys X300
- Kawasaki Versys 650LT
- Kawasaki Versys 1000LT
- Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
- Honda CRF250L Rally
- BMW F800GS Adventure
- BMW R1200GS
- Triumph Bonneville Bobber
- Triumph Street Scrambler
I think my basic problem is this: I want a bike that does everything well and is sexy AF to my eyes. I know the R1200GS does everything well, but it is not sexy AF, but it IS expensive AF.
Since people come here for the pics, I'll post up my bikes (the XSR and R100GS), and what I'm kicking around doing to my R1100GS.
No brainer. Get the Duc!
A modern version of this, because I can't afford these ones. I'd love to see Indian build one.
It is beautiful, but what it would cost Indian for R&D and tooling, ROI would allow only a few like Jay Leno to be able to afford one. And he probably has a couple original ones already. It would be a blast to ride a modern day version though... tp
Maybe I'm getting old but I could see myself on one of these with some saddlebags.
With the Dynas now gone, this may be the option for those who still want exposed dual shocks. Really like the example that "soldierboy" is desiring for his BMW. That GS is COOL. tp
I could see one being built for around $40k, which is pretty much as much as I'd go for a bike. Jay Leno does have an Indian 4.
Great looking mod. Dear I say better than the urban GS based on the R9T? Looks more 'real' in a way. However I looked into those unit garage kits and they are expensive! Is this using the original tank? That might keep the price down. The unit garage kit for the R1200R (making it look like a 70s boxer) has a tank swap, or a some sort of 'faux' tank over the original one, making everything look rather boxy. Which the 1100GS kit does not, it really looks like the natural progression of the famous R90GS.
Great build idea!
I definitely prefer
to the one you posted above. The proportions are all off in that one, plus the alloy frame doesn't work for me at all. I could go for the Kawasaki green though, as well as some sort of nice 4 into 4 exhaust.
Uh ....decide what you want before you decide when you are going to get it. Who knows maybe weds you want something totally different
I like the look of the bobber better, but you've got less rear suspension travel and you can't fit the standard bit saddlebags.
Indian are going right down the road Harley has been on for well over a decade (which they now appear to be pulling out of). Moronic ultra-lowered suspension. If they don't release a standard seat height bike with decent suspension and mids soon....I'm buying a Harley Roadster.
Speaking of which....
Bobber wise, the Triumph looks like a better package with 33% more travel in the rear. It looks great and the attention to detail its excellent. Just don't think I could live with the lack of utility (how does one strap a weekends worth of gear on one?)
Yeah, the new retro Z900RS pictured above. Not on Kawi's US, UK, or EU sites yet, so I guess I will get what is available. Anyway the little Monster should be fun. Should be getting both bikes on Tuesday. Glad we ride year round here. tp dd50
What I found interesting is that the little Ninja 300 will not pass Euro 4 specs, and is gone, but the Versys X300 does, even though they use the same engine and fueling system. Guess the Versys mods helped.