Why Do You Ride The Bike You Do?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DR Donk, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. DR Donk

    DR Donk Been here awhile

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    At the start of the riding year I set a milage goal. If I don't reach it, no big deal. So, last year right at the end of riding season here in Michigan, I went on a long, for me, ride of 200 miles in one day on my DR650 to get closer to the milage goal. When I mentioned it to a guy here at work and told him the curving back roads and trails that I had ridden on to go 200 miles the past Saturday he asked why I didn't just go on the highway? Well, I could have and the DR is capable of it but I enjoy the type of riding that I do. So, that got me thinking of why I have kept the DR650 these past 10 years when I usually buy and sell bikes every 4-5 years. It just seems to suit my style of riding and I think it is an extension of my younger days. Back in my youth we would ride our bicycles off road, ride wheelies, skid the back wheel, etc. I still do all those things on the DR650. So, why the particular bike that you now have? :ear
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  2. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    I too have a DR650 as one of my bikes. Every Time I am on Single Track I call it a PIG... Every time I am of a highway ride to Montana I call it a Gutless wonder.

    Drug (my DR650) just smiles and in reality has never let me down. A simple Thumper is a good Thumper. :nod
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  3. jsalman93

    jsalman93 Been here awhile

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    I got my bike (Fz6) because I was looking for a good all-around bike that I can commute with without killing my back, ride through canyon with, and do some weekend trips every now and again.

    I would have to agree with you that your bike is sort of an extension of yourself. I see guys at cafe's on chromed out pigs and it sort of suits them (out to put around and go to a local bar to get some looks), I see kids on R6's and gixxers and it suits them to (nothing too interesting, you see them all of the time, mostly on the daily news). It's all about getting a bike that suits you


    Unfortunately, I wasn't really into riding off-road at the time, so I've been eyeballing some of the new wee-stroms lately :wink:
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  4. mmod

    mmod Adventurer

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    I have a dr 650 as well. I like slow pace exploring back roads, gravel and easy dirt and the bike is great for that. I have a larger bike when the wife wants to go out for the day but if the DR was was capable of that it would be the only bike I need.
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  5. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I also have a big dual sport, but mine is an '83 XL600R. They really are like a big BMX bikes for grown-ups. I've owned it for a long time, except for that year that I sold it to my buddy. Luckily, he sold it back to me. :clap Now that I have the Aprilia Dorsoduro, I put a huge sprocket on the XL, so top speed is about 70 mph now.

    I bought the Aprilia specifically for 2-up trips. My wife and I outweighed the XL by 100 lbs or so. It gave a valiant effort, but wasn't very happy. The 750 handles trip duties now, and the XL sees nothing but forest and backroads.
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  6. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    because it's the only one I've got.
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  7. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    I ride all of mine because they are Fun. A bad day riding (there are none) is better than the best day at work!:D
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  8. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    I LOVE this quote BTW.

    I ride a latest gen KLR, and that is EXACTLY why I ride it. IMHO, the KLR is the perfect 50/50 bike. It is happy to ride all day on the highway (if your ass can stand the seat and wrists can take the vibes), but it is just as happy to spend an afternoon slogging through and getting dropped in the sand.

    In honesty, with this damn Michigan sand the DR650 (or even better a DRZ) is probably a better 50/50 bike HERE, but if you need one bike to do it all....sandy off road to all day highway rides I don't think there is anything better.

    Because of where I live I will eventually end up with two bikes. One for mostly pavement (R1200R?) and one for mostly off pavement (XR400/DR350?), but given my experience with the KLR I will probably never own a bike that is completely incapable of either.
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  9. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    Me too :wave
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  10. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    LOL, there's that too.

    The KLR is what's in my garage......AND it's paid for :D
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  11. doorman

    doorman Aimless

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    Current bike is a 2001 ninja 250

    I ride it because I like to travel, and the further I can go per gallon of gas the better. Sure I could have bought something newer and bigger, but the little ninja does the same job for far less money. I also enjoy absurdly inexpensive insurance.
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  12. RVDan

    RVDan Long timer

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    Xr650l. I ride a dual sport because I like the riding position better than a sport bike or cruiser. A vintage generic Japanese motorcycle has a comfortable seating position too, but I like the dirt bike look better.
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  13. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Been here awhile

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    Bought for 16,000 baht (about $US 500) in late 2003, engine overhauled (for the first time) about 3 years ago @ about 180,000 km. Now done over 210,000 km (130,000 miles) it still gets better than 100 mpg...... It is all the bike I need to get around an island that is 50 km long by 20 km wide.

    It would be nice to have something like the new CRF250, to explore some of the off road trails around the place. I have taken to some on the Dream, but it doesn't have the ground clearance to take on many. However, as a teacher on the government payroll, on my budget a 250 is destined to remain just a dream.
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  14. ihatefalling

    ihatefalling Let it roll

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    I ride a KTM 450 EXC because for what I do it kicks ass
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  15. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    I ride my DR650SE more than my YX600. It's versatile. It's fun even at sane speeds. It's comfortable. It's economical. It's simple to repair and maintain. It'll haul 2 and luggage. It's a visceral kind of experience, and yes, it IS like having a grown-up's BMX bike. :lol3
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  16. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    Agreed. The Adventure bike for a man with on hand on the bars, and the other on his wallet. :lol3
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  17. PhilB

    PhilB Long timer

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    For me, it was all about finding the bike that had everything I wanted. I like the look and the feel of an unfaired bike. I like the lightness, handling, and brakes of a sportbike. I like the sound and torque curve of a twin better than a four. All of that spells Ducati Monster. At the time (1993), that was the only thing it spelled. Since, and now, there are other choices, but then, the Monster was it. I've been really happy with it, so I'm sticking with it for as long as I can reasonably keep it running. Which looks like forever.

    PhilB
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  18. bbagwell

    bbagwell Adventurer

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    I ride my DR650 the most. It does what I need/want it to do, and I have fun riding it! I ride my TW200 when I want to ride the trails, or just take a slower paced ride.
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  19. RFVC600R

    RFVC600R GOT SAND? NO!

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    My bike can ride on the freeway all day and keep up with 2 stroke 250 and 450 MX bikes. I just let some air out of my tires.:D I ride this pig in it's natural habitat.
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  20. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    I've had a Beemer thing for so long that I couldn't fight it off. I looked at, sat on, etc a lot of bikes, but after doing my classes on a twin, I was hooked, lined, and sinkered. Constant harping on the ABS thing from my instructor was such an easy out. It was the classic case of using anything and everything to justify a decision you'd already made. I bought my bike because I wanted it. I wanted the bike, the name, the color, the options, all of it.

    A year-plus later, I really like my thumper. It's a real Allerkönner (does everything) for me. The expandable bags are perfect for commuting (90% of my miles) and traveling. The power is enough to not get killed on the highway and not enough to kill myself with. The suspension is compliant enough to not hurt and to soak up the bumps and get me over them. The package works well enough that I don't feel the need to send it away, and do feel the need to put as many kms as I can on it.

    It's a great beginner bike. If I have to stay a beginner to keep riding it, I think I will. :)

    I do want to get one of those fancy sport bikes, though, because some days I feel like scooter trash, what with sitting up so straight way up there in GS land....
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