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~500cc bike recommendation

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by SIKLR250, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. scootertrash

    scootertrash Mobile Homie

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    They look interesting, but they are slow and unreliable, a deal breaker for sure. It's a shame that another affordable GB500 could be released but I'm sure Honda still has third degree burns from that bike's sales...Seems like it has to be a crotch rocket or cruiser to sell in the US, so we get the dumbed down stuff while everyone else gets a much wider selection..
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  2. leakypetcock

    leakypetcock Adventurer

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    Check this out, this is my story on touring on an '81 XS650 Special II.
    It was an adventureous trip, but not the adventure you want to have.

    http://groups.msn.com/Summer2000BikeTripXS650andBMWR80RT/yourwebpage.msnw


    Give me my KLR any day, less vibrations, better seat and WAY more reliable.
    A KLR is a great first bike, but only if you lower it and do the doohickey!
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  3. scootertrash

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    I used to get the Thumper News and still have a big stack of old ones. I remember an article where a guy took a long AK trip on a SR. He had a m/c repair shop and crated a second SR engine ready to be shipped out in the event of a breakdown. I think he had it sent to him, rather than troubleshoot the dead one on the side of the road. One COUPLE travelled via SR to a FSSNOC get together. I rode mine up in CO to Estes Park with no problems up in the mountains, climbing some steep hills....The SR is definitely a good choice to consider,,,
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