Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    True, suspension work is a given. If I do the lowering deal where reach on tough terrain is a non-issue I wouldn't much care about bodywork damage as it most likely won't be seeing the deck. Famous last words...

    My bigger concern is will the bike be struggling at 70 mph and will it get decent range at that speed?

    With our frequent high speed winds it could struggle just to maintain speed limit on our roads too.

    With riding the Monkey on back roads I've learned to take it easier which is why the consideration of the smaller bike.

    That 701 though. 70 mph was nothing! Did everything well. Would have liked more range stock.

    Wonder if KTM or Husqvarna would do a twin Enduro with the 890 and not be a pig?
  2. motocopter

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    The tech and capability of dual sports and off-road bikes is a marvel compared to my Honda MT-125 Elsinore dual sport. At the age of 15, I bought mine new in '76 for $515! But you know, I want another bike like it. Six inches of suspension, low seat height (by today's standard), and light 200 pounds of weight.

    Sometimes a bike just has to be good enough.
  3. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    Completely on board with a classic scrambler style dual sport that is not a skyscraper.

    Beta EU and Aprilia EU both have awesome fuel injected 125 dualsports. I was trying to get the Beta US carb version last year but couldn't find one.

    They fit the bill for being smaller and lighter although not too small.

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    I think these top out in the high 60's/low 70's mph range and can cruise 50 to 55 mph easily. I'd ride this to all the local places without flinching.

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    Ok, I like the look of that Aprillia!


  5. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I've got some friends that ride but don't have bikes. We all like to go off-road. I'm thinking of getting a few small bikes that we can all go on little desert sojourns.

    Even considered electric bikes but range in the west trumps electric.
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  7. Chillis

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    Negative. I know much can change but I worked in a shop that sold some Chinese scooters a decade ago. The quality was so far below any other motored two wheeler I've sworn them off indefinitely.

    Plus, for $3,299, I'd just get a Grom and put a dirt tire on and go.
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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    hows that phone/computer workin for ya? :photog
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  9. Chillis

    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I know, I know. Plus the parts in the HD, etc.

    Still, I'd rather support known quantities.
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    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    THE 949 Cancer Sucks!!!!!
    :imaposer:roflWHAT? If that’s taken it easy I would hate to see you wringing it’s neck
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    Just to add a few more bikes to the mix, The SWM brand of motorcycles. They make dual sports in 300 and 500, a Supermoto in 500 and a 600 in both a dual sport and Supermoto. They range in weight from 250 to 412 pounds and are all priced under $9000. I believe they are all based off the old Husky’s like the old TE610 and older husky models before BMW purchased them.
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  12. Chillis

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    I was looking at their Super Dual before picking up the 701. Couldn't find one to check out.

    Them and AJP, I think it's called. They have some bikes worth looking into.
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    When it was stock or even having the 181 2 valve I took it easy, maybe. Come to think of it, Honda probably didn't have senior Chillis in mind when they started shipping Monkeys stateside!
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    Nice looking bike

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  15. motocopter

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    I'm noodling a post AT dual sport. Images of an XR650L with 5-6 inches of suspension reduced come to mind. Good seat height and aftermarket support after that.
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    Chillis Long timer Supporter

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    I'd have to stay far away from a 650L. I used to drool over the White Brothers catalog with all the available mods.

    Last thing I need is another blown up motor!

    DR650 is a fine choice for that MO.
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    dont worry, theres now special transmission gear sets and 790cc top ends available for the dr650.
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    My old DR650 cylinder and head went to Procycle to be made into a 790. After 80,000 miles of service with my bike, no less.
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    but now theres Nova racing gear sets that can handle the power.:deal
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