how many bikes have you owned

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  1. motodutch

    motodutch Adventurer

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    How many big adv bikes (650 and bigger) have you had what did you like and dislike why did they go away.
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  2. MileEater4ever

    MileEater4ever Been here awhile

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    Hey Henk - hope you're doing well.

    Over 650 would be...

    The 1983 V45 (750) Honda Magna that got me back into riding after 35 years off. It was not really big enough for my tall frame.

    Next was 1983 V65 (1100) Magna. Better, but when I got the next one, I never rode the V65, so I sold it.

    ST1300 Honda - so far, this has been my dream machine. So smooth and powerful. The addition of a car tire on the back makes it real stable on gravel if I need to go there. Still ride it whenever I ride.

    Are you back in Michigan for the summer?

    Tom
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  3. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer Supporter

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    By big ADV bikes I assume you mean ones advertised as all roads ready (biggest bike I've taken on two-track was a 1st Gen Kawaski Concours, that was let's say... interesting at times. LOL)

    With the stated assumption:
    2013 Tiger 800XC - Pros: Smooth, comfortable, reliable. Cons: Weak low RPM torque, streetish front geometry made for a front end that likes to tuck in the soft stuff) A bit top heavy. (I still own and ride it)
    2016 KTM 1190R - Pros: What a motor! Geometry that has dirt riding in mind. Comfortable. Cons: To me felt as top heavy as the Tiger. Harder to lift off the ground than the Tiger. (Sold to fund the 690)
    2017 KTM 690 Enduro - Pros: Fun torquey motor. Light for a 690CC bike. Cons: Short fuel range. A bit vibey for long back to back high mile days. Stock front suspension was rubbish (fixed). Large turning radius. (Sold to fund the 790)
    2019 KTM 790 Adventure R - Pros: Lightest "big" adv bike. Much more comfy on the road than any thumper. Fun screamer of a motor. Very good handling out of the box both on and offroad. Very easy to pick up for a big bike. Cons: Weakest under belly of the lot. Not as comfy as most other full size ADV bikes on the road. Still haven't adjusted to looking at it's front headlight, LOL. (Plan to keep it for a long time. It's the long range ADV bike I had hoped I could make the 690 into.)
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  4. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) He’s my President! Supporter

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    It was an LSD day, the day KTM designers did those new styled headlights.
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  5. monkeydad

    monkeydad Long timer

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    ADV?

    DL1000’s x2. Bought it new, sold it for an ST1300 which I hated, then bought another DL1000 (VStrom 1000) in the same color (red).

    BMW R1200GS x1. Sold it.

    Now I’m interested in a new VStrom 1000.

    The GS’s are nice, but not 20 grand nice.
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  6. BigTexasOne

    BigTexasOne Motorcyclist

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    I've bought and sold in excess of 150 bikes in the last 15 years, and I've never ridden a bike that I didn't like! Maybe I didn't love it, but if it's got two wheels and an engine, I'll ride it! I've had everything from:

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  7. spokane2303

    spokane2303 Adventurer

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    21 street legal bikes in 48 yrs of street riding.
    4 dirt only bike and one large ATV (used as our farm vehicle!)

    Now riding a 2014 Red DL1000 VStrom and loving it!
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  8. racerron

    racerron Liv It

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    Oh God! how can I answer that.
    I can't even tell you how many bike's I own now....
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  9. kneeslider

    kneeslider Insufficient privileges!

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    seven +- not nearly enough & I am running out of time!
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  10. willfreely

    willfreely Elderly Belligerent

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    Since I can't count my first bike, a '70 Honda CB 350, six.
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  11. Hair

    Hair no wants or warrants

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    26 in all. It's been a good ride. Don't currently have a bike. I may or may not get another.
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  12. Blakebird

    Blakebird ran when parked

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  13. taosgsr

    taosgsr Been here awhile Supporter

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    Growing up in Colorado and alway living in the west, I’ve had many bikes and several don’t qualify for your definition of an adventure bike. From small street legal 250s to my current 1190. I have had adventures on 1200 sport bikes but not off road, I did however live on a mediocre maintained dirt road (that does qualify for many as adv riding) LOL. KLRs, GS, KTM, Husqvarna, Husaberg. Shit I’ve ridden single track on a CBR they are all fun but sometimes they go away. I have loved all of them but my taste changes as my abilities, fitness, lifestyle and pocketbook changes as well. Riding will always be a part of my life but I have no idea where that journey and what bikes it will take to me to get there.
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  14. Adanac rider

    Adanac rider O.S.T.R. Supporter

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    Well lets see Ive had a Suzuki Dr 600 - Manual start :muutt ,!985 - XL 350-Manual start :muutt , 1982 Bmw R80/gs - :thumbup 1994 KLX - 650r - :thumbup 4-KLR 650's :dunno I really wanted them to work . 2005 Ktm 640 E nice bike , It was a little vibey on the pavement .Husqvarna 630 , Mine had issues , .. too bad . Dr -650 -, Just needed suspension .Triumph 955 Tall too street , Suzuki Dl 1000-tall to street also .2009 KTM 690 lowered - good bike , BMW F-8 GS good bike except stock suspension was a joke , Yamaha Super Tenere - awesome bike , a little big for a short ass old guy offroad ( SIDECAR :evil) . Which ones do I regret selling , 82 R80/GS , KLX 650 R .
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  15. WindBlast

    WindBlast Jesus and Tequila

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    650cc and up eh?

    1979 HD Sportster (traded for a 69 Chevy PU)
    1994 Honda CB1000 (traded it in on Triumph #1)
    2001 Triumph 955i Sprint ST (wore it out and sold it to a guy for a track bike)
    2002 Triumph 955i Sprint ST (crashed)
    2003 Triumph 955i Sprint ST (sold to buy BMW)
    2016 BMW S1000XR
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  16. Chaos-in-ID

    Chaos-in-ID Who knows Thats the fun of it

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    Over 650 let me think , I will ask my wife as she seems to knows everything. I have been riding since 1965 so I would guess maybe 50 over 650. Down to two now but always looking and trading.
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  17. MFS

    MFS Been here awhile

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    My wish list of over 650 is longer than my past ownership list. Only explored the rising of the road legal variety the past 10 years, and had a CB500x in the middle of that. (Great bike)
    So for the list I got 2.
    2010 KTM 690r. It was nice, but I do not miss it at all. Picked it up to replace my non street legal 525exc. While my new home had excellent riding, didn't want to pack up bike in truck every time. I miss the 525 every day, so much fun .
    The 690 was more power, but not as usable for me. And for the intended purpose, which was longer miles it had no range, comfort, and in the end, a fuel pump issue killed all the fun. Too much $$ to make it into what I thought it would be.
    But there was good times on it, for sure my life at the time also got in the way of riding in general.
    Moto Guzzi V85tt. Current ride, only a couple thousand clicks on it so far. For what I'm looking for now which is commuting, backroad exploring and countryside meandering it sure fits me so far. Amd is purty to boot!

    MFS
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