Underrated bikes

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  1. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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    Bought my 2002 TDM900 at the start of 2013. I had bought a business and decided that keeping a R1200GS in the shed for occasional rides was not good value so I sold it.

    Looked around for a cheap twin with an upright riding position and a minimum 300km range.

    Nearly pulled the trigger on a 1000 V-Strom from Wagga but just couldn't. Had read a bit about the TDMs - ho hum reviews but owners loved them.

    5 years later I'm still enjoying it. It's been ultra reliable, economical and happy on and off road.

    Exceeded my expectations.

    Any other similar stories out there?

    Overrated bikes would be a bigger thread...……………………………………….. :lol3
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  2. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    KLE500/ XT250/ Pegaso 650/ KLR250-650/Bandit600/ MUZ Bagheera 660/ Husky TR650/ CT110/ Zook VanVan (RV125)/ Trumpy Scrambler....the list is endless.
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  3. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    oops... sorry...

    I thought you wrote "under berated" bikes. :shog :augie
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  4. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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  5. Cruz

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  6. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    I had a 1st generation 1000cc Strom....many many years ago. It was a nice bike.
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  7. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    we don't...

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    ... seriously though - this is as close (as I can think of) to a Swedish national hat:

    the student graduation cap: :deal

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    swede alternative to this:

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    and to get back on topic... about underrated bikes...

    as far as dirt/trail bikes go... the 90's lil' 2 stroke Yammie DT200R was overlooked by many (in the shadow of the XR/TTR hey day, perhaps?)

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  8. Dave Ward

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    Yep, loved mine & wish I still had it.
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  9. bigborett

    bigborett Hipster

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    I had and still have a first generation TL1000S(father of Strom) now that was underrated with a couple of tweaks.

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  10. AUSSIEADV

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  11. DeLewis

    DeLewis Been here awhile

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    Funny you should mention the TDM; I’m on the hunt for a clean Yamaha TRX850 which of course shares its engine (with minor tweaks) with the TDM. I had a TRX years ago that had been converted after a crash by the previous owner to a street fighter/naked style bike. That was one fun bike with heaps of torque and an amazing exhaust note. They remain an underrated and remarkably cheap bike - and I reckon will be collectable.

    And as a previous owner of a Husky TR, I have to agree with Glitch they are very underrated too - what a KLR ought to be:D
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  12. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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    I know where you can get one...………………...:wink:
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  13. Dave Ward

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    Oh dear...
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  14. DeLewis

    DeLewis Been here awhile

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    I’m all ears... but don’t tell anyone else :)

    But seriously, if ya know someone who has one...
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  15. Gadget678

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    My son has the WR200- absolute hoot to ride (he's booked us in to race the Farmers Enduro pony express - 6hr- next weekend.... I'll be on the WR)
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  18. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    A versatile farm implement if ever I saw one, and you can't kill them with an axe.
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    Thanks Al. A little something I threw together.
    Love that bike. It has had a few iterations over the years. I think about the only original parts on the poor old thing are the loom the speedo and the tank(not the paint).

    Fell in love with TL's the first time I heard one down Latrobe st, not the fat heavy slightly less powered younger brother(you know the one that wears the dress) but the TLS.
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    I don’t think they had upside downers did they?
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