What bike do you want today?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by fivehitsweak, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I also have a TU250 which I love, but the bike that is making me take second glances for a small, simple, enjoyable machine is the Royal Enfield Meteor 350. Seems to have a bit more power, but it's also a lot heavier. However, we have an RE dealer here finally, so it might be worth a look.
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  2. Cycledelic Relic

    Cycledelic Relic follow old goatpath

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    I actually have a Kakadu jacket Im sellin just like that one....pants too.
  3. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    dang it
    https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/mcy/d/torrance-yamaha-scooter/7339286720.html
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    if I didn't have to build an inlaw suite right now and a dozen 2x4s didn't cost as much this guy's asking price.
    dang it. I gotta stay off that site.
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  4. BCinMD

    BCinMD Been here awhile

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    Been off two wheels for too long...itching to get back. Thinking something like this would be a good re-entry bike:[​IMG]
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  5. r0ckrat

    r0ckrat Been here awhile

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    Those are tiny... Way more cramped than the SV650...
  6. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF Supporter

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    The next Harley Rev. X
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    The cafe, please
  7. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    They not bad for average sized American male.
  8. psycho klr

    psycho klr Same psycho, now with less klr Supporter

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    This one has 11,000 miles and is offered for $14,000 OTD. I like it. 2016 Monster 1200R
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  9. psycho klr

    psycho klr Same psycho, now with less klr Supporter

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    I can't imagine trying to keep that clean with all of those nooks and crannies. They are amazing in their own way though.
  10. shoeb

    shoeb Long timer

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    Perfect for the job! :thumb
  11. Dave.0

    Dave.0 on the spectrum

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    not much not to like there -- one of the all time best street bike motors and top shelf components
    the price seems a bit steep but thats the cream of the crop for the old style monsters
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  12. msahern5

    msahern5 Jumping at Shadows

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    Well, I’m 2 for 3. That Yamaha would be nice, though.
  13. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    Which one, the SR500 or the XSR700? The SR is due to be brought in to get the wiring done.
  14. JETalmage

    JETalmage Long timer

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    I used to think that way, too. I worked at a Honda dealership in my young & foolish days (early 70s). I saw the CLs as pure rubbish; 'fake dirt bikes'. Just street bikes (CBs) with upswept pipes to fool the naive customer. If anyone wanted a street-legal dirt bike, they should clearly buy a dual-purpose (SLs). I even ridiculed my buddy struggling with his CL175 in the local clay hills and woods while I ran circles around him on my TS185 Suzuki Sierra.

    Lo these many decades since, though, I've heard myself saying this a thousand times: My preference for Adventure Bikes is not based on any Walter Mitty fantasy of round-the-world travel. I've no desire whatsoever to try to pretend a 500 lb bike is something for recreational trail riding. I have proper dirt bikes for that.

    I simply prefer my 'big road bike' to provide a sit-up posture and more practical ruggedness than a conventional touring bike so I don't have to feel finicky about it when I dare venture a little beyond pavement. Tooling around the campground. Going down the occasional gravel or hard-clay rural farm road. Parking it in the field of my own thickly wooded off-road playground.

    Then I bought a W800. Which—much to my own surprise—I absolutely delight in riding. Me; not even a 'retro'-guy. It's much more appealing to me than the 790 Adventure that I finally rid myself of shortly thereafter.

    And now, the bike I find myself most often day-dreaming about is a scrambler version of the W, based on the same engine and just as well-executed—with all the same visceral appeal—as the Street and Cafe models.

    Why? Simply because I'd like a version of the W that I don't have to feel finicky about when I….

    So: High left-side pipes. (Never hide that bevel gear drive.) A modest pebble guard. Scrambler bars with hand/lever guards. A little more suspension travel. Tasteful, timeless design. In short, a Kawasaki W correspondingly parallel to the Triumph Scrambler.

    See? It's not about posing, after all. Five decades later, I finally get the Scrambler. Who'da thunk it?

    JET
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  15. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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  16. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    But face it, scramblers are absolutely rubbish when it comes to traversing the rough ground that any dual sport can handle easily. So, since any plain jane bike - CB350 to W800 - can handle the same off road conditions as most any scrambler, why have a scrambler? What were those day-dreams about the scrambler? Couldn't be picturing yourself riding one now could it?

    Pretty sure that is what posing is...
    to assume a particular attitude or stance, especially with the hope of impressing others (ed, or yourself): to assume or hold a physical attitude, as for an artistic purpose: to pose for a painter (ed, or yourself).​
    If nothing else you are posing in your own mind... picturing yourself riding the bike with the high pipes ala Steve McQueen.

    Key point - there is nothing wrong with this whatsoever when it isn't affecting anyone else in any negative way. Took me a while to admit I, too, am a poser.
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  17. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer Supporter

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    My Scrambler has 10" of suspension travel, and traverses rough ground pretty well. You need to stop thinking all scramblers are like 50 year old CL350s. :deal
  18. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    Yeah my Benelli scrambler is fun on gravel and rutted jeep trails. I know it’s barely different than the street model. A little more suspension travel, different bars, and grippy pegs... but who cares? The suspension works, the riding position rocks and I’m happy and comfortable to take the bike anywhere.

    Honestly I couldn’t see myself taking my old 750 nighthawk or my Ace 750 or my v65 magma on any of the “roads” around Mountain View motorcycle campground. None of those bikes had the travel, they’d bottom out too easily. The v65 and ace had horrid ground clearance.

    what I can do on my scrambler is the same what I can do on my adventure bike. Ride a long distance to fun places, then dabble in the dirt.

    Charles.
  19. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    Custom built suspension?
  20. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer Supporter

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