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MeefZah
01-10-2008, 17:58
Just curious.

I'm not a cruiser guy, not a sport bike guy, maybe a sport touring guy... I did put 50,000 miles on my FZ1 in 2 years going all over the US... but now it's sold and I'm definetely a dual sport guy. Love riding gravel roads and trails.

V-Strom for the more road oriented stuff
KLR250 for dirt and trails
CRF230F (with a plate) for strictly off road stuff

Anyone else?

BTW, my favorite website for dual sport-style riding is www.advrider.com

BP44
01-10-2008, 18:27
I would love a KLR250:embarassed::embarassed::embarassed:

xring04
01-10-2008, 20:22
A bmw gs is def in my plans for me and my wife in the year or so.

Colorado4Wheel
01-10-2008, 20:53
Just curious.

I'm not a cruiser guy, not a sport bike guy, maybe a sport touring guy... I did put 50,000 miles on my FZ1 in 2 years going all over the US... but now it's sold and I'm definetely a dual sport guy. Love riding gravel roads and trails.

V-Strom for the more road oriented stuff
KLR250 for dirt and trails
CRF230F (with a plate) for strictly off road stuff

Anyone else?

BTW, my favorite website for dual sport-style riding is www.advrider.com

I am on that forum as well. I ride a DRZ400E that is tagged.

fnfalman
01-11-2008, 19:37
I'm getting there. I'm waiting for DynoJet to release the PCIII for the 990 Adventure so that I can cure the glitchy throttle response before taking the big beast offroad. Right now, the unpredictable throttle response is downright dangerous offroad. Damn Euro 3 and US emissions to hell!!!

Rikki
01-13-2008, 08:23
2001 DR-Z400S...
I think you hit the nail on the head- a good gravel road bike...
Most "dual sport" bikes don't do 'either' very well(for me)
I DID take my Dr-Z to Panama City for Thunder Beach last May-and had fun with it because it was light on the street, liquid cooled, and EASY to spot in parking lots among
the 1000's of HDs.
But off the Gravel and on the hi-way it's a Honda750 middleweight cruiser for my tired old bones.

m4arc
01-13-2008, 08:31
I want one of these:

http://www.ktmusa.com/fileadmin/swf/productspecials/uploads/690Enduro.jpg

Laszlo
01-13-2008, 18:49
If you still do a lot of travelling, than I think the BMW GS 1200 is the way to go. I think the seat on the KTM 990 Adventure is not as comfortable on long distance as the Bimmer`s.
To me the KTM is an oversized dirtbike.

Plus KTM was pretty snotty with Ewan and Charlie on the "longway round" trip.:supergrin:

By the way, here is the new BMW 800 GS:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v246/szutor/112307top.jpg

Rinspeed
01-14-2008, 08:29
I have a Yamaha XT600 which is a blast on the road or some light trails. Seeing I race a WR450 the XT always felt like it would hurt me easily if I got to frisky in the dirt. Most of the dual sports need to go on a serious diet as far as I'm concerned. If I was going to buy a new one this would be my choice.



http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y29/Rinspeed/DS_TE610_01.jpg

MeefZah
01-14-2008, 08:33
KTM is one of the most maintenance intensive bikes you can buy. I like 'em, but I'd never own one.

The GS800 / GS1200 are pretty cool, but big!

I just finished up a weekend dual sport / camping trip in S.E. Ohio on the CRF230.
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q189/MeefZah/MR010908004.jpg
It was the perfect tool for the slow speed gravel roads and technical trail stuff! I spent a good part of the off road ride helping a guy on a GS1200 get unstuck...

Nice to see there's others on here that enjoy a similar style of riding!

CraigR
01-14-2008, 11:07
I've owned a lot of bikes, 15 to be exact, from an XL 250, an old Honda dual sport to a nitroused ZX 11 Kawasaki. The most fun I have ever had on a bike is the one I've owned for the last 3 years, an 04 Suzuki DR 650. I've toured on it, commuted on it to the tune of 425 miles a week into Boston and taken it off road quite a bit.

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s151/glocker12/Picture678.jpg

popnfresh
01-22-2008, 04:16
I really cannot see myself buying any other bike other than a 650cc class DS bike. Anything else would be a step down in my riding enjoyment(unless someone builds a sub 400lb 800cc+ DS bike that isn't ridiculously priced) .
My bike is great for my daily 80 mph freeway commute, it's my grocery getter, and offroader funbike all of this for $4299 brand new.

It isn't much for looking cool or conforming to the societal standard of black leather and chrome, but if I wanted to fit in or look cool I wouldn't dress like this:






http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y59/glock2027/gear.jpg

Got the street helmet, motard jacket, GP gloves, and MX boots....oh and the CTAC at 12:00 with 27 on board.


But hey, it sure as hell is fun, I don't care how I look.......obviously.

I can cruise with the cruisers and I can ride twisties with the sportbikes but they would have a hard time following me.
urban fun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS11Pkz6u2M)
little detour on way to gun show (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibNGeTwnExQ)under dressed and busted parts.
Trying out my new rear tire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLFtDG7Ckgg)

MeefZah
01-22-2008, 10:04
I have been owned by my (now sold) KLR650 many a time, too.

Part of the reason the smaller displacement duallys really appeal to me, way lighter, and better off road.

One of the posters that replied to your Youtube video was right. When in doubt, gas it!

Here's a video a buddy compiled for me from a ride through the Appalachians this summer on my '06 KLR650. I also wrote a story to go along with it which kind of clarifies some of the pictures.

Story: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250252

Video:
<object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/URbt8qKhTRE&rel=1"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/URbt8qKhTRE&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>

fnfalman
01-22-2008, 15:09
If you still do a lot of travelling, than I think the BMW GS 1200 is the way to go. I think the seat on the KTM 990 Adventure is not as comfortable on long distance as the Bimmer`s.
To me the KTM is an oversized dirtbike.

Plus KTM was pretty snotty with Ewan and Charlie on the "longway round" trip.:supergrin:

By the way, here is the new BMW 800 GS:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v246/szutor/112307top.jpg

As a BMW boxer twin owner I simply have to say that the BMW GS wouldn't make a good pimple on the KTM Adventure's ass.

Adventure riding is all about on road and off road. Otherwise, it's called touring and there are bikes made specifically for touring. Besides Obiwan is a puss. No wonder KTM didn't want to support him and his boy toy Charlie. They have a reputation to protect.:tongueout:

popnfresh
01-22-2008, 22:35
I have been owned by my (now sold) KLR650 many a time, too.

Part of the reason the smaller displacement duallys really appeal to me, way lighter, and better off road.

One of the posters that replied to your Youtube video was right. When in doubt, gas it!

Here's a video a buddy compiled for me from a ride through the Appalachians this summer on my '06 KLR650. I also wrote a story to go along with it which kind of clarifies some of the pictures.



If not for my freeway commute I would have gone with a lighter bike maybe smaller disp. probably an XR, but the KLR seemed to be the most highway friendly.

As for the "when in doubt gas it" mantra, that would have been a very bad choice in this situation, it would have sent me into very deep washout ruts that ran at a 45 degree angle. I needed to make an immediate turn right after that bump, it is hard to turn when I am in the air. Also the KLR suspension doesn't allow much speed on rough terrain before bottoming.

This is also my daily driver so I don't like braking things like mirrors, lights, levers, radiators, etc. so I can't get too aggressive like I could on a dirt bike.

Your friend writes a great ride report, I wish we land like that around here. I lived in Johnson City TN for a few years that area of the country beautiful.

klmmicro
01-24-2008, 21:40
I have an XR650 that set up for desert that I dual sport on. All of my friends had dual sport bikes and I was always stuck on the road. Finally broke down and bought one. It is pretty good commuter bike, though my CBR is better for that. What is great is being able to cruise to a good riding spot without trailering anything.

backspinnn
01-24-2008, 22:52
I am a big time dualsport addict. I have had a bunch of different bikes. I have two KTMs right now a 640 Adventure and a DS 450 EXC. The F800 sure looks sweet.

fnfalman
01-25-2008, 08:49
I am a big time dualsport addict. I have had a bunch of different bikes. I have two KTMs right now a 640 Adventure and a DS 450 EXC. The F800 sure looks sweet.

You must be one tall person to ride the 640 ADV. I couldn't even ballerina tiptoe that damn thing.:wow:

backspinnn
01-26-2008, 12:07
You must be one tall person to ride the 640 ADV. I couldn't even ballerina tiptoe that damn thing.:wow:



I am only 5'9". As long as I can touch on one side I am good.

fnfalman
01-28-2008, 12:37
I am only 5'9". As long as I can touch on one side I am good.

I'm 5ft6 with disproportionately short legs. I couldn't even get the 640 off the side stand, which is a damn shame because I like to try that mother out.

Braken
01-31-2008, 21:45
Hi, I just bought a 2006 Yamaha TW200, has 503 miles on it's OD.

Almost like new, ridden by a guy and his wife in thier 50's. I could tell he takes care of things, his shop was spot less. Worked as an accountant.

Anyway here's a link to what it looks like, no pics of my own yet.
Check it out, big fat tires, low weight, decent cost, resale looks to be very good. 70 to 90 mpg's ain't bad.

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2006models/2006models-Yamaha-TW200.htm


It snowed 6" today, can't wait for it to warm up good for some fun outside.
Maybe one of those bike trail tours in the spring.

MeefZah
01-31-2008, 22:11
Hi, I just bought a 2006 Yamaha TW200, has 503 miles on it's OD.

TWs are cool. "2 wheel quads" is the common description of them. Track through anything, period.

Choclabman
02-03-2008, 09:28
I have a 07 R1200GS and a 06 Husqvarna TE450 The wife has a TE250

The 1200GS is great for the freeway, country/mountain roads, dirt/gravel roads, and wide trails.

The TE450 is great on steep muddy hills and billy goat trails, but I would never take it on the freeway.

Choclabman
02-03-2008, 09:36
I have a 07 R1200GS and a 06 Husqvarna TE450 The wife has a TE250

The 1200GS is great for the freeway, country/mountain roads, dirt/gravel roads, and wide trails.

The TE450 is great on steep muddy hills and billy goat trails, but I would never take it on the freeway.

Laszlo
02-03-2008, 19:35
Besides Obiwan is a puss. No wonder KTM didn't want to support him and his boy toy Charlie. They have a reputation to protect.:tongueout:

:rofl: