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Anyone ride a motorcycle here?
show user profile  9krausec
Hey! I was wondering if there were any bike riders on the forum (with an engine)?

I currently (well not now, put it away for winter), a 1980 Harley Davidson 1000cc sporty I rebuilt a year or so back, but I am already looking at possibley getting a second bike in the next year or two..

First I was thinking it would be cool to get a super sports bike like a yamaha r6 (my brother has one and it is crazy fun to drive). I wanted to get something more up to date...

But now after thinking about it, I think it would be super awesome to have an "adventure dual sport bike" so I could take it out camping n such, or just tool around off road...

Does anyone here drive such a bike? Just looking for some experience and advice on the subject. I could see owning one when I move to LA in a year or so..

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11/4/2011 11:35:43 PM (last edit: 11/4/2011 11:35:43 PM)
show user profile  Garp
I had a Yamaha XT600 (the old one, like the Tenere but with a smaller tank) for 7 or 8 years.
Pushed it a lot and often in all sorts of terrain and never had a glitch.
Great for off road, but just for that.

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11/4/2011 11:46:14 PM (last edit: 11/4/2011 11:46:14 PM)
show user profile  9krausec
cool! What country are you from Garp? I think the one main problem with my idea of that type of bike would be finding extensive trails that allow me to take the bike out on...

Then I need to figure out how realistic it would be for me to own a bike like that anyways (yeah, I think it would be killer to go out for a day, take some sweet photos and eat a can of beans, but how often would I be able to even get out to do that? I figure I will mostly be involved with work).

I just need something newer and fast... my 1980 looks amazing, sounds great, but it just doesn't have the giddy up that I want out of a motorcycle. (plus the gas mileage sucks).

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11/5/2011 12:22:52 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 12:22:52 AM)
show user profile  K-tonne
get one of these- no need to look for trails, lots of get-up-and-go

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11/5/2011 12:46:09 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 12:46:09 AM)
show user profile  killerbee2
only monkeys do

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11/5/2011 12:55:32 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 12:55:32 AM)
show user profile  Garp
I live in the south-east of France, just where the Alps fall in the mediterranean sea. I used to live on the coast but then I retired a little in the mountains (less than one hour from the sea though). There's a huge variety of terrains in this area. I really put the bike to good use when I had it.

Price wise, these bikes cost almost nothing. They are very sturdy (no electronics) and you can easily do all the repairs and maintenance yourself. You'd need a couple of yamaha tools though.

But as I say, definitely not for the road. The position is upright and it becomes quite uncomfortable when you drive fast (not that the bike goes very fast anyway).
How about a Suzuki GSXR or ZXR 600 or 750cc? You should be able to find one from the late 80s/mid 90s for quite cheap. I also had one for a while. Now that was a dangerous toy!

Harleys look cool but other than that... meh! (my personal opinion , of course)

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11/5/2011 12:57:43 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 1:00:02 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
@garp- No, I actually agree with you. It was my first bike, and I wanted something simple that I could fix.. They do look really cool, but are not efficient and suck more gas than I'd like from a motorcycle..

Maybe I'll stick to the plan of getting a r6 or equal... Those are fun little bikes..

Buells are pretty solid too, but aftermarket parts going to be harder to find because they are no longer connected to harley and have been sticking with making racing bikes over consumer bikes..

Hmm.. Well, as of now I am poor as sh*t, but I like to plan out major purchases like this in advance.

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11/5/2011 1:52:47 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 1:52:47 AM)
show user profile  owtdor
I used to ride all the time here in Arizona since it never snows. I started with an '84 GPZ 750, then I upgraded to a 1988 Honda Hawk 600, and finally got a 1994 CBR 600 F2. I sold the last one ten years ago now. I really miss it at times, just not at the peak of the summer heat. Around here we don't have helmet laws but in the heat everyone wears one, to keep cool. I even had a small bottle with a hand pump and a short tube with a mister attached to it. I would strap it around my waist and clip the nozzle to the visor. I only had to pump it up every few miles on the freeway or each stoplight on the surface streets. Poor man's air conditioning I guess.
I rode from Phoenix to Durango, Colorado and back in one weekend in 1997. 1000+ miles in 3 days. A ton of crosswinds too. Over the open desert I would ride about 100-120MPH just to keep the bike upright.

Man I miss it right now...


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11/5/2011 3:26:16 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 3:27:31 AM)
show user profile  jareu
I have a Yamaha XVS 650. Its a good starting bike, looks nice, runs solidly. Not too powerful though.

If you want a mix between cruiser and sports that will either get you killed or drive you insane, check out the Vmax

This thing is insane.

He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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11/5/2011 3:42:29 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 3:42:29 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Yeah, the vmax rocks!
Only bike that could take up the gsxr in the curves. On the outside! I almost bought one.
I haven't look at them in a while. Damn, the last models are even more gorgeous than the ones I remember!

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11/5/2011 3:56:30 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 3:56:30 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
Holy piss.. That thing better be worth 20k... Looks really cool though..

Maybe one of these?


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11/5/2011 3:56:30 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 3:56:30 AM)
show user profile  spoon
Did anyone say motorcycling? :D

/entering over-enthousiastic frenzy

>I live in the south-east of France, just where the Alps fall in the mediterranean sea.

Thats just not fair ... i'm jealous! (i'm actually planning to do the "route des grande alpes" next year in june)

I also have an itch to buy a cheap used adventure bike, and if i would go for it, it would be one of these:
- honda transalp XLV600 or 650 : the newer 700cc models have smaller front wheels and are therefore less suited to actual offroading. Here in belgium, you can find 600cc transalps with low mileage for as low as 1000 to 2000 euros.
- honda africa twin : what a beast :) These are popular bikes in the adventure crowd, so they still hold their value quite well though.

If i would be willing to spend alot of money on it (which i wont) it would be a yellow/black BMW GS800 :D

Oh, and don't buy a KTM. Really. The only people who like those bikes are people who are willing to spend alot of money on it and then label their unreliable nature as "having character"

Oh, and if you're into adventure biking, you MUST see "long way round" and "long way down" ;)

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11/5/2011 9:44:42 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 9:44:42 AM)
show user profile  Garp
The one and only Solex:

Bike of the future (since 1946!)

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11/5/2011 9:58:38 AM (last edit: 11/5/2011 9:58:38 AM)
show user profile  killerbee2
my job during the weekend:

gay solex biking on skates :

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11/7/2011 9:05:41 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 9:06:11 PM)
show user profile  CAD Monkey
I used to have a 2001 Yamaha R1 a few years back - I'd highly recommend it...

Today is a gift, and tomorrow is not a promise, so love life!

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11/7/2011 10:08:19 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 10:08:19 PM)
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