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Posted: 4/6/2006 5:58:17 AM EDT
I am seriously thinking about gettin' one of these.
Honda
Yamaha
Suzuki

Anyone have one or had one ?
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 6:03:36 AM EDT
What's your inseam? Those bikes get tall quick. Make sure you can comfortably reach the ground while sitting on one.

Also check here: www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=1&f=134
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 6:08:49 AM EDT
kawasaki KLR650

BMW GS

2 of the best in my book.
KLR if you are on a budget, or a used GS.
If you are well off a new GS.

I have a 91 R100GS, got it for 5k, and love it!
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 6:12:44 AM EDT
Honda XR650L if you are more dirt oriented (like me). I just need the "plate" to get me into the mountains.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 6:14:41 AM EDT
It always depends on how much dirt you ride vs. road time. To gain in one, you are going to have to sacrifice the other. I am a bit partial to dirt myself. I would recommend a converted XR400 or XR600. If you really want a fun dirt machine that gets road use to and from the trails, a converted CRF450 would be ALOT of fun
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 6:31:43 AM EDT
I'm partial to the KTM 625 SXC myself, unfortunately they stopped importing them a couple years ago. They were much lighter, more powerful, and more dirt friendly than any other dual sport
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 6:31:55 AM EDT
I have riden dirt most of my life, have not had a street bike in 7 or so years .
I want to use it to ride to the woods to go shooting . Or just general riding. No major hiway riding either
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 6:49:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 6:49:57 AM EDT by madmann135]
the BMW F650 GS is one of the top selling BMW motorbikes peroid. There are so many aftermarket parts you can virtually build a bike from just aftermarket parts.

If you want the GS and have the money to modify it you can easily and I mean easily spend upto and possiably over 10,000 bucks on aftermarket parts and upgrades. The GS is well supported by many companies.

I hear the GS rides like a dream but requires a bit of fuel managment. Which is taken care of by 2 companies one making the Fuel nanny which cost under $300 bucks and well worth the price.

If getting the F650 GS you can go toThe Chain Gang website and find loads of information on the F650 GS.

I really want one but right now I can't afford one.


My little BMW GS pitch. Finished
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 7:09:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Outsider_10fp:
I have riden dirt most of my life, have not had a street bike in 7 or so years .
I want to use it to ride to the woods to go shooting . Or just general riding. No major hiway riding either



That's why I bought mine- 85 Suzuki SP600. It was only imported one year so it's a little difficult to find parts for, but it was cheap at $850 and it has a 5 gallon tank. If I were going to buy a new bike to fill the same role I think I would get a Suzuki DR400. They have a great reputation.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 9:02:29 AM EDT
I hate loking for prices online
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 9:28:48 AM EDT
My KLR complete with Pelican case. The perfect Honolulu commuter vehicle.


Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:00:17 AM EDT


Heres my 05 KLR 650.

Yamaha only offers bikes in the 200cc class, kinda small. The Honda is a G note more, and while better in the dirt it doesn't have a liquid cooled motor or the range of the KLR. Everything being a tradeoff, the DR (Suzuki) is also better suited for drit than the KLR, however the KLR is more road worthy.

Have a look at www.klr650.net

or advrider.com

The KLR has a cult following and many aftermarket parts are available to set it up just the way you want it.From stiffer suspensions raisng and lowering links, over-sized brake rotors etc.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:20:01 AM EDT
V-Strom DL 1000.

That's what I have.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:52:47 AM EDT
Drive the BMW first. I almost bought one and found out that I'm not a dry clutch guy. Tried out both the KL and RT and really did not like the way either felt. (R series are going to have the same engine as the dual sport models of that same year.)

Randall
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:58:31 AM EDT
Husqvarna TE610, hands down if you are going offroad seriously.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 10:59:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
What's your inseam? Those bikes get tall quick. Make sure you can comfortably reach the ground while sitting on one.

Also check here: www.ar15.com/forums/forum.html?b=1&f=134



+1

My bud has a Triumph (I think it's a Tiger), and I can barely get on the thing. He's 6'6" and needed something like this, and it fit him perfect.

It's a cool bike, though, with great capability.

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 11:02:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 11:03:14 AM EDT by nationwide]
Loved my KLR650...

did a border to border run on it
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:41:47 PM EDT
Those BMW duals are killer bikes.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:43:29 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 12:46:15 PM EDT by bruh44]
KLR 650. I've had one for 2 years, and I'll probobly have it for the rest of my life. It handles pretty well off road, very well on fire break dirt roads, very well on the street, and ok on the highway. Keep in mind not too many bikers are into highway riding anyways.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:53:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Rino451:
Drive the BMW first.



DRIVE a motorcycle?
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:36:15 PM EDT

Originally Posted By operatorTRP:
kawasaki KLR650

BMW GS

2 of the best in my book.
KLR if you are on a budget, or a used GS.
If you are well off a new GS.

I have a 91 R100GS, got it for 5k, and love it!



USMC uses a multifuel KLR 650 Kawasaki.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:43:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/6/2006 2:44:57 PM EDT by Outsider_10fp]
well, here is the deal , my Yota ('92) is having major issues ( rockers and arm assy). Gas is too high, my rig blew the fuck up , $16,000 overhaul, rates suck. I am gonna go to work for someone else .
I think I'll stay in the transport ind. SOOoooooooo, ima buy me a bike to have cheap transp. while I rebuild the Yota.

I am leaning towrds the Suzuki DZR-400 , my commute looks like it will be around 40 miles each way, all back roads, should be fun
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 3:43:47 PM EDT
KLR650 is a great bike. Go anywhere, anytime. A Jeep Wrangler with two wheels.

Link Posted: 4/6/2006 3:53:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JohanLondon:
V-Strom DL 1000.

That's what I have.



Same here. Great for the road, not meant for the trails.
Faster than I need it to be, and a good ride.

Here a review from a while back:


www.motorbikestoday.com/reviews/Articles/v-strom.htm
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