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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:54 PM   #61
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How does it handle in traffic? I used to ride a Kawasaki 400 dual sport that was hard to keep the front end down, hell the Honda 175 was a wheelie monster too, but topped out at 58mph.

In England they use dual sports modified with road bike wheels and tires, call em "motards" (stupid name) because they can handle bad roads, are more manuverable, and street bike tires grip the wet roads better.

and here in the states too...I did alittle mini motard racing a few years ago and have ridden a few to the big ones as well...anywho, it handles just like you think a dirt bike would, except a very heavy one. This thing is not a wheelie monster, in fact you have to work it just to pick up the front end. The power is there but the bike is HUGE. If you have any experience on bikes this one gives alot of good feedback on the road and can take corners on pavement surprisingly well considering it's on knobbies. I ran it up to 90 on the freeway last night and it held it there no problem. I’m going to go +1 on the countershaft to make it alittle more freeway friendly. Brakes are sub-par. The front has more feel than the rear, but it should anyways. I’m thinking a set of braided lines would help out front and rear in both feel and performance. Overall and considering this is the first true dual-sport I’ve owned and having said that such a short time, I couldn’t be more pleased with it. Fun factor is through the roof and I actually enjoy riding down my dirt road instead of driving down that pot hole infested, landmine ridden piece of trash that it is! Now were to put the buttsecks plate???
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Old March 16th, 2008, 06:59 PM   #62
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ive been thinking the same thing. i actualy went looking for a enduro friday. ive wanted one for a while.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #63
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Thanks, it seems they've really worked out the DS bugs, last one I had (Kawasaki) was little more than a dirt bike with lights, didn't work well on or off road.

Only other question, would someone 5'8" be able to put their feet down on the ground at a traffic light?
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #64
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Fun factor is through the roof and I actually enjoy riding down my dirt road instead of driving down that pot hole infested, landmine ridden piece of trash that it is! Now were to put the buttsecks plate???
I "dual-sported" my KTM 300, XR280, my wife's CRF150F and her CRF250X. More for convenience riding up north and farting around here and there. None of then like being above 60 mph though

Dirt roads are awesome.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:07 PM   #65
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Thanks, it seems they've really worked out the DS bugs, last one I had (Kawasaki) was little more than a dirt bike with lights, didn't work well on or off road.

Only other question, would someone 5'8" be able to put their feet down on the ground at a traffic light?

not without lowering it, but they have kits available to do that....I'm 6' and I can be flat footed and thats it...It's a few inches taller the the DR650...but I've been lurking on the klr650 forums and it seems that there is a far share of shorter owners out there...in fact the klr owners are friggen die-hards...it's kinda funny reading what they have to say about it. The only serious issue I've been able to track down with the bike is the "doohickey" or idler shaft adjuster or something? Anywho everyone seems to recomend changing that part ASAP, no matter what year bike you have and what your mileage is...
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:21 PM   #66
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That's what I was afraid of. Even my 71 Triumph's seat height is a little tall for me. It does get me about 45mpg, but ever since someone showed me what one in worse condition sold for, I've been afraid to ride it anywhere for fear of thieves.

I will be riding my (gay ass) Honda Elite 50 to work though, it gets over 100mpg...
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:30 PM   #67
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I will be riding my (gay ass) Honda Elite 50 to work though, it gets over 100mpg...
hahaha ask sonicjay about his "killer spree":tonka:
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:30 PM   #68
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In England they use dual sports modified with road bike wheels and tires, call em "motards" (stupid name) because they can handle bad roads, are more manuverable, and street bike tires grip the wet roads better.
Yep, and they're fun as hell on the street......

I've really been considering one of these:



I'd like a KTM, but they're $$$....only thing holding me back from a dualsport/supermoto set up is no back seat for the woman.....
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:31 PM   #69
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Ask sonicjay about his "Kill'n spree":tonka:
Sounds like a new thread....

"How much humiliation can you stand just to save a buck?"

Best things about mopeds and scooters are no insurance, no helmet, and the registration is $15 and good for 3 years...
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #70
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Yep, and they're fun as hell on the street......

I've really been considering one of these:



I'd like a KTM, but they're $$$....only thing holding me back from a dualsport/supermoto set up is no back seat for the woman.....

That thing would be a wheelie monster...fyi the klr is a 2-up bike.... I'd like to get the BMW gs1200 but those are big bucks...The KTM is nice but too much like a true dirt bike

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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #71
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Sounds like a new thread....

"How much humiliation can you stand just to save a buck?"

Best things about mopeds and scooters are no insurance, no helmet, and the registration is $15 and good for 3 years...

you could get a ysr50 and look bad ass...I had one back in the day that would do 70-80 no problem...and that thing would ride wheelies for days!!!
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:36 PM   #72
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Yep, and they're fun as hell on the street......

I've really been considering one of these:



I'd like a KTM, but they're $$$....only thing holding me back from a dualsport/supermoto set up is no back seat for the woman.....
A 650???? That is a girls bike. :tonka:
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:40 PM   #73
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A 650???? That is a girls bike. :tonka:
I could see you on a mid 80's yz490, open face helmet with the wind blowing your moustache and long locks!!!hahahaah!!!
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:42 PM   #74
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...fyi the klr is a 2-up bike....

Yeah, there are actually a few enduro's that are 2-up bikes...but realistically how comfortable would those be to ride like that for a few hours??
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Old March 16th, 2008, 07:58 PM   #75
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Yeah, there are actually a few enduro's that are 2-up bikes...but realistically how comfortable would those be to ride like that for a few hours??
Not as comfy as a Gold Wing or Electra Glide...
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Old March 16th, 2008, 08:03 PM   #76
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A 650???? That is a girls bike. :tonka:
LOL, yeah, probably a bit more than actually needed.....but it still gets 50+ mpg
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Old March 16th, 2008, 08:22 PM   #77
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I could see you on a mid 80's yz490, open face helmet with the wind blowing your moustache and long locks!!!hahahaah!!!
Locks my size require at least an 1100. Especially a FATASS like me.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 09:11 PM   #78
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Nice, Been thinking about getting a big Honda. Maybe this summer...........
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Old March 17th, 2008, 12:08 AM   #79
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bike looks good
i just took my old mans 79GL1000 to fix and ride
anyone know where i can get some drag bars besides ebay?
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