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post #1 of 17 Old 06-03-2011, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Smile So, what else do you ride?

My main ride is my C14, farkled in so many ways, it's my foul weather bike for commutes, the '05 KLR will be my fair weather ride-aint that something? And of course the KLR will be used off road every chance I get, I'm setting it up as an adventure bike ready to tackle anything thrown it's way. I also have a YZ450F, it's my mid life crisis bike (49). I also have an old 225 shaftie Yamaha quad and three wheeler, an old XT250G almost resurected, and my old trail 90, which sometime in the future will breathe life.
So, who's next?
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-03-2011, 12:49 AM
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The KLR is it for me. The one I ride will be the last and only motorcycle I buy and ride before I die or can't ride any more.

I've never owned a "street bike" and the only ones I've ever ridden were an old Triumph Bonneville my older brother converted into a "chopper," a Honda 350 my brother restored and a Kawasaki Ninja 750 I had to ride back to post from a city impound lot after a guy that worked for me in the Army got a DWI. That's it. Oh, and a Kawasaki 90cc 2-cycle "mini street bike" that I got when I graduated from my 49cc Honda Mini-Trail back in 1973 or so.

I still don't comprehend the purpose behind that Kawasaki 90-cc 2-cycle street bike other than for old people to haul along on their RV's and to ride around campsites on, but it was the bike that taught me how to ride and is still my personal favorite bike I've ever owned. I remember my Dad telling me I could either pick it up cheap, or wait awhile and get a real "dirt bike" when we had more money. I wanted it bad and chose it and have never regretted it. I rode it like a dirt bike and it never failed me.

Got out of riding for awhile, but then owned a Suzuki SP600 and a Honda XR650L.

Anyhoo, my KLR is the only motorcycle I own. I have no interest in anything other than DS machines. Nothing against street bikes: just personal preference. I've never wanted one. I've never been interested in quads or ATV's.

I have no need for a true "dirt bike" because I'm too old, fat and out of shape to ride one and lack the necessary skills to fully take advantage of it. If I rode one as they're intended, I'd probably wind up in the hospital.

At this point in my life, I'm straight KLR.



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post #3 of 17 Old 06-03-2011, 01:07 AM
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-03-2011, 01:17 AM
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Bicycles. I have nine bicycles and two bare frames in the boxes in my garage.

Hopefully in August the Yamaha Super Tenere will be released and I will be riding one. Barring dealership politics I am first on the list for Sacramento.

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post #5 of 17 Old 06-03-2011, 08:08 AM
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2008 Suzuki B-King - Because everyone needs a 180+hp streetbike. 0 to HOLY SHITE!! in just a few seconds. I honestly dont know how i still have a valid drivers license. All of my friends who have ridden the 'King have also been amazed at how good the handling is for a big bike (580lb wet), everyone seems to think it will handle like a pig, but it feels more like a 600 supersport, a pretty amazing engineering feat imo. I do have to say though, the KLR has been stealing a fair amount of seat time from the BKing lately.

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I also ride a Buell 2008 1125r. I think the new KLR is going to see a lot more time out of the garage than the Buell this summer. I've got the exploring bug.
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I have an 06 Suzuki Katana 750 for the street and a 90 KX500 for the dirt. The KLR is for everything in between. I find myself riding the KLR the most as it's just a fun bike to ride. It don't go very fast, ( My Katana does that) but it seems to be able to go anywhere.

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Bicycles. I have nine bicycles and two bare frames in the boxes in my garage.

Hopefully in August the Yamaha Super Tenere will be released and I will be riding one. Barring dealership politics I am first on the list for Sacramento.
I forgot I do have a mountain bike, a Specialized Hard Rock. I'm embarassed to say I haven't ridden it much since I got the KLR. At the time I got it, I think it was kind of a stand-in for the motorcycle I didn't have and couldn't afford. I actually checked it over last week and made a promise to start riding it more this Summer.

I can't wait to hear some first-hand, no-BS reports on the Super Tenere from the dualsport crowd and it's good to see an old hand on this forum is getting one. I'm sure we'll hear about it?



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post #9 of 17 Old 06-03-2011, 09:54 AM
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What else?? I forget..

I arrived last night in Spokane to pick up my new toy.. I'll be going to pick it up and start my 2000 or so mile ride home, in about an hour..

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What else?? I forget..

I arrived last night in Spokane to pick up my new toy.. I'll be going to pick it up and start my 2000 or so mile ride home, in about an hour..

Have a safe trip and minimal monkey butt. Beautiful bike.

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