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Forum: Road warriors 04-01-2011, 05:46 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,634
Posted By soloist666
Out of 36 bikes in the last 37 years, 10 have...

Out of 36 bikes in the last 37 years, 10 have been street bikes. Out of those 10 the only regret was my brand new (in 1985) Suzuki RG500. It was absolutely thrilling to ride. Sold it when I got...
Forum: Australia 02-28-2011, 10:40 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,256
Posted By soloist666
If you're getting out of the smaller dirt bike...

If you're getting out of the smaller dirt bike then the 625 might be the ideal compromise. The 640 adv on the surface runs the bigger tank, screen & different carb. But I'm tipping that the 625 will...
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2011, 04:27 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,568
Posted By soloist666
As stated, buy the one that makes you smile! ...

As stated, buy the one that makes you smile!

I owned a practical bike for years, a VFR750. I now own an impractical bike, an '08 GSXR750. BUT, I have an absolute ball on it. The handling,...
Forum: Australia 02-27-2011, 04:13 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,256
Posted By soloist666
I started looking for an adventure bike back in...

I started looking for an adventure bike back in early '08. I tend to procrastinate somewhat and it took until early last year to end up with what I believe to be the ideal long distance off road...
Forum: Thumpers 02-10-2011, 10:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,832
Posted By soloist666
Sorry, just got back onto the site. Don't do it...

Sorry, just got back onto the site. Don't do it myself, I am very time poor and would rather put the time into something else. I ride it up to my mates shop and they do it. When I retire I might...
Forum: Thumpers 02-04-2011, 06:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,832
Posted By soloist666
I had an '06 KTM450 EXC. Oil & filter at 500 k's...

I had an '06 KTM450 EXC. Oil & filter at 500 k's and valve clearance checks at 1000 k's, and even at those intervals my mates thought that I was pushing my luck. I do the oil & filter on my 640 at...
Forum: Thumpers 02-04-2011, 06:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,832
Posted By soloist666
I have the 640, and have ridden the DRZ & XR. ...

I have the 640, and have ridden the DRZ & XR. The 640 would decimate both in handling & suspension. I rode quite a number of bikes before I settled on the 640. This bike is really a complete...
Forum: Australia 01-25-2011, 11:13 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,291
Posted By soloist666
In 2009 I bought an '07 WR450F with the intention...

In 2009 I bought an '07 WR450F with the intention of doing exactly that. It had low k's and was a good base to work from. I bought chain & sprockets for the necessary gearing, big Safari tank, and...
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2011, 04:49 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,748
Posted By soloist666
Mine's an '07. Vibes only an issue on the road,...

Mine's an '07. Vibes only an issue on the road, and you forget after awhile. No oil leaks. Unless KTM fill that void in their line-up, mine's staying for a long long time.....
Forum: Australia 01-24-2011, 04:38 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,291
Posted By soloist666
I faced the same problem about 12 months ago. An...

I faced the same problem about 12 months ago. An off-road tourer for the desert & a bit of High country work.

I test rode both the DRZ400 & DR650, and whilst I have owned a number of Suzuki's...
Forum: Orange Crush 01-21-2011, 10:07 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 51,743
Posted By soloist666
I test rode a 990 some 12 months ago with the...

I test rode a 990 some 12 months ago with the intention of buying new, and using it as a commuter and some cross country touring. But, after the test ride, I felt it was too big. Some of the cross...
Forum: Australia 01-21-2011, 04:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,326
Posted By soloist666
I have bought 30+ bikes in the past 35 years, and...

I have bought 30+ bikes in the past 35 years, and most of them new. Some of my early bikes were Bultaco's & Suzuki RM's with down pipes - bikes that a lot of current dealers would not have a clue...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-21-2011, 03:50 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,796
Posted By soloist666
Do you have to have a reason? I am just obsessed...

Do you have to have a reason? I am just obsessed with them! Cars get me to work & tow my dirt bike around, that's all. Boats don't even figure in the equation. Losing my bikes would be like losing...
Forum: Beasts 01-13-2011, 04:05 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,360
Posted By soloist666
Where do I start with this one.... I have read...

Where do I start with this one.... I have read the first 4 pages of this thread & it has gone from the concern of the original post (contemporary pricing), to thoughts of motorcycles as forms of...
Forum: Australia 01-12-2011, 11:24 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 11,575
Posted By soloist666
Looking thru this thread & it doesn't look like a...

Looking thru this thread & it doesn't look like a bike has been bought yet? I have owned & ridden a number of bikes you are considering (owned the KTM 450 & WR450). Without writing war & peace, the...
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2010, 05:16 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 81,468
Posted By soloist666
It'll be good to see what you end up with. I...

It'll be good to see what you end up with. I nearly bought one 3 weeks ago (new) which was going to cost me around the 15 k mark. Then you need to start spending?? Luckily a pristine 640 adventure...
Forum: Australia 03-31-2010, 05:57 AM
Replies: 4,567
Views: 430,500
Posted By soloist666
Mmmmm... Obviously my skills at posting pics is...

Mmmmm... Obviously my skills at posting pics is really lacking. I was trying smugbug.
Forum: Australia 03-31-2010, 05:52 AM
Replies: 4,567
Views: 430,500
Posted By soloist666
http://soloist.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/KTM/1168154...

http://soloist.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/KTM/11681544_VEB9x#824267298_9Y7jZ
I don't know if this has worked, but if it has this is my '07 640 that I picked up about 2 weeks ago with about 4 thou on...
Forum: Australia 03-30-2010, 02:58 AM
Replies: 4,567
Views: 430,500
Posted By soloist666
I'd like to post some photo's of my '07 640 which...

I'd like to post some photo's of my '07 640 which I've just picked up in the last couple of weeks, BUT have no idea of how to paste them into the site. Can someone let me know the link on this site...
Forum: Australia 03-25-2010, 05:19 AM
Replies: 4,567
Views: 430,500
Posted By soloist666
New 640.

Finally got myself an '07 640. I tried to tour a WR450F without much luck. Anyway my bike is box stock, and I've already put about 1200 k's on it in less than 2 weeks. I also have a GSXR which...
Forum: Australia 03-23-2010, 06:41 AM
Replies: 4,567
Views: 430,500
Posted By soloist666
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Forum: Thumpers 03-19-2010, 04:06 AM
Replies: 8,728
Views: 1,881,746
Posted By soloist666
I've had my 640 now for a week and took my wife...

I've had my 640 now for a week and took my wife out the other day for lunch and did about an 80 k round trip. I have 3 bikes being a GSXR750, KTM250 2T, & a WR450F. The WR is going, so that I can...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2010, 04:33 PM
Replies: 8,728
Views: 1,881,746
Posted By soloist666
My new (used) 640 adv.

Picked my '07 640 adv last Friday, and have already put about 500 k's on it. It has only done about 4000 k's in total and without going thru this entire thread for the answers was wondering if...
Forum: Thumpers 03-09-2010, 03:39 AM
Replies: 8,728
Views: 1,881,746
Posted By soloist666
My new (used) 640 adv.

After 12 months of trying to get a WR450F to do what it shouldn't do, I gave up & test rode a 640 adv today. I was absolutely smitten by the thing. It's an '07 model with under 10,000 k's on the...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2010, 06:53 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 23,566
Posted By soloist666
Thanks for the response. A much healthier service...

Thanks for the response. A much healthier service interval than the WRF. I'm setting the bike up for a trip to Cape York in 18 months or so from Melbourne. I did the same trip on a Tenere back in...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2010, 03:43 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 23,566
Posted By soloist666
Looking to purchase a 640 adventure

Thought I'd jump in here even though this thread ended some time ago.... I am looking at getting rid of my '07 WRF450. I have tried dual sporting it and even though its the ducks guts on the big long...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-18-2009, 08:17 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,996
Posted By soloist666
Well I am nearly 50 and ride a GSXR750, I used to...

Well I am nearly 50 and ride a GSXR750, I used to ride a VFR750 after all my mates told me that the VFR was a "sensible" bike to ride. All I can say is that the GSXR does everything better than the...
Forum: Australia 07-02-2009, 05:15 AM
Replies: 470
Views: 25,048
Posted By soloist666
Have done lots of rides on my own, hence soloist....

Have done lots of rides on my own, hence soloist. Longest trip on my own was from Melbourne to the tip of Australia (about 4,000 k's), on a Yamaha Tenere with a registration number of TB666. Bit slow...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-14-2009, 05:27 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 14,132
Posted By soloist666
A Bultaco Mk 6 pursang 125 from 1974, & a Suzuki...

A Bultaco Mk 6 pursang 125 from 1974, & a Suzuki RM125B 1977. The Bultaco was sold off for $50 after a frightening 6 months of ownership as a 14 year old. I spoke to an old school friend today who...
Forum: Vendors 06-13-2009, 06:53 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 16,394
Posted By soloist666
Couldn't bear to cut the Alpine* pressure suit to...

Couldn't bear to cut the Alpine* pressure suit to bits, so have shelved the suit & gone back to a MX style roost deflector. $300 now sitting on the shelf, but at least the neck brace now fits with...
Forum: Vendors 06-13-2009, 02:32 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 16,394
Posted By soloist666
Well, my last thread had me off to the dealer in...

Well, my last thread had me off to the dealer in an effort to get the brace to fit. Seems that my Alpine Stars pressure suit (bionic protection jacket) is the culprit. The dealer has a Dainese...
Forum: Road warriors 06-12-2009, 06:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,114
Posted By soloist666
I think the youth thing is not the issue, it's...

I think the youth thing is not the issue, it's how fit you are. I'll be celebrating my 50th in the not too distant future, but keep fit with running, cycling & so on. Amongst other bikes I own a...
Forum: Vendors 06-12-2009, 06:06 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 16,394
Posted By soloist666
I have bought the Leatt moto gpx & paid a small...

I have bought the Leatt moto gpx & paid a small fortune for it. I have mixed feelings about it at this stage. I have ridden with it twice, & it has given me nothing but grief, but am fully aware of...
Forum: Ride reports 06-10-2009, 05:25 AM
Replies: 266
Views: 36,491
Posted By soloist666
Just read thru the entire RR, what a fantastic...

Just read thru the entire RR, what a fantastic effort. Photo's are great & gives us readers more insight into the trip. Was it your choice to do this trip on your own? I rode from Melbourne to Cairns...
Forum: Orange Crush 06-06-2009, 03:56 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,713
Posted By soloist666
Have never ridden a 950, so cannot comment on...

Have never ridden a 950, so cannot comment on that bike. But, a couple of months ago was looking to fill the gap between my GSXR750 & KTM250 2T. A mate of mine owns a KTM dealership & I had the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2009, 02:49 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,881
Posted By soloist666
Interesting to see that you went down a different...

Interesting to see that you went down a different track than your original choice. I had actually ordered a DRZ400E from my local dealer for the void between the KTM250 2T & VFR750, then saw that he...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-28-2009, 05:02 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,576
Posted By soloist666
Hopefully this will come across as un-biased as I...

Hopefully this will come across as un-biased as I don't own the bike that I am going to recommend. I personally come from a dirt based background owning a 250 2-smoke, and a Yamaha WR450F for light...
Forum: GS Boxers 02-10-2009, 01:48 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,418
Posted By soloist666
I have 2, but want 3. Currently have an '07...

I have 2, but want 3. Currently have an '07 KTM2502T which is perfect for the dirt, a VFR750 '97 which covers the road base. BUT, would love a DRZ400E to cover the void in between.......
Forum: Thumpers 02-07-2009, 03:48 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,881
Posted By soloist666
Just wondering if you have made the decision yet?...

Just wondering if you have made the decision yet? I have been following the thread with some interest as I have been toying with the idea of adding a D/S to the stable (already have a KTM250 2T, &...
Forum: Australia 01-14-2009, 03:50 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,103
Posted By soloist666
Oh, & knobbies on the R as opposed to the dual...

Oh, & knobbies on the R as opposed to the dual sport Metzeler Sahara's on the E.
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