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Old 05-11-2004, 10:07 AM   #1
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Question Which bike to buy...same ole question

Thanks to this and the TWTex site, I am going to sell my FZ1...I think (I love that bike).

I've read so many of the stories about off road riding that I want to try it. That and the fact that the squids have ruined Leakey for us. There has been a MAJOR crackdown out there if you haven't heard yet. Since I have the 03 R1 and the 02 FZ1, I really don't need both street/sport bikes and it would be nice to have a dual sport for commuting and being able to get off the beaten path to avoid any run ins with my license. (They were writing group tickets for 62 in a 55 in one example BTW...even if you get out of the ticket it isn't worth the harassment).

I do all of my own maintenance and work...it has to be reliable (I've seen dealers screw up as much as they fix) and want, like everyone else does, something that is:

the fastest, lightest, cheapest, longest range, best handling, do it all for nothing bike around that doesn't exist of course.

Common sense leans to the KLR650, Lust dictates the KTM640 Adventure, Brain says a XR650 with a street kit and bigger tank, and the DR650 can be had cheap in the used market while the F650 isn't dismissed either. I might would even be willing to spring for the KTM950 or a BMW 1150 (used) but I really want to sell the FZ1 and use the money to buy a bike and a Roadcrafter without incurring any other expense initially. Since I live in the hot pat of the country...I'd like for the bike to be water cooled but isn't an absolute.

I never recovered from the lust of the Baja kitted TT500 that I had years ago and as you can see most of the choices are modern versions of that bike :)

Please do your best to advise...Big Bend trips are very likely and as much as I envy Irondawg's big trip, a major excursion of that magnitude is not likely anytime soon.
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:09 AM   #2
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I say that because I want to hear the answer to this as well... Good post!
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Old 05-11-2004, 10:27 AM   #3
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Personally, If I could ever get my act together.. I would finish up my XR650R project, with street legal kit, 7 gal. front and 3 gal. rear Acerbis tanks, Excel wheels.. and already mounted Ohlins USD fork legs.



Fiished project should look something like this:





Then add some luggage rack, bigger front fairing.. maybe even a electric starter kit.
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Old 05-11-2004, 01:12 PM   #4
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HOLY COW whatta setup
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Old 05-11-2004, 02:07 PM   #5
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Personally, If I could ever get my act together.. I would finish up my XR650R project, with street legal kit, 7 gal. front and 3 gal. rear Acerbis tanks, Excel wheels.. and already mounted Ohlins USD fork legs.



Then add some luggage rack, bigger front fairing.. maybe even a electric starter kit.
Can an electric starter be added to the XR650R? That is my main hold back from considering that bike.
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Old 05-11-2004, 03:09 PM   #6
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Can an electric starter be added to the XR650R? That is my main hold back from considering that bike.
Here's a link for the XR650R electric start kit:

www.joeracerproducts.com/xr_info.htm

About $1100.00
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Old 05-11-2004, 03:32 PM   #7
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Here's a link for the XR650R electric start kit:
...About $1100.00
Implying that a KLR is really only about $1400 worth of motorcycle...

Let's see, sixfiddy singles. Sort'em from dirtly to streetly, pick the one that offers what matters most to ya. They all rock; they all suck.

Are you sayin' that with your R/Y/Z/whatever bikes, you're not one of the squids who queered the pitch for the rest of us? Don't take that remark too awful seriously--that many KLRs would be just as obnoxious, and attract just as much heat. Last time out that way, we just pulled over and waited for twenty minutes when we ran up behind a few dozens cruisers, some towing trailers with BBQ pits or ice chests on'em. .
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Old 05-11-2004, 03:23 PM   #8
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Which bike to buy?

You might want to look very closely at a new KTM 625SXC.
Comes stock with the FCR41mx carb, hydraulic clutch, electric start, alum. bars, SXC exhaust, speedo, headlight. tail light and a 20K mile LC4 motor , again all stock.
Add a Baja Designs dual sport kit, either the 18 liter or 28 liter Rally tank with an LC4 comfort seat and you have yourself a great ADVENTURE bike.
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