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Old 06-22-2013, 10:03 AM   #1
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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I'm pretty happy with my quiver at the moment:

Dirt: 2012 CRF450X
Touring: 2001 R1150GS
Tooling around town: 1996 DR 200, 1963 All-State (race kitted and ratted, no battery), 1976 VBC (with an LML, 24mm Carb and Sito Plus, no battery)

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Old 06-22-2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by HappyForNow View Post
One bike for pure dirt riding.
One bike for pure street touring.
One bike for tooling around town
Not enough of a list. I also want a dualsport or dualsports. "Pure" dirt means I have to truck it to dirt and I don't necessarily want to do that. (Also for me, I don't have a desire for a "pure" street touring bike.)

Right now I have a 990 Adventure for road-oriented dualsport, and a DRZ-400 for dirt-oriented dualsport. I used to have a GasGas 200EC (two stroke) for the woods but I am too much of a dualsporter to want a dirt-ONLY bike.

If I lived in different circumstances maybe I'd want one. Like if good dirt was hours away but there was 1,000 miles of trails once I got there. Instead, I live where the best dirt in the state is minutes away but I don't stay in it all day. So dualsport works for me.

As for tooling around town, I used to have an Aprilia RXV-550. I think the supermoto version of that bike would be awesome for ripping "around town". But you'd want to be ATGATT for that. And that's not the 2-wheeler to be running errands and picking up groceries on.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:28 PM   #4
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Dirt: Husqvarna WR300

Around town: Yamaha RD350

Sport touring/Touring: This one I haven't decided on yet. Maybe a Triumph Tiger or Trophy, or Super Tenere, or a Ducati Multistrada.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:05 PM   #5
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My taste is a little wonky, and I have zero experience to base it on.

Dirt: Maybe a DR200. It would have to be street legal, as I really don't like the idea of hauling vehicles around on other vehicles.

Street: This one is easy. Guzzi v7 special.

Around town: At first I was going to pick my bike (TUx), or something old that I would restore. But then it hit me. This is the bike to tool around town, that means dates or groceries. Clearly a hack is in order. Let's go with a Ural.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:06 PM   #6
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500 EXC, Multistrada, Zero DS.

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Old 06-22-2013, 09:21 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk View Post
500 EXC, Multistrada, Zero DS.

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Close, KTM 300 2-smoke, Multi, NC700X. But I'd go for the Zero too.

I have a KDX220 I like quite a bit, an NC700X, a RD 400, and a Gas Gas 300 Pro trials bike. Pretty close to my ideal garage but I would like a Multistrada, or Hypermotard, or ZX10R, or something hyper sporty that is track worthy.

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Old 06-22-2013, 09:21 PM   #8
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Dirt: KTM 500 xc-x
Street: KTM 690 Duke
Tooling: Triumph T160r

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Old 06-22-2013, 09:33 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by HappyForNow View Post
If you were choosing:

One bike for pure dirt riding.
One bike for pure street touring.
One bike for tooling around town
One bike for pure dirt riding/camping bike: 2 ea FX mnt moto dual sport (250cc, 150lb ) It'd be a great camp/exploring bike especially if I could fit two on the a front bumper rack on my truck.

One bike for pure street world touring. I don't do "pure street" touring, too much of the world is unpaved. My bike hasn't been made yet, but It'd be much like an 850 cc 475 lb Super Tenere (come on Yamaha!) except it'd have a high & low gear box setting and it'd have 2wd front assist.

One bike for tooling around town: I'd ether want a classic like an old Norton or a maybe a KTM super moto Race 990.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:39 AM   #10
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Some people would argue about the optional ATGATT.

My list evolves constantly. For a while I had a Ducati S4, pretty stomp in' 95hp bike that worked great around town and everywhere else. And a YZ450F that beat me up regularly. And an XR650L Supermoto that was , frankly, disappointing in the engine department.

Now, currently, KTM950SM. A couple minibikes. And probably, real soon, a KX250 2stroke for off road duties. As far as a.big adventure or something like that, I can't get past the weight of them, I've been riding off road for 41 years and can't imagine getting stuck under or crashing my brains out on a 550-600lb bike. And the resulting $5000 repair bill.
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:44 AM   #11
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Seems like dirt bikes need plates these days. If you want to ride in a park, on a beach or connect certain trails, you need a plate. Based on what I've read, I think a KTM 350 EXC-F is probably the best tool for that job.

I've never ridden either but a BMW K1600 GTL is far more appealing to me than any Harley or even a Gold Wing. (for me the comparison is kind of irrelevant since all three of them have seats that probably beat the crap out of that 2x4 on my WRR)

I never really understood the appeal of step-through frames on scooters, and I certainly don't understand why people figure that means they don't need to wear any gear whatsoever. Crashing at 30mph on a 50cc scooter seems like it'd hurt about as much as crashing at 30mph on a literbike, and you're way less likely to get bucked off by a pothole on the literbike. I never go that far around town so I'd have an electric motorcycle, Zero or other. People around where I live frown on motorcycles and loud vehicles in general so electric might score me points there.
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Old 06-23-2013, 06:20 PM   #12
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Bike for the big one: Super T, currently under consideration.
Tooling around bike: Triumph Scrambler. Got one, finally.
Bike I want for no particular reason: Victory Crossroads.
Trail Bike: 450 EXC. Had one, too old ( sigh ).
Wacko bike I'd be too chicken to actually ride: Speedway GP bike.
Rat: 650 KLR. Got one!
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:44 PM   #13
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For dirt, i would go with a Rokon trailblazer. It's not fast, and it ain't the best tool every time, but I like it.

Pure street, a Honda Goldwing. Love the engine, seat and storage.

Bumming around town? An evo (rigid) sportster, H bars, hardtail, maybe even jocky shift.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:29 AM   #14
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My friend and I both came to the same conclusion that four is perfect.

Race and Trail bike: KTM 250XC 2 stroke
Trail and Dual Sport bike: KTM 540EXC
Pavement bike: Tiger 800XC
And a Trials Bike: 97 Beta 250
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:40 AM   #15
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