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Old 07-18-2014, 06:23 PM   #29896
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since we are talking about parking lots.. I've always seen the lot right at the end of 400 when you continue straight that's in front of the Home Depot, the park and ride lot. I"m assuming you could park there, as it's right on the side of the road but didn't know why I don't see trailers/bikes there? We used to meet there on our trips to north GA.

another spot is where the old Dawsonville Nascar museum was in downtown Dawsonville. Now it's the city offices or something and a strip shopping center. I've parked there a couple of times but it's been a while since I used that lot but it's nice as it's not too far to hit dirt from there...
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:08 PM   #29897
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No harm, just pokin fun guys LOL

Coats is gonna have a field day with all this Trailer talk ....











Many Ol School ADV'rs have ridden tagged Enduro race bikes 400+ miles of true 50/50 Dual Sport riding.

I know of two Senior riders that has ridden their bike TO a Harescramble & brought their Trophy home on the bike.
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:22 PM   #29898
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Coats is gonna have a field day with all this Trailer talk ....











Many Ol School ADV'rs have ridden tagged Enduro race bikes 400+ miles of true 50/50 Dual Sport riding.

I know of two Senior riders that has ridden their bike TO a Harescramble & brought their Trophy home on the bike.


Next thing you know people will be finding someone else to ride their bike for them....
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:39 PM   #29899
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Oh, I knew it was coming. I don't mind long days, but riding through Atlanta on a thumper just plain sucks ass.

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Coats is gonna have a field day with all this Trailer talk ....











Many Ol School ADV'rs have ridden tagged Enduro race bikes 400+ miles of true 50/50 Dual Sport riding.

I know of two Senior riders that has ridden their bike TO a Harescramble & brought their Trophy home on the bike.
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Old 07-18-2014, 08:08 PM   #29900
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Oh, I knew it was coming. I don't m!!ind long days, but riding through Atlanta on a thumper just plain sucks ass.

So let's make a deal!
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Old 07-19-2014, 05:23 AM   #29901
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I park in the Dahlonega Wal-Mart lot.
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:10 AM   #29902
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I currently own a BMW F800GS. Bought it thinking I would do more of the adventure style riding but have found I like to get even further off the beaten path than that and want something better suited for the rougher stuff in North GA and NC.

Looking for recommendations as to what would be a good bike. I'm 6' 0" and 210 lbs. Considering a DRZ 400S, KTM 350 EXC-F or 500 EXC.

Thanks.
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:18 AM   #29903
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I currently own a BMW F800GS. Bought it thinking I would do more of the adventure style riding but have found I like to get even further off the beaten path than that and want something better suited for the rougher stuff in North GA and NC.

Looking for recommendations as to what would be a good bike. I'm 6' 0" and 210 lbs. Considering a DRZ 400S, KTM 350 EXC-F or 500 EXC.

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Great choices. It really depends on just how rough you want to go. If you are looking for 80% off road with a lot of super steep first gear ledges, log hops, etc, then the 350 is superb. This is what I ride. It isnt really suited for long pavement rides though. Think Porsche 2 seater.

If you want the ability to do the super tough stuff but realistically will stick with Whissenhunt level riding and lots of FS roads, and some pavement, then the 500 is really hard to beat and has a wide operating range. Think Porsche Cayenne.

If you are planning mainly FS roads, a fair amount of pavement and just the occasional muddy trail, then the 400s is fine. Think Toyota 4 Runner.

Lastly, you will notice a big price gap between the Suzuki and the KTMs. The build quality and components are top notch on the KTMs but you have to pay for this. Some will say the KTMs are more expensive to maintain. I find they are very reliable but you do have to change the oil, clean the air filter, etc. more regularly on the KTMs. In general, if you dont like working on your bike, then the Suzuki may be a good choice. Each of these bikes have distinctive personalities. If possible, you should try to get a brief ride on each. You will notice some big differences.
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Old 07-19-2014, 12:35 PM   #29904
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Next thing you know people will be finding someone else to ride their bike for them....
Do you want to sign up for Taos in September?
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:10 PM   #29905
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950 sounds great

I got a 950 that needs a new home. ....


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I currently own a BMW F800GS. Bought it thinking I would do more of the adventure style riding but have found I like to get even further off the beaten path than that and want something better suited for the rougher stuff in North GA and NC.

Looking for recommendations as to what would be a good bike. I'm 6' 0" and 210 lbs. Considering a DRZ 400S, KTM 350 EXC-F or 500 EXC.

Thanks.
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:30 PM   #29906
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Excellent advice; I think you nailed it.

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Great choices. It really depends on just how rough you want to go. If you are looking for 80% off road with a lot of super steep first gear ledges, log hops, etc, then the 350 is superb. This is what I ride. It isnt really suited for long pavement rides though. Think Porsche 2 seater.

If you want the ability to do the super tough stuff but realistically will stick with Whissenhunt level riding and lots of FS roads, and some pavement, then the 500 is really hard to beat and has a wide operating range. Think Porsche Cayenne.

If you are planning mainly FS roads, a fair amount of pavement and just the occasional muddy trail, then the 400s is fine. Think Toyota 4 Runner.

Lastly, you will notice a big price gap between the Suzuki and the KTMs. The build quality and components are top notch on the KTMs but you have to pay for this. Some will say the KTMs are more expensive to maintain. I find they are very reliable but you do have to change the oil, clean the air filter, etc. more regularly on the KTMs. In general, if you dont like working on your bike, then the Suzuki may be a good choice. Each of these bikes have distinctive personalities. If possible, you should try to get a brief ride on each. You will notice some big differences.
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:32 PM   #29907
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Excellent advice; I think you nailed it.
Which is exactly why there are 4 bikes in my garage.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:08 AM   #29908
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Which is exactly why there are 4 bikes in my garage.
And exactly why I have 5; although I hope the number is down to 4 by tomorrow.

Plated bikes... Lost track of the others....
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:25 AM   #29909
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Oh, I knew it was coming. I don't mind long days, but riding through Atlanta on a thumper just plain sucks ass.
I agree that is why I went from thumper back to ADV bike. I hate to trailer and it's no problem riding that 100 + miles to the mountains on V-twin.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:38 AM   #29910
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... I hate to trailer and it's no problem riding that 100 + miles to the mountains on V-twin.
+1

It's a 95 mile trek for me to Suches on my 690 / 950 but I enjoy any non Interstate rides to get to the Trails / Hills
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