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Old 02-28-2008, 02:07 PM   #1
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How to reduce the herd

I own a CRF 250X for tight woods single track ridin, I own a LC4 640 for some desert action, I have a V-Strom all decked out for Adventure touring and some sporty ridin, and I have a 950 SM for bar hoping and getting my aggression out around town and cutting up some twisties, my question is how to I down size and keep doing what I am presently doing. The only thing I can think of is a KTM 450 that would take the 250 and 640 place , As for the V-Strom and 950 , I do not think any one bike can do what those two can accomplish,, I think I spent around 25 K for all these lil nastys, my buddy just purchased a new BMW GSA he spent like 23 K,,what's up w/dat ??
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:17 PM   #2
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How bout a rallye prepped 450 or 525? Lots of gas, fairing, etc. and still fun to ride. Kinda spendy tho...

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Old 02-28-2008, 02:28 PM   #3
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:30 PM   #4
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I won't be the one to do the math for you, but ... maybe to help you frame the problem....

How much do you use each of the bikes now? How much time is spent doing what kind of riding?

Usually, starting with the end helps you get to the problem faster. If you can figure out what kind of riding you're /really/ doing (including where you're on the wrong bike for the job), then you're halfway to figuring out what your current and future needs /really/ are.

Good problem to have. Good luck!

Btw: have you /ridden/ your buddy's new bike?
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Old 02-28-2008, 03:02 PM   #5
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The KTM SE can replace both of the bigger bikes. See if you can sell the SM without any wheels.

The SE does well on the road. And I have no problem going the distance with it.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:13 PM   #6
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I've no idea how you'd sell a SM without wheels. Even if you could find someone who found this idea paletable, I'm not sure on the practicalities of how they'd collect it

If it was me I'd sell the SM period. Ride the V-Strom. A SE is probably way more fun than the V-Strom but it doesn't have the practical gas range. I guess it all depends on how much you value exercising your hooligan side vs actually thinning the herd?

I have a 950 Adventure (which would be my V-Strom/SM/SE compramise), a 625 SXC and a 450EXC. The SXC lives on as it has a decent subframe and can carry luggage which the 450 can't as well. The 450 is new, maybe it will replace the SXC.

If you don't have such a requirement for your desert work (ability to carry luggage) you could replace the LC4 and the CRF with a plated RFS.

So you could get along with just the VStrom and the RFS. If you can control the power on trail, the 525 may be a better bet than the 450 as it's got more legs (comparable to the LC4).

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Old 02-28-2008, 04:51 PM   #7
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You are just getting started.

I am an addict in big trouble.

I got:
WR250F for said single track here in Texas
CRF 450 for MX and supermoto
KTM 525 for trip stuff, dual sportin in the mountains or desert and an SM setup for the street.
Vstrom 1K for long ride duty
SV 650 track day bike
XR 100 SM trainer
and divorced... it may have had something to do with the list above?
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Old 02-28-2008, 05:07 PM   #8
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I can't think of anywhere I'd rather ride a V-strom than a 950 anything KTM, SM, SE or Adv. Dump the Suzi and add a light skidplate and luggage to the SM with a pop on/off windshield. The 950s are in the dumpster in resale for who knows what reason, ( Mericuns don't like really good motorcycles IMHO),same all around for used bikes it seems. You'll lose less on the Vstrom and will you really miss it? Could you really miss it?
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Old 02-28-2008, 07:58 PM   #9
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Get a Corbin saddle, plate the 250X, and ride that mofo everywhere. I do on my CRF450X...everywhere the adventure bikes go and everywhere they can't.

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Old 02-29-2008, 09:24 AM   #10
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I'll pm you my address, you can ship me any of the bikes you feel is being "left out".
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:00 AM   #11
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Which one sits in the garage the most and doesn't get ridden?

Sell that one
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:03 PM   #12
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Get a KLR
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Old 02-29-2008, 06:26 PM   #13
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Ok, I'll trade ya a TTR225, Atk 605, CRF230, one of my XR50's, Ducati Multi 1000, and one of my apriliaSR50's for the LC4 and the V-strom. It's a sickness, get used to it and buy/build a bigger garage..... Oh, and if that's not enough for a trade, I'll throw in 2 arctic cat sleds and a 660 Grizzly

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Old 02-29-2008, 06:41 PM   #14
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Keep em all. You've got a nice stable there. Why mess up a good thing?
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Old 02-29-2008, 10:11 PM   #15
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I'm developing the same problem. Too many bikes, not enough time to ride. And I keep finding bikes that I would like to have. I guess I could sell the bikes that get ridden the least, but I know I'd regret it. If you have room for all of them, why not keep them?
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