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Old 01-14-2010, 07:01 PM   #1
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Why the heck a Thumper anyway?

Thumpers - you hear about them but what's so special in an off road sitution that you just gots to have one? Anything explanation will work. WTF? Thanks
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:04 PM   #2
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Lighter.
It's a short list, but that's as much as it needs to be.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:13 PM   #3
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Thumper

A thumper is a motorcycle powered by a large capacity single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, so called due to the thump-thump-thump sound the engine makes.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumper_(motorcycle)
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
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Lighter.
It's a short list, but that's as much as it needs to be.
compared to what ????? must be the dope ????


i have 3 thumpers and none of them are lighter than anything. my big girl weighs in at over 300 and i ride her like she's 125.

i think the answer to your question is the power. lot's of bottom end, followed by lot's of mid, then topped off with even more top-end. the down falls being all those extra moving parts.

my $.02,

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Old 01-14-2010, 07:53 PM   #5
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Thumpers just look cool

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Old 01-14-2010, 08:03 PM   #6
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A thumper is a motorcycle powered by a large capacity single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, so called due to the thump-thump-thump sound the engine makes.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumper_(motorcycle)
There it is.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:14 PM   #7
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easy maintenence, reliability my XR6 would be one of the simplist motors ive ever worked on, yet power to weight and reliabilty are friggen awesome...
and then theres the thump thump thump thump thump
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:18 PM   #8
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easy maintenence, reliability my XR6 would be one of the simplist motors ive ever worked on, yet power to weight and reliabilty are friggen awesome...
and then theres the thump thump thump thump thump
I agree with the reliability of the XR6 (I have one), but I find my CRF250x MUCH easier to work on. Way less time to tear into it and rebuild it.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:27 PM   #9
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compared to what ?????
Twins, and other motorcycles with more than one cylinder.

A 300 lb XR is a better offroad bike than a 400 and whatever lb DL650.
And with this board being the only one on the planet that defines "Thumper" as any motorcycle with one cylinder, a YZ125 thumper is still a way better offroad bike than a whatever heavy twin BMW makes.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:28 PM   #10
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:31 PM   #11
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And with this board being the only one on the planet that defines "Thumper" as any motorcycle with one cylinder...
What's your definition?
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:51 PM   #12
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A thumper is a motorcycle powered by a large capacity single-cylinder 4-stroke engine, so called due to the thump-thump-thump sound the engine makes.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thumper_(motorcycle)
any size single cyl. 4-stroke engine is a thumper in my book.

2-strokes are pingers. 2-strokes are not heavily focus on this forum site, thus they are lumped in the thumper forum.
heck this forum site is not very good at sub-forums anyway.
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Old 01-14-2010, 10:33 PM   #13
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WTF

Torque is the answer.

Traction is the other answer.

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Old 01-14-2010, 10:48 PM   #14
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any size single cyl. 4-stroke engine is a thumper in my book.

2-strokes are pingers. 2-strokes are not heavily focus on this forum site, thus they are lumped in the thumper forum.
heck this forum site is not very good at sub-forums anyway.
Do the mods let people talk about 2-strokes here?
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Old 01-14-2010, 11:53 PM   #15
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And with this board being the only one on the planet that defines "Thumper" as any motorcycle with one cylinder,
and you know that for a fact do you ???

pretty sure there is another board somewhere on the planet that refers to "thumpers" and people on that board like to "talk" about their "thumpers".....
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