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Old 02-18-2010, 02:46 AM   #76
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the kx 500 is a full on mx race bike from back in the days of the open class, kinda scary to ride behind one, the roost looks like water out of a jet ski but it consists of 8-10 inch gravel, truely awesome when your like 50 feet back and he hits it and your peppered by small rocks and the occational six incher goes wizzing by
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:46 AM   #77
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The current dual sport keeps getting bogged down


I wouldnt say I need it, just be nice to have more flexibility than 900lb cruiser has to offer. I'd have to ride a decent way to get off road anywhere, so it has to handle its own on pavement, city driving, etc, and at least be able to do highway speeds for a few miles.

Never really ridden dirt so I cant say to what extent I'd want to go. I'd guess the PDT and some double track would be a good place to start. And snow, or at least snowy. Thats how this all started. I don't mind getting the VTX dirty one bit and freezing my ass off on the way, but once the roads start to get questionable that is the wrong bike to be on.

The DRs and WRs and the like look like fun bikes, but I'd like something with a little more meat to haul me around. In all honesty if I had the money and space I'd report directly to the Ural dealership, but thats a few years out.

So thats my dissertation. Thanks for all the input, much appreciated.
Sounds to me like you are looking for a KLR...

I was in your shoes a year ago, I had never ridden dirt or any sort of dual sport riding. I just wanted something beside a cruiser..

First I tried a Bandit 1200 which was great but still not a good foul weather bike or dirt road bike.

Then I got my KLR.. for me it has just the right mix of abilities.

It is a great back road bike, handles highways if you choose, loves dirt roads and will do some easy 2 track.. Add some luggage and you have a great solo touring platform..

For me this seams to be the perfect mix, I keep thinking about getting a more dirt worthy bike but to be honest I will never be a dirt bike rider.

If you are looking for an inexpensive, easy to maintain bike that will handle street duty as well as dirt roads and easy trails then you found it.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:48 AM   #78
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Yo...

Pssst...PWRCRZR to the camo courtesy phone please ....!


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BTW, if you don't require new, a Ural can be in your future sooner than you think.
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:04 AM   #79
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BTW, if you don't require new, a Ural can be in your future sooner than you think.
I've seen what you guys do to the used ones...
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:49 AM   #80
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I've seen what you guys do to the used ones...
DOH! .............. He seems to have a point here .


The trick is you have to find a used one that wasn't really used. Mine was 5 years old and only had 650 miles (1,000km) on it. Huge discount on the price but not on the fun factor
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:12 PM   #81
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I've seen what you guys do to the used ones...
That'll be the last of that now that the 'challenge' is over. Got my new Duro mounted up this past weekend.



Got an extra set of wheels, too. Might do up a set of knobbies for the spring dirt riding.

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DOH! .............. He seems to have a point here .


The trick is you have to find a used one that wasn't really used. Mine was 5 years old and only had 650 miles (1,000km) on it. Huge discount on the price but not on the fun factor
You did get a screaming deal on that rig but even one with many more miles than that can be a bunch of fun. And 2-wheel drive isn't absolutely necessary to ride the good stuff.

Sidecar Sue shot this on her first 'off road' ride.



One wheel drive will go through much worse than that with that bald tire!
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:57 PM   #82
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That'll be the last of that now that the 'challenge' is over. Got my new Duro mounted up this past weekend.




Holy cow, get your bux worth outta that skin er wot...?



The Air is showing through on that thing...

Hacks are hard on tires.
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Old 02-18-2010, 02:35 PM   #83
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Holy cow, get your bux worth outta that skin er wot...?



The Air is showing through on that thing...

Every last mile I could.





nearly Full story
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:51 PM   #84
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That'll be the last of that now that the 'challenge' is over. Got my new Duro mounted up this past weekend.
Excellent! That baldy reminds me of the old cartoons with Model T type cartoon cars that have a cloth bandage tied around the puncture spot


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Got an extra set of wheels, too. Might do up a set of knobbies for the spring dirt riding.
Nice! I'm jealous!!


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You did get a screaming deal on that rig but even one with many more miles than that can be a bunch of fun. And 2-wheel drive isn't absolutely necessary to ride the good stuff.
Right you are! 1,000km or 10,000km....don't matter. They're all fun. I've noticed some potential Ural owners getting hung up on this year versus that year and other minutia. Lots of differing opinions and lots of non-riders because of it.



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Sidecar Sue shot this on her first 'off road' ride.

One wheel drive will go through much worse than that with that bald tire!
Looks like camo green Urals are faster than solid green Urals.








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Old 02-18-2010, 04:56 PM   #85
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I've noticed some potential Ural owners getting hung up on this year versus that year and other minutia.
The only year I'm skeered of is 2002. I'm told it was a 'transition' year and they had some serious problems. Maybe it's a bunch of bunk.
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:18 PM   #86
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The only year I'm skeered of is 2002. I'm told it was a 'transition' year and they had some serious problems. Maybe it's a bunch of bunk.

I kind of believe that one too as it was the first year of the 750 engine.

Hey look, we turned the Northern New England Chatter thread into the Northern New England Ural Thread
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:37 PM   #87
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Hey look, we turned the Northern New England Chatter thread into the Northern New England Ural Thread
Well, at least you lnow there'll be some good riding!






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I'll shoot him a line tonight and find out some more.


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You still shopping, Mark?

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Old 02-18-2010, 06:06 PM   #89
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You still shopping, Mark?

Who, me? This one is up in the "Land of Broken Dreams" loft




What's the story on that sweet green yum yum? I'd lose the Duc wheels because they just don't look right.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:25 PM   #90
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What's the story on that sweet green yum yum?


Just saw it here.
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