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Old 12-10-2013, 05:47 PM   #5311
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:53 AM   #5312
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Three decades on, and lack of factory support hasn't thwarted Bultaco riders...just sayin'...
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:09 AM   #5313
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Suzuki Bandit 1250 - I don't think they ever offered the naked version in the US though...

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Old 12-11-2013, 09:18 AM   #5314
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You're right about the wind and rain protection on the Connie - I'm amazed at just how dry I stay on that bike.

If I didn't have the Norge, the Connie would be my long term keeper. It really does noting spectacularly but it does everything very well.

I just got a Bill Mayer Saddle for the Norge - nice change. I think I just might be good for Iron Butt mileage now.

I've seen some nice seats on the Connie as well. The late model stock seat is better than the early flat ones.

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Tell you what, if I could sit down and have a sake with some of the engineering team at Kawasaki from that time period I would like to buy a round. They designed and built two of the most long lived "cult" bikes off all time/ The C-10 and the original KLR. They both do exactly what you said "nothing spectacularly but everything good".
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:47 AM   #5315
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Suzuki Bandit 1250 - I don't think they ever offered the naked version in the US though...

Always wanted and will have that bike some day.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:40 AM   #5316
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Three decades on, and lack of factory support hasn't thwarted Bultaco riders...just sayin'...
I had three of 'em, in the 70s. A 360 El Bandito, a 350 Alpina, and a 370 Frontera. I also had a clapped out 250 Pursang for about a month, but that doesn't really count. The Alpina and the Frontera were bought new from the Bultaco dealer in my small town.

The Alpina had a hard start issue starting shortly after I bought it and saw many visits back to this dealer who also, by the way, WROTE the Clymer manual for Bultacos! He never could solve the problem.

I, as a moderately intelligent 20 year old, figured out it was a bad ground and solved the problem by running a ground strap from the head directly to the frame. Even in their heyday support for Bultaco left a lot to be desired.

I loved that Alpina and Frontera though -and- with the exception of a few gremlins were dead reliable.
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Old 12-11-2013, 11:21 AM   #5317
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I've got the bug again... I know, no factory support, working without a net etc, etc... but it's just so fine!
Sketchy factory support, but the Buell community is the absolute best. Helpful, enthusiastic, resourceful. Jump on in there!
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:55 PM   #5318
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Though not a "Road Warrior", these retro ramblings and my 70s recollections have me wanting another 370 Frontera. Mine looked exactly like this one:

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Old 12-11-2013, 01:03 PM   #5319
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That muffler is gnarly

It wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes on any dirt bike of mine, lol!

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Old 12-11-2013, 02:05 PM   #5320
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Yeah, the exhaust was a bazooka.
I built a custom exhaust for mine as I was buds with two guys who were pipe manufacturers. The new one was much shorter and lighter.
But, still a down-pipe. I later built an aluminum skid plate for it as the stock one was fiberglass and got pretty beat up.
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Old 12-12-2013, 12:57 AM   #5321
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Wouldn't want to get rid of my bike now, but I'd love to have the KTM 990 Enduro as a second bike. Things awesome.

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Old 12-12-2013, 06:01 AM   #5322
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:18 AM   #5323
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