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Old 07-22-2013, 03:54 PM   #3511
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Saw this thread yesterday, thought I would say hello.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:09 PM   #3512
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Saw this thread yesterday, thought I would say hello. Been on ADV since '08, I think I didn't make my first post until '11 when I almost bought a Triumph Scrambler. Currently ride an '07 FJR and considering a Tenere but still feeling out what I want for a bike that can do some dirt and still go all day long day after day.

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Moved from sport touring to adv riding myself about five years ago and rarely pine for the old K12RS. The big trailies are good at many things which to me is better than great at just one thing! Don't rule out the GS and Multistrada until you've tried both. They might move you away from that Yammie!
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:14 PM   #3513
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I think I will feel the same when I make the switch. I had to rule out the GS because my knees hit it's bodywork worse than the Tenere. The only thing that appeals to me on the Multi is the power and even that is becoming less important to me to a point.

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:22 PM   #3514
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The only thing that appeals to me on the Multi is the power and even that is becoming less important to me to a point.
Better not test ride one unless you want that notion really challenged. Wow... Superbike power in an ADV chassis... Fuhgettaboutit!!!

BTW, Westside has a demo model. Heh heh.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:30 PM   #3515
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Hey Smithe, welcome!

Unless you really are set on a monster DS, give the F800GS and Triumph 800XC a shot. The Triumph triple is really one smooth engine.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:39 PM   #3516
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Of course, Dave Russel has a 990 Baja sitting on the floor....

It all comes down to priorities. I'm still a dirt guy at heart, and the 990 is a bit more dirt oriented than the others in the category.

Oh yeah, hi there Smithe
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:24 PM   #3517
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I am going to test ride a Tenere this week, was planning on riding the Multistrada and a GS back to back a week ago but I didn't get back from a work trip as early as I planned and then stuff just got in the way of it. There aren't really any of the big dualies that I don't like for one reason or another but, a good dealer network, readily available parts, etc will play a part in my choice.

There is a part of me that says buy a used KLR, XL, DR or something along those lines and keep the FJR. Two bikes are better than one right?

Thanks for the welcome.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:08 PM   #3518
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What izzit with you kids wanting these big monstrous bikes? Small bikes R fun.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:03 PM   #3519
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What izzit with you kids wanting these big monstrous bikes? Small bikes R fun.
They can be, heck I kinda want one of the new Honda Groms! My problem is at 6'3" a lot of bikes aren't a good fit.

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Old 07-22-2013, 10:23 PM   #3520
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What izzit with you kids wanting these big monstrous bikes? Small bikes R fun.
Speaking of small bikes, mine speaks to me louder every year . Last time I went to the BMW Rally in Replublic I went on my beemer F650GS. http://wsbmwr.org/ . This year.... I'm going on the Yammi . And Maureen is going on her Sherpa. We've both ridden all the pavement and basic gravel roads around there, but according to Benchmark Maps there's a lot more to be checked out.... Think those Beemer Heads will welcome a couple gals on ... welll .. not beemers? Anyone else want to help "spoil" the party?
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:38 PM   #3521
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Think those Beemer Heads will welcome a couple gals on ... welll .. not beemers? ?
I think you will be fine. (Take some Keystone, it will go a long ways)
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:08 PM   #3522
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Speaking of small bikes, mine speaks to me louder every year . Last time I went to the BMW Rally in Replublic I went on my beemer F650GS. http://wsbmwr.org/ . This year.... I'm going on the Yammi . And Maureen is going on her Sherpa. We've both ridden all the pavement and basic gravel roads around there, but according to Benchmark Maps there's a lot more to be checked out.... Think those Beemer Heads will welcome a couple gals on ... welll .. not beemers? Anyone else want to help "spoil" the party?
Years ago I was at a BMW rally when some riders came to the gate and asked if they could come in even if they didn't ride BMWs. The immediate answer was "C'mon in, we don't even care if you have motorcycles or not".
The BMW crowd has changed a bit since then, but I like to think some of the old spirit remains.
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:43 AM   #3523
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Speaking of small bikes, mine speaks to me louder every year . Last time I went to the BMW Rally in Replublic I went on my beemer F650GS. http://wsbmwr.org/ . This year.... I'm going on the Yammi . And Maureen is going on her Sherpa. We've both ridden all the pavement and basic gravel roads around there, but according to Benchmark Maps there's a lot more to be checked out.... Think those Beemer Heads will welcome a couple gals on ... welll .. not beemers? Anyone else want to help "spoil" the party?
If you don't wind up doing that, but want to ride down at LPO (Beaver Lodge) my Boss and I are probably going to ride there Saturday. He's a newer off-road rider, so we won't be going too fast or crazy, just putting around the trails... feel free to join us...
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:25 AM   #3524
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Well Randi is finally on two wheels...

We got a Genuine Scooter Buddy 50 (from Steve at Stex) for her primarily to commute on. We had been talking about a small scooter for her as her commute is 8 blocks at 30mph. We looked at the Zuma and Ruckus, and both had horrible fit and finish and performance compared to the Buddy. I test rode this guy and was able to hit a real world 40mph (admittedly it was uncorked, but Steve sells all his 50s with the limiters removed), not bad for a 50cc 2stroke. And the build quality on this guy is miles above Yamaha and Hondas offerings. Oh and $2600 OTD.
We went cruising a bit on Sunday and it was loads of fun, and honestly it has me wanting one too...
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:26 AM   #3525
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They can be, heck I kinda want one of the new Honda Groms! My problem is at 6'3" a lot of bikes aren't a good fit.

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+1. Big monstrous guys typically like/need big monstrous bikes.

I was riding with a friend in the Columbia River Gorge area last weekend. Me on my 1200GSA and he on his 2nd gen KLR. The winds were blowing 30+mph right into our face and the West-Side drivers were doing their normal freeway average of 80mph. When we pulled over for gas he looked white as a ghost and pretty stressed out. He said he had to keep it pinned WFO to barely keep up and then was getting buffeted all over the place by the winds and semi truck blasts.

Yeah...I'm just fine on my big monstrous machine.
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