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Old 04-27-2012, 07:04 PM   #61
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My perfect thumper weighs 200lb, produces 100HP and 100ft-lb of torque, and will last 1,000,000 miles.
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Old 04-27-2012, 07:29 PM   #62
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Mine gave me some enjoyment one day.. does that count as being a good bike?


http://youtu.be/kewvrwNSwHQ


and then a bit of thrill at the top

http://youtu.be/UQOeKGIpdqU?hd=1






















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Old 04-27-2012, 09:08 PM   #63
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I'll start by saying the very worst thumper I ever owned was a BSA B50 MX. I even tried to race it once at Sears Point. I was lapped by Dick Mann who was riding the same bike. What a pile that thing was. Purty, though.

30 years later I bought a MuZ 660 Street Moto.
Probably an all time great bike for me.


She was very handy to ride. Very smooth at any speed under 85 and super flickable. Power was awesome. Pulled like a big twin up to about 60. Beautiful parts too. Gramica brakes, WP shock, Marzocchi forks. The only neg was a 3.2 gal tank. 130 range is all she had. 110mph top speed. I only sold her last spring.

Next was this Yam WR250R. I needed something lighter to do the CDR solo. Jeez, what a sweetheart. Took me awhile to get used to the power delivery, though. I thought it was a scooter at first. None of that MuZ pop off the bottom. But I warmed to her after s few k miles. Then I got more adventurous with her, even doing some single track and rocky creek beds. Her best was the Camp Creek Wash in North Scottsdale. 13 miles of desert drainage dropping 1700 feet. It took 3 attempts, but after mounting new Michelin T63's we did it in under 30 minutes. Meanwhile she is electric smooth and cruises at 70 effortlessly:


The MuZ and the WR smite me. I decided to sell my trusty KTM 950 and buy the latest and greatest thumper ever built.


I'll report on how it worked out...
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:15 PM   #64
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My bike is da bomb, because it's the first bike I've ever owned or ridden.
It's da bomb because I was able to buy a manual and teach myself to tune it up and work on it in one weekend.
It's da bomb because I'm able to go out and ride it on dirt with virtually no experience (other than riding / racing mountain bikes).
It's da bomb because it only cost me $1500.00 and will probably last longer than I do.
Only thing I wish it had that it doesn't is a magic button.

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Old 04-27-2012, 10:03 PM   #65
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My DR350. Its not perfect but it does pretty well.




I think for me the DR650 is the perfect all-rounder. Its just so smooth.



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Old 04-28-2012, 08:00 AM   #66
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My perfect thumper weighs 200lb, produces 100HP and 100ft-lb of torque, and will last 1,000,000 miles.
Stop breathing the LA SMOG its making you delusional



Thanks everyone for your input - this is exactly how I wanted this thread to transpire.


I like the input on the TE610/630, it was a bike I considered before I purchased my 690. Bike really looks great


With all the Beemer threads - Im surprised more of those enthusiasts arent stepping up. Please add fellas - we like your bikes too. And for those Beem guys that have added - still waiting for pics (only really have the one crazy dude showing us how to wheelie a challenge)
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:31 PM   #67
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With all the Beemer threads - Im surprised more of those enthusiasts arent stepping up. Please add fellas - we like your bikes too.
Well OK, then.
I use this beemer to pester the local flock of 690 enduristas, all running the same old orangetans.

It's pretty heavily customised and exactly tuned for me, by me - and that's why it's the perfect one. I call it the Xchallenge R.

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Old 04-28-2012, 04:08 PM   #68
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With all the Beemer threads - Im surprised more of those enthusiasts arent stepping up. Please add fellas - we like your bikes too. And for those Beem guys that have added - still waiting for pics (only really have the one crazy dude showing us how to wheelie a challenge)
There ain't a perfect thumper..........................so I have 2 here in the UK

This



and also this



The Xchallenge is a fantastic bike, good fuelling/good power/pretty good chassis/crap seat, but good ergos -perfect for riding to and from the trails or longer trips

I have the XR250R for deep winter trailriding in snow or on tight single track or woods, where lightness is your friend. It has adequate power and a great trailriding chassis

So there you have it
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:18 PM   #69
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:39 PM   #70
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Perfect it ain't, but here in Kentucky it's way better than OK. Highway at 70 mph to get to decent riding and then get home for dinner? It can do it. Gnarly washed out jeep trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest? It can do that too, although my sphincter gets a bit tight. Plus there's thousands of pages on this site on how to make it better. And did I mention that the XR650L is pretty cheap and low tech? Removes a lot of the guilt and risk inherent in home-made "upgrades."


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Old 04-28-2012, 05:27 PM   #71
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[IMG]http://finnduro.com/xchallenge/images/finnduroX3.jpg

That is one fine looking XChallenge! Very sweet.

For me the ultimate is my new 690 Enduro R.

Splits the difference between my 450 and 990 both of which are with new owners. I can outfit the thing to tour, or ride tighter, gnarlier stuff than comfortable on the 990...perfect!
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:18 PM   #72
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My girlfriend tells me thumpers are more fun on the pavement and that if I don't believe her I can take hers for a ride and find out for myself..

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Old 04-28-2012, 08:49 PM   #73
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:46 PM   #74
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Well OK, then.
I use this beemer to pester the local flock of 690 enduristas, all running the same old orangetans.

It's pretty heavily customised and exactly tuned for me, by me - and that's why it's the perfect one. I call it the Xchallenge R.

Oooo, That is an R fore sure
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:18 AM   #75
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My first and only thumper is my WR250R I picked up back in January. So far I've had it down to Moab which was a lot of fun. Took it on the slick rock trail and was amazed. Got my a$$ handed to me a few times but tthats my riding abilities fault not the bike. I can see how a lighter bike could be a bit funner but this one works for me, so far.
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