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Old 10-04-2012, 08:17 PM   #136
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"Best bike for Cont Divide Ride? KLX250s or R1200GSA?"

"Best bike for Cont Divide Ride? KLX250s or R1200GSA?"

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793389

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:20 PM   #137
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I thought you would rule it out. Just testing.
Back in 1993 my buddy rode his DR350 in Devil's Gulch while I rode the super easy TLR200 on that narrow singletrack with near 180 degree switchbacks. He turned some tight switchbacks feet up, pretty good riding. I always liked his bike, he rode it well.
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:49 AM   #138
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:05 AM   #139
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Troll-lol-lol-lol.

I seriously looked at getting the Honda CRF-250L. I think that is a remarkable bike. The reason I went for a larger bike (VStrom 650) is that, for instance, I rode 600 miles last weekend and only hit about 30-40 miles of smooth gravel.

If I'm not going to do anything to crazy, and I have a lot of high-speed asphalt to cover, I'll stick with the larger bike. My limitations on this trip were tires, not weight. (And I was doing about 100 up and down the mountains on I-68 behind a guy on a blue KTM. Always nice to have a riding buddy.)

Do I want a small bike, yeah, someday. Do I like my big(er) bike? Yeah, it does what I need.

Now I'll sit back and watch the troll-wars.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:17 AM   #140
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"Best bike for Cont Divide Ride? KLX250s or R1200GSA?"

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793389

Interesting discussion.

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How do you crash an adventure bike on a road like that? I've had my pure streetbikes on roads like those no issue
I suspect those are cases of too much bike for too little rider
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:34 AM   #141
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IMHO, you really need to take rider ability, height and weight in to account. I ride a Husqvarna TE 610 in some of the nastiest terrain with 250 2t guys and do just fine or better. I can still do 80 mph with current gearing, put a +1 up front and I could slab all day! Back to my point, if you weigh 150lbs then a 300lb dirt bike / DS might not work for you. If you're 250lbs than a 230lb bike might not work for you either. There's a lot of variables and they all need to be taken in to consideration. Having tried lots of bikes in my life, one of the most important things is suspension! If the bike is sprung proper for your weight and the type of riding you do, you're 90% ahead of the game! This, IMHO is one of the best all around bikes! have I crashed on gravel? YES! Very hard! Was it because of the bike? NO! Hard packed or gravel roads can be like ice on any bike! Push it and you might go down.

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Old 10-05-2012, 05:57 AM   #142
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These kinds of crashes can get older guys a hospital stay.
Its pot luck how you land or what you hit.
Add rocks, whoops, trees, ditches and it gets even more likely.

I enjoyed the bigger 650 power, and thought it was no problem for me to handle the weight except in the very rough stuff at high speed, where it was a lot of work, but work is good for you no? Get you in shape, makes you sleep well at night.

After flying down rough trails and riding the bike like it was a motocross bike, I ended up falling in some sandy whoops at low speed (20 mph) and got my helicopter ride and hospital stay.

If you plan on a long rough trip, its something to think about, as there is nothing worse then having big plans for a long great ride cut short by broken bones.

If I was 20 or 30 years younger, the 650 would have been a fantastic bike for me.




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"Best bike for Cont Divide Ride? KLX250s or R1200GSA?"

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793389

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Old 10-05-2012, 06:12 AM   #143
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How do you crash an adventure bike on a road like that?
Well, I see loose sand (or some other loose material) right where the tire tracks stop before the crash. Put your front wheel in that sort of thing without being ready for it and you'll go down in a blink of an eye.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:15 AM   #144
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A KTM clean like that should be a punishable offense...
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:17 AM   #145
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Well, I see loose sand (or some other loose material) right where the tire tracks stop before the crash. Put your front wheel in that sort of thing without being ready for it and you'll go down in a blink of an eye.
Could also be a flatted tire.
Evasive maneuver gone wrong?
Panic brake lockup (extremely difficult with ABS, though)?


A photo of a pigbeast taking a nap without any other context isn't a very good argument against taking one on an apparently smooth and clear gravel road.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:22 AM   #146
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So you place yourself in a superior position in re motorcycles and this forum, eh? Wow, are we all just so impressed? Just go away if you have nothing to contribute, you talk as if you are a legend in your own mind...

You've obviously never ridden (or drank) with me
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:26 AM   #147
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Except for the fact that its so typical to see them napping.
If you ever rode a heavy bike in sand, you would not have to ask how it happens!

The front wheel digs in and flips you off in a high side.
The only way to prevent it is to get on the gas, move your butt back and hope.
Its a dead end gassing it many times, as you just go faster, and you have to slow down sometime...

Oh, what fun a heavy bike is in very sandy whoops.



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Could also be a flatted tire.
Evasive maneuver gone wrong?
Panic brake lockup (extremely difficult with ABS, though)?


A photo of a pigbeast taking a nap without any other context isn't a very good argument against taking one on an apparently smooth and clear gravel road.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:36 AM   #148
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THIS is proper trolling amigo, you'll never earn a Cobbie at this rate

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:24 AM   #149
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PS; I'm in Des Monies, just south of Sea Tac airport.[/QUOTE]



Yes, I had interest in the Freeride 350. One comment online was that it was 'about the size of a CRF230'!

The thought that I am forming from reading forums and TRs is perhaps the WR250R is the best design for what I want to do. Funny how I have to convince myself. When I was young I would have thrown down for a KTM or BMW or something foolish- now that I have some $$ I do not tend to rush out to buy something....my wife has had an influence on me

I am thinking better suspension would be nice, I had some one time on my IT490[/QUOTE

Glad the smoke is gone. Yes, suspension is why I'm looking to change. My old dirt bike had 12 inches of travel. I've looked at the WRR also and it's still in the running. According to the specs the Freeride has the same suspension travel as the WRR and the same seatheight. Seat height is important to me as at my age I can't get my leg over a regular KTM. Now, between the WRR and the Freeride. I have done a lot of single track in WA in the past but now do mostly fire roads and two track. However, when I see a single track take off I always want to try it. From what I've read on the web the Freeride should be better on single track especially if you go slow, which is what I do now. On the flip side, the WRR should be better on the fireroads. I'm a prisoner of indecision. It would be nice if the Freeride shows up to help make the choice.

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Old 10-05-2012, 08:38 AM   #150
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I can't comment on the Freeride much, but you'll be limited in distance I think. You can always bring gas or fill up, but its not like you can recharge on the trail.

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