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Old 04-02-2013, 09:39 PM   #16
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:10 PM   #17
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Headlight has peeved me off for years, so finally I fitted an 7'' shell to take a Hella insert. Plus scored a SV round one to play with in the future.
I would like it to lose about 30kg. (and me gain 2'' in the right places).
The suspenders are pretty good with the Ohlins shocks, but I lust after Bitubo inserts in the forks, or possibly junking the Rcae tech kitted forks totally for summit else.
A bit of farkling and fiddling, and I'm happy.
The engines have to be one of the most reliable/maintenance cheap jobbies about. 55000km+, and not a valve adjustment need.
(dont mention the rims, shocks, igniter though)
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:00 AM   #18
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I rode the press bike at the CCA a few years ago. It was retro fun but had over-loud pipes on it - would have been better with something halfway between standard and those. Later I rode the Thunderbike demo a few times, and rode lots in company with it. One leg is stuck out a long way to clear engine bits which gets a bit tiring. Unfortunately they have no suspension to speak of, and they'd take way too much modifying to satisfy me.

Absolutely love the idea though. Money no object I'd build a special like some of the examples here, but that's not reality. There was a factory special (or a bike with all the factory options added) in the Triumph magazine a while ago. It looked much like the McQueen special Bonnie pictured earlier. I lusted freely!!
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:50 AM   #19
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Question for you ADV types...I would have thought anything as heavy as the scrambler or G/S would be much a handful once you got away from the gravel road?
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:04 PM   #20
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And the KLR, and any bike over th size of a DR really. remember the old Dakar bikes were no liteweights either and watching some of those being piloted by small riders is amazing.

I would be more worried about breaking stuff myself.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:49 PM   #21
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Question for you ADV types...I would have thought anything as heavy as the scrambler or G/S would be much a handful once you got away from the gravel road?
We try try not to let the harsh reality of what these undersuspended, low slung, heavy pigs would actually be like to ride offroad get in the way of lusting after one 'cos they look cool I'd love to build up a twin cyl scrambler/flatracker inspired machine for cruisy adventuring (& posing outside cafes ) but I wouldn't be getting rid of the 640.

Quite a few people I know have started out on a basic single cyl adv machine, loved it, splashed out on a bigger multi-cyl adv bike, found it too big & heavy & have gone back to a 650ish bike.

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:14 PM   #22
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We try try not to let the harsh reality of what these undersuspended, low slung, heavy pigs would actually be like to ride offroad get in the way of lusting after one 'cos they look cool I'd love to build up a twin cyl scrambler/flatracker inspired machine for cruisy adventuring (& posing outside cafes ) but I wouldn't be getting rid of the 640.

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I know exactly where you are coming from. I commuted on a 900SS a couple of years ago...that was definitely form over function.
The Thruxton that followed was a bit better...however the now departed R65 proved to be the best all rounder.....but not much in the way of cool factor.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:20 PM   #23
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Quite a few people I know have started out on a basic single cyl adv machine, loved it, splashed out on a bigger multi-cyl adv bike, found it too big & heavy & have gone back to a 650ish bike.

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:32 PM   #24
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Gus seems to do okay up to the trail end of the spectrum. helps that the weight is low. But once things get muddy then things get out of hand real quick. So traction is key, specifically front end traction. And no real opportunity to loft the front end. .

How does that tag go again?

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Old 04-04-2013, 04:35 PM   #25
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Did someone say Scrambler?
Does it matter I'm nowhere near NZ?
What ever you own... farkle it!
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:44 PM   #26
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Did someone say Scrambler?
Does it matter I'm nowhere near NZ?
What ever you own... farkle it!
Cheers friends.
I can generally manage the Fark part...
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:51 PM   #27
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Cool looking bike there maxaccel. I take it it is the steve mcqueen special looking at the p[aint job. What havwe you done to customise it?
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:07 AM   #28
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Question for you ADV types...I would have thought anything as heavy as the scrambler or G/S would be much a handful once you got away from the gravel road?
They are, but it depends on what you are trying to do and where you want your compromise. Road or rough, basically. There's a heckuvalotta crossover between the two. If you want motorway comfort, you won't have a trail weapon, and vice versa. It's not black and white but lots of shades of grey across the spectrum.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:30 AM   #29
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:17 PM   #30
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Question for you ADV types...I would have thought anything as heavy as the scrambler or G/S would be much a handful once you got away from the gravel road?
The GS is a bit of a boat, but the Scrambler is quite low and has a grunty motor - I liked it on and off road.
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