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Old 08-26-2013, 12:31 PM   #151
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:29 PM   #152
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I'm 58 soon to be 59. Bought my F8 two years ago and have been loving it. Although I crashed 3 weeks ago and broke my left ankle. Now I'll be out of the saddle for awhile, looking forward to getting back in though. Ruined my plans for a ride in Moab this September.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:48 PM   #153
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57 here. At one time in the mid seventies I had 3 dirt bikes. A Bultaco Alpina 250, a heavily modded DT1 Yamaha with unsilenced downpipe and crudely laid over shocks, and a 1972 Yellow Tank CZ 250 Cross. Man those were the days!
I still miss the smell of Blendzall Castor oil, but hated scraping the carbon off the pistons, exhaust ports and head.

Someone once asked me "Why do you have 3 dirt bikes?"
"Because I don't have time to work on 4!"

Bought a Sunset Yellow F8GS in March of 2009 and currently have 59K+ miles on it. I don't ride them for resale value.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:00 PM   #154
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:02 PM   #155
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:48 PM   #156
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Originally Posted by mapuda View Post
and a 1972 Yellow Tank CZ 250 Cross. Man those were the days!
Coming up on the BIG 64 in January. Still pushing hard but not near as fast! I piloted a '72 Jawa CZ 250 in '73 and '74. Ran desert endures out of El Paso into New Mexico. Man, that was an AWESOME bike... bullet proof, fast and smooth. Quite the machine at that time and wide open spaces to ride back then.

Main bike is a 2010 F800 GS. Just returned from a 45 day, 12,437 mile trip to Canada and Alaska. 2,400 miles of dirt roads, Campbell, Dempster to Inuvik, Top of the World, Denali Hwy, Dalton Hwy to Deadhorse. 44K trouble free miles on the bike, excluding consumables, and 3 tank replacements. Life is good.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:21 PM   #157
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Three tank replacements?? What happened? Cracks?

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Old 08-29-2013, 01:05 PM   #158
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Three tank replacements?? What happened? Cracks?

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Was the dreaded cracked tank issue, all resolved under warranty. Current tank has been on for a year and 18K miles with no issue. Guess I finally got one of the "new improved" replacement tanks. I'm happy.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:58 AM   #159
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I'm turning 40 next month. I've never owned an ADV bike... Just a few on and off road bikes here and there starting at about the age of 14. I've had a 2008 WR250R since it was new and am now getting ready to order my 1st for purpose ADV bike. Very excited!

Just havin a tough time deciding between the standard an adventure models of F800GS.
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:32 AM   #160
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22 and had my GS for 2 years now :-)
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:28 PM   #161
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36, bought the gs when i was 34. I always rode sport bikes because I was from a city and that was all I saw. Then, I was stationed in Alaska and a buddy of mine rode a gs. I followed him on a burgman 400 for a trip and was hooked! Bought the bike a month later.
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:46 AM   #162
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55 today.

Been on a 2010 F650GS for 3 years and a KTM 350 XCF-W for 3 months. Bought the KTM after I got my kids some Kawasaki dirt bikes to learn to ride. The F650GS just isn't the right tool at the MX track.

Had a couple dirt bikes back in college, a Yamaha and a Bultaco. Then took a short 32-year hiatus to do other stuff, mostly bicycle racing and skiing. Oh, and "life"...that took up some time too.

The attraction to the ADV world for me was all about the travel. Absolutely love being able to go just about anywhere and having everything I need with me. Just so many gorgeous places in the Rockies to set up camp and take it all in.

As I was waiting for the coffee to kick in this morning, I did a quick count through the thread to date. I concur with lookaught's earlier comment: I think the age of the respondents here skews towards the younger side. Below is the approximate distribution to date. Empirically, I'd say the actual demographic is considerably more heavily weighted towards the 50's and 60's.

But as most folks in those two groups will tell you, there is this bizarre phenomenon: the birthdays keep adding up, yet you yourself kind of feel like a perpetual 39. The "Jack Benny syndrome", I guess. The only difference between 35 and 55 is that left knee, the right shoulder, both eyes, the inability to sleep well, etc, etc. Other than that, NO DIFFERENCE.

Respondent Distribution
< 20: 01
20-29: 23
30-39: 26
40-49: 24
50-59: 16
60-69: 15
70-79: 07
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:16 PM   #163
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Well, happy birthday!
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:47 PM   #164
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I only read the beginning post.....

......and I'm 51 rough years old now and can't believe all the dam aches and pains I have. I had to chime in here though and say that I wasted a lot of time after I discovered street bikes on the street. Had a buddy at work that got me to buy his old Virago when he found and bought a '84 Goldwing standard. Then ran across an '82 Wing for cheap and started doing the Goldwing Rally's. We were the young and wild guys there, never participated in all of it other than being there, even got 'talked to' a couple times cause our bikes were spotted in front of the local liquor store during the rally.

Him and I really missed the boat back then, we both liked camping and hiking and did that some, but if we had known about KLR's back then we would have gone lots more cool places and had tons more fun.

Not sure why I didn't think of it, especially having grown up riding dirt bikes, guess I thought I had to ride interstate to go anywhere, now I know better, it just takes a bit more time, but the stuff/people you see/meet on the US Hwy's in this country make me stay off the interstate as much as possible.

Sure wish I was 33 again and knew what I know now.

Enjoy it guys, and just remember the more you crash, the more you will hurt when you hit my age....

"not looking forward to my 60's!"
........... but I'll take it instead of the alternative....
If we weren't all crazy we would go insane. (Jimmy Buffett)
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:14 PM   #165
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55, just got a 2012 F650GS twin a week ago. Most of my riding experience is off road (when I was much younger) but I look forward to many miles on the GS.
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