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Old 10-11-2013, 09:24 PM   #31
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Seems like I'm in good company here.

Started riding dirt bikes over 30 years ago (and still do) and when it came time to go street, I found the sport bikes just felt too strange. So my first road bike as a TDM850 which I loved and rode for 10 years. Then I bought a GS and am now on to my third.

I still find the 'big dirt bike' feel right for me. Tried a friend's Sportster recently and it scared the hell out of me. Felt like it wouldn't turn into corners for anything. I had to slow down so much to feel comfortable riding it on a twisty road that I felt like I was going to fall over. Guess I learned why Harley riders hold-up traffic.

So I guess I'm sticking with the ADV bikes for sure. And as much as I like my GS, there are times when something a little sportier like a Multistrada seems appealing.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:39 AM   #32
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well i avoid street bikes..just not my F650, Ktm 690, klr and the suzuki DR yama wr250(modern favorites and with some upgrades are hellish good adv bikes.) that being said i do like all bikes and i dont care what you ride..but since you asked..1939 indian chief....
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:44 AM   #33
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This bike provides versatility and outrageous fun.

I have been ripping around on a 690 Duke lately and my other street bikes main dirt bike is a 500 EXC.

Duke thread and pics:

KTM sells a nice set of soft bags for the Duke, too. If you can get used to the buzz of the big single, it's a great sport touring bike.

As I recently posted in another thread, I am riding the street less and less but when I do hit the asphalt, the Duke provides a very exciting experience.

Oh, and it rips on the track, too.
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:51 PM   #34
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2005 636

Clip-ons are flipped, switched, and pushed out. Would like them a little higher and 0 degree though.

Best pic I have of it

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Old 10-12-2013, 07:14 PM   #35
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I started dual-sport riding in 1969 on a CL70, 44 years now, for the street, rode a Harley for awhile, got boring fast. I don't have much use for more than 50 HP so my Versys is all I need (after my Husky). The Versys is the most fun, least maintenance, most reliable bike I have ever had.

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Old 10-12-2013, 08:39 PM   #36
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I like the old UJMs, they are comfortable, and feel like big fat old dirt bikes.

Suzuki specifically, because they still carry parts decades later.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:56 AM   #37
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My street bike is a heavily farkled WeeStrom that has MX bars and cleated footpegs on it. A passable streetbike. Was very comfortable on a recent trip from MI to Iowa and back, yet can still explore the dirt roads pretty well.

The real dirt bike is an EXC 500.
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