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Old 07-13-2007, 09:42 AM   #1
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Utility Vs. Performance

I'm just curious as to what people's priorities are in an adventure thumper. Obviously, having both is ideal, but if you were to have one or the other, which would it be.

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Old 07-13-2007, 09:55 AM   #2
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I certainly wasn't looking for performance when I picked up the KLR, so I'd have to go with utility all the way.
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:24 AM   #3
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:40 AM   #4
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Performance!

(it's easier to make utility yourself, than to make decent performance on a bike that stock hasn't any)
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Old 07-13-2007, 10:55 AM   #5
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Utility first for me.
Although one's definitions for each maybe different.
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Old 07-13-2007, 11:32 AM   #6
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Depends (and not the diapers)

My DRZ had plenty of utility but not an excess of performance. Enough to get the job done. When it got worn out, I felt that I'd "been there, done that".

My DRZ replacement is an Aprilia RXV 550. Not much utility at all. But it certainly has performance.

If you are going to do it all with one bike, then utility may be called for. I have a GasGas 200EC (2-stroke) for tight singletrack as well as gnarly quad sized trails, a V-Strom 1000 (presently with TKC-80s) for road runs, and so have room for a bike with high "Wow" factor but little practicality like the Aprilia.
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:28 PM   #7
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This time around I went more of a "low maintance preformace" machine. It will see mostly off-road use and trail hoping on the pavment, and fill the role as back-up bike on the street. I generally travel light and don't plan on doing 500 miles days on my DR350, long hauls will be handled by the Scrambler.
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Old 07-13-2007, 12:51 PM   #8
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My tendency is toward utility (that's why I've got a KLR, too) with a dose of performance (hopefully, a 705 bore kit, racetech emulators and a new rear shock ). Generally, I have have a tendency toward high-end gear that has lead me to too much debt and overspecialization. Now, I'm trying to employ an ethos of utility first with fun at a close second (Although, I still think an Xchallenge would be fun).

I'm just interested in others opinions
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:17 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by freetour
I'm just curious as to what people's priorities are in an adventure thumper. Obviously, having both is ideal, but if you were to have one or the other, which would it be.
I'd have thought you'd only have had to look at the bike they purchased to get that answer (except those guys on the DR650s, they're straddlin' the fence IMHO ).
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Old 07-13-2007, 01:35 PM   #10
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I went with the F650GS. I suppose I got a little of both, but Ive had performance oriented bikes before so I was going for the utility side of things.
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Old 07-13-2007, 04:57 PM   #11
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Mainly utility, I'd reckon. Utility usually goes hand-in-hand with reliability, so a KLR has been my DS choice since '85 when the KLR got an electric starter. Maybe the terms "utility" and "performance" are a little hard to qualify to fit everyone's definition, because I'm sure there are plenty of bikes that more than adequately achieve both, even though most bikes with real eye-popping performance seem to give up some noticeable reliability and therefore utility. But since utility is more often associated with a level of value and reliability, I'd say the KLR and some other similar models definitely fill the bill for me. I often ride a lot by myself in somewhat remote country, and it's comforting to know that my KLR is utilitarian enough to get me back to camp time after time.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:05 PM   #12
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Mostly performance. I'm lucky to have two bikes. If I had one bike, I'd try to have a more even balance between utility and performance.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:26 PM   #13
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Both, and then one:

Utility: F650gs
Performance: 450 EXC
Outright Hedonism: CBR600rr
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Old 07-13-2007, 07:04 PM   #14
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:10 PM   #15
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Simplicity

The others are what you make it.
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