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Old 03-08-2014, 10:22 PM   #16
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This is my last remaining one...an Alpina that I've converted to Trials duty. I used to collect, vintage race, and restore Buls. I got divorced in '10 and sold-off my collection of racers and parts bikes. (I had about 15 of them)




Several years back I had one in the house. It sucked as a wood stove.

Sweet! Had a Sherpa s myself in the 70's never thought of snap'n a pic of it back then thou:(
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:27 PM   #17
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KTM 125sx, yeah, really. Toss on that Acerbis 6.6 gallon tank, and some ROTOPAX, and I'm good. I'll carry a spare top end rebuild in a tank bag. Indestructible to the best of my abilities, more power than 250 dual sports, probably more usable power when you take into account low weight compared to some Japanese 650 dual sports(looking at you KLR650, no offense). I'm 17 years old, and have very little doubt, that if properly maintained, this bike will outlive me. If some 40+ year old professor can do that Dakar on a 150xc, I can adventure on a 125sx.
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My trusty KLR 650.

It's simple and old tech, easy to work on. I've had it stripped down twice now for valve checks, wiring, and a bunch of stuff I've done to it.

It was 6500 otd and it rides better than my old cruiser. It handles turns well, then I can haul ass down a fire road and take on some pretty narrow hardcore trails for a bike that I can load up with gear for days of living in the woods and do 80 no problem on the highway for hours.
Yep, They would'nt still be around if they were'nt versatile
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:30 PM   #18
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Several years back I had one in the house. It sucked as a wood stove.

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Probably quite a oil burner thou
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:01 AM   #19
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Went through this some years ago, down from 3 road registered and insured bikes to just one (still have a shed full of bikes, they are either not going or off road only) The bike had to do everything for me, I had off road bikes, so it had to do gravel minimum...and it commutes, goes on long rides. 2 seats/rear guards, 2 front guards, 2 sets of wheels, 2 sets of panniers, 2 screens/fairings, 3 exhaust systems. Chop and change, the bike can be all things to me.

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Old 03-09-2014, 03:01 AM   #20
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Sorry, can't do it. I'm having trouble limiting myself to 4 bikes.
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:41 AM   #21
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I guess I could reverse the aquisitions I've made over the last few years and go back to just my trusty R1100GS. If I had to have only one bike it would be something in that class in either the mid-size or full size flavours e.g Tiger 1050, Multistrada, GS, Vstrom, Stelvio, etc. I'm sure I'd soon be wanting to add a small dualsport and then the multi-bike cycle would start all over again. Fortunately it's not a decision I have to make at this time.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:29 AM   #22
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Several years back I had one in the house. It sucked as a wood stove.


Probably quite a oil burner thou [/QUOTE]

What happened to the wood stove - did you trade it in for that new telephone there on the left?
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:44 AM   #23
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Probably quite a oil burner thou

What happened to the wood stove - did you trade it in for that new telephone there on the left?
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Old 03-09-2014, 10:00 AM   #24
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Out of the 6 me and my wife have it's gonna be the 2 KLR's good bye 600 super sports there just to un comfortable for any extended riding and the 250's can't pile miles on the slab
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Old 03-09-2014, 01:07 PM   #25
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Selling the KTM 690 and BMW R1200GSA. (In the Flea Market)

Buying KTM 1190 Adventure Standard.

If I want another dirt bike it will be light and small for play time.

The new Katoom will cover most bases cruising, freeways, twisties, dirt roads and jeep trails.

Thats the plan anyway.
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:56 PM   #26
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61 years old

Selling the KTM 690 and BMW R1200GSA. (In the Flea Market)

Buying KTM 1190 Adventure Standard.

If I want another dirt bike it will be light and small for play time.

The new Katoom will cover most bases cruising, freeways, twisties, dirt roads and jeep trails.

Thats the plan anyway.
You have 9 years on me, but my thinking is the same. Trouble is one time out I ride the trusty 640 and say this is the one to keep or like today its beautiful here in california and the 990 marches down the hyw effortlessly. I lean that way. Keeping the 525 for play will make it tuff to get to just one. The company you keep may make the choice a bit easier. Riding with a freind today and his GS
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:01 PM   #27
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Went through this some years ago, down from 3 road registered and insured bikes to just one (still have a shed full of bikes, they are either not going or off road only) The bike had to do everything for me, I had off road bikes, so it had to do gravel minimum...and it commutes, goes on long rides. 2 seats/rear guards, 2 front guards, 2 sets of wheels, 2 sets of panniers, 2 screens/fairings, 3 exhaust systems. Chop and change, the bike can be all things to me.

Them there Beemers with that utilitarian look are just BAD ASS
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:44 PM   #28
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R1200GS. A do it all well all purpose go anywhere bike. More smiles per mile than any bike I have owned in over 40 years of riding.
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Old 03-09-2014, 05:48 PM   #29
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For right now, for ME, it would be my R1100RT BMW. I've had a few bikes since I have bought this one, and it is the one that still remains. Easy maintenance, Reliable as a brick as long as you keep it up, honestly inexpensive unless you want to buy all the gee-whiz farkles, wind-protection of a civic, and so-so-so easy to ride. I've drifted it on deep fresh gravel roads (not on purpose to ride those roads, but I as impressed with the RT's abilities), rode it for 1100+miles in a day, 2-up!, and it's been used for commuting duties for over 3 years without a hiccup. The only time it's left me stranded was when the HES went out in NC, and to be honest I Knew it was going out when I left, but I thought it wouldn't rain. LOL...yeah right.


For what it's worth, I have NOT ridden a R1200RT or a R1200GS, and I refuse to do so until I am ready to buy one, because if I tempt myself, I am sure I will have to buy it. Same as the FJR and Super Tenere. Regardless of the do-it-all bike, I am most likely to always have a bike or car in some sort of phase of resto.
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:22 PM   #30
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If I had to cull the herd, I'd keep this and part with the track bike and sport tourer

Reality will probably work out to a orange 350/500 enduro and a sport tourer in the future.
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