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Post  Scarytallman on 7/23/2014, 9:28 am

Hello All,

What does everyone thing of adventure motorcycles. They are kinda the Jeeps of the bike world. Would you ever consider having one tag along on a trail run? They could be a good scout. Thinking of getting one.
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Post  dongalonga on 7/23/2014, 3:00 pm

I've always thought they were cool but I'm too short. Those suckers have really tall seats.

This is what I ride:


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Post  Scarytallman on 7/23/2014, 3:01 pm

I like them because i am just about 6'4"
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Post  dongalonga on 7/23/2014, 3:04 pm

You have plenty of height for one then. What were you thinking of getting?
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Post  Scarytallman on 7/23/2014, 3:05 pm

Just toying but a used BMW R1200 GSA
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Post  dongalonga on 7/23/2014, 5:08 pm

BMW makes some of the best bikes in the segment if you have the coin.
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Post  nnovickzj on 7/24/2014, 4:31 pm

bmw is more street oriented i once saw i guy take one on a tough trail and he got water in the intake and that was quite the mess to fix
something like a klr 650 his friend was riding one and didn't suck up water is a much better 50/50 on road off road much easier to fix on a trail
i've ridden a klr and loved it but i'm only 5'6" and couldn't ride one everyday
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Post  Scarytallman on 7/24/2014, 4:33 pm

yeah i am huge dude, 6' 4" almost 4 bills. I need the full bike. I test drove it today it was wonderful. I will do mostly highway commuting to Maine too. Dirt bikes would be too squirrel y
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Post  nnovickzj on 7/24/2014, 4:46 pm

well sounds like a good match for mostly on road and off road just occasionally bmw makes a sweet bike
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Post  dongalonga on 7/24/2014, 5:36 pm

It is always nice to be able to take a fire road if necessary.
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Post  dongalonga on 7/25/2014, 5:34 am

If I could pick any adventure bike it would be a KTM to be honest.
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Post  Scarytallman on 7/25/2014, 9:45 am

I like the KTMs but through research I found a couple things that deter me. First the 1190 is the only one big enough for 16K new no used one yet( brand new model) and they are exceptional off road but stiff for road riding which would be the majority of my travel. They are sick machines though.
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Post  CrawlingForward on 7/25/2014, 2:22 pm

Holy crap, Shaun you ride an Iron 883? That's my absolute favorite production model.

Personally, I am currently on a scrambler-style kick, and I'm in the process of doing a frame-up of a Kawasaki GS450 for my wife.

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Built for road, but can handle a bit of dirt no problem.

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Post  CrawlingForward on 7/25/2014, 2:28 pm

Oh, and if you want an *awesome* site for looking at custom mostly-road-but-offroad-capable bikes....

http://www.bikeexif.com/

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Post  Scarytallman on 7/25/2014, 2:32 pm

We should start an off-shoot of North Shore Jeeps for adventure bikes. They aren't any big clubs in the area. Adventure bikes are the Jeep of the motorcycle world.
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Post  dongalonga on 7/25/2014, 9:17 pm

I live the iron so far but need to increase the suspension travel for sure.

How about a vstrom. Sounds like the perfect bike for what you described.
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Post  lasemase72 on 8/12/2014, 9:17 am

I have a 2007 Suzuki Vstrom DL1000.  I have been riding it for 3 years and have put 20k on in.  I generally ride 10 months out of the year.  

I bought a luggage rack off ebay for 120 dollars and mounted the ammo cans on so they would be (close to) flush with the luggage rack behind the seat.  It works awesome.  I can load up the cans with 100 dollars of groceries and lay a 50 lb bag of dogfood across the top bungeed down.  

I am 6'4 280lbs.  This bike is scary fast.. i enjoy it every day.  It is a torquey bike to.. 2 up and I barely notice a difference.  Reliable, easy to work on etc.  Highly recommended.

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Post  Scarytallman on 8/12/2014, 10:38 am

Very Nice. I sat on one of those and found it comfortable but only new one were available in my area and were out of my price range. I got my 2007 r1200GSA last week and have done about 1000 miles and love it. I need to put heavier springs on it though so i can ride two up without out it becoming a bobber.
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Post  Mark on 8/12/2014, 10:51 am

I see that i'm not the only one here that rides an HD Shaun, I have a FXR, it's a 1340. you would probably be able to reach the ground flat footed as seat height it is probably not as high as yours is.
I have had two sportsters, two FXR'S, a hand full of kawasakis and one Suzuki and have had great luck with all of them.
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Post  dongalonga on 8/13/2014, 1:01 pm

Mine is a slammed bobber style from the factory and overly low to be honest. I plan on getting some 13" progressive rear shocks and matching front springs for next year. It ridse like garbage right now.
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Post  Mark on 8/17/2014, 6:14 pm

I hear that, i need new progressive rate springs in the front, it bottoms out a bit.. Also needs new rear shocks, it's 20 years old.
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