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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby Ultra Swain » Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:40 pm

this thread is great. When I get back to Thailand I am taking an enduro course and picking up whatever kind of road/trail bike I can find over there.
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby Woodsman » Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:40 am

marie-angelique wrote:yeah, if i bought the drz400 the first thing i would do is get a lowering kit, bigger gas tank and a rack for luggage.

yeah, very little time in the saddle. i am still walking funny :p

are you thinking of getting one woodsy?


Nope. The bike I want isn't made yet, but I suspect it will be made in the future.

It is a 250cc sized dual sport at less than 300# dry and around 60 hp and truly dual sport tires (good on/off road in all conditions - NOT tourance and NOT DOT knobs - but right in the middle of those two), 2 up all day touring ergos + ute rack that will actually handle some weight. If it can't do 0-60 in 4 seconds and top out at ~130 mph, I won't want it.

Refined 2-cycle low emission engines will make that possible - and soon!

I cannot justify replacing the 'strom with anything else until it passes the 100k mile mark. Right now it's about 1/3 the way there...just barely broken in, and though it's super porky, a little slow, has a high c.o.g., and limited ground clearance, it's still one of the very finest available for getting from here to there whatever the ground might be like in between.
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby Woodsman » Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:42 am

Ultra Swain wrote:this thread is great. When I get back to Thailand I am taking an enduro course and picking up whatever kind of road/trail bike I can find over there.


I'm still waiting for pics from you or livelife when you guys rented those bikes. Did I miss them? I know one of you guys took some pics of that.
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby marie-angelique » Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:58 pm

mkay, i am just that close to going down and buying an ('88 or '89) r100gs with ALL the bells and whistles (shocks, souped up alternater, 12 gal tank) all that at a really good price.

maybe i can get a trailer for it and just get a small dirt only bike and tow it to the dirt :p

not the bike, but just to give you an idea:
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby Woodsman » Thu Oct 01, 2009 11:49 pm

marie-angelique wrote:Image


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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby marie-angelique » Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:48 pm

what are you trying to say, woodsy?
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby Woodsman » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:02 pm

That the 100 is a huge pig (WAY too heavy to be practical off-road).

Rule of thumb for off-road is less=more.
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby marie-angelique » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:04 pm

that would be for a mostly highway trip with some fire roads, i still want a little dual sport.
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby svizzerams » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:24 pm

I'm quite taken with this little bike as a runabout.... part of why I like it is the seat height is 31 - so I can flat foot it.... wouldn't want to ride it long distances on highways but looks fun for fire roads, beach etc

Yamaha TW200 dual sport


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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby Ultra Swain » Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:12 pm

svizzerams wrote:I'm quite taken with this little bike as a runabout.... part of why I like it is the seat height is 31 - so I can flat foot it.... wouldn't want to ride it long distances on highways but looks fun for fire roads, beach etc

Yamaha TW200 dual sport


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Thats perfect! Now I gotta track one down in thailand.
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby Woodsman » Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:31 pm

I do like those, but the extra fat tires are weird. We had one of those + a 350 Honda dual sport when I worked for MDNR. I never did take the tw out - not even for a short ride, but we did have the other bike out doing wheelies with it one day in the field office yard + I took it out to cruise timber with once. I liked it, 'cept the wimpy gas tank it had in it.
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby marie-angelique » Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:24 am

just found a new way to waste hours:

http://www.bikefinds.com/
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby svizzerams » Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:46 am

Look what followed me home today!!! '09 Yamaha TW200

Called one of the local dealers to see if he had any in stock I could look at. About two months ago a guy bought two of them - one for himself and the other for his wife. Turns out the wife didn't take to riding so he brought them back a couple of weeks ago, trading them in on a quad. So, I got a great deal on a very gently used '09 with 79 miles on it!!!! Already took it on a pizza run and its darn fun. Mr. U. Swain - would be a great sort of bike for what you are doing in SEA.

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Maddy has to check out why I rearranged the two wheeled denizens of the garage. Yep, all the seats of my bikes have cat tracks all over them....

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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby Woodsman » Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:28 pm

Wow - that was fast! Congrats, Svizz!
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Re: dual sport motorcycles

Postby svizzerams » Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:50 pm

Woodsman wrote:Wow - that was fast! Congrats, Svizz!


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