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Old 03-04-2005, 06:25 AM   #21
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Default Re: Suffering from ADD...

Forget the BMW and KTM.



What you need is a classic bike that's both reliable, and at home both in the dirt and on the street.



And who needs all that complex nonsense like ABS and other electronic gizmos to "gum up the works" so to speak.



The venerable CL350 fits that bill to a tee. I've got one around here somewhere...
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Old 03-04-2005, 06:25 AM   #22
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What's with that magazine anyway. I do like how they cozied up to Triumph a while back when they got some 'exclusive' company tour and bike review, but since then I can't really relate to them. They seem to be very sportbike, race track oriented, but have a bit of a Jesse James attitude - you can only be cool if you ride a sportbike. CW doesn't seem to have that problem and they seem to appeal to a much broader audience.
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Old 03-04-2005, 06:26 AM   #23
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Boy, Master Burns, I can only hope you're talking about Gardiner...the list would be longer, and still distinguished...



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Old 03-04-2005, 06:31 AM   #24
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MO did an excellent Adventure Tourer comparo three years ago. I'd love to read a test of the upated bikes.</p>
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Old 03-04-2005, 06:33 AM   #25
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Great Idea for a shoot out dd. It certainly would be a welcome departure from the which sport bike is marginally faster, if you have abilities greater than 99.9% of the rest of the people that ride motorcycles, shoot outs. VWW
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Old 03-04-2005, 07:42 AM   #26
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Default Re: Suffering from Ewan and Charlie's Dilemma!

Remember, purity of essence. I do not deny women, Mandrake, but I do deny them my essence.



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Old 03-04-2005, 07:44 AM   #27
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It's not the guy from the bicycle magazine, is it?
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Old 03-04-2005, 08:45 AM   #28
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(I'm talking out of my butt here, since I've never even been to SoCal.) There's the gnarly off-road racing areas, but I had the impression there were half decent paved and dirt roads through Baja as well that an adventure tourer might make.



As far as the XRL,KLR, and DR. Great bikes, but they haven't changed a lick in >10 years. (ok 9yrs for DR) and have been reviewed and compared lots of times. It might be cool to throw one of those in the mix against the big bikes though.
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Old 03-04-2005, 08:54 AM   #29
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You're right dd. there are some good paved roads, and some dirt roads in Baja that could be traversed by the bikes that you mentioned. VWW
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Old 03-04-2005, 11:58 AM   #30
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Default I have a KTM . . .

It's an '02 Duke. And I absolutely love this bike . . . when it's working. Don't know if it's the single's vibration or poor assembly or whatever, but I've had all kinds of problems with stuff literally falling off the bike (the small metal subframe which holds the license plate and exhausts in place actually fell off at speed, and wedged itself between the rear swing-arm and tire -- not pretty). I keep fixing the thing because again, when it's all working, it very fun. But I can't imagine having this as my only bike. I really wish I could get Honda to build a repli-Duke -- kind of like what they did with the RC51 / Duc996. That would be a neat bike.

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