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Old 03-03-2005, 02:12 PM   #1
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Default Re: Suffering from Ewan and Charlie's Dilemma!

so who are you if they are all away? spill, sister...
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Old 03-03-2005, 03:08 PM   #2
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Default Re: Suffering from Ewan and Charlie's Dilemma!

I have owned 3 BMW's the latest being a 2004 R1150 GS Adventure. I have had no problems and they required only routine maintenance. I tested a 04 KTM Adventure but found the seat to hard and the maintenamce to expensive. With the BMW I can do most of the maintenance myself and save alot of cash for other things and dealer service in my area if much more convient with BMW.
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Old 03-03-2005, 03:39 PM   #3
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Yeah, who's minding the store? Are the lights still on? Who's still left at MO, anyway? I saw minime and Calvin get a mention in one of the paper mags a while back. And at least you still check in, JB. But it looks to me like all we've got left is Sean and whoever he can rope in this week. How come MO could afford more staff back when it was free?



Oh, I know, it was the whole dotcom thing, and MO could charge exorbitant ad rates.



Sorry for ranting so far off topic. Sigh. Must be time for a beer.
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Old 03-03-2005, 04:09 PM   #4
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JB, you know darned well who is still here! Never seen, but heard... (Ashley)
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Old 03-03-2005, 05:00 PM   #5
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Default Re: Suffering from Ewan and Charlie's Dilemma!

One word says it all for me.. Dakar (ie KTM).



So when's the Long Way Round DVD going to be released in NTSC format? Can't wait.
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Old 03-03-2005, 05:21 PM   #6
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Damn, girl. I sent an urgent e-mail to Sean after Thailand got drowned. Thought my favorite girl (whom I've never met) might have been eaten by a shark. Good to know you're still kicking. Sean never responded, probably an overactive junk filter, or a terrible backlog of messages. He never responded to my offer of a review of the R1150RS, either.



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Old 03-03-2005, 07:02 PM   #7
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Default Re: Suffering from Ewan and Charlie's Dilemma!

Do a google search for "Long Way Round torrent" and download away. I've got all of the episodes downloaded and quite enjoyed watching them on my laptop.



This advice only applies if you have tons of bandwidth to burn though, I think the whole series was around 2 gigs and took about 12 hours to grab.
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Old 03-04-2005, 01:45 AM   #8
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In Motorcycle Consumer News, the KTM handily beat out the BMW.



So, unless your an old man, get the KTM.



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Old 03-04-2005, 03:45 AM   #9
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I compared both as well and ended up with a 1150GS since the BMW is a much better street bike; much more comfortable for rider and passenger and you can easily take it on dirt roads...but not trail riding. I wouldn't want to trail ride on either one.



I also have a 2004 KTM 625 SMC; which I love but dealer support/part availablility and pricing has been a dissapointment. Maintenance is also more of a chore. I love the bike, but for me a KTM is not a primary bike.



Hope that helps,



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Old 03-04-2005, 04:05 AM   #10
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Default Re: Suffering from Ewan and Charlie's Dilemma!

R1der has a great point. Stop what you are doing and go read that article - fast! Before you spend money. MCN is worth the pricey subscription costs.



However I'm baffled as to why you - or anyone else - would ask this bunch for advice.



Jeeze, read up on these bikes. Go check them out. Ride them if you can. Find some owners and talk to them.



Ask yourself this question: do I want a great streetbike that is ok on dirt roads or a great dirtbike that is great on roads but would be a bit less comfy on long hauls? Pretty simple question that should be fairly easy to answer.



Do you want to ride the "Insect God" bike or do you want to ride "Gandalf's Bike" complete with funny hat?



Bottom line: trust yourself. Don't place the opinions of others above your own where YOUR money is concerned!
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