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Old 07-11-2005, 05:56 PM   #51
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http://www.bicycle.com/ML350/



Seru, ML350s kick butt off-road. The traction controll, auto-creep and angles of ascent and descent are awesome. You just gotta be willing to trash a 45K car, 'cause it seems to me that off-roading cars isn't really that fun. They just fall apart, no matter how good they are, on stuff that bikes don't even sneeze at...



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Old 07-11-2005, 06:29 PM   #52
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Yeah okay fine. I guess I just don't "get" it. 45K for an ORV that never leaves the pavement.



I'd rather have a MiniCooper.
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Old 07-11-2005, 07:05 PM   #53
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Don't your motor mounts have to be made out of metal for that?
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Old 07-11-2005, 07:06 PM   #54
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My F-250 and 12' chain await.
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Old 07-11-2005, 07:59 PM   #55
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Give me my old Ford F250 4X4 with KC Daylighters on the Roll Bar anyday over that overpriced German wannabe! And it didn't fall apart....
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Old 07-12-2005, 01:06 AM   #56
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And the Tiger is still tops in the looks dept., followed closely by the KTM imo. I'd like to hear the Tiger growl--can the good MO people add dyno runs for these bikes? I know the KLR 650 sounds somewhat like a lawnmower when you first start it up but the I'd really like to hear the Tiger and KTM wound through the gears.



Also, thanks MO people for another great article.
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Old 07-12-2005, 03:02 AM   #57
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Oops! I left out an "apostrophe t" there somewhere.
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Old 07-12-2005, 03:18 AM   #58
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So far just the seat and tank and some soft luggage. And a center stand. I'm going to put on some braided brake lines which I think will help with the lever feel and then I'm going for the suspension. I'm thinking of getting a set of Happy Trails panniers. They're a little pricey but look like they are real quality. Also think I'll put on new grips with heaters. And I'm thinking of going to a more street tire (D607s, I think) which should still be fine on dirt roads.

How about you?

By the way do you know of a good muffler? Seems to me that stock thing is seriously choking the DR.
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Old 07-12-2005, 04:06 AM   #59
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MO's enthusiasm for the KLR650 has turned my head sufficiently for me to start looking to acquire one. Although not an official import into the UK they are readily available from specialist dealers and second-hand. I then became aware that there are actually two distinct flavours of KLR, the European one being around 40 (FORTY!) pounds heavier than the model you have in the US. Could anyone enlighten me as to why this is and perhaps more importantly whether all the good press is equally applicable to the European model.
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Old 07-12-2005, 05:02 AM   #60
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Default Re: Did you read the tester's comments on the bottom of the story?

I did Gabe. And I just re-read them. It was really only your comments that got to the heart of what I was saying. I completely understand you can't test modified bikes against unmodified, on the other hand few Mofos are going to be riding an unmodified bike. MMMMMMM, dilemma.

I just rode a dual sport event and saw a GS rider on the A course, which was truly technical, so I don't mean to short change the bike. It's just that when it's my money (and I buy a lot of bikes) the ultimate potential of the bike and after market support tends to outweigh the stock setup.

Love your work with the site Gabe, keep it up.
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