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Old 02-22-2007, 09:04 PM   #31
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Default C'mon....

Don't hold back, man! Tell us what you really think!



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Old 02-22-2007, 09:25 PM   #32
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Default Don't get hyper over hyperbole.

Don't get hyper over hyperbole.

It is much more fatiging to ride a small bike at even legal speeds than a larger one. Thats why the biger bikes usually lead the parade.

The fly in my theory of beginner bliss is that beginners are more afraid of weight than power.

I did look up the Suzuki GS500F and it does have a following at gstwin.com . There are also lots of beginner reviews of the GS500F at epinions.com
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:21 PM   #33
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Default Got the battery

Got the battery now I have pour the acid in it and charge it.. motorcycles are interesting. No such thing as maintenance free motorcycle battery huh..
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:38 PM   #34
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I thought you loved gay Civil Engineers..
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:48 PM   #35
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Default We think you meant "DR650ES"...

Not KLR. But point well taken.



Sometimes here at MO we do eclectic comparison tests. This was one of them. We compared three bikes for $5000 and we reported honestly what it was like for the three of us to ride them.



When we pick a "winner" of one of these things, it doesn't really mean it's a better bike, all the time. Carefully reading our conclusions and second opinions will shed some light on our thought processes, and hopefully you can see that we make different recommendations based on what kind of riding a prospective rider would want to do. We point out the strengths and weaknesses of all three bikes, and believe me, it was more of a three-way tie than a clear-cut case of the Hyosung winning.



I've ridden an EX500 -- a lot -- as has Editor Brissette. I think the Hyosung's a better motorcycle. And it's hardly unproven; Hyosung's built over 2,000,000 motorcycles and scooters, and this model is now in its fourth model year. It is heavy, but it's no ill-handling pig, that's for sure.



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Old 02-23-2007, 05:16 AM   #36
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Default Re: Three for Five: Budget Bombers

"I have seen at least 4 Blasts with terminal engine problems and many more with all kinds of reliability problems of the kind that will leave you walking"



Considering you don't work at a Harley dealership, I'd say that you are full of shyt. As usual. I doubt you have even 'seen' four Blasts total, but don't let that stop you from blasting out your bullshyt.
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Old 02-23-2007, 05:54 AM   #37
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Default Re: Three for Five: Budget Bombers

"that has got to be the very worst motorcycle ever made by that manufacturer"



Ever see a Madura or that butt ugly wankel motored thing they put out in the late 70s?
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Old 02-23-2007, 05:54 AM   #38
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Default Re: Three for Five: Budget Bombers

"Still, Pete noted it's "not a long-distance machine"; those seeking a low-cost adventure tourer should wait for the new Kawasaki KLR650."



Ummmmm.... those seeking a low cost adventure tourer should simply add the aftermarket IMS tank and corresponding Corbin seat to the excellent DR650.



Of course then, you've started farkelizing your ride.... you'll soon be adding luggage racks, hard cases, heavier suspension springs, windscreens, GPS mounts, exhaust upgrades, jetting, engine guards......
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:05 AM   #39
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Default Re: Three for Five: Budget Bombers

Some people would complain if they were hung with a new rope.
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:24 AM   #40
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Default Re: Got the battery

I bought my maintenance free battery at the local Harley dealership.



My Buell and the Vrod share the same battery.



I haven't played around with acid since the seventies, mind you.
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