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post #11 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 12:08 PM
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Go DR!

I love my DR350. Such a reliable, fun bike with excellent MPG. I'd take it over a DRZ400 any day. I like the aircooled, carb idea. Less things to break down in the middle of nowhere. If it was good enough for the Mondo Enduro guys, it's got to be good.

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post #12 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 12:24 PM
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DR350 also. Here it is at the beginning of 4 day trip trip in the Cascades.

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post #13 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 12:32 PM
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I have a Thruxton. Yes, I do ride it "more than once a year". I have taken this bike to New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and all over Colorado. For me, it is an absolute joy to ride.

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post #14 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 12:33 PM
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Smile Two Strommer

I wanted a KLR or a DR650 as a second bike to my 2012 DL650. Something I could just use for zipping around town, getting groceries, local exploration, etc.

Ended up with a low mileage, well set up 2005 DL. It turns out to be an awesome bike and I ride it more than I do the new one. I don't think it is more expensive than any other "second" bike would be and in some regards, it is cheaper. I am upgrading the suspension on the new bike with after market parts and will re-use the 2012 components on the older bike.

Wish the seats were interchangable, but many of the parts work. I save my nearly used up tires and finish them off on the older bike, on local rides, or at least that worked out this year. I plan to start the year with new tires on both.

I tend to "over do" my maintenence and there is always one bike undergoing some adjustment or upgrade so it is nice to have the other one ready to ride.
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post #15 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 01:08 PM
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My time gets split pretty much equally between the wee-strom and my Buell Uly XT.
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post #16 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 02:18 PM
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1981 CT110. A blast to ride on trails, though a tad small for me around town.

2012 DL650 "Bevo"
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post #17 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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This is great stuff people. Very informative. Klr 650 sounds like a winner so far. I'm jealous of the cb Honda owner though...well actually I'm jealous of anyone with a second bike.

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post #18 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 04:19 PM
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2008 Turner 5-spot! It's my go to bike for on-road, and off-road adventuring, as well as a bombproof commuter!

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post #19 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 04:42 PM
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Black Sunshine is my other ride!!.

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post #20 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 04:54 PM
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I initially wanted a DR650 (Suzuki), but it's really hard to find a decent used one. There are bazillions of KLR650s out there.

I've had an absolute ball on this thing. Mine's the pinkish 2005 in front:

2002 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Dark Metallic Space Blue
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