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post #21 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 05:03 PM
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post #22 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 05:06 PM
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I wanted a riding experience that was different than the Vee.

I got it, to be sure.

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post #23 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 05:28 PM
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My '2nd ride' is my wife's Vespa GT200 scooter.

The Vespa gets about 75MPG (compared to my wee's 65MPG)

The power and handling on the Vespa with 12-inch wheels is not up to the Wee... but the seat is MUCH more comfortable after 2 hours in the saddle.

Surprisingly, the 200cc engine is enough to maintain the speed-limit on any road except the interstate. (There are only 2 interstate highways in Vermont so this is not a big issue.)
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post #24 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by chrisbro980 View Post
I want a second bike to ride about the bush with my son and even ride to work 10 minutes through traffic to save having to fire up the Vee.
The part that confuses me here is that you want another bike for commuting as you don't want to take the time to fire up the DL1000.

I would think your DL would be a great commuter bike (my DL650's have been and are great commuter bikes!) So the question really is what are you going to use the other bike for? I suspect its hard to go wrong with a KLR or DR if you want something more off-road oriented but also good power to get to the trails. Otherwise you really have to see what your heart tells you.


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post #25 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 06:09 PM
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I have a 2001 XR650R for my dirt fix. Pics taken right after I bought it and spruced it up a bit.
It's ridiculously torquey and the engine is damn near bulletproof, but it can be a bit of a handfull in the tighter trails. The newer 4 stroke MX'ers are a lot lighter and slimmer, but the engines seem to require higher maintenance as well.
I spend a few weekends on it in the summer and I like to think it keeps me sharp-ish !!
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post #26 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 06:46 PM
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post #27 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 07:05 PM
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2011 Honda CRF250R I play around with.
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post #28 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 07:34 PM
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I bounce back and forth between the Wee and an 07 Yamaha Stratoliner.

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post #29 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 07:42 PM
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post #30 of 231 Old 11-20-2012, 07:53 PM
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Bought a 2012 dl650a in April. Great on the pavement and good hardpacked dirt--not worth 2 cents in anything soft or loose. It can be done but it aint fun.
Bought a 2012 drz400s a couple of months ago to get in the dirt. Re-geared to 14/47 to make it more off roadable. Been having a blast with it ever since.
The new sprockets make wheelies easy--now I just need to keep the wife from seeing me do them.
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