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Old 10-18-2012, 08:33 AM   #21
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This is the reason I bought a V-Strom......No idea if the stories are stories or truth yet!

That said I had an old 73-74? Yamaha DT 360 I used to beat the ever loving sh1t out of....for years. Drove that damn thing all over the desert and mountains around vegas. It was by no means a great bike. It was heavy for what it was, the suspension bottomed out often, mostly because of how and where I rode it. Pretty good 2 stroke thumper motor. It's only real problem was a small gas tank.

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Old 10-18-2012, 08:56 AM   #22
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I Ride: 07 YZ450F, 74 XL350
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yep. pre '08 klr ftw.
you mean after you spend a weekend fixing the doohickey and thermobob?

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Old 10-18-2012, 08:58 AM   #23
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you mean after you spend a weekend fixing the doohickey and thermobob?
maybe an hour on the doohickey and the thermobob isn't necessary... just keeps the temp even in colder weather.

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:16 AM   #24
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I Ride: Suzuki Boulevard C90, Suzuki DRZ400E, My Wife's Scooter
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What I've found is you want a stone simple bike. No fuel injection. Carb. No electronic ignition. Points...
This.

No fancy electronics to crap out.
No fancy ignitors to fail.
Run on just about anything that burns.
Will start with a dead battery.

I think the most reliable bike I ever had was a mid-70's KE100.



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Old 10-18-2012, 09:22 AM   #25
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thats why you buy one that already has the dohicky already done .. although i have seen a stock dohiky go 60,000 miles lol

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:32 AM   #26
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thats why you buy one that already has the dohicky already done .. although i have seen a stock dohiky go 60,000 miles lol
i've seen them broken with less than 200 miles on the bike. it's such a crap shoot that replacing one on a bike that you buy used that the P/O says it has been done is worth the time.

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:34 AM   #27
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My Katana refuses to die. I dumped it so many times that I remain convinced the engine casing is actually 8" thick, because I swear there's no excuse for it all remaining intact. I've never had any work done to it, I just pick it up and it starts again. The plastics are fuck ugly but hell, the bike's a champ. I'm commuting on it this week while the R1 is getting prettied up and it still runs like a dream.

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Old 10-18-2012, 10:21 AM   #28
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This, but I think it might actually weigh more than a KLR?!


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Old 10-18-2012, 10:22 AM   #29
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I Ride: 72 BMW R75/5, KIA with over 243K + Miles, (RIP) 07 Buell XB12STT (2)
to what dragracer1952 said about simplicity! I have a 1972 BMW R75/5 that I bought new. Now it’s my daily commuter and has 237K. It still has the original cam, crank and all the lower end bearings.

I’ve not driven in the exotic places dragracer has but in 73 I drove it from Massachusetts to Vera Cruz, Acapulco, a whole bunch of other places and back with no problems. It has been a virtually trouble free machine.

To bad BMW doesn’t still make em this reliable anymore.

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Old 10-18-2012, 10:33 AM   #30
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I Ride: i ride bitchrider : a 2000 triumph sprint st a 99 triumph tiger and " das car"
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i've seen them broken with less than 200 miles on the bike. it's such a crap shoot that replacing one on a bike that you buy used that the P/O says it has been done is worth the time.

this is so true


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This, but I think it might actually weigh more than a KLR?!

ok you win

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Old 10-18-2012, 10:55 AM   #31
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This, but I think it might actually weigh more than a KLR?!

ok you win
Until you sneak up under the side guns & practice your cow-tipping technique...


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Old 10-18-2012, 11:10 AM   #32
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I had a 97 Kawi Vulcan 800. I pretty much thrashed it everyday for almost a year and it never skipped a beat. Super easy to work on too.

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Old 10-18-2012, 11:11 AM   #33
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I Ride: 2006 Suzuki GSXR 600; 2007 Yamaha FZ1 (the Mrs.'s bike)
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First Gen FZ1. Those things are pretty much indestructible.
^^^

This, and the Gen 2 FZ1's are pretty bulletproof as well.

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Old 10-18-2012, 11:23 AM   #34
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yep. pre '08 klr ftw.
KLR? really? must have done the dohicky and a few other things.

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Old 10-18-2012, 11:29 AM   #35
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KLR? really? must have done the dohicky and a few other things.
just the doo is really all that's needed.

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Old 10-18-2012, 11:42 AM   #36
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I Ride: 2000 BRP (XR650R)
xr650l

First made in 1992 it has remained unchanged and can be bought off the show room floor today! Seriously, zero changes!

Air cooled, carb engine. It is electric start but its easy to jump start it if the battery dies...(you can put a kick starter on it from a 650R.)

Its light, torquey and extremely reliable and street licensed. If sticking to strictly most bullet proof, this is it.

Any bike that is water cooled is automatically less bullet proof...

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Old 10-18-2012, 11:51 AM   #37
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Suzuki GS500E/F since 1989
This. Can't kill one.

And a tad more versatile than first glance

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=738523
http://www.stuntlife.com/forums/281-...s500-into.html
http://www.pipeburn.com/home/2012/4/...spede-007.html

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:06 PM   #38
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Until you sneak up under the side guns & practice your cow-tipping technique...


KevinD

mmmoooooooooooooo

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just the doo is really all that's needed.
thats about it .. everything else is just because you can lol ad cause you can never have enough ducktape for farkles.. ( man now i miss my klr 650 )

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:13 PM   #39
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KLR? really? must have done the dohicky and a few other things.
On the post 08 models there are a few wiring issues to take care of as well but once you have the loom wrapped and the dohickey done the remainder of the new bike is very similar to the old, still run on carbs and if you crash it with barkdusters and guards on just pick it up and ride away. The new model does burn more oil than the older engine for the first 4000 miles, after that mine has been fine.

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Old 10-18-2012, 12:27 PM   #40
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I Ride: An 06 R6 with OPRT
A 1955 Vincent Black Prince would be a good choice: http://www.vintagemotorcyclesonline....ed-by-bonhams-

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