Post by willydigger. FB inFamous on Sept 16, 2013 15:12:14 GMT -8
I'm pretty sure if it wasn't for your wife, you'd be dead years ago.
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2007 Kawasaki KLR650. Bought it ride the mountain roads with. Used it as a commuter Monday through Friday. Rode it all over. Was my only means of transportation :) Miss it a lot. Family keeps telling me no more bikes. Wife has a Suzuki 250 she rides around. I've been on it off and on lately (don't tell the doctor) and it's alright, just not big enough for me. I stand 6'8" (2m roughly) and her bike is tiny.
Hence the thread to find me a 4 wheeled vehicle. Which wasn't my idea. I asked what bike I should get next and this thread got started. Oh well, giving me ideas for a cage.
KLR's are good bikes, any reason you would not buy another one, besides the family's demands?
I like the looks of that first one you posted and I've always wanted to try a Wrangler myself, but I could never recommend anything I haven't driven yet. Range Rovers are pretty good cars if you like it rough.
That is what I want. KLR is high up on the list. I know where one is that I could probably convince the owner to part with. Year older than mine was, but a lot fewer miles. Mine had 18,000 on it and this one has about 4,000.
I have a 1981 Yamaha Virago 750 in pieces in my garage so I will have another, maybe two. Need to get back to work and money coming in before I get anything.
Really fun watching people stare at me while I am riding in winter. If the roads are clear, I ride. If not, depends on how bad they are. Just a light dusting of snow don't stop me. I've ridden with 4 inches of snow on the road. Wasn't the most enjoyable, but I did it.
The Yamaha XT 660 Tenere might also be a nice alternative for you. If it's available in the USA anyways. I really love my TDM but I know you can't get that one in the States so there's no point in trying to sell you one of those. It's not that great off-road anyways.
I noticed that Virago & your plans for it, sounds great! The XV750 was the first bike a I got to ride when I first got my license at 18 btw. A local dealer had an offering for new riders at the time, rent a bike within the first month after you get your license & get it another day for free. I rode the exhaust pipes of that thing, literally..
Twas fun nevertheless.
I also ride all year as long as the roads aren't slippery (ie. frozen and/or snowy). Over here that means about a month or so a year that I can't ride in total. Luckily I can 'borrow' a car from work when that happens, I sold both my cars 2 years ago because I was never using them. I'd like to get an old Ural or Djepn with a sidecar for those slippery times one day.
Last Edit: Sept 19, 2013 13:43:28 GMT -8 by The BOOM
I started riding a Honda XL250 when I was 12. Dad had it on the farm. Rode that thing into the dirt. It was dead by the time I had my drivers license at 16. Then, no bikes until 2007. Had a few friends that let me borrow one to ride around a little. Brother in law bought a KLR in 2006 and I fell in love. Had the height I needed and enough power to commute on. Bonus was the off road capability.
My kids laugh and think it is odd that I was riding a motorcycle on the roads at 12 and driving a truck at 8. Love small towns. The very first time I drove was the Willys when I was 5. That was a blast. 8 inches of snow and mud and it never stopped. My oldest son is 16 and in drivers education currently.
That pic is what I really want my project bike to end up like. I can find some local builders and see what they would charge for the seat frame. Want to put a different style headlight on it. Sourced the rear mounted controls already. Just need the funds to get them. Maybe by summer I'll be back on two wheels of my own.
Will probably ride momma's for a while to save on gas. Especially if I get this job today. It's only 10 miles from my house. I could ride a bicycle.