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CDRODA396 8 September 2018 08:25

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Got on my very first bike at 55 yr old this past April. Took the Basic Rider Course, then picked up this G650GS to learn on. Havent gotten to the point I'm ready to go off the paved surface yet :biggrin:. Not sure a Thumper was the best choice either, but got a really good deal on it, so vibrations it is! Really, really like CV's Africa Twin...may have to start looking for a trade.

CAP MARINE 8 September 2018 09:39

2019 Indian will be coming out with the FTR 1200- 750 version is used in the flat track races. You might look at the Indian Bobber-69ci, 6 speed, water cooled

DaveP 8 September 2018 12:58

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Originally Posted by CDRODA396 (Post 1058747297)
Got on my very first bike at 55 yr old this past April. Took the Basic Rider Course, then picked up this G650GS to learn on. Havent gotten to the point I'm ready to go off the paved surface yet :biggrin:. Not sure a Thumper was the best choice either, but got a really good deal on it, so vibrations it is! Really, really like CV's Africa Twin...may have to start looking for a trade.

Damn, that trajectory sounds familiar - BRC in August, '02 F650GS (one-lunger) with 12.4K on it mid-Sept.
But you're old.

I was only, like, 50.

Not quite 2 years and 10.5k new miles later, I've really come to like the bike; and many 650 owners report missing the light and tight if/when they move on. I'd like to find a 1200 at some point (or if I were taller, CV's rig or a Triumph), but I've read enough regretful reports that I think I'm gonna hold onto this first bike for a bit after.

DaveP

Hoepoe 8 September 2018 15:23

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Originally Posted by CV (Post 1058746847)
I love adventure bikes. Some posts a bit back, I showed off my Africa Twin. She's a beast, but really fun on rural roads, off-road, and on the highway.

https://78.media.tumblr.com/eac7d8be...dzwo1_1280.jpg

Very nice! I need to get myself an adventure bike!

Hoepoe 8 September 2018 15:23

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Originally Posted by CDRODA396 (Post 1058747297)
Got on my very first bike at 55 yr old this past April. Took the Basic Rider Course, then picked up this G650GS to learn on. Havent gotten to the point I'm ready to go off the paved surface yet :biggrin:. Not sure a Thumper was the best choice either, but got a really good deal on it, so vibrations it is! Really, really like CV's Africa Twin...may have to start looking for a trade.

F650 is a fantastic bike. Enjoy!

1RiserSlip 8 September 2018 15:57

CDRODA396. Me too, well first purchase of one anyhow.

Nice bike CV. I've been riding the KLX 250 around getting used to the feel. I like it so far. Comes outta the whole quick. Power range in 5-7k rpm is really good.

Perfect for here!

CDRODA396 8 September 2018 18:16

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Originally Posted by Hoepoe (Post 1058747340)
F650 is a fantastic bike. Enjoy!

Thanks, I have been so far, but my experience is limited to it and a Honda 250 BRC bike!

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Originally Posted by 1RiserSlip
CDRODA396. Me too, well first purchase of one anyhow.

Haha, when I say got my first bike in April, I literally mean that the BRC was the very first time I sat on a bike, turned the key and rode off. Its been an eye opener, love it, just wish I had done it years ago!

DCH 8 September 2018 22:26

Speaking of motorcycles and socnet; has anyone had a chance to work with “R.J.” in California yet?

B 2/75 12 September 2018 17:41

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Found some very old pics today, backyard in Fayetteville, circa 92.

Damn, how I wish I could have her again...

Shadow 12 September 2018 18:28

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Originally Posted by B 2/75 (Post 1058748160)

...Damn, how I wish I could have her again...

I can't be the only one who'll read that and wonder which "her" you're referring to... :biggrin:

Stretch 12 September 2018 18:53

You’re not!!!

bobmueller 12 September 2018 19:02

You are not alone.

Gray Rhyno 12 September 2018 19:04

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Originally Posted by Shadow (Post 1058748179)
I can't be the only one who'll read that and wonder which "her" you're referring to... :biggrin:

I'll bet I know. No one ever had to pay alimony to a motorcycle. :biggrin:

1RiserSlip 12 September 2018 19:29

He's a vulgar old man. Who once had a nice bike.

Hoepoe 12 September 2018 23:51

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Weekend ride took me to the strategic Harel Lookout on the famous Burma Road built by US General Micky Marcus in 1948. Google it, it's an incredible story and can be seen in the movie "Cast a Giant Shadow" starring Kirk Douglas as Micky Marcus.

Headhunter1965 13 September 2018 07:36

Me and the wife are now settled into our place just 10 minutes from the Cherohala Skyway and 30 minutes from Tail of The Dragon. Standing invite to anyone that wants to ride. We've got room, beer, and steaks.

FinsUp 13 September 2018 11:53

CV I love that bike! Keep your pics coming. I want a bike, bad.

wildman43 13 September 2018 11:55

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Originally Posted by Headhunter1965 (Post 1058748287)
Me and the wife are now settled into our place just 10 minutes from the Cherohala Skyway and 30 minutes from Tail of The Dragon. Standing invite to anyone that wants to ride. We've got room, beer, and steaks.

Can I come just for the room, beer, and steaks.:biggrin:

Headhunter1965 13 September 2018 12:04

LOL......I would be honored to grill a steak for any SOCNET member.

CV 14 September 2018 08:18

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Originally Posted by FinsUp (Post 1058748331)
CV I love that bike! Keep your pics coming. I want a bike, bad.

It's the best bike I've owned. 7k miles in 6 months :)

https://image.ibb.co/eDPRVU/moto3.png

KidA 14 September 2018 10:04

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Originally Posted by CV (Post 1058748550)
It's the best bike I've owned. 7k miles in 6 months :)

He also just got married. Take from that what you will :biggrin:

Hoepoe 14 September 2018 11:25

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Originally Posted by CV (Post 1058748550)
It's the best bike I've owned. 7k miles in 6 months :)

https://image.ibb.co/eDPRVU/moto3.png

Very cool!

Ex-PH 14 September 2018 18:33

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Originally Posted by CV (Post 1058748550)
It's the best bike I've owned. 7k miles in 6 months :)

https://image.ibb.co/eDPRVU/moto3.png

How do those tires handle on gravel? Does the bike skate around at all?

1RiserSlip 14 September 2018 18:56

That is a cool bike CV. You're sure breaking it in well.:smile:

CV 19 September 2018 09:16

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Originally Posted by Ex-PH (Post 1058748724)
How do those tires handle on gravel? Does the bike skate around at all?

I'm running Pirelli Scorpions in that photo. Really fantastic tire that is listed as a 90/10 (90% road, 10% off). No issues at all with gravel.

Prior, I was running a 50/50 tire. My favorite overall (Mitas E-07)

https://78.media.tumblr.com/599bf160...dzwo1_1280.jpg

Ex-PH 20 September 2018 03:10

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Originally Posted by CV (Post 1058749779)
I'm running Pirelli Scorpions in that photo. Really fantastic tire that is listed as a 90/10 (90% road, 10% off). No issues at all with gravel.

Prior, I was running a 50/50 tire. My favorite overall (Mitas E-07)

https://78.media.tumblr.com/599bf160...dzwo1_1280.jpg

I'd feel a lot more comfortable on a gravel road with this tire than I would with the one from the other pic. For sure. Have you done any trail riding yet, or do you mainly stick to pavement & gravel?

CV 20 September 2018 07:31

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Originally Posted by Ex-PH (Post 1058749965)
I'd feel a lot more comfortable on a gravel road with this tire than I would with the one from the other pic. For sure. Have you done any trail riding yet, or do you mainly stick to pavement & gravel?

Yeah, the Mitas E-07 is significantly better for trail and gravel, but the Pirelli Scorpion has given me no issues on gravel (haven't done any single track trails with it yet).

I do some trail riding/single-track, but the Africa Twin is somewhat heavy, not unlike a GSA. Some folks do some crazy shit with them, but I've dropped it before and it's murderous getting it back upright by myself. I'll find some photos of some cool trails I've done.

If I were to get a bike with the intent to do more trails, I would go with something like a KLR-650.

1RiserSlip 21 September 2018 09:21

I'm very happy with the KLX 250. I almost went back to trade it for a baby 400 Ninja. Then I thought about the consequences. Maybe move up to something bigger later. Its been awhile since I've done any riding.

KidA 21 September 2018 09:48

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Originally Posted by 1RiserSlip (Post 1058750213)
I'm very happy with the KLX 250.

Once I get out to CO I'm looking for something similar - something I can ride to work but still duck on gravel roads and whatnot to shortcut home.

CAP MARINE 21 September 2018 09:50

My retired DOC ( Kansas)friend is on the ferry as I write, Nova Scotia. 3 of them going to ride around there. He better get his riding in now, gets cold fast in Maine

Ex-PH 21 September 2018 18:07

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Originally Posted by KidA (Post 1058750217)
Once I get out to CO I'm looking for something similar - something I can ride to work but still duck on gravel roads and whatnot to shortcut home.

I know you're not big into brand new, but you may want to check out Honda's 2019 CRF450L. It's a street legal version of the CRF450X off road race bike, and the reviews I've seen say it's a badass motorcycle.

CV 21 September 2018 21:16

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Originally Posted by KidA (Post 1058750217)
Once I get out to CO I'm looking for something similar - something I can ride to work but still duck on gravel roads and whatnot to shortcut home.

Check out the new Honda CRF450L
https://powersports.honda.com/2019/crf450l.aspx

Edit: hahah, I didn't see Ex-PH's post. Right on.

Combat Jump 21 September 2018 21:35

My Custom Build
 
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Here are some shots of a bike I made from scratch.

CPTAUSRET 21 September 2018 22:23

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Originally Posted by Combat Jump (Post 1058750369)
Here are some shots of a bike I made from scratch.

Very impressive.

DaveP 22 September 2018 07:00

A thing of beauty, CJ.
Really dig the seat and dune-buggy tires.

DaveP

DaveP 23 September 2018 13:11

https://advrider.com/f/threads/begin...f250l.1333996/

^^
RTW TR from a long-time climber and contributor to one of the more active climbing forums.
Pretty cool perspective, lots of on-the-fly decisions.

DaveP

CAP MARINE 23 September 2018 13:32

Riding my Scout 60. Showed it to the Sheriff the other day. Maybe he will buy it. I will go to a bigger bike or not

CV 24 September 2018 17:03

Very nice build, CJ!

CDRODA396 24 September 2018 18:59

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Originally Posted by 1RiserSlip (Post 1058750213)
I'm very happy with the KLX 250.

I've taken a liking to the "Lightweight" Dual Sport bikes...WR-R, CRF/CRF Rally, and the KLX. Just wondering what you weigh, and how the KLX pulls you around on the road? I'm 230ish in riding gear, but hear these do just fine...DaveP's link being an example of people riding them long distance.

1RiserSlip 24 September 2018 19:28

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Originally Posted by CDRODA396 (Post 1058750906)
I've taken a liking to the "Lightweight" Dual Sport bikes...WR-R, CRF/CRF Rally, and the KLX. Just wondering what you weigh, and how the KLX pulls you around on the road? I'm 230ish in riding gear, but hear these do just fine...DaveP's link being an example of people riding them long distance.


I only take her for short burst on the big highways. I'm around 180. It runs 70 fine on the highway but I wouldn't want to ride it all day there. You got to stretch it out to 60 mph to get it in 6th anyhow.

On these curvy country roads it's a blast! I may go bigger later, maybe a 650. For now it suits me fine.


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