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Old 05-13-2013, 03:05 AM   #91
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The Suzuki DR650 (60% dirt / 40% street)
Kawasaki KLR650 (40% dirt / 60% street)
Many smaller and cheaper alternatives. I own the DR, great bike. Continents w/3rd world countries have been crossed on these types of bikes. My DR:
How about the Hondas? I found a 2002 650, 3000 miles, for 2500 obo. It sounded like a good deal, especially since the owner is in his seventies.
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How about the Hondas? I found a 2002 650, 3000 miles, for 2500 obo. It sounded like a good deal, especially since the owner is in his seventies.
the Honda XR's are great bikes, with it being a 650 it will be a little happier close to highway speeds than the smaller XR 250 & 400. around here $2500 would be a good price.
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My current bobber build. '78 CB400T. Matching frame and engine. It's taking awhile but it'll eventually get there. I pretty much roll my Vulcan all the time. Love it. But want a bar hopper hehe.



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Thnx for info sratrider. Ill look into em. Wish it was easier to take your own bike out of the states. Ive rode a couple cheap motorbikes in the phillipies as it cheaper to rent one of those there then a car or take taxis the wholetrip

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How about the Hondas? I found a 2002 650, 3000 miles, for 2500 obo. It sounded like a good deal, especially since the owner is in his seventies.
I'm a little too vertically challenged with my 30" inseam to ride an XR but maybe it would suit OP. The XR has been around forever, it's reliability proven.
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Speaking of V-8’s. Here’s one a friend of mine rides. The graphic on the side reads ‘540 HP’ It’s pretty good away from a light!
The problem with car engines on a motorcycle, is not the engine, but how to get the power from the engine to the wheel as light, short, strong as possible. Can't use a car transmission, unless you build a trike. A two wheel motorcycle has a real problem creating a drivetrain.

Two bikes have done a great job in this regard. Mine, called a Big Brute, and something called a Vanquish. Big Brute is out of business. They made about a dozen bikes. Known for top fuel dragster transmissions in the 90's. Several world records for speed, and their transmissions could handle 2,000 HP.

Vanquish bikes start at 125,000 dollars, if they are still made.

Most V8 bikes are made by Boss Hoss and for people that have studied their design, are made pretty poorly from a high speed point of view. A death trap on two wheels. I have ridden them, and they are not for me. Their transmissions are folly. The second gear, for the ones that have one, is not a second gear at all, but an overdrive. The overdrive cannot handle the torque riders place it under, and tend to go out in about ten thousand miles.
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Your bike had some features that were ahead of it's time. I too miss that two stroke sound and cloud of blue smoke. A good friend of mine had a Kawasaki H2 750. Very powerful engine but the frame was like a wet noodle:
The 750 and 900? Two strokes were some of the fastest quarter mile motorcycles ever built. I owned a 750 that I purchased to resell in college. Too light, and like riding a rocket.
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This is what I love most about a big engine, no exhaust, and a little chrome tossed in, babe magnet. I can take this bike to a car show and everyone quits looking at the cars and checks out the vette in two wheels.



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