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Old 05-13-2013, 11:55 AM   #101
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Sidecars are fun also. Purchased this bike in 91, and added the sidecar in 98. In 2012 changed the mount into a quick attach / detach I made myself. One minute on and off again, using 1 7/8" trailer balls and couplers.

I like a sidecar much better than a trike. I can go down the road with four people, or quickly remove the sidecar and have a motorcycle again.

My 32 foot sailboat in background is more fun than motorcycles, and not so dangerous.



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Old 05-13-2013, 12:45 PM   #102
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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.
Those Kawasaki 750 and 900s were some screamers ,my Dad had a Kawasaki H2 750 before he traded for a Suzuki Gt750 back in 1973.
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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.
Make sure it has a title.
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It does. Most of my riding will be on road.
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But really i got a question just got my motorcycle license. What is a good hybrid type bike. Meaning for on and off road. Ive seen em out there
I've not heard them called "hybrid." "Dual Sport" , "Enduro" & "Adventure" are more common terms. I'm pretty sure "Adventure" translates to "Expensive Dual Sport." (see: fully accessorized BMW GS1200 or any KTM.)
As for a "good one," much depends on what you have in mind for it. This class of bike can include everything from a beat up old Honda XL185 (I had one back when) to a KLR 650 or even the big GS BMWs, KTMs & Triumph adventure bikes.
If you're not too short legged (they're tall), a KLR650 is probably worth a look. It's been in production for decades in a only a couple different forms and they will run forever with moderate upkeep. I had an 08, never a problem. They are really common and used ones are everywhere for not a lot of money. I sold mine and bought a regular street bike because in a whole season, I never did any more off-roading than a few dirt roads.
For more serious off road use, the Suzuki DR or the Honda XR 650L is probably more appropriate.
The big dollar Euro Adventure bikes are a serious commitment of funds. Make sure you know what you want before jumping into that pool. A friend of mine had a 650 GS (the little one) and he complained endlessly about BMW service costs. $500+ for what was essentially an oil change, chain adjustment and a general going through.
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I think there is a YouTube video journal of a guy that took a KLR through South America. It's pretty neat. He beats the hell out of that bike and it makes the whole trip.

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I think there is a YouTube video journal of a guy that took a KLR through South America. It's pretty neat. He beats the hell out of that bike and it makes the whole trip.
This lady made it through South America on a Yamaha XT225:
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Here's my ride..It's what I always take to the range. Big enough trunk even for rifles when broken down.

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Saved that picture to my computer before it gets deleted.
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