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  1. Junkie

    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    I'm putting street tires on my KLX and was wondering if anybody else here rides a 'tard

    it's nowhere near ridable yet, but a mockup (yes the front wheel/tire is backwards):
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    and what it looked like before, with me:
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    I was just hopping on it for the picture and forgot that the footpegs have FUCKING SPIKES on them
     
  2. mikeflys1

    mikeflys1 New Member

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    you look angry
     
  3. Junkie

    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    yeah I'm mad at myself because I just put my foot on spikes
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    GSXF "Katana" parts bike, this one was a 1990 600 but they were all the same up until 97? when they got wider wheels (a good thing if they'll fit your bike). $100 for the bike and another $100 to get it here :rofl: spent more than that on the tires though :o intended to put all this shit on my GS700 but I think this'll be more fun

    yours is nowhere near a 'tard right now you know ;)
     
  5. Bugalu

    Bugalu OT Supporter

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    I ride a 08 drz 400 sm every day.

    love it.
     
  6. flynfrog

    flynfrog Cool isnt Cheap

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    KTM duke not sure if it counts since it came tarded out
     
  7. squid

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    <--supermoto tire

    Husqvarna SM510R

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    What's the diff between a KLX and a KLR? Those KLRs are surprisingly capable in the canyons, they just need better brakes. I think you can put Distanzias on the stock rims.
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    KLX is better in oh... just about every way.
    Better frame, better head (more power), better suspension. Gas tank is smaller though, and it isn't quite as comfortable. They share a few parts, but not too much. KLX is quite a bit lighter too, especially if you go with the kickstart model (mine has the easy button though). Pretty sure I've got better brakes, not positive or anything though... I'd have to look at them side by side but the KLR I saw today looked like it had smaller brakes. I've got the same diameter front brake as a 1990 Katana 600 if anybody knows what that has.
     
  9. fondy

    fondy It's all about my bonus.

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    I want to make one of these to commute on but worry I wont be able to keep up in traffic. Should I be aiming for 250cc minimum? I'm 6'0 220lb.
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    if you're looking for a freeway bike you should probably look at something other than a motard
     
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    fondy It's all about my bonus.

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    But they're so damned cool. :hs:
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    yeah, except that my bike is geared for oh... 95mph. that makes it not too much fun on the freeway. now, it's a ton of fun around town and on dirt (and I'm sure with decent tires on backroads too, ie once I get it 'tarded) but it gets MUCH better mileage around town than on the freeway to give you an idea of what it thinks of freeway
     
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    squid braap

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    A friend commutes on a DRZ400 and he absolutely terrorizes the traffic around here, it's awesome. But that's an urban commute--that thing is screaming its tits off on the freeway.

    If your commute has a lot of freeway you want something bigger, like a Husky SM610 or a KTM690.
     
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    I just want an effing bike. Are these just dirtbikes turned road machiens with signals and mirrors and whatnot?
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    generally yeah, and note the 17s too - most dual sports have a 21" front/18" rear. the 17s allow better street tire selection

    and no 'tard is gonna be great on the freeway.
     
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    fondy It's all about my bonus.

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    That's a sad realization to come to. :hs:
     
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    What if you added taller gearing so the RPM's stay a little lower at freeway speeds?

    I dont think the suspension or ride posture would be much fun on the freeway either. :sadwavey:
     
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    fondy It's all about my bonus.

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    I just want to tool around Denver on a blacked out motard. :o
     
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    fondy It's all about my bonus.

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    I'm thinking about for myself.

    I want a bike, but Ninja's in my price range are too hard of a find and dont last long. The same goes for ninja competitors and motorcycles like the Honda Rebel. Thus, I am looking at other options. The problem is I want to be able to make a 300 mile trip, the majority of it by freeway. I go to school in Tampa and my parents live north of Gainesville. I'd rather burn $15 in gas on a bike then $60 in gas in my truck.
     
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    in about a week and a half this should be mine.
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    hoping to get a set of wheels and tires and make this:

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    (yes i understand the top is an 'L' and the bottom is an 'R' but the principle applies...)



    eh?



    i dont know about 300mi for 15.00, that barely gets you three and a half gallons, but you should be able to make the trip much cheaper than your truck. not to mention bikes can be driven with heavy throttles (quick accel, not top speed) and still get great mpg. hell that pig up there ^ get about 38-45 from the reviews ive read, and thats not really built for fuel economy at all.
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    My KLX is a 650. In order to have nice gearing for tight stuff, 5th redlines at 95. It's possible that other bikes have wider ratio gearboxes. Knobbies don't tend too be balanced too well either... but suspension/riding posture is decent.

    and dirtbikes blow up WAY more often than street bikes :o my KLX has 10k on it and already needs new valve seals (or at least oil gets into the combustion chamber when the bike is sitting)
     
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    I'm hoping for something with 60-70mpg. So maybe not $15, $20-25 should do it.
     
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    dirtbikes don't do anywhere near that at freeway speeds. I get like 35 on the freeway, 45 around town.
     
  25. Tof-Corey

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    Didn't you used to have a 625smc? I remember you from BARF


    I have owned

    1994 XR650L on 17's+brakes
    2004 ktm 625smc
    2001 Honda RC51

    and now own

    2000 KTM 640 Supermoto, which apparently are pretty damned rare.
     

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