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View Poll Results: Cafe racer-esque Bonneville or Dual Sport
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:04 AM   #21
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Thats what Im leaning towards.

This video may of won me over:

If this is the video that won you over. . .you just might be on the right path!!! Might i suggest you take a look around this site for inspiration and bikes for sale http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/
Based solely on the fact that you will be riding on the street 99% of the time I would have to say get a cafe racer or a supermotard and pass on the knobby tired dual sports. Also, keep searching the term "cafe" on craigslist and remain patient. Finally, can you tell me why you want EFI over carbs?
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:10 AM   #22
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If this is the video that won you over. . .you just might be on the right path!!! Might i suggest you take a look around this site for inspiration and bikes for sale http://www.jockeyjournal.com/forum/
Based solely on the fact that you will be riding on the street 99% of the time I would have to say get a cafe racer or a supermotard and pass on the knobby tired dual sports. Also, keep searching the term "cafe" on craigslist and remain patient. Finally, can you tell me why you want EFI over carbs?
Ethanol content in gasoline messes with the carbs on my 250, Im sure it still happens to an extent on larger bikes. EFI is just easier.
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You'd probably enjoy the cafe racer a lot more.

Dual sports are fun, but are wasted if you're not using them off-road. They're also basically designed with an eye towards function more than form - so they're all kinda ugly.
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I've had plenty of differant streetbikes, including muscle bikes and sportbikes, and I'm here to tell you I have never had more fun on the street than I have had on a KLR650 with street tires. I ride mine on the freeway all the time, stock gearing 70-75mph is no problem. You can fit a 16t front sprocket with the stock chain and the hiway manners are even better. If you drop it, pick it up, fold the mirror back and ride off. It's like the AR15 of motorcycles, so many custom parts avalable you can take it in any direction you want. My 07, stock except for tires.

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Ethanol content in gasoline messes with the carbs on my 250, Im sure it still happens to an extent on larger bikes. EFI is just easier.
you're selling yourself VERY short my man!!! The ethanol issues are easily curable/preventable.
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get a V-Strom if you are thinking of a dual sport with 99% road use and 1% off-road. There are some nice ones from 2004-5 for cheap. The 650 get about 65ish HP and has descent handling. The 1000cc gets about 100HP.

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/2312197581.html
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Hmm I like both of those. I'm kinda looking at the new Triumph 800XC, but for less than half the price with luggage, those are nice!

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I've had plenty of differant streetbikes, including muscle bikes and sportbikes, and I'm here to tell you I have never had more fun on the street than I have had on a KLR650 with street tires. I ride mine on the freeway all the time, stock gearing 70-75mph is no problem. You can fit a 16t front sprocket with the stock chain and the hiway manners are even better. If you drop it, pick it up, fold the mirror back and ride off. It's like the AR15 of motorcycles, so many custom parts avalable you can take it in any direction you want. My 07, stock except for tires.
+1 I really enjoy riding my DR650 on the street. Whether I take it off road or not, it's nice knowing that if I want I can take it about anywhere. It runs along at 75-80 no problems, is comfy and tall so I can see everything. It's a fun, fantastic commuter.
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Get a Motard. You can take my XR650L-SM for a ride if ya want, its fast and fun, fairly cheap, and bulletproof
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Cafe's are so freaking cool!

But I love me a brit bike.

If you can find one, also consider a W650. Great bikes built by Kawasaki around 2000-2001 bringing modern Japanese manufacturing to a classic BSA design. I think they look cleaner and more retro than the new Triumphs because they don't have the radiator. Remove the badges and only real geeks will know it's not a classic.
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You could look at the Triumph scrambler as an alternative. Off-road(sort of) and a triumph.
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Get a Motard. You can take my XR650L-SM for a ride if ya want, its fast and fun, fairly cheap, and bulletproof
Can you post a pic of your bike please?

A motard would suit me better, I have no interest in going off road.
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Cafe's are so freaking cool!

But I love me a brit bike.

If you can find one, also consider a W650. Great bikes built by Kawasaki around 2000-2001 bringing modern Japanese manufacturing to a classic BSA design. I think they look cleaner and more retro than the new Triumphs because they don't have the radiator. Remove the badges and only real geeks will know it's not a classic.
Those are really neat looking bikes. All the ones I saw on craigslist though were way overpriced when compared to a modern triumph though. It's understandable though, not very many were sold here in the US.


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You could look at the Triumph scrambler as an alternative. Off-road(sort of) and a triumph.
+1 those are super cool.

Although, when I bought my bonneville I was actually at the Triumph dealer looking at Scramblers. When I sat on my SE though it was over, I had to have it. The scramblers are so tall and the seat is pretty hard compared to a bonneville or T100.
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Cafe Racer, hands down. (Although i might be biased). Keep in mind the bonnie is more upright, mid controls, as opposed to thruxton's rearsets. M bars that came stock on my 2009 Thruxton are plenty comfortable. And lots of vintage accesories, etc will fit it. I understand for insurance purposes the bonnie will be better for you so if you go that route I have plenty of Thruxton take offs for you to thruxtonize your bonnie (TORS, shocks, taillights, etc.)

I will agree with the fact that no matter what kind of rider you run into, cafe racers always get the thumbs up. Even from cops (gotten off a couple of tickets actually).
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bonneville is a fun road bike & classy preference. ive always seen the dual sports as bikes made for fun and function, everyone ive seen riding them has luggage and carries everything but spare tires with them.
not mine, bone stock

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Examine what kind of riding you want to do and go from there. For bombing around town and finding things to jump off of, crash, get up giggling and do it again - get a motard. If you want to go on long speedy rides and act like a racer then go cafe style. If you want to pose in parking lots, definitely go cafe bike.
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cafe = pretty cool
sumo = soo much fkn fun!
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