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post #11 of (permalink) Old 01-23-2003, 02:46 PM
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I'd look for an older Kaw KDX 200 or 250 (I think they made both). It is a 2 stroke but tuned for useable torque rather than racing high end.

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They were both made, but are off road only. They did/do make a 4 stroke dual purpose version called the KLR, I had one for awhile and was nice but heavy.
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I'm a Honda guy myself, but that's usually a matter of irrational personal prejudices - so I'll recommend some others also.

Honda XR250L. Or, any Honda XR. If you don't mind (and legally may in your state) you can put a horn and the additional necessary lights such as brake and turn signals (optional in some states - like AZ) and turn your dirtbike into a dualsport. This is the best way to go because (in general) dirt bikes are WAY better off-road. Honda RFVCC engines run forever.

Suzuki DR350. Great all around trail/commuter bike. A little to street friendly and heavy for a true off-road bike, but worth a look. Older ones can be bought cheap. Started the second dual-sport revolution.

Kawi KLR's. I'm not a kawi guy, so I can't remember all the details - but they're worth looking at. a 250 or so.

Yami made TT's for a number of years. I never rode one, but as I understand, they'd make a fine trail/commute bike. probably more like the XR than the others. They didn't sell well, and would be harder to find.

Don't buy anything too old. Definitely mid 80's and newer. Stick with the major Japanese manufacturers and you can't go wrong.

Good luck.

And thank you for asking the 1st question on this board that I could reply to with intelligent answers!!!!

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BMW...... $$$$$$ Cha, CHHING $$$$$$

But yes, nice. My Dads buddy has one, Very Sweet! but way outta of the price range for what I'm looking for.


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2. It was the finest motorcycle I've ever ridden and I've owned:
a. 1954 Harley
b. 1948 Indian Cheif
c. 1970 Gurellie
d. 1971 Schachs
e. 1972 Kawasaki Mach III
3. I used to commute 60 miles a day, and
4. Then went:
a. Hill climing (with the sidecar attached), in the summer.
b. "Snowmobiling... (with side car attached) in the winter.
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Look around for an older Kawasaki KLR650. They are great bike for general purpose riding. Plenty of power for the street and does ok on the trails. It isn't really make for motocross, jumping, etc. but it will go where Harleys fear to tread. I've had mine for 3 years and wouldn't hesitate to get another one. They've been made for about 16 years and a brand spankin' new one is only about 5K so an older model should be very reasonable.
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5. It was more fun than the Jeep!

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LEVE,
J Peterman was offering a R71 (1939) that was being manufactured (new) by Ural/IMZ. With sidecar $8395. Don't see it on his site (www.jpeterman.com) today but...
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1. Yep... Jeeezzz... I gotta get a job!
2. There's a Chinese company making a Steib knock off that fits BMW and URAL's for about $2000.



3. There's nothing like turning right at 35mph and lifting the sidecar 3ft in the air and gliding around a corner...
4. Especially with a Port Townesend Cop in the sidecar!
5. Now that put a smile on my face!
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just scanned in the page from his catalog (summer 2001) Image is huge (don't go here unless you have atleast dsl...or some time on your hands...

http://www.mantadiver.com/r71.html

so how far O/T can we get with this thread

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so how far O/T can we get with this thread

[/ QUOTE ]1. Keep it civil.
2. And you can go as wide as you'd like with the topic..
3. These topics usually die a natural death,
4. After the horse has been beaten for about 10 hours after it's already dead.
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So how far...was intended to be tounge in cheek...speaking of toungues...oh never mind
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