AdvRob

What bike journey brought you to your current bike

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Not sure if this is the best place for it, but it is related to bike selection.  

What's you bike history?  What bikes have you had in the past that molded you, or beat you into submission, and brought you to your current ride?

Ive had my fair share and now I've doubled back and on a bike I've already owned once before.

 

My rides over the years.

1971 Honda CL350

1974 YZ125A - yup, still own this one.  Actually my dad's old bike.

2001 YZ250F

1984 YZ250

1986 YZ250

1989 KTM 500 DXC, beast of a bike.  64hp, less then 250 lbs  

2001 YZ426F

1979 Husqvarna OR390

1971 Yamaha SC500, all the rumors are true.

1987 Husqvarna 430XC, plated, vibrated worse then a paint shaker  

1994 ATK 605, plated 

2003 YZ125

2003 KX500, awesome desert monster.

1996 ATK 605, plated

2006 YZ250F

1989 ATK 604 MX, plated

2007 KTM 450XC, plated

1997 ATK 605, plated

2001 XR650R, plated

2005 YZ250

2004 KLR650

2015 KTM 250SX, current

2000 XR650R, plated, current.   

I vintage raced a few seasons and the last couple years I've been beating on mid sized 600ish dual sports. 

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I've know you for your last 7 bikes. 

1987 RM60 Destroyed the clothes dryer right in front of my Dad when I hit it going 20 mph.

1989 DR100

1988 YZ125

1989 RM250

2010 KTM990

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I had some Honda 50cc scooter in high school and I don't even know the model.  Then a Vespa 90 then a Vespa 110 that was stolen my freshman year of college.

Fast forward to 2011 and got my first real motorcycle, a 2011 BMW GSA and learned to ride it in the dirt.

I got a 2013 KTM 500 EXC but with no truck/trailer, I wasn't riding it enough so I sold it.

Now I have a 2011 KTM 990 ADV :)

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8 hours ago, Eric Hall said:

I had some Honda 50cc scooter in high school and I don't even know the model.  Then a Vespa 90 then a Vespa 110 that was stolen my freshman year of college.

Fast forward to 2011 and got my first real motorcycle, a 2011 BMW GSA and learned to ride it in the dirt.

I got a 2013 KTM 500 EXC but with no truck/trailer, I wasn't riding it enough so I sold it.

Now I have a 2011 KTM 990 ADV :)

how does the GSA compare to the 990 in the dirt?  Feel as heavy as it looks?  How about price of ownership?  basic stuff like armor, tanks, stabilizers, body work more or less same price?  I already know big bikes demand premiums on that stuff, $300+ skid plates, $1000 tanks, etc.  Any drastic difference between the brands?

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They are dramatically different.  The GSA will do a lot... if you bulk it up (and lighten your wallet).  I had a 21" front wheel and suspension from TFX that made it handle pretty well but still not close to the 990 off road.  Of course the GSA was better on the highway but I did a 14 day trip to Idaho and back and really had no complaints of the 990 on the road.

The GSA just doesn't represent the kind of off road capabilities I want in a big bike.  I do miss it but if I still had it would reserve for touring, two up and very light off road.

We had a garage feature here on the forum before the switch to the upgraded software and we expect to get that back eventually but I have the GSA in my "garage" and you can see all the stuff I added to it to get it off road-worthy.

Actually, I made a video that has nearly 64k views:

I also wrote a blog article about it here

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Eric Hall - thats what I was afraid of.  I see a lot of used GSAs out there for good prices with higher mileage.  Then I see all that needs to be done to them to get them to a point where you can charge offroad and just cant pull the trigger.  990/950 are coming down in price since the new generations are taking off.  I just missed a deal on a clean 950 for 3600 bucks on a local dual sport club page.  Some good deals to be had if your patient.  I see a LC8 in my future.

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 Wow! Talk about bringing back memories from my blurry past being a teenager through the '70's !

When not yet a preteen my family moved to a still under construction major housing subdivision in rural northern NY USA. As this was a huge development there were dirt roads being roughed in for miles! Didn't  take long for my brother and I convinced Dad we needed a mini bike instead of messing around with soap box derby carts we had been building. That's how it started. Before long we had a whole group of young punk ruffians riding mini bikes around the new under construction area driving the job managers nuts. Dad also through his work new a local motorcycle shop owner. What more could a bunch of kids with only three channels of t.v. ask for? And it was also sweet that several miles away out through farmland was a huge county owned forest area riddled with a network of dirt roads and trails with several fire towers. It wasn't long before we all went through a progression of various mini bikes to mini trails to 125's , 175's 200's which is where my dirt bike history stopped at for displacement. Big brother got a 250 where he wound up. 

Into highschool, the "crew" started focusing on sports and girls so the scourge of the local dirt trails faded out.

Aaahhh , the 1970's !

As a kid: homemade carts, choppered schwinns, butchered 10 speeds, mini bikes , mini trails , Honda xl's , Kawi kx's , Yamaha xt's. The art of the deal had us all swapping between our rides much to the confusion of the parents ,lol. 

After highschool/college: '75 cb400 , '81 gs550es , '75 r90s , '85 k100rs , '76 r90s  '81 gl 1100 interstate

After children are grown: '08 KLR 650 , '12 990R Adv. 

This has been my journey with many more dreams still being chased!

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I grew up poor in Glendale, AZ and I remember one kid had a mini bike he'd ride down the dirt alleys between houses. I thought that was the coolest thing ever but never got to ride it.

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3 hours ago, Eric Hall said:

I grew up poor in Glendale, AZ and I remember one kid had a mini bike he'd ride down the dirt alleys between houses. I thought that was the coolest thing ever but never got to ride it.

Every time I get to ride my motorcycles I value every moment as I'm sure you do as well !🏍👍

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  • KTM 640 Adventure MY2005, loved her, spent some quality time with her;
  • Then a bit of biking hiatus for various reasons;
  • KTM 1190 Adventure R MY2014; amazing bike that does a ton of stuff; enjoyed it immensely on street and light unpaved roads; also (as a follow-up to the 640 Adv) made it very clear that for me, adventure bike means thumper and that I'm certainly not into the "big bike taken offroad" thing. So after 3 years of travel, including offroad with luggage and passenger, it's gone and replaced with
  • KTM 690 Enduro R MY2016; which I'm enjoying a lot currently. 

 

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I had very limited off road riding as a kid.  I borrowed bikes from time to time but that was not often.  I started on the streets in my 20's after years of riding on the back of my dad's bikes.  My "entry" in the ADV life was an '05 KLR, then a second '05 KLR and I found I really enjoyed going anywhere.  After that I decided to get a GSA and went to Alaska last year with a buddy.  Since I've picked up a twin cam GSA and am looking where else to go.  Colorado next month, working on the route currently.

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