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What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« on: October 02, 2012, 10:07:19 pm »
why are they all so butt ugly, overbuilt and impractical looking? So far the 3 big adventure tourers from Intermot - the new BMW, KTM and Suzuki V-Strom, are all horrible to look at in my opinion. Let's not even talk about the Honda Cross-whatever...

What's going on?
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012, 10:14:29 pm »
was then...
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012, 10:15:22 pm »
is now...
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2012, 10:16:45 pm »
let's not even talk about this...
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2012, 10:17:52 pm »
the new KTM is borderline ugly-as-sin / desirable-in-a-weird-way
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2012, 10:20:14 pm »
Not only the big bikes, BMW/Husky did the same with the new 650 Terra terrible whatever  :(
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2012, 10:23:19 pm »
Not only the big bikes, BMW/Husky did the same with the new 650 Terra whatever  :(

to be fair, that's not really ugly, it's just a little boring looking compared to their more enduro models... it's nowhere near the over-the-top, anime-esque madness of some of these big guns...
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2012, 10:25:19 pm »
blowfish...
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2012, 10:27:44 pm »
borderline, looks better than the rest, but still a lot of angles and things that look like they'd get in the way.
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2012, 10:28:13 pm »
Don't know what you talkin' about the_wes. I find the VStrom extremely pretty, the 1200KTM beautiful, the S10 butt-ugly, etc etc.

But you said it"...all horrible to look at IN MY OPINION..."

So yes mate, its all a matter of opinion. Some will like some, and some will hate some. So to say that big adventure tourers are getting uglier and uglier, is your opinion; one that some will agree with, and some not.

So I agree; some are ugly, eish, but some are pretty darn good lookin'!
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2012, 10:29:08 pm »
Beep Beep or is it just me that sees the resemblance?
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2012, 10:29:20 pm »
They're becoming even-heavier road bikes. For the expanses of tar in Europe and the US.
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2012, 10:29:33 pm »
In short, less gravel and more Europeans want tar tourers. Just look at the figures there's 80milj Germans, 15 milj Dutch, ext, ext...............if only 10% ride bike, why cater for the few thousand South Africans. Even the Aussies have nothing to them. There's 300milj Americans, again if only 5% use d/s bikes it's more than Europe total. Some Germans we have met told me they sell more KTM's and BMW;s in Europe than anywhere else in the world.

It's over and done with, dual sport will never be the same.
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2012, 10:31:11 pm »
Not only the big bikes, BMW/Husky did the same with the new 650 Terra whatever  :(

to be fair, that's not really ugly, it's just a little boring looking compared to their more enduro models... it's nowhere near the over-the-top, anime-esque madness of some of these big guns...
but before looked much better ...



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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2012, 10:32:27 pm »
So yes mate, its all a matter of opinion. Some will like some, and some will hate some.

You're right I guess... for example, I think the S10 is THE sexiest big adventure tourer (of the new models - the older 990s and 950s and the 1150GS and older 1200GS adventure are still hot).

 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2012, 10:33:07 pm »
but before looked much better ...

yip. Even the TE630 was hotness!

The Husky story for me is tragic on the engine front, nevermind the looks. I know why they ditched that monster motor for the Rotax mill, but I don't like the fact that they did it one little bit. Actually makes me sad inside. I need a hug.


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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2012, 10:35:48 pm »
blowfish...

Looks like a GS that got stung by a bee.   :eek7:

...Eish.
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2012, 10:43:44 pm »
Wes, would you approve if I do this?  :mwink:
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2012, 10:48:35 pm »
Wes, would you approve if I do this?  :mwink:

Yes, on so many levels. That's why I photochopped it. My dream "DS" bike... the heart of the Nuda with the soul of the TE series  :sip:
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2012, 10:52:19 pm »
Well, watch this space.....
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