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Offline the_wes

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2012, 10:52:56 pm »
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2012, 05:38:13 am »
You do have a point and it is funny how time change...20 years ago ( when you were only 13 years old ) we never had the options we have today and not to talk about technolagy etc. We had to modify R1000 BMW's with suspension and nobbies for bigger relyable offroad cruisers, that is if you dont want to go with the old relyable ( Flexi flyer XT 500 ) What I am trying to say is ...can you amagine what those bikes ended looking like ( F@kkking lelik ) but we cruised and enjoyed. ( Will try and find some pics.

We explored and opened routes in Lesotho with modified Honda 125 with huge sprogets ( F spelling sorry ...age thing ) in the rear and smaller in front to act as small foot up bikes as we could not affort trial bikes at that stage...but we did it on those ugly bikes which we at that time thought was cooler than Elvis !!

Its not realy what they look like it's how they perform ( my opinion ).

I do agree with you though .... Nothing like an old XR or RE packed and ready for the long weekend !!! Waar is daai dae toe jy jou tenk met R1.50 vol gemaak het !!! Eisch !!!
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2012, 07:36:39 am »
Trend seems pretty clear to me.

Everyone else in this sector is trying to make their bikes look more or less like the BMW 1200 GS.

While BMW seem to be using something like the Goldwing as their inspiration - they just seem to be going bigger and heavier and more - well everything.

Not my cup of tea at all.  But obviously people must want that sort of thing given the sales figures.  You cant fight the market I suppose.

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2012, 07:41:16 am »
When Porsche struggled to sell the 944 and 924 water-cooled models in the 70's,
the then marketing manager said something like:

"Despite all our efforts in developing alternative models, customers insist on buying the 911 instead."

The 911 is still in production - updated and revised to meet emission standards.
The marketing manager doesn't work there anymore.

Critics and journalists get to ride them free - they don't actually buy them.
Perhaps that is why they make what their stupid, uninformed, tasteless customers will buy.
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #24 on: October 03, 2012, 07:48:03 am »
Perhaps that is why they make what their stupid, uninformed, tasteless customers will buy.

So in your opinion everyone who buys one of the big adventure tourers is stupid, uninformed and tasteless  ??? or just the BMW buyers ???

It is all a matter of opinion, thank goodness for freedom of choice and options to choose from  :thumleft:
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #25 on: October 03, 2012, 07:51:32 am »
That new Vstrom looks great IMHO  :mwink:
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2012, 07:57:56 am »
My opinion, they are getting big fat uselees and way to electronic and complicated!!! what happened to the system check compression spark fuel go!!!
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #27 on: October 03, 2012, 08:01:16 am »
My opinion, they are getting big fat uselees and way to electronic and complicated!!! what happened to the system check compression spark fuel go!!!

Yeah not to mention travelling by horse and telegrams. Ah the good old days  :pot:
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #28 on: October 03, 2012, 08:07:24 am »
My opinion, they are getting big fat uselees and way to electronic and complicated!!! what happened to the system check compression spark fuel go!!!

Yeah not to mention travelling by horse and telegrams. Ah the good old days  :pot:

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2012, 08:38:30 am »
My opinion, they are getting big fat uselees and way to electronic and complicated!!! what happened to the system check compression spark fuel go!!!

Yeah not to mention travelling by horse and telegrams. Ah the good old days  :pot:

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #30 on: October 03, 2012, 09:08:09 am »
My opinion, they are getting big fat uselees and way to electronic and complicated!!! what happened to the system check compression spark fuel go!!!

Yeah not to mention travelling by horse and telegrams. Ah the good old days  :pot:

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #31 on: October 03, 2012, 10:29:11 am »
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #32 on: October 03, 2012, 10:38:17 am »
Well obviously its just me - but I frikkin think the new 1200 is sooooo sweet looking. So so so sweeeeet loooking...Grrrr
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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2012, 10:41:02 am »
Well obviously its just me - but I frikkin think the new 1200 is sooooo sweet looking. So so so sweeeeet loooking...Grrrr

Not just you  ;)

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2012, 10:44:28 am »
Well obviously its just me - but I frikkin think the new 1200 is sooooo sweet looking. So so so sweeeeet loooking...Grrrr

Not just you  ;)

The headlights are frikken awesome  :drif:

the headlights ARE pretty awesome, I'll give you that. It's all the crap around the headlights I don't like...
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #35 on: October 03, 2012, 10:45:33 am »
Well obviously its just me - but I frikkin think the new 1200 is sooooo sweet looking. So so so sweeeeet loooking...Grrrr

Not just you  ;)

The headlights are frikken awesome  :drif:

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #36 on: October 03, 2012, 10:47:54 am »
I like the new GS  :peepwall:
 

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #37 on: October 03, 2012, 10:49:25 am »
Well obviously its just me - but I frikkin think the new 1200 is sooooo sweet looking. So so so sweeeeet loooking...Grrrr

Not just you  ;)

The headlights are frikken awesome  :drif:

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #38 on: October 03, 2012, 10:51:47 am »
Well obviously its just me - but I frikkin think the new 1200 is sooooo sweet looking. So so so sweeeeet loooking...Grrrr

Not just you  ;)

The headlights are frikken awesome  :drif:

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Re: What's happening to big adventure tourers?
« Reply #39 on: October 03, 2012, 10:53:03 am »
Well obviously its just me - but I frikkin think the new 1200 is sooooo sweet looking. So so so sweeeeet loooking...Grrrr

Not just you  ;)

The headlights are frikken awesome  :drif:

WD rule no1: Find SOMETHING to moan about.............. :peepwall: :pot:

WD rule no 2: Rule no 1 must be applied not having seen or ridden the bike, just by judging from internet photos  :pot:

I did start this thread being honest about the fact that I'm talking about LOOKS. Why can't we have awesome, modern DS bikes that don't look like they escaped from a retired Anime artists nightmares?