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Offline J-dog

*Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« on: September 03, 2013, 08:24:42 am »
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If you had R20-30k to spend on a DS bike, what would you get?

And does anyone want to sell it  :deal: :sip:
 

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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2013, 08:29:10 am »
In all honesty, the KLR Fugly is a great bike... self-maintenance is easy, the thing pretty much goes everywhere, you seldom have problems with them, and you'll get back to just enjoying the outdoors again on one... you can't race, you can't ask it to do The Roof, it's just a great all-round machine.

I think I saw one on the forum a short time ago at a price that was a steal... then you'll have change left over for tyres and stuff...

There are other makes that come up now and again... but there is usually a fugly out there... :)
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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2013, 08:30:39 am »
In all honesty, the KLR Fugly is a great bike... self-maintenance is easy, the thing pretty much goes everywhere, you seldom have problems with them, and you'll get back to just enjoying the outdoors again on one... you can't race, you can't ask it to do The Roof, it's just a great all-round machine.

I think I saw one on the forum a short time ago at a price that was a steal... then you'll have change left over for tyres and stuff...

There are other makes that come up now and again... but there is usually a fugly out there... :)

thanks mal  :thumleft:

I was just about to type, anything except a KLR  :biggrin: but I suppose I should consider it.  :eek7:
 

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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2013, 08:34:13 am »
You know, the higher performance the motor offers, the (general) shorter life-span it has without cash... so, if you are getting a "Better" bike at a much reduced price, that's (generally) because it needs cash spent on it soon.

I have an old "C" series KLR, I love that bike... she just goes on and on... she is fun to ride if I don't expect huge performance, and she cost me next to nothing to run...
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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2013, 08:38:01 am »
DR650 is also a bullet proof bike.
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2013, 08:43:30 am »
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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2013, 08:46:37 am »
I want to have a DR as my next bike.
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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2013, 08:48:48 am »
In all honesty, the KLR Fugly is a great bike... self-maintenance is easy, the thing pretty much goes everywhere, you seldom have problems with them, and you'll get back to just enjoying the outdoors again on one... you can't race, you can't ask it to do The Roof, it's just a great all-round machine.

I think I saw one on the forum a short time ago at a price that was a steal... then you'll have change left over for tyres and stuff...

There are other makes that come up now and again... but there is usually a fugly out there... :)

thanks mal  :thumleft:

I was just about to type, anything except a KLR  :biggrin: but I suppose I should consider it.  :eek7:

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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2013, 08:55:37 am »
Suzuki DR650.

For something more exciting and little more maintenance XR600.
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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2013, 08:57:06 am »
In the bracket R20k - R25k you can also get a good XT600e.
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« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2013, 09:05:41 am »
It's such a pity that new "budget" DS bikes are soon going to be a distant memory with the demise of the XR/DR and KLR from SA.   :(  There will probably be quite a few second hand ones for some time to come, but I think people will be holding onto these.  Entry to the whole DS scene is going to become less and less affordable IMHO.  Very sad...   :'(  ... unless you got 100 K plus if you want to get a new boney.
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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2013, 09:06:12 am »
In the bracket R20k - R25k you can also get a good XT600e.

what is the 600e?
 

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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2013, 09:08:50 am »
It's such a pity that new "budget" DS bikes are soon going to be a distant memory with the demise of the XR/DR and KLR from SA.   :(  There will probably be quite a few second hand ones for some time to come, but I think people will be holding onto these.  Entry to the whole DS scene is going to become less and less affordable IMHO.  Very sad...   :'(  ... unless you got 100 K plus if you want to get a new boney.

very true. back when i bought my first XT500 in the 80's, it was a cheap buy and affordable running costs (do most of it yourself)

Now a big dualie is close to R200k  :o same price as a car. And you have to take it in to be serviced at a ridiculous price.
 

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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2013, 09:10:40 am »
How do the DR and KLR compare in terms of performance, reliability, suspension, running costs etc?

I found the KLR very washy on the front wheel, but I suppose the suspension can be upgraded?
 

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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2013, 09:14:20 am »
Personally I'd put the budget up slightly and get a XChallenge. A good one can be had for about <=35k
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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2013, 09:16:52 am »
How do the DR and KLR compare in terms of performance, reliability, suspension, running costs etc?

I found the KLR very washy on the front wheel, but I suppose the suspension can be upgraded?

Upgraded progressive front suspension makes a huge change. If you have done that, the doohickey and thrown away the stock handlebars in favour of fat Pro Tapers, the basics are sorted. You can fine tune a bit more over time.

Le Cap will probably be able to provide you you a good comparison between the KLR and DR, even though it will be sort of biased towards the DR. Off the cuff, I believe the KLR to be a better "distance" tourer while the DR may be a bit more nimble in the rough stuff.
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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2013, 09:17:10 am »
+ 1 on the R5k more.

My choice would be (in this order):

XT660R, XT600e, XR600, XChallenge, DR650se

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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2013, 09:17:23 am »
I have my mind locked on a kle atm, not high performing, but its a twin cyl, so it has a bit longer legs in the open.
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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2013, 09:17:42 am »
Personally I'd put the budget up slightly and get a XChallenge. A good one can be had for about <=35k

heard not so many good stories on them? Very soft or slow or something?

I know nothing will compare to my 690 or 950, but I still want to be able to jaag around a bit on rocks and sand etc. Don't want to be confined to dirt roads. Seems that the KLR is bulky, underpowered and under-suspended for that sort of stuff?
 

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Re: *Budget bikers" What bike? Talk to me
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2013, 09:22:43 am »
Personally I'd put the budget up slightly and get a XChallenge. A good one can be had for about <=35k
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