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Offline KiLRoy

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What do you expect in a d/s bike?
 

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"Bike must have powder"?  :lol8:

Thanks for putting gin the effort to create these polls KiLRoy; the responses make interesting reading already.  :deal:
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Good suspension. Power second. The rest can be dealt with
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reliability not on the list ???
 

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reliability not on the list ???
No one would really consider a notoriously unreliable bike.
Except you ???
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reliability not on the list ???
No one would really consider a notoriously unreliable bike.
Except you ???

how do you explain all the Alfa's on the road (next to the road) ???

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reliability not on the list ???
No one would really consider a notoriously unreliable bike.
Except you ???

how do you explain all the Alfa's on the road (next to the road) ???

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Good question! :imaposer: :imaposer:
 

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weight, power, comfort, packing ability.
 

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Price?

(Us KLR guys should also have something to tick!)
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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2013, 09:18:21 pm »
To me: reliability, handling, and power.
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Fuel Capacity / kilo's per tank
 

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Power, suspension and fuel economy
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I echo most of your sentiments and would tick most of the "vote" boxes but, unless you are planning to do a lot of technical enduro type terain the weight of the bike is not that important, so that's why I have a KTM 525 (road legal but with "clip off" indicators and numberplate).
The other thing that I'm not realy sold on is all the electronic suspension and ABS stuff. I started riding a long time ago, had a bike land on me in MX and buggered my back up, 18 years later (3 years ago) I bought a GS 1200 and mostly wished it didnt have all the electronics etc. I like to learn the feel of the bike and adapt my riding to the conditions, then I dont need to keep working out what settings the bike must be on. Another value of not having it is that it's bloody expensive to repair that stuff and impossible to fix it yourself or if you are to hell and gone up in Africa. I'm quite happy I then bought a GSA without the extra electronics.
For anything over 250 km in a day I believe that the bike's ability to eat up the miles with speed,reliability and comfort is the most important.
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