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Offline Gingerball

Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« on: November 06, 2013, 11:51:29 am »
This past weekend we spent playing on gravel, exploring, river crossings, meeting new people, slipping on mud and then pulled in at a local bikers joint. Our bikes were dirty as were we - mud and dust everywhere. Three other adventure bikers parked next to us - their adv bikes spotless, no scratches, no dirt, no mud, but all the gear, brands etc. I doubt if those bikes saw any gravel, ever. I dont know the guys or their backgrounds.

The purpose of "adventure" model bikes is well, adventure not so? DS or adventure bikes are made, from what I understand, to be dual purpose - gravel and tar, to do what other normal bikes are not designed for, or to at least make it easier.

So now, why do I see so many "adventure" bikers that got all the kit and branded gear and stuff, but dont adventure at all? The bikes always look like they just came off the showroom floor and never saw any gravel in their cushioned life. Why ride such a type of bike if you are not going to use it for what it was designed for? Why not buy a non-adventure bike that is cheaper and more applicable?

Is it money, is it image, is it posers, is it "its my money and I can do what I like with it" or what? So sad to see these type of adventure bikers not adventuring.

Just asking.
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2013, 11:53:56 am »
You answered yourself....

"its my money and I can do what I like with it"

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2013, 11:54:37 am »
I suppose it's similar to the 4X4's seen in upmarket areas, mostly used for shopping trips and pavement mounting. It's an image thing.
 

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2013, 11:56:09 am »
They paid for their bikes and kit and it makes them happy. Where is the problem? I find it sad that people judge others when all they are trying to do is enjoy their little spot in the universe.
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2013, 11:56:57 am »
They paid for their bikes and kit and it makes them happy. Where is the problem? I find it sad that people judge others when all they are trying to do is enjoy their little spot in the universe.

What he said.

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2013, 11:57:10 am »
A friend of mine just got an Evoque.. that car will be used to drive the kid to daycare and will never go offroad.. ever

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2013, 11:57:18 am »
Of all the touring bikes I've had, my GSA was the best. Can therefor understand a guy buying it for touring with road tyres and it never sees dirt.
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2013, 11:57:48 am »
I suppose it's similar to the 4X4's seen in upmarket areas, mostly used for shopping trips and pavement mounting. It's an image thing.

bullshit!!!
have you seen the condition of the roads in JHB,  Sandton,  PTA etc etc etc???
you HAVE to have a 4x4 just to get around.
 

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2013, 11:58:40 am »
Yip so right , I got that KLE for the image !!! Landed me a lot of chicks already !!! No really , I find commuting on the DS better . And there I have said it , I commute only with my adventure bike .
 

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2013, 12:00:24 pm »
Dual purpose bikes make excellent city bikes.

High seating position offers good visibility in traffic, comfortable,nice torque for traffic, easy to mount pavements etc.  

But that doesn't explain all the branded accessories.

That's a little like the spotless 4x4s that drive around the malls with their snorkels, high lift jacks and jerry cans mounted to the roofrack.  


 

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2013, 12:00:50 pm »
They paid for their bikes and kit and it makes them happy. Where is the problem? I find it sad that people judge others when all they are trying to do is enjoy their little spot in the universe.

Not a problem, just curious. The exact opposite got me thinking actually - we could see the surprise/disbelief/shock/disapproval or whatever it was in their eyes when they saw us and our dirty bikes - kinda how can we do this to our adv bikes thing?



« Last Edit: November 06, 2013, 12:03:19 pm by macjohnw »
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2013, 12:03:17 pm »
In my opinion, some reasons I could think of why adventure bikes are a good choice either way:
- Comfortable riding position,
- Better wind protection,
- Higher seating position hence better visibility,
- Easier handling at low speeds,
- Generally better luggage carrying capacity,
- Engine/gearing characteristics makes for easier riding.

I'm sure there's more...

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2013, 12:04:26 pm »
What I find sad is when you ask a question or try to understand and people think you are fighting or judging.
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2013, 12:06:17 pm »
Yip so right , I got that KLE for the image !!! Landed me a lot of chicks already !!! No really , I find commuting on the DS better . And there I have said it , I commute only with my adventure bike .

Pierre, that depends which chicks you are trying to pull  :pot:
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2013, 12:07:04 pm »
Same thing almost everywhere.
4x4's & SUV's who never make it past getting ramped across the pavement when visiting Clifton4.
Sports cars & all sorts of bikes which never go further than Café Caprice.
Windsurfers and later sea kayaks hardly ever to be removed from roof racks.

I remember pulling into the Flaucher beer garden in Munich with a friend with our mountain bikes and ourselves covered in mud at the end of a ride through the riverine forests along the Isar just above the city and only a few kilometres from the Flaucher. Our bikes stood out like soar (muddy) thumbs amongst the hundreds of clinically clean mountain bikes.
Even funnier as earlier on the ride I was hunted down by an irate MTBer because I had splattered his GF with mud when I overtook them (on a muddy MTB track :lol8: )

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2013, 12:08:16 pm »
Is it money, is it image, is it posers, is it "its my money and I can do what I like with it" or what? So sad to see these type of adventure bikers not adventuring.

Just asking.

it is all the above you mention.
we should be happy though.
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2013, 12:09:07 pm »
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2013, 12:09:23 pm »
What I find sad is when you ask a question or try to understand and people think you are fighting or judging.

I think Bud500 said, an adventure styled bike is just an all round, better, more comfortable bike to ride.
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2013, 12:09:43 pm »
Ride the bliksemse thing. Where or when or how doesnt matter.

Its wheels are round therfore they must roll
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2013, 12:11:34 pm »
i believe that more then 80% gs sold never ever see dirt...
i got the adv and love it but i do gravle when touring but for weekend play got my drz which weighs 132kg, can pick up easy, dont care if it gets banged ..when i had my 1150adv i only had the one and loved it awesome..got the 1200 and im a bit scared cos plastic and weak parts and everything goes up in thousands when you need to repair
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