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Offline punisher

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #40 on: November 06, 2013, 01:03:55 pm »
Let's not presume , that becoz a bike is clean at the time , the user doesn't use it offroad ,

I for one don't wash my bikes too often , coz I laaaik to look like a roff and ready , camel smoking adventure man , chicks dig it ... I think
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #41 on: November 06, 2013, 01:06:44 pm »
Although there a lot of adv bikes commuting, I would not have thought it to be more suitable for commuting as they are generally more bulky in traffic IMO, well the GS range at least.
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #42 on: November 06, 2013, 01:13:04 pm »
luckily my adventures prove to be more demanding than what the bike can handle.....
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #43 on: November 06, 2013, 01:18:14 pm »
A few years ago I stated in a thread that my concern with people buying adventure bikes for the image thing and then not using them for their intended purpose is that their opinions will also count when the manufacturers do market research. As a result the following generations of adventure bikes will become more and more like road bikes with a few cosmetic changes.

I got hammered quite badly for saying it, but I think that time is proving me right.


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...

Makes a lot of cense, even if you never go offroad.

Seems to me KTM made that move recently with the 1190.

Are tempted to by one?   :imaposer:   :pot:
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #44 on: November 06, 2013, 01:20:19 pm »
A few years ago I stated in a thread that my concern with people buying adventure bikes for the image thing and then not using them for their intended purpose is that their opinions will also count when the manufacturers do market research. As a result the following generations of adventure bikes will become more and more like road bikes with a few cosmetic changes.

I got hammered quite badly for saying it, but I think that time is proving me right.


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...

Makes a lot of cense, even if you never go offroad.

Seems to me KTM made that move recently with the 1190.

Are tempted to by one?   :imaposer:   :pot:

Apparently I am an off road god, so no  :peepwall:

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #45 on: November 06, 2013, 01:29:52 pm »
I ride a Adventure bike so I can jump the pavement to get lekker parking spots close by the Mall entrance ;-)
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #46 on: November 06, 2013, 01:30:45 pm »
Exactly how i feel , if you paid for it you can sure as hell use it just as you choose :deal:
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 #47 on: November 06, 2013, 01:43:03 pm »
Exactly how i feel , if you paid for it you can sure as hell use it just as you choose :deal:
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.

Fair enough.
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #48 on: November 06, 2013, 02:04:39 pm »
Let's not presume , that becoz a bike is clean at the time , the user doesn't use it offroad ,

I for one don't wash my bikes too often , coz I laaaik to look like a roff and ready , camel smoking adventure man , chicks dig it ... I think

Good point, I wash after every ride. Before leaving my driveway the bike looks like the day I bought it. All "Adventure" related kit is also left at home when riding around town wearing a street jacket and boots.

I know where I've been and how much fun it was, no need to impress onlookers.
 

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #49 on: November 06, 2013, 02:10:01 pm »
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 #50 on: November 06, 2013, 02:14:37 pm »
Let's not presume , that becoz a bike is clean at the time , the user doesn't use it offroad ,

I for one don't wash my bikes too often , coz I laaaik to look like a roff and ready , camel smoking adventure man , chicks dig it ... I think

Good point, I wash after every ride. Before leaving my driveway the bike looks like the day I bought it. All "Adventure" related kit is also left at home when riding around town wearing a street jacket and boots.

I know where I've been and how much fun it was, no need to impress onlookers.

Same here. I clean my bike after each and every trip, and my gear as soon as it look dirty.

My bike still look like the day I bought it (Except the farkles of course :lol8:)
 

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #51 on: November 06, 2013, 02:15:44 pm »
Let's not presume , that becoz a bike is clean at the time , the user doesn't use it offroad ,

I for one don't wash my bikes too often , coz I laaaik to look like a roff and ready , camel smoking adventure man , chicks dig it ... I think

Good point, I wash after every ride. Before leaving my driveway the bike looks like the day I bought it. All "Adventure" related kit is also left at home when riding around town wearing a street jacket and boots.

I know where I've been and how much fun it was, no need to impress onlookers.

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #52 on: November 06, 2013, 02:17:33 pm »
What I find sad is when you ask a question or try to understand and people think you are fighting or judging.

And the judge police judging you right back in return. :imaposer: :imaposer:
 

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #53 on: November 06, 2013, 02:21:01 pm »
I guess one part of the answer lies in the marketing of those machines and the wanna be adventurers. Overseas, where the majority of these bikes are sold, they hardly ever see dirt.

On the other side, they are in fact pretty awesome road bikes. They are usually easier to handle than superbikes and the average joe will probably feel better and/or safer on it than on another bike.

Reading beforehand posts, I am thinking of selling my adventure and getting two KLR's (or more) for that money and go chick hunting, question remains, where to? ???

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #54 on: November 06, 2013, 02:21:27 pm »
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 #55 on: November 06, 2013, 02:22:29 pm »
Just know one thing, I as a real biker, know who you posers are, because I have poser recognition skills.

And know that if you bought your bike and all atgatt and bling to pose with, we laugh at you. And if you do not care if we laugh at you, so much the better. We then laugh without guilt. :imaposer:

It is of course usually the GS range that labours under the posers.
 

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« Reply #56 on: November 06, 2013, 02:25:37 pm »
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #57 on: November 06, 2013, 02:28:58 pm »
Why marry a tall beautiful woman if you could have married a fat beautiful one.

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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #58 on: November 06, 2013, 02:36:11 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.
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Re: Why buy an adventure bike if you are not adventuring?
« Reply #59 on: November 06, 2013, 02:39:23 pm »
Why marry a tall beautiful woman if you could have married a fat beautiful one.

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