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Is bigger better
« on: March 27, 2015, 09:53:24 pm »
Guys ...help me here ...
My brother recently bought a Yamaha 660 R which I rode from Hermanus to Somerset West. I was mightily impressed at the way this bike went and how easily it handled. We then did a 1100 km trip....me on my pig and my boet on the 660
and the 660 stayed with the pig evey inch of the way...no sweat.
Now I have an itch...is it worth having a large duel sport like the 1150 Gs when the smaller 660 is just as capable, or does one cash in and go for the smaller bike.

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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2015, 10:00:14 pm »
You need both and the 660R is a nice specific purpose bike. I had a 660 Z and no touring bike... I missed the touring bike. Then I got the1150 and did not have the scrambler... I missed the scrambler.

Now I have both, the 1150 and the KLX... you need it  :thumleft:
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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2015, 10:00:25 pm »
A bike is a very personal choice and only you can make it.   I know quite. a few guys who went smaller to something like the 660 or a 800GS and love it.
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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2015, 10:03:44 pm »
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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2015, 10:18:46 pm »
I would recommend next time you are doing long distance, swap the bike with your brother. If you can do 1100 km on R and feel all right about it compared to your current touring bike, I think your decision should be clear - R.

And just because you like R doesn't mean you will like Z. I would strongly recommend ride one before making a call - it is physically much bigger bike than Z which can be a limitation offroad - if you want to do offroad (by that I do not mean dirt highways, but remote double track with stones and sand thrown in).

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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2015, 10:42:40 pm »
Peaceful sleep will sort out the itch.

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They both have there purpose but essentially very different m2cw
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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2015, 03:46:51 am »
A bike is a very personal choice and only you can make it.   I know quite. a few guys who went smaller to something like the 660 or a 800GS and love it.
I am one of them, 1200 to 800 and no regrets ( about 4 years now)
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2015, 06:47:05 am »
I agree with Jup. I really enjoy my 800 but some days I get on the Bushlander and putter along enjoying the scenery, listening to that lekker little 200 motor, enjoying the bare bones no bells and whistles bike riding. Sometimes less really is more
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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2015, 06:56:58 am »
I would suggest rather the R than the Z, as said below, the Z is back into heavier territory, and the R is such an under-rated bike.

I've moved from an 1150 (keeping it for now) to a 450x, and loving it - it DOES have limitations, and I'm working around those, but the grin-factor is massive.

For me, almost a return to how biking USED to be, more in touch, more in tune.
660R an under rated bike, for sure.

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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2015, 07:02:10 am »
I love my 850 but also love my DR,, Imagine having 2 wives who never nag, one a fire breathing whore the other a sedate woman who can cook wash and iron,,, you need both
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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2015, 07:13:18 am »
I love my 850 but also love my DR,, Imagine having 2 wives who never nag, one a fire breathing whore the other a sedate woman who can cook wash and iron,,, you need both

Ah ! The Wife... A tiger in the bedroom, master in the kitchen and a lady in the dining room... KLX, 1150 and R65. No wonder I'm so permanently happy  :imaposer:
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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2015, 07:14:19 am »
Maar hoekom glimlag jy dan so min? 8):P
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« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2015, 07:19:13 am »
I agree that having both is the ultimate solution.....but.....that means tying up a lot of cash in what is essentially a hobby. Of course the SWAMBO don't see things the way I do, so having two expensive motorcycles standing in my garage is not going to help with marital bliss.
I also have my Dominator , but she is my special project and SWAMBO trump card as to why I dont need  another bike.

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« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2015, 07:28:35 am »
Its easier to say you sorry than ask permission. They get over it... I know  :lol8:
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2015, 07:29:02 am »
A hobby,, A HOBBY????  IT'S LIFE OR DEATH MAN,,,, knitting is a hobby, gardening is a hobby  motorcycling is a way of life  a necessity,, I say we banish you to the "Huis genoot" forum for that statement !
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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2015, 07:36:57 am »
A hobby,, A HOBBY????  IT'S LIFE OR DEATH MAN,,,, knitting is a hobby, gardening is a hobby  motorcycling is a way of life  a necessity,, I say we banish you to the "Huis genoot" forum for that statement !

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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2015, 07:46:41 am »
Bigger is not alwasy better...I had to "downgrade" due to various personal reasons and am now the proud owner of a XR 650 L. It does all I need.....note the I!

I also remember spending about 40 minutes sliding around in the mud with a loaded 1150. I could not pick it up. It took a three guys who stopped to help. There are probably those out there that have "spiere waar ek voue het" but I ride alone a lot of the time and this bike (as did the KLR) serves the purpose I need.

I hear Pillion? What frikkin pillion. The next girlfriend/wife will ride her own bike. Or meet me at the destination.  :imaposer:
 

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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2015, 07:53:32 am »
Bigger is not always better...I had to "downgrade" due to various personal reasons and am now the proud owner of a XR 650 L. It does all I need.....note the I!

I also remember spending about 40 minutes sliding around in the mud with a loaded 1150. I could not pick it up. It took a three guys who stopped to help. There are probably those out there that have "spiere waar ek voue het" but I ride alone a lot of the time and this bike (as did the KLR) serves the purpose I need.

I hear Pillion? What frikkin pillion. The next girlfriend/wife will ride her own bike. Or meet me at the destination.  :imaposer:

My girlfriend is going to disagree with you,... she never stops complaining  :lol8:
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Re: Is bigger better
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2015, 07:54:00 am »
I love my XT660R, better bike for me than the Z. I think at our age comfortable traveling on nice roads is a priority.
Don't think you should get rid of your 1150 unless you plan to do mostly dirt roads in the future in which case the 660R will make a lot of sense.
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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2015, 07:57:23 am »
Geo T ....you hit the nail right on the head....I also do a lot of solo travelling,  and at my advanced old age , cannot pick up a loaded 1150 even after taking viagra  :biggrin:
Swambo gave up on the pillion years ago , so pillion is not an issue. So it just makes sence to me to move to a smaller more managable bike. Only problem is ...I love my pig too much to sell her ::)
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