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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2017, 09:03:43 am »
I keep telling my wife this about my 950 , she does not trust me on this  because this problem only started after I went to look at the 1090.
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #21 on: September 30, 2017, 09:08:26 am »
ok so i am just not feeling the love with the 1150 adventure.
great bike overall, no question but the vibe just isnt there, so i am going to get the clutch issue sorted out and sell or perhaps swop the bike.
i do about 800km a week so i want to feel the love. have any of you felt this way as well?
Another option is to pack that 1150 and go for a 2 week ride around the country
You need some alone time with it,maybe some camping, maybe some gravel highways, maybe some mountain passes,
so you can talk out your differences, look eachother in the eye, talk about what you want out of this relationship, spend some quality time
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #22 on: September 30, 2017, 10:39:30 am »
I gelled with my 701, cost me two femurs, but we gelled. :ricky:
 

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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #23 on: September 30, 2017, 11:37:41 am »
If I didn't take the 1200 GS LC for a ride I would never have thought I'd like it. 1 test ride later and I was hooked. 2 more test rides proved it wasn't a fluke.
Almost 23000km later - loving it even more than I did the first week.

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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #24 on: September 30, 2017, 12:49:21 pm »
I borrowed a friend's 1200 Adventure for a week before buying my first 800. Never liked it at all.

I really enjoyed the 2 800gs I had though. Not perfect bikes but I did some very nice rides on them both.

Then I bought my 660 Teneré and damn, I enjoy this bike. I would buy a new one as a spare if they were available.
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2017, 01:10:38 pm »
Had an AT, loved it, just had to have a 1200ADV, hated it, swapped for a 660Z, best deal to date I made on WD. Then needed a bigger touring bike again, tested an1150ADV and within 50m knew it was the bike I will retire with.

Different okes, different strokes.
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2017, 04:58:06 pm »
Had an AT, loved it, just had to have a 1200ADV, hated it, swapped for a 660Z, best deal to date I made on WD. Then needed a bigger touring bike again, tested an1150ADV and within 50m knew it was the bike I will retire with.

Different okes, different strokes.

The 1150GS's do make nice retirement bikes. :pot: :peepwall: :patch:
 

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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2017, 08:38:51 pm »
They do, Dan. Indeed they do. And the lekka ride I did this morning confirmed something about the ol' Pigs that I already knew.

They're very slow, but they leave a helluva lot of faster bikes in their dust!  :biggrin:
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2017, 10:29:47 pm »
Had an AT, loved it, just had to have a 1200ADV, hated it, swapped for a 660Z, best deal to date I made on WD. Then needed a bigger touring bike again, tested an1150ADV and within 50m knew it was the bike I will retire with.

Different okes, different strokes.
So true. After 9 years, and nearly 70 000km, I have not really gelled with my KLR. It just does not talk to me. You know the saying : "If you don't look back after you parked it, you bought the wrong bike" I don't look back

Yet I know people that absolutely adore their KLRs
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #29 on: October 01, 2017, 03:46:58 pm »
Had an AT, loved it, just had to have a 1200ADV, hated it, swapped for a 660Z, best deal to date I made on WD. Then needed a bigger touring bike again, tested an1150ADV and within 50m knew it was the bike I will retire with.

Different okes, different strokes.
So true. After 9 years, and nearly 70 000km, I have not really gelled with my KLR. It just does not talk to me. You know the saying : "If you don't look back after you parked it, you bought the wrong bike" I don't look back

Yet I know people that absolutely adore their KLRs

And sometimes at night I go to my garage, just sit on my bike and have a smoke...
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #30 on: October 01, 2017, 04:02:37 pm »
glad it is not just me.

i now however am not sure what to look at getting....it is my only transport, wife uses the car ..

Try out a Vstrom 650.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


i had an immaculate weestrom that i sold to get the adv/  said to my wife today  that i made a mistake selling it..
anyone wanna trade....living in hope...

My neighbor sold his Vstrom and a 1200GS. Last week he tells me how much he misses that bike...
 

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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #31 on: October 01, 2017, 04:10:24 pm »
Feel the exact same. Really awesome bikes.

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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #32 on: October 02, 2017, 06:10:58 pm »
Had an AT, loved it, just had to have a 1200ADV, hated it, swapped for a 660Z, best deal to date I made on WD. Then needed a bigger touring bike again, tested an1150ADV and within 50m knew it was the bike I will retire with.

Different okes, different strokes.
So true. After 9 years, and nearly 70 000km, I have not really gelled with my KLR. It just does not talk to me. You know the saying : "If you don't look back after you parked it, you bought the wrong bike" I don't look back

Yet I know people that absolutely adore their KLRs

And sometimes at night I go to my garage, just sit on my bike and have a smoke...
I have never done that. I don't smoke...........  :biggrin:
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #33 on: October 02, 2017, 07:30:47 pm »
i reeeely miss my boulevard , i absolutely miss my B-King


there will be others


 i still love my GSA
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #34 on: October 02, 2017, 09:15:25 pm »
Feel the exact same. Really awesome bikes.

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Yup miss my Vstrom as well.
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #35 on: October 03, 2017, 09:13:29 am »

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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #36 on: October 03, 2017, 09:22:25 am »
It happens for sure, I had a KTM990 Adv and hated it....for no apparent reason and it was sold after about 3 months :-\
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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #37 on: October 03, 2017, 03:05:29 pm »
Bought a KLR (the first shape) in 2011 with a bit more than 4000km (4k not 40k) on it. Up to 2015 I added another 3000km .

I stopped riding it then and don't even bother to change the battery. Still licenced every year to keep it legal. Still original front tyre (some Dunlop thingy)

I think it is a combination of that pap rear spring, the poor brakes and scary leCap lists of things you must still do to make them better.

I am surprised though that the KLR300 did not do better in the Bike Of The Year competition.

With hindsight it looks like something I can live with easier.





 

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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #38 on: October 03, 2017, 04:11:19 pm »
I bought a BMW R100 to work on as a project bike.. To say I didn't Gel with it is an understatement, I sold it a few weeks later very disappointed that my dream and expectations were shattered.

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Re: dont 'gel' with the bike
« Reply #39 on: October 04, 2017, 06:45:16 am »
so if the cage analogy holds - you fall for those you spend most time and energy on.  Land rovers and Alfas - Of all my cars i  miss my Landy 90 the most - just happened to be the only car that ever gave me shit.  Wait - that explains the love for KTMs :imaposer: