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Which old school carb thumper?
« on: September 10, 2019, 05:13:15 pm »
Very interested to know how you guys feel about the the above mentioned thumpers.
As far as I am concerned they all have something that makes them special, but everyone seems to have a gripe with each of them too.
Please mention your gripe, and your praise for a specific model(s).

You can vote for two of the five options.

Thanks

« Last Edit: September 10, 2019, 07:12:08 pm by Hardy de Kock »
 

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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2019, 05:17:41 pm »
I chose the Honda and the Suzuki ...they are the most modern of the four.

The Yamaha has the power of a geriatric asthmatic breathing through a straw and the Kawasaki will never make 5 years with me because it will rattle apart (but it is the only watercooled engine and does have the most power but everything else lets it down)
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2019, 05:20:26 pm »
I chose the Honda and the Suzuki ...they are the most modern of the four.

The Yamaha has the power of a geriatric asthmatic breathing through a straw and the Kawasaki will never make 5 years with me because it will rattle apart (but it is the only watercooled engine and does have the most power but everything else lets it down)

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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2019, 05:24:10 pm »
The Katoom and Honda got my vote. 

The XR650L I haven’t had long enough to provide an informed opinion, but so far it’s an absolute pleasure.  The 640 will always be my all time favorite.  The suspension is amazing, the engine is reliable providing you maintain it well.  My only gripe is that the maintenance is a time consuming pain.
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2019, 05:28:29 pm »
I am with Justin on the XR and the DR - I had them all and those two only ever made me smile.
DR got the short stick in terms of suspension and the XR got the soft sub-frame. Both these gripes can be fixed. Apart from that they have really good engines and they both will last forever if maintained (Which is super cheap)
 

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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2019, 05:35:59 pm »
I went KTM 640, light weight and big tank with good power (why cant they make them like this anymore?) then DR as it's good for it's age but the front fork needs upgrading.
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2019, 05:47:57 pm »
Just voted for one, the XT600 (think the Tenere version).  And that only because you omitted the XT500.  The KTM 640 is already not old school anymore with the water-cooling and real suspension.  The XR650L I suppose would be also 2nd on this list for me but I never clicked with that one like I did with the. Yamahas.
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2019, 05:54:23 pm »
 :sip: Well, I have the 1996 Yamaha 660 5valve Tenere, 62 000 miles (100 000km) on the clock, I ride the bike just about every day, to save the Tiger 800 a bit.
It has some shortcommings that I ignore and just enjoy the ride. :bueller:
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2019, 05:54:59 pm »
Just voted for one, the XT600 (think the Tenere version).  And that only because you omitted the XT500.  The KTM 640 is already not old school anymore with the water-cooling and real suspension.  The XR650L I suppose would be also 2nd on this list for me but I never clicked with that one like I did with the. Yamahas.
I tried to include the bikes that are relatively available at this time. I know the XT600's became scarce, as did the 640.
There are a few bikes that are not on this list, (Think XR600) that are really special, but I think the ones I chose represent available thumpers of our day and age.
 

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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2019, 05:57:59 pm »
Where is the KLR army? I have a friend that has got his money on the KLR winning this poll, and I reckon he is somewhat uncomfortable by now.
 

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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2019, 06:01:52 pm »
Where is the KLR army? I have a friend that has got his money on the KLR winning this poll, and I reckon he is somewhat uncomfortable by now.

I called him and he is of the opinion KLR riders make use of company data, and for that reason the KLR votes would start to appear by 8h30am tomorrow.
 
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2019, 06:29:49 pm »
I just submitted the first vote for the Klr, also chose the DR. I really miss my Fugly, gave me many hassle free km's and actually not to bad as a touring single, the DR is definitely a better off road option and just feels way easier to navigate.
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2019, 06:39:20 pm »
Definitely the 640.
Owned a KLR, and just the 1 Kawa was enough.
Owned a DR, the exploding engine motorcycle. No, no more suzuki for me.
Had a few Hondas before, and they're solid and reliable, but unless the model ends in R or even better RR, they are boring.
Owned a few KTMs before, and they have always been awesome bikes, reliable, and reasonable to run.
 
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2019, 06:47:34 pm »
I have voted KLR and only KLR. I have owned 3 off them over the years and have not been let down by a single one. They are legends in the northern hemisphere which makes their farkles accessible and relatively cheap. There are hundreds of pages of useful info on the interwebz and hundreds more of these bikes that did 100000 miles and more. With little money you can tweak it to be what you need and travel the globe. Then throw in their military heritage and you can’t go wrong.

My favourite was my 2007 in silver and black. What an awesome bike that was!
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2019, 06:51:23 pm »
I chose the Honda and the Suzuki ...they are the most modern of the four.

The Yamaha has the power of a geriatric asthmatic breathing through a straw and the Kawasaki will never make 5 years with me because it will rattle apart (but it is the only watercooled engine and does have the most power but everything else lets it down)

2SD will crucify you for this :laughing4:

 :imaposer: Unfortunately Justin is right, though he over-dramatises a bit. The Yamaha has the lowest output of the bikes on your poll.

BUT....mine has 100 000kms on the clock, and it uses max 200ml of oil in a 10 000km service stretch.

The XT600 is certainly the most reliable, and the KTM the least.
 
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #15 on: September 10, 2019, 06:54:02 pm »
Where is the KLR army? I have a friend that has got his money on the KLR winning this poll, and I reckon he is somewhat uncomfortable by now.

I called him and he is of the opinion KLR riders make use of company data, and for that reason the KLR votes would start to appear by 8h30am tomorrow.

 ;D i vote Fugly. Had a DR and Xt and for me it comes down to versatility and practicality. Try a long distance tar ride on a DR for instance. The XT comes a close second - low, comfortable and reliable. The DR is the best off road - feels like you are cheating. Very boring bike because it does not break, so not much spannering to do.

KLR can do it all, is cheap to maintain and dropping it does not really break the bank, or make you depressed. Many people would not want to be seen dead on one, but it is a solid budget bike.



 
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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2019, 06:59:21 pm »
What amount of oil does the fugly use over a 1000k ride?
You and @Vintage Mania do not seem to share the oil user opinion?
 

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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2019, 07:04:56 pm »
Above survey does not include the thumper to end all thumpers.
My vote out of the old school- Honda XR650R

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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2019, 07:05:54 pm »
Above survey does not include the thumper to end all thumpers.
My vote out of the old school- Honda XR650R

It would not be fair  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Which old school carb thumper?
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2019, 07:06:20 pm »
What amount of oil does the fugly use over a 1000k ride?
You and @Vintage Mania do not seem to share the oil user opinion?

None of mine had the “oil burning” issue that is become so infamous. Then again, I never owned a 2008 model. Both my fugly’s never used oil between services - these where done every 5000km. My 2009 needed a 100ml top-up every 3 tanks or so if I was hammering it, else also nothing between 5000km.
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