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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2019, 09:42:42 pm »
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2019, 07:40:20 am »
I had many an adventure on my DT360's before the "dual sport" type riding became fashionable and later on the Honda XR500.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #22 on: October 22, 2019, 08:12:26 am »
guys...please add your own age to your opinion...



as it is determined by your age.
On the list I only know the 1150 and 950. I don't like the 1150 so would choose the 950.
I would also add the 1200GS as for all its cons, it got the most people into getting some gravel travel. But that opinion would only be considered 10years from now...
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2019, 08:18:58 am »
Weirdly enough speaking to people that don't ride bike themselves, as soon as you say you ride an adventure bike they usually assume it's a GS..... So there is quite an iconic value to it in that sense
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2019, 08:34:47 am »
Weirdly enough speaking to people that don't ride bike themselves, as soon as you say you ride an adventure bike they usually assume it's a GS..... So there is quite an iconic value to it in that sense

But also has to be said most people have no clue what they are talking about either.... :lol8:
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #25 on: October 22, 2019, 08:41:41 am »
My first adventure bike was a CB400 Twin. That was long before it became a popular term to justify the tanks we ride today. The day I bought it there was an R80 G/S on the floor. I wanted it and promised myself. It took 30 years.

The R80 G/S defined what adventure bikes would eventually become.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2019, 08:54:04 am »
Bloody amateurs! Everyone knows there is only one true iconic adventure bike!
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2019, 08:58:22 am »
Bloody amateurs! Everyone knows there is only one true iconic adventure bike!

Only problem is those are not bikes.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2019, 10:06:31 am »
Bike that I n ever owned but dreamed about back then was the Yam TT600. Just loved the look of it.
If I win the lotto I would really like to own a Honda 110cc postie bike again.
For me the old shape KLR650 must be a contender
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2019, 10:19:36 am »
The R80 Kalahari.
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2019, 10:23:14 am »
For me the old shape KLR650 must be a contender

this is not an oil consumption competition.
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2019, 10:31:17 am »
For me the old shape KLR650 must be a contender

this is not an oil consumption competition.

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My Kawa GPZ 1100 from brand new (I had 2 of them) always sweated power.  On a hard  ride from PE to Joburg  for instance there would be
 little droplets of oil  on the front lower legs of my jeans. Incidently I remember now if you ran around 200km/h the gpz fuel injection only got around 90 km on a tank.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2019, 10:39:01 am »
It all depends on which criteria you use, but to me the XR650L stands alone at the top as the only bike still in production and unchanged for more than 25yrs...  :deal:

KLR 650 32 years, DR 650 29 years?  :peepwall:
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #33 on: October 22, 2019, 11:10:37 am »
Yes you can DS a scooter but lets be real if we had to put bikes in the DS / Adventure bike box you wont beat the XT500 no matter what your age for what it started way back when. Whilst the XT's raced accross the desert other people were limping on with convereted R65's and three wheel DIY road bikes. XT500 nuff said and I'm not even a fan.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #34 on: October 22, 2019, 11:14:54 am »
Yes you can DS a scooter but lets be real if we had to put bikes in the DS / Adventure bike box you wont beat the XT500 no matter what your age for what it started way back when. Whilst the XT's raced accross the desert other people were limping on with convereted R65's and three wheel convereted road bikes. XT500 nuff said and I'm not even a fan.

First real adventure bike yes, but iconic no. Not many of what is today regarded as adventure bikes have single cylinder. Per definition we are looking for the bike after which today's so called adventure bikes are styled.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #35 on: October 22, 2019, 11:23:55 am »
 XT500 nuff said and I'm not even a fan.

Neither am I and would pick my Honda XL500S before the XT500 I had. The 23" on the XL was a gem. Much easier starter too.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #36 on: October 22, 2019, 11:32:26 am »
XT500 nuff said and I'm not even a fan.

Neither am I and would pick my Honda XL500S before the XT500 I had. The 23" on the XL was a gem. Much easier starter too.
Yes but XT pre dated the XL and many would argue the XL came about because of the XT
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #37 on: October 22, 2019, 11:34:48 am »
XT500 nuff said and I'm not even a fan.

Neither am I and would pick my Honda XL500S before the XT500 I had. The 23" on the XL was a gem. Much easier starter too.
Yes but XT pre dated the XL and many would argue the XL came about because of the XT
Dus n verbetering op die XT :thumleft:
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #38 on: October 22, 2019, 11:37:16 am »
XT500 nuff said and I'm not even a fan.

Neither am I and would pick my Honda XL500S before the XT500 I had. The 23" on the XL was a gem. Much easier starter too.
Yes but XT pre dated the XL and many would argue the XL came about because of the XT
Dus n verbetering op die XT :thumleft:

Dan was die XT die voorbeeld vir die XL, dus 'iconic' vir enkel silinder adventure bikes.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #39 on: October 22, 2019, 11:44:16 am »
XT500 nuff said and I'm not even a fan.

Neither am I and would pick my Honda XL500S before the XT500 I had. The 23" on the XL was a gem. Much easier starter too.
Yes but XT pre dated the XL and many would argue the XL came about because of the XT
Dus n verbetering op die XT :thumleft:
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