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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #60 on: October 22, 2019, 09:39:31 pm »
Before nomination one has to define "iconic". It will mean something different for many generations of people who enjoy to ride motorcycles.

To me, this means ...which bikes has defined the segment at different times? Which bike sparks a conversation at a filling station as to "waar kom jy vandaan,  Waarheen is jy oppad" from bystanders? Which bikes inspires those people to also take the plunge to go out and buy a bike and go have an adventure on it?

I think all these bikes have played equally an important role: (in no particular order) and all of them have been used by round the world travelers for decades.

Yamaha XT 500 - in late 70s it was deemed versatile & usable for pretty much anything.

BMW R80 G/S - something different from a company that was already building touring focused bikes for decades at the time. They went big bike, twin cilynder when the others were still only doing aircooled singles.

Honda XRV750 Africa Twin - One of the best proportioned bikes of all time. I know very few people that doesn't like the design. Without it we might not have had the 90s Teneres, Cagiva elephant, Triumph Tiger and many more. It still is my inspiration for joining the sport and I still owe myself owning one.

Kawasaki KLR 650. - always the working class hero. Probably the entry bike to the segment of most. It's the Series Landy of the adventure bike segment. It just writes stories just by looking at it due to it's character. It's like cheering for the underdog in sport. I love it and I need to own one.

BMW R1150GS/A - without it's success this forum might not even have existed. They have real presence, like a loud, voluptious, beautiful woman. I have owned three of them and looking back at all my bike travel pics...I'd happily photoshop my 650 Dakar, 1200GS & 800GS out and replace it with an 1150GSA.

KTM 950S - The best looking & sounding adventure bike of all time (in blue with orange seat)

The humble Vespa PX scooter. Still used by round the world travelers even decades after being discontinued. It's the aircooled VW Kombi of the adventure bike world.  :thumleft:





 

 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #61 on: October 23, 2019, 05:21:48 am »
Kawasaki KLR 650. - always the working class hero. Probably the entry bike to the segment of most. It's the Series Landy of the adventure bike segment. It just writes stories just by looking at it due to it's character. It's like cheering for the underdog in sport. I love it and I need to own one.

absolutely,  it is the entry bike for many,  me included.
as a previous owner to a future one: start stockpiling oil now.   it can be the cheapest,  but you will need volume.
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #62 on: October 23, 2019, 07:18:52 am »
The humble Vespa PX scooter. Still used by round the world travelers even decades after being discontinued. It's the aircooled VW Kombi of the adventure bike world.  
Can't agree more  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #63 on: October 23, 2019, 07:20:30 am »
Kawasaki KLR 650. - always the working class hero. Probably the entry bike to the segment of most. It's the Series Landy of the adventure bike segment. It just writes stories just by looking at it due to it's character. It's like cheering for the underdog in sport. I love it and I need to own one.

absolutely,  it is the entry bike for many,  me included.
as a previous owner to a future one: start stockpiling oil now.   it can be the cheapest,  but you will need volume.

The Suzuki DR650 is also a strong contender, one of the most reliable D/S bikes available, unfortunately only in AUZ.
 
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #64 on: October 23, 2019, 07:47:07 am »
Hmm!
 
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #65 on: October 23, 2019, 07:53:58 am »
BMW R80GS it is for me O0
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #66 on: October 23, 2019, 08:00:30 am »
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #67 on: October 23, 2019, 08:14:59 am »
The Suzuki DR650 is also a strong contender, one of the most reliable D/S bikes available, unfortunately only in AUZ.

ahh...   the DR.
my KLR couldn't die,  my DR did - spectacularly.
aside from it's sudden & catastrophic death,  the DR was the vastly superior bike.
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #68 on: October 23, 2019, 08:15:18 am »
Kawasaki KLR 650. - always the working class hero. Probably the entry bike to the segment of most. It's the Series Landy of the adventure bike segment. It just writes stories just by looking at it due to it's character. It's like cheering for the underdog in sport. I love it and I need to own one.

absolutely,  it is the entry bike for many,  me included.
as a previous owner to a future one: start stockpiling oil now.   it can be the cheapest,  but you will need volume.

The Suzuki DR650 is also a strong contender, one of the most reliable D/S bikes available, unfortunately only in AUZ.

Yeah, the reason I didn't mention the much respected Suzuki DR is that they weren't the segment "Genesis". They merely exist due to the success of the Yamaha XT & the Honda XR/XL range. But thanks to those bikes we still have DRs today and they are great thumpers  :thumleft:
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #69 on: October 23, 2019, 08:32:00 am »
KTM 950.. build for the Dakar, first year of production and it was perfect.

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #70 on: October 23, 2019, 09:03:19 am »
I vote Africa Twin.
It made everyone realize the segment is not limited to thumpers.
Now we could take out gooses with us on adventures and that was a good thing.
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #71 on: October 23, 2019, 09:43:31 am »
There are lots of newer and better Adventure bikes.
Africa Twin is surely one of the most Iconic ones.
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #72 on: October 23, 2019, 09:56:59 am »
I was thinking while riding to work, a route which covers about 30km of dirt roads, what is the most famous.most iconic adventure bike ever?

Contenders in my opinion:
Yamaha XT500: The pioneer
Yamaha XT 600 Tenere
KTM 640
KLR 650
DR 650
BMW 1150 Adventure
KTM 950/990

Which of all these bikes are still in production?
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #73 on: October 23, 2019, 10:07:21 am »
I was thinking while riding to work, a route which covers about 30km of dirt roads, what is the most famous.most iconic adventure bike ever?

Contenders in my opinion:
Yamaha XT500: The pioneer
Yamaha XT 600 Tenere
KTM 640
KLR 650
DR 650
BMW 1150 Adventure
KTM 950/990

Which of all these bikes are still in production?

Only the DR, in Aus, and possibly the KLR.
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #74 on: October 23, 2019, 10:10:21 am »
KTM 950 adventure
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #76 on: October 23, 2019, 12:48:53 pm »
Another icon is the DR Big, although it will rarely be recognized as such, but for one unique feature, it introduced the beak with which most adventure bikes are identified today
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #77 on: October 23, 2019, 12:49:31 pm »
KTM 950 adventure

Can you do an adventure trip on it including "road to Hell"?

Walk in the park for an XT500. :ricky:
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #78 on: October 23, 2019, 01:00:48 pm »
KTM 950 adventure

Can you do an adventure trip on it including "road to Hell"?

Walk in the park for an XT500. :ricky:

Yep, No problem, very capable bike, if you not scared to use it as intended.

That being said, they have a reputation of intimidating riders and biting you in the ass, when you think you are a better rider than you actually are....... I know  :lol8:
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #79 on: October 23, 2019, 01:03:27 pm »
Who has actually done Road to Hell on a 950?

Even an SE failed. ;)