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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #60 on: March 04, 2020, 03:54:32 pm »
Off topic a bit (well,other people do it!)

The Versys is a twin, but maybe the Versus was a single, don't know I've never seen one. But what I really want to know is how do people in other countries pronounce Versys?

Me, as a dyed in the wool South African, say versayce, How 'bout others?  ???
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #61 on: March 04, 2020, 06:35:52 pm »
. Had 115 000km on and not even using oil between services.

Very good service from your KLE 500. :thumleft:

Geeze!!!!!

On a different note....I think they were very under-rated bikes, cannot figure why they didn't sell better.
I think because DS riding was not the in thing yet and no one knew what to do with this bike. I they were sold not with fuel injection I am sure they would sell containers full. I would buy one. Always have liked the look even before I found out they were tough as nails.
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #62 on: March 04, 2020, 07:24:28 pm »
I’ve had 8 bikes before the ones I now own...all of them had a place in my heart and then into my fifties I lapsed for a few years and now I have the two best bikes, both overlapping in many ways, but , and this the point, NOW as a old ballie , the utter simplicity of the Thumper is what is “best” for me, and so ican’t Choose between my DR 650 and my Fugly KLR ... so I just rotate them with absolute joy...
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #63 on: March 04, 2020, 09:46:36 pm »
1975/6 Yamaha RD350B.
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #64 on: March 05, 2020, 09:46:43 am »
KTM 950
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #65 on: March 05, 2020, 11:37:36 am »
My KTM 1050. Enough Power on and off road. Pretty nimble, lots of fun. Just love the thing. OR perhaps my 1980 MT 5 that i had when i was a lightie. LOL - great little bike and carried GF and I through our formative years LOL..

 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #66 on: March 05, 2020, 12:02:25 pm »
Most of the 55 + bikes I owned previously was fun. The two that really stood out at the time was the Suzuki DR 600 and my Honda Africa Twin RD07. The first RD 07 edition with an Arrow tailpiece.
Nowadays the KTM 690 enduro R is way more fun with a awesome suspension and power.
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #67 on: March 05, 2020, 03:57:44 pm »
IT200. I threw everything and the kitchen sink at that bike and it always came up smiling. One particular incident stands out, at the Elands Valley National in (I think) 85, cruising up a wet snotty hill climb  past many stranded riders next to their (often much bigger cc)  bikes and the look on their faces as we went by. Priceless. The kind of bike you could ride on the limit when you were fresh, but also it could drag you home when you were trashed.

I can relate to that....my IT175 ( J model?  - last air cooled?) gave me heaps of fun and when I answered this Q it was actually a toss up between the RD350LC and the IT. Both Yammies, both 2-strokes  :deal:

Note.....I almost almost back-boned myself on the IT at the Somerset West MX track. Lucky.
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #68 on: March 05, 2020, 04:32:05 pm »
Current:Honda Elsinore MT 250, MT,Yamaha RD 350A, Yamaha RD 50, Yamaha RD400C, Yamaha RD400D, Yamaha RD350LC, TZR125, TZR250, RZ50, TZR50R track bike, Honda GL1000
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KDX200 1991 (ex) Yamaha YZ's 125 (3) Suzuki RM 125 1989(ex) Yamaha IT 175 (2)Bultaco Pursang Mk 9 (70's) Honda MT250 Elsinore (70's) Yamaha Mini-Enduro 50 (70's) Bridgestone 50 Suzuki B120, Suzuki TS185, Montesa Cappra 250, KTM 250 XCF-W 2008, Yamaha IT250H, Yamaha WR250-F
 
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #69 on: March 05, 2020, 08:03:18 pm »
 :laughing4: :laughing4:

Hey Neil, ek het n swak hart.... :imaposer:

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #70 on: March 05, 2020, 10:03:44 pm »
Like the sound of an army Bedford, I will never forget the sound of the Suzuki/Yammie 350 2-strokes. In my young days that was the sound of freedom, performance and adventure
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #71 on: March 06, 2020, 10:41:43 am »
Had this when I was younger. Great fun when that turbo kicked in.
Sadly a mate locked his keys in his car on the way to an interview. Borrowed my bike and on the way home, he decided to open her up and lost control.
Went to Kawasaki for repairs. Kawasaki scrapped the bike (Although the damage wasn't bad). The "scrap" guys collected the bike and someone bought it all in the same day!!

All while I was oblivious and held the ownership papers!
 

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #72 on: March 06, 2020, 10:56:44 am »
 
1991 Yamaha DT 50

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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #73 on: March 06, 2020, 11:01:02 am »

1991 Yamaha DT 50

I was young, I was free - those were the days!

Man I loved my little DT 50 too. Rode the thing like an MX bike. Heat seize it.....leave it 10 minutes, fire it up and off you go again
When in doubt...grab throttle!!!
 
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #74 on: March 06, 2020, 11:09:50 am »
My Hans Muth Katana was my favourite bike by a long long long long way...

Not the bike so much but I spose the expression and what the bike meant. Was my last bike from my care free days before , kids and ex wives and morgages…

had that bike for 90 000 kms with nary a problem.
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #75 on: March 06, 2020, 11:22:11 am »
Bikes are maybe like old music.  The song may be crap but the memories it invokes when hearing it again are what makes it a "good" song.

My 1981 TT500 gave me the most pleasure, I traveled the most with it, had the most adventures with it.  But it was heavy and uncomfortable (as a long distance scrambler). I won't say I didn't care about it, but I wasn't paranoid about keeping it in showroom condition.  It got serviced and washed regularly, I was never destructive with it, never abused it. But I wasn't sorry for it.  It worked and took me to places that were like heaven for a newly uitgeklaarde Bokkop.  It was freedom personified.

Allow me a few pix if I may....
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #76 on: March 06, 2020, 12:37:16 pm »
Lekker Dorsland :thumleft: :thumleft:
When in doubt...grab throttle!!!
 
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #77 on: March 06, 2020, 12:59:04 pm »
I think my XT660Z Teneré was the bike I owned that came the closest to rekindling the spirit of my TT500. I liked that bike a lot, I am really sorry I sold it.
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #78 on: March 06, 2020, 01:34:32 pm »
Honda VTR1000 SP-2, absolute animal of a bike and amazing V-twin Sound.
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Re: The best bike you have owned
« Reply #79 on: March 06, 2020, 01:35:43 pm »
I just restored a 1977 Yamaha DT250, taking great care with suspension, and engine/carb. renewal, and I agree with Dorsland's "old song" anology. :pot:

One must not expect to take a bike from 40 years ago and have the same pleasure out of it.

With the exception of only one bike, Yamaha's 350/400 twins. :ricky: