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« Reply #60 on: February 15, 2007, 12:46:39 pm »
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i like them black rims.. :wink:  :lol:  8)


Will look even better on the black and red trim bike.   :D
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« Reply #61 on: February 15, 2007, 09:33:51 pm »
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just because the black & Yeller one has them TKC's fitted the wheel looks bigger.


I think the TKCs are slightly bigger in circumference. I noticed when I fitted them to my KLR that the revs dropped noticeably - about 150rpm in 5th gear, compared to the standard jobbies. The originals were shod which does accentuate the difference, but I've never noticed such a big difference after fitting new tyres.
98 Black AT & the wheel from a 04 KLR 650.
 

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« Reply #62 on: February 15, 2007, 11:51:34 pm »
Quote
ut the TA is a lot heavier


How much??

With your size and if you're planning to ride two-up a lot - consider the AT - no 650 is good for long distance pillion riding (i'm not talking about midgets, but of people of 'normal' build and weight).

If its going to be one of these 3 - TA, Dakar - not even considering the GS

Reasons - TA cheaper to buy and to own.  Will last longer. More modern bike - the BM 650 is getting a bit long in the tooth.  Better on-road and just as good offroad.

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Ps wait for the new KLR - rumour has it they will sell for less than R50k - thats an odd R25k less than the Dakar - can buy 3 new KLRs for the price of 2 Dakars  (and they don't even compete in the Dakar  :wink: :D )
 

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« Reply #63 on: March 02, 2007, 10:09:17 am »
strangely enough i met a guy last night who said to me, if i'm going to do any two up distance riding DON'T get the dakar cos my wife will hate me  :oops:
 

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« Reply #64 on: March 05, 2007, 08:08:58 am »
this is me checking out the transalp this saturday, must admit it's a looker in black...

 

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« Reply #65 on: March 05, 2007, 08:50:34 am »
wow :shock:
That is purdy :!:
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« Reply #66 on: March 06, 2007, 09:30:54 am »
nog n pic:

 

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« Reply #67 on: March 06, 2007, 10:37:07 am »
Here's something to confuse this interesting conversation even further.

I too sat looking at KLR's, then progressed on to 650GS (I also have an 1150RT, so like BMW) and briefly considered the TA.

Last week I bought a 650 VStrom!

Rides great off tar and even took it over the Melkbos 4x4 circuit on the weekend on TRailwinds. Absolutely impressed. Then, we put it on the road. 160 to 180 without hesitation and cruising at 160. Handles ike a demon and agile as a rock rabbit. Wind and weather protection is superb and the twin headlights (always on) are as good as a car at night. Twin discs up front make for oodles of stopping power and finally, when it comes to comfort, this isan all day machine.

2nd hand, they're rare as hen's teeth as they've been proven to be faultlessly reliable, durable and tough.

Sorry, hope I haven't hijacked the thread or created too much confusion.

Whatever your choice, they're all great bikes with a tradeoff between them - possibly a hybrid is called for!  :wink:

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« Reply #68 on: March 06, 2007, 10:38:59 am »
The Transalp looks really good in black. The only problem with black is that it shows up scratches and dings very easily.
 

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« Reply #69 on: March 06, 2007, 10:55:01 am »
noooooo hermanator what have you done!! i considered the Vstrom too, for a brief shining moment, but didn't want to add more confusion,, aaaaargh no i have to decide between 4 bikes

PS: is that silver, or white?
 

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« Reply #70 on: March 06, 2007, 01:05:49 pm »
ok, so let's say hypothetically that i was considering the wee-strom - where in cape town can i check one out (somewhere in the city since i work there)?
 

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« Reply #71 on: March 06, 2007, 01:07:47 pm »
i only know of suzuki south...
but its a quick run there along de waal drive
 

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« Reply #72 on: March 06, 2007, 01:15:56 pm »
i can vouch for the vee stroms ability to run very sweetly on the road, that thing is awesome and I think will leave the dakar eating its sweet dust.

(i rode a dakar - and if you wanna see a few fun pics of a dakar being ridden a bit, check out ride reports: an ode to my dakar).
 

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« Reply #73 on: March 06, 2007, 01:20:24 pm »
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ok, so let's say hypothetically that i was considering the wee-strom - where in cape town can i check one out (somewhere in the city since i work there)?


I'm also in the city which means my Strom is there as well. I'm at the top end of St Georges Walk near Parliament. PM me if you want to have a look over the bike.

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« Reply #74 on: March 06, 2007, 01:20:54 pm »
hey Herm

nice emergency stop you pulled man 8)
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« Reply #75 on: March 06, 2007, 01:24:31 pm »
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hey Herm

nice emergency stop you pulled man 8)


 :wink: Thanks, can't stop doing that now!  :oops:

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« Reply #76 on: March 06, 2007, 01:26:43 pm »
typical WD forum, start talking about the GS/Transalp, and we end up on the Wee-Strom...  :lol:

Herm - I'd love to man, a bit immobile at the mo, as soon as the v#sp# is fixed i'll make a turn ;)
 

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« Reply #77 on: March 09, 2007, 08:14:16 am »
hoping to test drive both the transalp and the dakar tomorrow, fingers crossed. perhaps the strom as well (phoned suzuki south and they have a demo)
 

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« Reply #78 on: March 09, 2007, 08:19:57 am »
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hoping to test drive both the transalp and the dakar tomorrow, fingers crossed. perhaps the strom as well (phoned suzuki south and they have a demo)


Not without a licence you won't...  :roll:

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« Reply #79 on: March 09, 2007, 08:22:17 am »
i was under the impression you only needed a learners? at least that's the impression the honda dude gave me.

otherwise i wait, license is round the corner  :wink: