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    My 1260 Multistrada. love it but up for sale shortly as wife has given up long distance touring :(

    12 Ducati Multistrada DVT 1260 by Bilko169, on Flickr

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    Take a look at a XT500,SP370/400,TS250,DT250/400 and the like then tell me modern adventure bikes look good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Take a look at a XT500,SP370/400,TS250,DT250/400 and the like then tell me modern adventure bikes look good.
    Hard to argue, but modern adventure bikes aren't allowed to belch fumes and are built to cross continents in reasonable comfort.

    I rode my Tiger 2-up to Naples and back. I probably could have achieved it on a DT250, but it would have been an ordeal rather than a holiday! And it would have used twice as much fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Take a look at a XT500,SP370/400,TS250,DT250/400 and the like then tell me modern adventure bikes look good.
    It's a matter of personal taste but I think pretty much all modern adventure bikes look better than that list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Take a look at a XT500,SP370/400,TS250,DT250/400 and the like then tell me modern adventure bikes look good.
    I don’t get the “old is better than new” argument. It rarely is.

    In any event, I can’t see why we can’t just appreciate all bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by downer View Post
    I don’t get the “old is better than new” argument. It rarely is.

    In any event, I can’t see why we can’t just appreciate all bikes?
    I certainly do, it's just I only have one bike so I want one that covers a lot of options...

    In an ideal world I'd have 2 or 3...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Take a look at a XT500,SP370/400,TS250,DT250/400 and the like then tell me modern adventure bikes look good.
    I saw this on one of my forums.



    I kind of get it ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    I saw this on one of my forums.



    I kind of get it ;)
    Oh yes.
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    More bike related stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by Martylaa View Post

    One things for sure it won't be going as fast as this guy does on his Multi...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX8Nl4mHctc
    Presumably he knows that road! But Jesus, no margin for error in many places. And no taking in the view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downer View Post
    I don’t get the “old is better than new” argument. It rarely is.

    In any event, I can’t see why we can’t just appreciate all bikes?

    I didnt say better, but they look better and are lighter and far more usable and FUN off road.

    Check out on any Sunday.

    most modern bikes are not lookers to my old eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I didnt say better, but they look better and are lighter and far more usable and FUN off road.

    Check out on any Sunday.

    most modern bikes are not lookers to my old eyes.
    Again, can't argue, but like Range Rovers the nearest the vast majority of adventure bikes will ever get to "off road" is parking at the edge of Waitrose car park next to the verge. They provide luxurious transportation between beautiful locations, not off road at those locations.

    The modern equivalents of the XTs and DTs are more like the Honda CRF300 etc

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    Anyone on here in the Sheffield area able to go & look at a bike for sale for me please?

    It's at The Bike Specialists - The Old Barracks, Edmund Rd, Sheffield S2 4EE
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martylaa View Post
    How nice are these as well as the Interceptor.
    Anyone got one?
    Don’t think I’ve seen one out and about yet.…
    They are quite lovely, particularly for me in the 2022 Candytone Blue. I've seen a few of them out and about and in showrooms but my local showroom still* won't let you touch a bike never mind sit on it. I got chatting to a guy outside though who had one and he let me sit on his (no sniggering at the back!) and it felt 'right' to me i.e my bum hands, feet and head were all in the right place. That's enough to put it on the list of bikes I'd like to test at some point.

    It doesn't help that the big Kawasaki Zs were my dream bikes as a teenager.



    (*to be fair I've not been in since lifting of last restrictions so maybe they've relaxed a bit.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy tims View Post
    Anyone on here in the Sheffield area able to go & look at a bike for sale for me please?

    It's at The Bike Specialists - The Old Barracks, Edmund Rd, Sheffield S2 4EE
    Im sure Eddie would pop in for you, he has posted shots of bikes from there before. They has some of the most desirable bikes I have seen there, good luck.

    Steve

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    Z900RS

    My son runs a 2018 Z900RS in in the Candytone Brown and Orange or " Jaffa " as it's more commonly known as.

    He's owned her from new and loves it to bit's. At 6'4" it fits him perfectly and uses it for commuting, touring and just bimblying about on.
    One draw back from new was the dreaded snatchy throttle response low down in the rev range, this due mostly to the Euro 4 emission strangulations.

    After the running in period we fitted fitting an Akrapovic header set up and Yoshimura Cyclone end can and he had it remapped and setup by Jordan M/C's in Bookham using the Woolich ECU Flash and Dyno Tune, this has transformed the riding experience.

    Said machine can be seen here, https://www.motolegends.com/reviews/...nd-west-sussex

    Brian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy tims View Post
    Anyone on here in the Sheffield area able to go & look at a bike for sale for me please?

    It's at The Bike Specialists - The Old Barracks, Edmund Rd, Sheffield S2 4EE
    I have bought three bikes from them and traded another one in. I also work 10 mins walk from there.

    Feel free to drop me a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy tims View Post
    Anyone on here in the Sheffield area able to go & look at a bike for sale for me please?

    It's at The Bike Specialists - The Old Barracks, Edmund Rd, Sheffield S2 4EE
    Just seen your s1000rr advert…looks great! What direction are you going in? ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I didnt say better, but they look better and are lighter and far more usable and FUN off road.....most modern bikes are not lookers to my old eyes.
    Agree 100%
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess, but sadly there are very, very few bikes manufactured these days that are actually lookers.

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    Have you checked out the Mash X-Ride 650? Looks like a modern version of the XT500.

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    Proper adventure bike anyone?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/373660149375


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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I didnt say better, but they look better and are lighter and far more usable and FUN off road.

    Check out on any Sunday.

    most modern bikes are not lookers to my old eyes.
    I present to you the Husqvarna 701e
    Good looking, light at circa 145kg and powerful -min 73bhp before mods and with world class suspension and brakes
    Ride one then tell me a 1979 xt500 is more fun I can recommend one, laugh out loud fun.
    I can accept that a “McQueen husky 400 desert racer” looks nice though, as in the film.
    The little 450 is a lot of fun too
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Oax6wD4IJFk
    Last edited by GOAT; Today at 18:55.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugster View Post
    pretty much my feelings , ive seen 'adventure' bikes with so much kit fitted you mayaswell go in the car (and you wont get wet) - the same applies to fitting sports equipment to them (like exhausts) - waste of money.
    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Disagree about the exhausts - there's always a place for shedding weight and improving the sound. I'm with you regarding the bikes that end up looking like mobile homes, though.
    Quote Originally Posted by pugster View Post
    each to their own and we all have different tastes , to me adventure bikes are the motorcycle equivalent of a taxi (and a good job they do of it) - i wouldnt put a performance exhaust on a taxi to improve the looks/sound /weight loss either - its still taxi when it comes round the corner :P
    The thing about mobile homes and taxis is you won't get the same thrill driving one as you would riding almost any bike, regardless of its size...and when you reach your destination on the bike you can offload all (most of) the 'kit' and you've got something that's even more fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanford View Post
    The thing about mobile homes and taxis is you won't get the same thrill driving one as you would riding almost any bike, regardless of its size...and when you reach your destination on the bike you can offload all (most of) the 'kit' and you've got something that's even more fun
    i dont have a mobile home or a taxi either :)

    that said this doesnt look too shabby

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOAT View Post
    I present to you the Husqvarna 701e
    Good looking, light at circa 145kg and powerful -min 73bhp before mods and with world class suspension and brakes
    Ride one then tell me a 1979 xt500 is more fun I can recommend one, laugh out loud fun.
    I can accept that a “McQueen husky 400 desert racer” looks nice though, as in the film.
    The little 450 is a lot of fun too
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Oax6wD4IJFk
    This post has, of course, got me looking at Husqvarnas on AutoTrader.

    Interested that this 2019 Vitpilen 701 (https://www.autotrader.co.uk/bike-de...02107235379959) has been well looked after and a great bike, but in its mere 2 years of life has required a new crank, gearbox, tank and wiring loom...

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    they are a little idiosyncratic and require proper maintenance
    Eg for an oil change that could properly be done every 2k miles you’ll need 50 quids worth of top quality oil and a filter kit-2 filters and 2 screens and good torque wrench skills at least another fifty….
    Problems likely to occur if corners are cut…
    By far the best resource is the FB group…

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanford View Post
    The thing about mobile homes and taxis is you won't get the same thrill driving one as you would riding almost any bike, regardless of its size...and when you reach your destination on the bike you can offload all (most of) the 'kit' and you've got something that's even more fun
    And most here, are merely adding bling, and justifying the £500 with ‘it’s a gnat’s fart lighter’. You need to either replace the entire exhaust, or for the most bang-per-buck - fit Carbonfibre wheels. Anything else is just ‘slightly lighter bling’.

    Most ‘adventure bikes’ are great unless you are determined to prove that they can’t do what some makers claim. I’ve clocked up 55,000 miles on a 2006 and 2010 R1200GSA, and found it great for going around the houses, on work assignments, and annual holidays to South of France and riding the roads in the Alpes. If you appreciate what their forte is - they are fantastic. There IS a reason why the R1200/R1250 GS/GSA is a best-seller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOAT View Post
    I present to you the Husqvarna 701e
    Good looking, light at circa 145kg and powerful -min 73bhp before mods and with world class suspension and brakes
    Ride one then tell me a 1979 xt500 is more fun I can recommend one, laugh out loud fun.
    I can accept that a “McQueen husky 400 desert racer” looks nice though, as in the film.
    The little 450 is a lot of fun too
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Oax6wD4IJFk

    totaly different bike and use,it looks like any other bike of that design/type to me.

    for me its the XT500 its about soul as much as anything else with bikes for me.

    Oh the fun we had riding over the tank tracks of Tidworth and Soltau on B40s

    sorry

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    Thanks to whoever gave us this link,I wanted to go back and explore this area.

    The post codes at the end are useful so I have taken notes.





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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    And most here, are merely adding bling, and justifying the £500 with ‘it’s a gnat’s fart lighter’. You need to either replace the entire exhaust, or for the most bang-per-buck - fit Carbonfibre wheels. Anything else is just ‘slightly lighter bling’.
    FSS, man - stop it! Have you never heard of man maths?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    This post has, of course, got me looking at Husqvarnas on AutoTrader.

    Interested that this 2019 Vitpilen 701 (https://www.autotrader.co.uk/bike-de...02107235379959) has been well looked after and a great bike, but in its mere 2 years of life has required a new crank, gearbox, tank and wiring loom...
    Without checking I seem to recall that they’re something to do with KTM….

    To cut a long story short my 1290 superduke was my very best street bike ever but at the same time spent 4 months of its first 12 off the road in an unmendable state until a complete rewire of the bike had taken place.

    Has tainted my love and trust for the brand a bit tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Thanks to whoever gave us this link,I wanted to go back and explore this area.

    The post codes at the end are useful so I have taken notes.




    That pic is Littlehampton seafront. An anti climax if I'm honest.If you end up down Sussex way pop in for a coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    Without checking I seem to recall that they’re something to do with KTM….

    To cut a long story short my 1290 superduke was my very best street bike ever but at the same time spent 4 months of its first 12 off the road in an unmendable state until a complete rewire of the bike had taken place.

    Has tainted my love and trust for the brand a bit tbh.
    Husquvarna are owned by KTM and the Vitpilen is basically a 690 Duke with clip-on bars and different bodywork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    To cut a long story short my 1290 superduke was my very best street bike ever but at the same time spent 4 months of its first 12 off the road in an unmendable state until a complete rewire of the bike had taken place. .
    It's disappointing that everyone I know that's had a KTM has had a similar experience. Not necessarily wiring, but various reliability problems.

    But all said that when the bikes were working they were awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    Just seen your s1000rr advert…looks great! What direction are you going in? ;)
    CCM Spitfire probably
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    Without checking I seem to recall that they’re something to do with KTM….

    To cut a long story short my 1290 superduke was my very best street bike ever but at the same time spent 4 months of its first 12 off the road in an unmendable state until a complete rewire of the bike had taken place.

    Has tainted my love and trust for the brand a bit tbh.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    It's disappointing that everyone I know that's had a KTM has had a similar experience. Not necessarily wiring, but various reliability problems.

    But all said that when the bikes were working they were awesome
    Never had a problem with my 1290 SDR

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