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One bike to rule them all

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    One bike to rule them all


    If you only had to choose one motorcycle to ride, plus any number of extra wheels or suspension bits, what would it be and why?

    For me, I’m between:
    -A 450mx bike with dirt and a street legal motard setup, Mx, street hooligan, and track bike all in one
    -A dual sport, like a vstrom 650 with a couple sets of tires, hard bags, etc.
    -Sport naked, like my MV Agusta rivale 800 or duke 790. I recently remembered how much I hate riding with a backpack, and the lack of hard bags and wind protection on these sorts of bikes is a drag.

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    ONE motorcycle?!?!?

    Dude... what kind of monster are you? We don't need this kind of negativity in our lives. You oughta be ashamed of yourself. Please turn in your tasseled dong vest.

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    Horses for courses.

    That said, if it absolutely HAS to be one, probably a middleweight ADV bike á la 890 ADVR or T7. You can do a lot with those bikes.

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    Please turn in your tasseled dong vest.
    Hold it, Hold it one minute, we've got TASSELED DONG VESTS now ?!?!?? When exactly did this happen?

    I'm still just rockin the Dong Patch on my jacket
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    When I could be strutin around in a freakin Tasseled Dong Vest?!? DAM, I'd be drippin in bitches....

    Where do I get said TDV

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    As for the one bike, I'm not much for off-road or adventure riding, so I'm pretty set with my Hyper. But if I was going new probably 890 Duke with a set of Distanzas for mild dirt road capabilities.

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    I hope you the worst death of all deaths

    HOW DARE YOU

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    I’m thinking the FJ09/Tracer 900 with a spare set of wheels. Shinkos on one, a set of sticky streets on the other.

    Dependable, comfortable, solid performance, not expensive to maintain, run track days and mount the shinkos if you plan to run some dirt time. Factory hard bags with plenty of other options.

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    890 Duke R is at the top of my list at the moment.

    Seems the next step up from my SV. Don't really ride where I need luggage, wind protection, or pillion any more.

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    I’m content with my 2016 Tuono Factory

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucktuvak View Post
    -A dual sport, like a vstrom 650 with a couple sets of tires, hard bags, etc.
    Not exactly “ruling them all” but here’s my 790cc DR650

    - 21” front with knobbies for off-road adventure
    - 19” front with 80/20 tires for general street riding and hooliganism
    - 17” supermoto wheels with sticky rubber for track days.

    If it was FI with two cylinders I’d say it would be perfect for me - I lean more towards highway comfortable rather than single-track capable.

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    Still all these years later still enamored by vfr1200,
    great dad missile, great 2 up with the wife, daily-rider manageable enough for my wife to handle.

    im just not a big off road guy. But id did have a go on a gs1200 and it was pretty good on road at speed, (like shockingly, and of course it will off road to the ends of the world)

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    I already own that one bike, my KTM. You couldn't ask for a better example of a "do everything well" bike.

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    I've been over this a lot since hatching offspring. (For those unaware, they consume ALL of your available riding time.)
    Now that I've tasted a multi-bike harem I simply cannot go back. Somewhere there is a thread here about the perfect 5. However, I may be willing to drop that number to the perfect 3:

    - A long distance, 2-up touring pavement pounder
    - A dirty/woods/trail bike
    - Something in between

    For me, the Harley big-twin touring bikes scratches the distance itch. I own a Road King but would replace it with an Electra Standard (FLHT) now that it is available
    For dirt I like the light trail/XC 2-strokes. I have a KTM 200 XC. I'd probably select a newer Austrian 250 or 300 2-smoke in either orange or white/yellow/blue paint if presented with the means
    I am currently lusting for a yammi T7 for the spot. In the meantime I have a Yamaha WR450 I never ride instead

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    I would also be partial to the three bike stable

    Fun track toy
    Fun woods toy
    Good mile pounder

    Were it to be restricted to one it would probably be a midsized adventure bike with a set of wheels that would make it more capable on the race track when needed

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    I can't live without 3 bikes.

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    Whatever one i have at the moment. Until I'm seduced by another one. I can only resist temptation for so long...

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_E_D View Post
    I can't live without 3 bikes.
    This is the way

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    I agree with the T7 - personally that's what I would choose. That being said, I think the rest of the world has voted in favor of the R1200/1250GS. It has been the best seller in most places for bikes >500cc. Great for touring, handles corners much better than you'd expect, good two up, decent "off road" and well balanced for it's size and weight.

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    The 890 adventure r is amazing.


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    Re: One bike to rule them all

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    The 890 adventure r is amazing.


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    You didn't happen to pass a RWB VFR in the Carlisle area? I was riding with my son on the back and saw a 890 Adventure R. Rider wearing all black.
    It does seem to check all boxes - light, offroad, onroad, maybe even two up

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    I've been over this a lot since hatching offspring. (For those unaware, they consume ALL of your available riding time.)
    Now that I've tasted a multi-bike harem I simply cannot go back. Somewhere there is a thread here about the perfect 5. However, I may be willing to drop that number to the perfect 3:

    - A long distance, 2-up touring pavement pounder
    - A dirty/woods/trail bike
    - Something in between

    For me, the Harley big-twin touring bikes scratches the distance itch. I own a Road King but would replace it with an Electra Standard (FLHT) now that it is available
    For dirt I like the light trail/XC 2-strokes. I have a KTM 200 XC. I'd probably select a newer Austrian 250 or 300 2-smoke in either orange or white/yellow/blue paint if presented with the means
    I am currently lusting for a yammi T7 for the spot. In the meantime I have a Yamaha WR450 I never ride instead
    Need something with a sidecar to replace the minivan. Offspring plus riding time, combined!

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    Re: One bike to rule them all

    It would have to be an ADV bike as clearly we'd be in a post-apocalyptic world to just have one.

    But really, any of the big ADVs would do it for me, something that can do a little bit of everything, especially if I had two sets of wheels.

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