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Discussion Small capacity Adventure bikes

Discussion in 'Rides and Events - Clubs and Groups' started by Frankster, Jun 11, 2021.

  1. maelstrom

    maelstrom LiteTek Staff Member Premium Member 250cc Vendor Contributing Member

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    Well that would be fashion again. Coz everyone loves pointed bits of plastic. Just like they like bikes with no mudguards (fenders) and brown seats. "It looks cool man." Pity if you had to ride it in wet weather or you don't like your engine, suspension & back covered with oil, grease, dogshit, mud, tar and dirt.

    Off topic but I'd like to get rid of my little Yamaha commuter and buy a Royal Enfield Interceptor.
     
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  2. Frankster

    Frankster Grey Pride...Adventure before Dementia Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew

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    I went to Peter Stevens yesterday, but on my way in I had to walk past their Harley Heaven outlet and this was out the front. It turned me off the whole adventure bike thing and I started to feel unwell.

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    When I eventually got to the Honda section, they didn't have any CB500X bikes, so I wasn't able to test seat that. nearly half the floor was covered with Groms and the latest 'postie bike'. The same issue when I got to the Suzuki area; no adventure 650, so out I went. On my way out I spotted this 'thing'. On sale for just under $42,000! I'll take two thanks. FFS.

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  3. Murdo

    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Contributing Member Ride and Events Crew

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    What, you no like canned ham (can-am)?
    Same here in show room, Groms, postie and Hardleys.
     
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    GreyImport Administrator Staff Member The Chief Contributing Member

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    Im with u there .... what a shocker .... looks like adult Lego :commando:
     
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  5. Frankster

    Frankster Grey Pride...Adventure before Dementia Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew

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    It's weird isn't it? I was pretty disappointed with what is 'trending' in new bike sales. I can see why older bikes are becoming more sought after. And, I don't mean just to cut and 'brown seat' them as Blair mentioned. I'm getting too old and grumpy.
     
  6. Murdo

    Murdo The Good Doctor Staff Member Contributing Member Ride and Events Crew

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    That is why bikes like the Royal Enfield 650's are popular, and the new BSA 650 will sell well too.
     
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    What were they thinking with that Harley thing. It looks like they gave it to the nerdy work experience kid to design.
    Truthfully, that is ugly. I would be very surprised if it won any design awards.
    What ever happened to thought of trying to design a product for market appeal.
    Maybe we are just getting too old. We need the opinion of a 20 something. I gather they will be the target market.
    But wait!!!! Are likely to plonk down $42k when they are off their Ps. If its a LAMS bike, forget it.
     
  8. Frankster

    Frankster Grey Pride...Adventure before Dementia Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew

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    Most 20-something's I know are either trying to corner the crypto currency market or are stoned 24/7. That's unfair, a few are good kids, but I do mean a FEW. I think @Murdo is on the money about retro looking bikes having more appeal. Well, to me anyway. BSA selling for $10,000ish and might even be classed as a LAMS bike.

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    https://infomoto.com.au/manufacture...ived-to-compete-with-royal-enfield-650-twins/

    Bugger, I think I have hijacked my own thread.

    Back to the Adventure bikes lads.
     
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  9. Frankster

    Frankster Grey Pride...Adventure before Dementia Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew

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    Jack up the Spada and put knobbly tyres on it. It would probably feel better than some of those newer lower powered and heavier jobbies.
     
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    Frankster Grey Pride...Adventure before Dementia Staff Member Premium Member Ride and Events Crew

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    Funny you should say that. We have a few dirt roads around our place, so I fitting the Spada out with more 'all-terrain' tyres!

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    As standard, the Spada has reasonable ground clearance. It would be pretty easy to add a sump guard for the occasional off road protection.
     
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    I recently caught the Spirit of Tasmania (ship) back to Tassie and while waiting to board a few motorcycle riders pulled up in the next land and we got chatting. Both of these gentlemen were heading back to Tasmania after spending some time on the mainland. The guy closest to me was heading back to Hobart after a 3 week trip up to Townsville and he had covered 6,000km in the 3 weeks he'd been riding (on his own). Not too bad for a 71 year old block on a GS500F. He rigged up a LED Light bar on his fairing and a carry setup which held all of his travel gear (and there was a lot of it!).

    The guy next to him pulled up and he was riding a KTM390! He'd been to outback central NSW but was travelling with less gear.

    Just goes to show you can use almost anything as an adventure bike.

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    Linkin The Mechanic Premium Member Contributing Member Dirty Wheel Club

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    What's that old adage... Adventure is taking inappropriate equipment to out of the way places!
     
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