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Thanks for the write up. Sounds like it may be OK out there on the West Coast, but it doesn't make a lot of sense here in the East Coast off-road environment.



What's with the disparaging remarks about four-stroke singles?



'At highway speeds that hard-working little thumper feels buzzy and breathless, and what if you were being chased through a mountain pass by bandits in Columbia with your wife on the back and two saddlebags full of chinchilla pelts?'



I have ridden many thumpers and that doesn't describe any of them.

 

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I have to admit, I do not subject my bikes to that sort of torture, but highway cruising on my KTM620 is not a problem. It tops out above 110 easily, and pulls me singly quite fine.



I generally ride only alone, and forget that others might not want to.



It says something about the state of driving/riding in this country when the state of survival means traveling 2-up at 85 MPH.



It seems like yesterday that I rode 2-up with my wife on a stock SR500, 6 hours round trip on the Autobahn in Germany. It was a beautiful day, to.......
 
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