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What thumpers above 75mph two up loaded and going up hill perform as you describe? I'd love to own one. Being my 6'6" 300lbs of girth pretty much is two up loaded all by myself I really want to know. My modified KLR 650 which I loved would not pull above 80mph, would reach a ton down hill with a tail wind only. When traffic is doing 85mph on the freeway around here anything below is a liability. I've rode DR's, XR's, XL's and all fall into the same territory. Ive heard the KTM's are a little better but not by much, so please enlighten me as the description printed above has been spot on in my experience.
 

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Re: TOO much $$$$

That's BS:

Suzuki DL1000 UK price: 6499 GBP with VAT tax (17.5%). Thats $11.4k US. Remove the VAT and its $9.7k. US Retail is $9k. So not that much more expensive than UK if you exclude UK's punative taxes.
 

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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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Yep. I have to get back in the gym. Been doing two jobs for awhile..designing cupholders and leading cupholder designers..NO time to go to the gym... On the 31st I take a new gig managing seat tray designers :) So I can get back in the gym....
 

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I have zero experience on any kind of off road bike, so I really don't have much of an impression of this bike other than that it's out of my price range.



However, the article was hilarious! I'm still picturing Gabe riding eye to eye with a truck driver: what an image! And then there's the totally random, completely gratuitous R1-in-the-dirt pictures at the end...



Fun read.
 

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Re: Li'l help

LOL thanks. Fenton you have a great sense of humor.....You see why I'll have more time...:) Actually, back to cube farms for me.on the 31st. No more flex time, no working from home on some days, no reading MO during the day . Nothing but unrealistic deadlines, wall to wall meetings, dysfuntional organizations, office politics, bad traffic, and dissillusioned employees. Hopefully I can help the dissillusioned employees... Deep down I love empowering people especially talented and intelligent people. Fortunately the company is full of those ..People like the MO staff (and Buz).Wife's says I am dreamer, she say's I'll be working at the local discount store in a year...She a strong believer in the Peter principle.... :) Hey if that happens I'll have more time to lift, read MO and ride...:)
 

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Thumpers on the Freeway

Yes, that 620 motor is a gem for a thumper. I remember the first time I rode one, how it felt like it would keep pulling past 100 mph. Sweet bike.

The Funduro, on the other hand, is also nice, but not as good. 40-45hp and kind of cheap feeling. It would be fine if it had a Japanese name on the tank, but I think BMW owners demand something extra for the something extra they pay, and a thumper can't deliver that. That's the point I was trying to make.
 

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I had a guy working for me about 6 years ago that would go home and play with his gocarts, video games...etc. I thought, when did I stop doing all the stuff that is fun and unproductive.

Sidebar- I am only one year his senior. But, he's in jail now working on a 10 year term playing games he doesn't like.

I just realized this post really had nothing to do with yours.
 

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Kudos on the big air. And the cross-up too.

Bike looks gigantic.



Thanks for the uber-enduro coverage. Maybe next some real enduro bikes? For all us dirt types out in MO land...
 

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this particular bike was ridden off road by jonty edmunds recently (ex WEC rider) in one of the one day enduros in wales aimed at slightly larger cc bikes. He set the fastest time of the day on it on one of the special tests which in wales would be a typically a muddy tree and root strewn affair with some testing sections even for pure enduro race bikes like crfxs or wrs. except for the large protruding cyclinders it seems to have some pretty good off road capabilities
 

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YEP,!!1Gave me a great three months inthe guvmint ,so called releaning a new skill,then asked me to resign last friday.Got a job this monday making twice as much different hours,but hey, back to the private sector,thank god!!
 

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The HP-2 is definitely expensive, but don't forget, it's a small-run bike made by a small manufacturer. If they can't get their costs back in volume, they gotta jack the price. As far as BMW gouging as much as Harley, at least with a Beemer you get shaft drive, ABS (love 'em or hate em) paralever/telelever, etc., etc. In other words, you get something for your money.
 
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