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Old 03-16-2015, 02:54 PM   #61
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i don't have anything against Harley's, obviously! Yet the weight of that thing and the taller suspension, ugh!

Not sure I would like that, going to lighter bikes. Also the Yamaha scrambler is in the same class IMHO.

I used to ride a Gold Wing...05, I know heavy!

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Believe it or not, an XR is only about 35 pounds heavier than a TW, and has a lower seat height. Of course, adding lights, horn, brakes, fat tires, and fuel capacity would add some weight, but you're still looking at well under 400 pounds wet, with luggage. As for height, stock seat height is only about 31 inches unladen so not a problem adding a couple inches of suspension and gel padding. I'd also look at an extended swingarm as the stock wheelbase is only 54 inches. Perhaps a bit more rake, too. There's definitely "room for improvement" in converting over to an adventure bike, so much so that I'd probably start with a one-off custom frame to incorporate modern brake and suspension components, and a ringed final drive chain.

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Old 03-16-2015, 06:42 PM   #62
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Knobs on a Duke??
Recall the old joke? "The sciences may be able to tell you how to clone a dinosaur, but the humanities will tell you why it's a bad idea."

A number of ADV guys buy X Challenges then go on to change the suspension and sub-frame, add ammo can panniers, windshields, comfortable seats, and finally drop a grand on the ugliest fuel tank ever made. When they are done they have an adventure bike that is only half as good as a stock F650GS at twice the price. It seems that purpose built starts with a blank sheet of paper rather than an accessory catalog. Blame John Penton.

The rough thing about knobs on a Duke is that there are several other KTMs that will be faster and more fun on gravel or off road. And with the wrong tires the Duke is never going to perform the way it was meant to on pavement.

Some of these new standard designs are pretty cool looking and tricking them out to look like old desert sleds or cafe bikes is a fun novelty. Perfect for runs around town and car shows. Did I say novelty?
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Old 05-11-2015, 11:44 AM   #63
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I think this could happen around here this week, be careful out there!
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:29 PM   #64
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are y`all okay in Huntsville ?
left at 6am
seen the flashes come from the north.

Wondering how our SHNF is fairing with THIS RECENT EVENT especially the east side?

for our next weather event
(Hail rain & Tornados) flash floods expected spotter activated events.
(Hurricane season June 1st)
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Man, that is one stuck Cross Challenge.
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:52 PM   #66
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are y`all okay in Huntsville ?
left at 6am
seen the flashes come from the north.

Wondering how our SHNF is fairing with THIS RECENT EVENT especially the east side?

for our next weather event
(Hail rain & Tornados) flash floods expected spotter activated events.
(Hurricane season June 1st)
I'm dry but town had wind and we've got water, picture is road behind me. Forest has to terrible. Check my facebook page
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:40 PM   #67
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Downtown Huntsville this morning.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:37 PM   #69
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I know things can happen to any of us, but sometimes you just wonder what they are thinking!
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:28 PM   #70
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I know things can happen to any of us, but sometimes you just wonder what they are thinking!
It's a KLR that's what he was thinking! Those bikes can do anything, go anywhere and the best choice when the apocalypse comes . That was soley rider error, he just forgot to put up his periscope. Lol

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Old 05-24-2015, 07:23 PM   #71
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Rather obvious he has one of those little short periscopes.
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Shoulda done that T mod.
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2wd, 14 gals, serious equipment!
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Old 07-11-2015, 07:30 AM   #74
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baja proven nice find.
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Old 07-11-2015, 12:46 PM   #75
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I didn't know Christini did any of the big bikes.

I rode one of their mountain bikes around a parking lot one time.
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Old 07-11-2015, 01:01 PM   #76
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That KTM was custom made, based on the Christini design, by CJ Designs' owner, Craig.

The tanks are also custom made, all aluminum.

Really nicely done.

Here's Craig riding it.

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Pretty sweet. Is there any video of him rock crawling with it?
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Pretty sweet. Is there any video of him rock crawling with it?
Not sure, but if there were I'd look in the Orange Crush to find them, once ADVRider comes back up after its mid-life crisis is past.
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Not sure, but if there were I'd look in the Orange Crush to find them, once ADVRider comes back up after its mid-life crisis is past.
What's that about, anyway?
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What's that about, anyway?
They are going to a new forum format and moving the database over.
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