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My Dual Sport Experiment

2WheelNut

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Nice bike.

Since you really aren't into the dirt that much these days, are you going to sell the AT? The only place the AT will perform significantly better than the 1200X is on harder / more technical dirt roads requiring more suspension travel and the 21" front wheel of the AT.

The 1200X should handle the occasional gravel road with ease and since you've decided you're not really that in to DS riding....the 1200X should handle what you want to ride.

Nothing wrong with having 2 bikes (lol...I've got 6).... but I think you'll find yourself riding one bike most of the time and at some point, you'll feel bad for the one left at home in the garage.
 

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Nice bike.

Since you really aren't into the dirt that much these days, are you going to sell the AT?
Thanks. No, I figure the AT will be my "dirt" bike and the VFR will be my pavement/long miles bike as I plan to keep street tires on it.

I just like having two in case one is down or at the shop for some reason.

At least, these are the justifications that went through my head as I was signing the paperwork :)

If I end up not riding one of them for a long period of time, I'll sell it and keep the ones I do.
 

2WheelNut

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Thanks. No, I figure the AT will be my "dirt" bike and the VFR will be my pavement/long miles bike as I plan to keep street tires on it.

I just like having two in case one is down or at the shop for some reason.

At least, these are the justifications that went through my head as I was signing the paperwork :)

If I end up not riding one of them for a long period of time, I'll sell it and keep the ones I do.
Yep... makes sense to me. That's the justification I use for 6 so it's easily used for 2 :)

Every bike has a purpose...My Wing is my 2UP / Long distance bike, the Super Duke is my solo street bike, the GS is my ADV bike, the WR is the dirt bike, the GSXR is the track bike (and a reminder of when I went really fast for a bit) and the Grom is the grocery getter / errand bike.

It is difficult to ride them all though....in fact, I haven't ridden the GSXR in 2 years and the WR only once this year. But...I keep them because I might have a situation where they'd be useful and you seem to have to give a used bike away in today's market so I just keep them.

Anyway...congrats on the new VFR1200X....they're pretty neat bikes. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
 

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I had two VFR 800s. Of all the bikes I've ever ridden over the years, the V4 motor was the most intoxicating when I was "in the groove". They totally encourage/reward smooth riding and the sound is just heavenly (especially with a good pipe!). Between those two bikes, I racked up right at 100K miles of riding in about four years. Never had an issue with either one.
 

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Great new bike Jarrett. And I agree with 2wheelnut, more bikes are a good thing. My gsa is lotsa pavement and still capable of light dirt along the way. (Rider ability limits bike potential). Xrl for pure dirt rides of limited distance. (Not riding it all the way to big bend!) and the venerable klr for those rides where I’m not sure what I’m in for, such as the TARA rides.

Plus, finding out a member lives just up the road but currently doesn’t have a bike to ride (howdy aspr) and having something for them to ride is a bonus for me.
 

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lol, I wasn't going to post it :)

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Joe's sweet VFR at RTB pushed me over the edge.

Just took it out for a night spin on the backroads when I got it home and whew it's fast.
Jeez, you got it? Awesome!
 
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It's all Joe's fault for bringing that sweet VFR to RTB ;)


I’m not taking the blame! You were drooling on my bike before I even got the kick stand down!
I just put on a new set of tires so we are going to have to do a ride and tear up some back roads. I finally got the mounting brackets worked out on my aux tank so I can show you how far that thing will run on fumes.


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I’m not taking the blame! You were drooling on my bike before I even got the kick stand down!
I just put on a new set of tires so we are going to have to do a ride and tear up some back roads. I finally got the mounting brackets worked out on my aux tank so I can show you how far that thing will run on fumes.
Sounds good to me, let's do it.
 

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Hey joe, @dosxxs , I had my first issue with the Mitas e07 after rtb,

4000 miles

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I sent these to the seller, they are going to give me 1/2 off a new one.
 
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Hey joe, @dosxxs , I had my first issue with the Mitas e07 after rtb,

4000 miles

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I sent these to the seller, they are going to give me 1/2 off a new one.


Dang! Did you tell them you were running it backwards? I already had a new Battlewing on the shelf for a front so I ordered another rear of the same. I will burn these up before June and go with a more aggressive tire front and rear. I like leaning this thing in the corners and these Stones grip pretty good but I only get about 6k out of a rear.


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Jarrett

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Hey joe, @dosxxs , I had my first issue with the Mitas e07 after rtb, 4000 miles
Dang! Did you tell them you were running it backwards? I already had a new Battlewing on the shelf for a front so I ordered another rear of the same. I will burn these up before June and go with a more aggressive tire front and rear. I like leaning this thing in the corners and these Stones grip pretty good but I only get about 6k out of a rear.
What rear tires are y'all recommending these days for off pavement use?

I really like the Shinko 805 I've been using, but I'm going through them fast. Was thinking about a Mitas next, but hearing mixed reviews.

I put 185 miles on the VFR today. Very cool, fast bike. Wish it had a couple more gallons in the tank though as the low fuel light came on at 140 miles. I have to admit, I was in the throttle quite a bit today though.
 
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JQ1.0

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Those cracks just open up more surface area Kevin. Should give you more traction in the loose stuff.
 
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I wonder if a Mitas E-07 that was pointing the right way has ever cracked?
I've have about 100k miles on E-07 Dakars and haven't had any cracks. I do air them up to 40 psi (even on dirt/gravel) and always mount them in the correct direction though.

I did however have a bunch of sidewall cracks last week. But that's what happens when you ride a flat tire at 75 mph for about 8 miles. It was pluming smoke and red hot when I finally stopped. LOL I used all my string plugs up but probably needed another dozen or more to have a chance.
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If that were a GS, there would be a HUGE glob of mud on top of the rear tire right behind the rear shock, effectively killing your suspension and even stopping the rear tire if it gets bad enough. Been there, done that, sweated out a few gallons trying to get out of it... :doh:
 

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I guess we can call it at post 630, the dual sport experiment is officially over for now.

The KLR sold today. Only 500+ lb Honda ADV's left in the garage now.
 
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I guess we can call it at post 630, the dual sport experiment is officially over for now.

The KLR sold today. Only 500+ lb Honda ADV's left in the garage now.
Hey you just have more bike to love that way.

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So is the dual sport experiment over? It ran a good race for sure.

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That's actually a line by John Belushi from the movie Animal House. I do know who bombed Pearl Harbor btw and I enjoy riding their motorcycles. I'd include the clip but there's one bad word in there. If curious, just look on Youtube for, John Belushi, was it over.
 
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Jarrett

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I'm not sure if this one actually counts or not, but I picked up another dirt bike/dual sport type bike yesterday:

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Electric bikes are a hoot.

288 lbs with more torque than my Africa Twin :D

It is a blast to hooligan this thing around my country roads, quietly.
 

Jarrett

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On this model, which has the slowest top speed of the Zero bikes, its governed by the computer at 85 mph.

But it has passing power up to that point unlike say my old CRF250L that topped out around 80, but you didn't want to try and pass anyone after 60mph. I was on the highway during rush hour with this bike yesterday zipping past cars as needed. The torque is just silly on this bike.

The faster models are limited by computer to 102 mph and are even more powerful in the highway speed ranges.

Forgot to mention the range part. That's what sucks about electric bikes at the moment. Best case scenario, 90 miles to a charge on this model. They have one that does 230 miles to a charge, I believe. But this is enough range to go out and play a bit when I have an hour or two to spare or need to run to town. Then I can use the ICE bikes for longer rides.
 
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