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  • chriso Posts: 2724
    south canberra
    Forum Legend chriso
    22 Dec 2017 05:18 PM
    A good ol mate of mine says "anyone can ride an adventure bike, if ya want an adventure try doin it on a harley" LOL


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  • JFE Posts: 1212
    NSW
    Performance Poster JFE
    22 Dec 2017 05:57 PM
    Posted by chriso on 22 Dec 2017 05:18 PM
    A good ol mate of mine says "anyone can ride an adventure bike, if ya want an adventure try doin it on a harley" LOL


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     Spot on Chriso. Ha

  • Smokey61 Posts: 570
    Townsville
    Performance Poster Smokey61
    22 Dec 2017 07:47 PM
    Posted by Krash Kinkade on 22 Dec 2017 02:21 PM
    yes Geoff , hard act to follow for sure. last I heard he was riding an 883 sporty with side car across Siberia in winter. and have not read anymore about him since.

     
    I believe he did the NEWS run in Oz in record time on that same Sportster. (NEWS = Northern, Eastern, Western, Southernmost points of the Oz mainland.) 

    He has a sigificant part (and the last word) in the movie "Why We Ride

  • Far Canal Posts: 1294
    Performance Poster Far Canal
    22 Dec 2017 09:15 PM
    Yes your Harley can be an adventure bike.
    These blokes had an adventure in 1929.

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    Looks like the road near Cloncurry was not too smooth back then..
    Probably would not have been much more enjoyable if you could have taken one of the modern adventure bikes back in time and done that road. GPS wouldn't work for one.
    No cafe's for 2.


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    I reckon you can still have an adventure on your Harley these days too, if you want to and don't mind putting a few scratches and dings on your bike.
  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2114
    Motor Head Krash Kinkade
    23 Dec 2017 03:38 PM
    Posted by Smokey61 on 22 Dec 2017 07:47 PM
    Posted by Krash Kinkade on 22 Dec 2017 02:21 PM
    yes Geoff , hard act to follow for sure. last I heard he was riding an 883 sporty with side car across Siberia in winter. and have not read anymore about him since.

     
    I believe he did the NEWS run in Oz in record time on that same Sportster. (NEWS = Northern, Eastern, Western, Southernmost points of the Oz mainland.) 

    He has a sigificant part (and the last word) in the movie "Why We Ride

     thanks smokey61 I will look that up.

    after riding the old shovel the sporty 883 would be easy.

  • Krash Kinkade Posts: 2114
    Motor Head Krash Kinkade
    23 Dec 2017 03:46 PM
    Posted by Far Canal on 22 Dec 2017 09:15 PM
    Yes your Harley can be an adventure bike.
    These blokes had an adventure in 1929.

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    Looks like the road near Cloncurry was not too smooth back then..
    Probably would not have been much more enjoyable if you could have taken one of the modern adventure bikes back in time and done that road. GPS wouldn't work for one.
    No cafe's for 2.


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    I reckon you can still have an adventure on your Harley these days too, if you want to and don't mind putting a few scratches and dings on your bike.

     I had that book a while back good read, gave it to a mate wish I'd kept it. if I want to know what it was like I just ask my dad, he is still active looks after himself was around then and riding a motor bike ten years after that. those blokes had to find fuel too, barter with natives up nt weld the frame rebuild motor few times and other things we take for granted now.

  • Far Canal Posts: 1294
    Performance Poster Far Canal
    23 Dec 2017 07:10 PM
    I had that book a while back good read, gave it to a mate wish I'd kept it. if I want to know what it was like I just ask my dad, he is still active looks after himself was around then and riding a motor bike ten years after that. those blokes had to find fuel too, barter with natives up nt weld the frame rebuild motor few times and other things we take for granted now.Posted by Krash Kinkade on 23 Dec 2017 03:46 PM
    Ha ha think I have lost my copy of that book too. I remember the original riders saying that the bitumen roads ended within 5 miles of leaving Sydney back then. The bike was pretty second hand by the time they got back and sounds like they lived on flour and water for the most part. Not only barter with the natives but worry about them placing  spears straight through em.


  • rodders Posts: 5591
    =Moderator=
    Forum Legend rodders
    23 Dec 2017 11:40 PM
    I have both. I love my 2008 FXDC and last year bought a BMW F700gs. Each has their advantages. If I could only have one bike the Head would say keep the Beemer and the Heart would say keep the Harley. I must be a bit emotional because I'd sell almost all other vehicles to keep my Harley. Hard to explain but that's the way I am. 

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    That's not me in the photo BTW. I'm far too ugly to post a pic of. But that's my bike.

    My FXDC,  which I've changed around a bit.
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  • Roo Ted Posts: 521
    Boganville
    Performance Poster Roo Ted
    25 Dec 2017 11:21 AM
    Posted by JFE on 21 Dec 2017 12:00 PM
    Bloody hell, there are some ordinary looking blokes riding adventure bikes...

    Merry Christmas btw.

     I expect that's why they aint getting knickers thrown their way......

    We all look sexier on a Harley!

  • liberator Posts: 152
    Stock Poster liberator
    26 Dec 2017 11:36 AM
    you just gotta have the right tool for the right job,

    for shopping and zipping around town, handy as a pocket in a shirt,


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    pic off the net, but same as mine, great all rounder, go anywhere in comfort, great bike, it's the Swiss Army Knife of the bike world,

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    Now when you really have to chew up some miles, my Honda St1100 (minus luggage), it's the Camry of the motorcycle world, bland and characterless, but boy is it good at doing the job it was intended for, mile munching in safety and comfort,


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    And you gotta have a classic in the shed, this ones a '73 FLH (without the tank decals) it's bad at doing a lot of things modern bikes take for granted, but it excels at looking good, it's got presence, this is where you throw common sense out the window and say fuck it, I wanna be Cool, I've got half a dozen of these, it's a weakness i've got, I can't help myself,

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    The total value of all these four bikes wouldn't even get you one new HD big twin,  having one bike doesn't make sense to me, it's akin to using a shifting spanner for everything, give me the right tool , right now I've got some groceries to go get,

  • Hot and Heavy Posts: 1549
    Hobart.
    Motor Head Hot and Heavy
    26 Dec 2017 11:43 AM
    Posted by rodders on 23 Dec 2017 11:40 PM
    I have both. I love my 2008 FXDC and last year bought a BMW F700gs. Each has their advantages. If I could only have one bike the Head would say keep the Beemer and the Heart would say keep the Harley. I must be a bit emotional because I'd sell almost all other vehicles to keep my Harley. Hard to explain but that's the way I am. 

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    That's not me in the photo BTW. I'm far too ugly to post a pic of. But that's my bike.

    My FXDC,  which I've changed around a bit.
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     Is that Powers lookout?

  • kevinc Posts: 81
    Stock Poster kevinc
    27 Dec 2017 03:13 PM
    Thanks for the replies everyone. Everything is so clear now......
    I think Rodders nailed it with his 'heart vs head' comments.
  • rodders Posts: 5591
    =Moderator=
    Forum Legend rodders
    27 Dec 2017 09:27 PM
    Posted by Hot and Heavy on 26 Dec 2017 11:43 AM
    Posted by rodders on 23 Dec 2017 11:40 PM
    I have both. I love my 2008 FXDC and last year bought a BMW F700gs. Each has their advantages. If I could only have one bike the Head would say keep the Beemer and the Heart would say keep the Harley. I must be a bit emotional because I'd sell almost all other vehicles to keep my Harley. Hard to explain but that's the way I am. 

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    That's not me in the photo BTW. I'm far too ugly to post a pic of. But that's my bike.

    My FXDC,  which I've changed around a bit.
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     Is that Powers lookout?

     Bloody hell H&H you've got a keen eye. Yes it is Powers Lookout. I've been past the turn off many times over the years but this time decided to go have a look see. Glad I did. It's a great view.

    The Harley pic was taken at Lake Wallace in Edenhope.

  • Big Steve Posts: 577
    Yarra Ranges
    Performance Poster Big Steve
    10 Jan 2018 01:15 PM

    I sold my old 2010 Dyna with 95,000km on the clock and replaced it with a 2015 BMW R1200GS in my hope it would be a "1 bike to rule them all"

    Within a year I was missing riding a Harley. so I added a 2014 Fatbob About 18 months ago. The beemer has done nearly 80,000km in just under 3 years and the Harley 30,000km in 18 months.

    Negatives

    The Beemer ADV Bike is far superior in every way except soul, it has none and thats what I missed not riding a Harley. It does everything TOO easily.

    It is also much more expensive to maintain (I service the Harley myself) and wears out some parts quite a bit faster than I'd like (Front disks after 40,000km)


    Positives

    Its ability to give sport bikes a run for their money in the twisties then hit a switch and go bush is invaluable. As is the removable luggage. I've done 1000km days on the beemer and felt fresh the next day whereas on the Dynas you do take a bit more of a beating. Heated grips and cruise control are also nice to haves. The quick shifter (up and down) is also magical.


    But if I had to sell one tomorrow I'd part with the beemer in a heart beat.



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  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3691
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    10 Jan 2018 02:25 PM
    I have just ordered another (Harder edged) Adventure bike for going off the grid type outback riding.

    KTM 690R with Hardkits pack on it, should do 600 Km's without refueling.

    Will be nice to not have to worry about putting a stone through your belt drive.

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  • Hot and Heavy Posts: 1549
    Hobart.
    Motor Head Hot and Heavy
    10 Jan 2018 09:15 PM
    Posted by rodders on 27 Dec 2017 09:27 PM
    Posted by Hot and Heavy on 26 Dec 2017 11:43 AM
    Posted by rodders on 23 Dec 2017 11:40 PM
    I have both. I love my 2008 FXDC and last year bought a BMW F700gs. Each has their advantages. If I could only have one bike the Head would say keep the Beemer and the Heart would say keep the Harley. I must be a bit emotional because I'd sell almost all other vehicles to keep my Harley. Hard to explain but that's the way I am. 

    HD Forums Australia - Pic 3 Day 1 Bushanger Harry Powers Lookout en route to Whitfield..jpg
    That's not me in the photo BTW. I'm far too ugly to post a pic of. But that's my bike.

    My FXDC,  which I've changed around a bit.
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     Is that Powers lookout?

     Bloody hell H&H you've got a keen eye. Yes it is Powers Lookout. I've been past the turn off many times over the years but this time decided to go have a look see. Glad I did. It's a great view.

    The Harley pic was taken at Lake Wallace in Edenhope.

     The Victorian High Country was my old stomping ground when I was a young bloke. 

  • kevinc Posts: 81
    Stock Poster kevinc
    11 Jan 2018 11:26 AM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 10 Jan 2018 01:25 PM
    I have just ordered another (Harder edged) Adventure bike for going off the grid type outback riding.

    KTM 690R with Hardkits pack on it, should do 600 Km's without refueling.

    Will be nice to not have to worry about putting a stone through your belt drive.

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     Nice bike! post a review when you take possession?

    wonderin how long you can sit on that seat before it gets painful?

  • brucefxdl Posts: 862
    south west victoria
    Performance Poster brucefxdl
    11 Jan 2018 12:38 PM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 10 Jan 2018 02:25 PM
    I have just ordered another (Harder edged) Adventure bike for going off the grid type outback riding.

    KTM 690R with Hardkits pack on it, should do 600 Km's without refueling.

    Will be nice to not have to worry about putting a stone through your belt drive.

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     looks like a bit of dakar heritage there lofty,600km's through the back of nowhere is a big day out,granted its 600 between fueling stops,not rest stops.

  • LOFTYBOB Posts: 3691
    Strength in Unity
    Forum Legend LOFTYBOB
    11 Jan 2018 05:49 PM
    Posted by kevinc on 11 Jan 2018 10:56 AM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 10 Jan 2018 01:25 PM
    I have just ordered another (Harder edged) Adventure bike for going off the grid type outback riding.

    KTM 690R with Hardkits pack on it, should do 600 Km's without refueling.

    Will be nice to not have to worry about putting a stone through your belt drive.

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     Nice bike! post a review when you take possession?

    wonderin how long you can sit on that seat before it gets painful?

     I will be getting a seatworks extra height widened comfort seat with the kit mate

  • FXDF08 Posts: 101
    Stock Poster FXDF08
    13 Jan 2018 09:18 AM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 11 Jan 2018 05:49 PM
    Posted by kevinc on 11 Jan 2018 10:56 AM
    Posted by LOFTYBOB on 10 Jan 2018 01:25 PM
    I have just ordered another (Harder edged) Adventure bike for going off the grid type outback riding.

    KTM 690R with Hardkits pack on it, should do 600 Km's without refueling.

    Will be nice to not have to worry about putting a stone through your belt drive.

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     Nice bike! post a review when you take possession?

    wonderin how long you can sit on that seat before it gets painful?

     I will be getting a seatworks extra height widened comfort seat with the kit mate

     What luggage setup are you going for? Not that I can afford one, but still keen to hear and see how it goes when you take possession. Well done!

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