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    The 2017 CRF1000D is amazing!
    This "ULTRA DUAL SPORT" is an Adventure bike more oriented toward off road riding than most in its class. Purchased as an upgrade to our smaller Dual Sport machines, it handles great and rides smooth & comfortable. We can now add Interstate riding to our dual sport experience with all the confidence of a 1 liter machine where highway power and acceleration are key factors. It handles its weight quite well and feels like a much lighter bike in most cases. Very capable off road. Fast and efficient on the highway. Dual Clutch Transmission technology (DCT) is remarkably accurate toward gear selections most riders would likely make on their own. Having no clutch lever or foot shifter is different at first, but one gets used to it quickly. It's enjoyable that no down shifting or clutch attending are required when pulling up to a traffic light on the way to the forest roads. It does it all on its own. I've done ten hours in the saddle on one ride/day with little discomfort noted. Does need a tire change if one desires to ride it on gravel, it comes equipped with highway tires and "carves the twisties" quite well when they are installed. With appropriate off road tires it handles gravel, rocks and mud just as good as, if not better than, our smaller dual sport machines. Not a trail bike yet quite appropriate everywhere else we have rode them. It certainly filled the niche we were intending to cover with the CRF1000L. No regrets to note.
    My CRF1000L and CRF1000D mods are in here on the last four or five pages...follow the link:
    https://thumpertalk.com/forums/topic/982224-honda-crf250lgive-it-a-chancei-did/?page=25
     
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    Great Dual Sport machine in the mountains on the fire roads. Nice smooth ride and excellent fuel mileage. Needs a full suspension upgrade if one desires to ride hard on trails...we installed RaceTech all around on this machine...very nice! Very dependable! Over five years of ownership our 250L has "needed" nothing but filters and fluids...stock tires still. From commuter bike to mountain trails this machine spans it all well. Not well suited for Interstate or highway travel. Doesn't deliver the explosive power most riders desire for aggressive trail riding.
    If you would like to see our progression of review on this machine, follow the link below:
    https://thumpertalk.com/forums/topic/982224-honda-crf250lgive-it-a-chancei-did/?page=1
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    The 2011 DR-Z400S is a very capable Dual Sport, both off road and on highway. Lots of power, good suspension and the right equipment make it a turn key Dual Sport right off the showroom floor. Just add the tires of your preference and one is ready to go on adventures. I'm 6'- 5" tall and did need to raise the handle bars and the seat to make it a good fit for my riding style. I have left the bike pretty much stock otherwise and am still running on the OEM tires to this day. I have found it to be one of the most dependable off road machines I have ever owned. All it has "really" needed is oil and filter changes but I have done some mods (added Farkle) mainly for packing camping gear and supplies.
    I have made many posts over the years that include this bike, follow the link below if desire to know more:
    https://thumpertalk.com/forums/topic/982224-honda-crf250lgive-it-a-chancei-did/?page=1
     
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    Awesome power and perfect suspension. Produced as a Trail bike the 2009 WR has a few attributes to tame it down, that need to be undone to unleash it. They are often called the "Free Mods". Once undone the WR becomes very versatile from desert to tight mountain single track. On the heavier side of trail bikes but makes up for it with explosive power. It'll thump around at 3mph yet hit 90mph when/if desired. I did change the rear spring as the OEM one wasn't good for my 235 lbs. Other than the free mods I have done very little to this machine and still run the stock exhaust (tried after market and changed it back) and gearing. I do run a Rekluse clutch and left hand rear brake (personal preference). Adding a GPR steering stabilizer was the best thing I ever did to it.
    My first electric start dirt bike...I'll never go back! I now own zero kick start machines.
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    1982 Suzuki GS1100GL shaft drive, the "Lazy Mans Cruiser" they used to call them...no need to shift, just roll the throttle back, it'll go from 20mph to 132 in top gear, easily and quickly. Not real fast top speed, but super quick! 100% frame off restoration about 2 years ago, a few mods too . I've owned this machine for 17 years and purchased it from a family friend, the original owner, with only 3000 miles on it. Fun to cruise on the interstate on a warm sunny day.
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