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    The best all-around bike

    In another thread BRug had me thinking about what is the best all-round bike. The one that I want is not made. I would start with a 1983 Honda VT-500. Reduce the rake by a few degrees and add an upside down fully adjustable front fork. The rear suspension would be Ohlins fully adjustable units. The front wheel would be 20" and the rear would be 18" and of course the original Avon Gripsters would be available in those sizes. The brakes would be double disk front and single disk rear with ABS that can be switched off for off-road use. It would have a high front fender. The carbs would be replaced with EFI throttle bodies. The tank would be at least 4 gallons and the side panels would have to go. The seat would be heated as are the grips. Baja designs dual headlights, flush mounted directionals and tail light. Givi short adjustable windshield, it's also easily removable. Speedo, tach, engine temp, ambient temp and trip meter. Is that too much to ask for?
    What would you build if reality did not get in the way?

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    Something like a KLR with fat tires like a TW200 and 31 in. seat height and a 270 deg. parallel twin 500-700cc.
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    To me a best all around bike would be a TW300 or TW350. Lot more power without sacrificing much economy.
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    I haven't ridden a whole lot of bikes, mostly dirtbikes, some 250 two strokes and smaller. But me? like mentioned above, a more macho TW. I don't have any rear racks or anything but a more sturdy rear end would be nice. I see on the back it says no more than 7lbs? 7lbs? Come on... Turn signals that have some sort of aesthetic quality. And a more serious headlight set up. A disk set up in the rear.

    Oh, and a chain worth a darn from the factory.

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    The best all around bike for me is one of them out in the garage, all paid for and ready to ride!
    2013 Yamaha TW200

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebbanflood View Post

    upside down fully adjustable front fork. ---- not good for an off-road bike, too exposed to dirt and water
    rear suspension would be Ohlins fully adjustable ----- available if you have an extra $1000.
    20" front wheel----- 19"
    18" rear wheel------17"
    Avon Gripsters-----yes
    double disk front and single disk rear with ABS that can be switched off for off-road use.....yes
    high front fender.....yes, if you remove the low fender
    EFI throttle bodies----yes
    4 gallons gas tank-----yes
    heated grips and seat----available
    dual headlights----- yes, but odd shaped
    flush mounted directionals and tail light
    short adjustable windshield.....available
    Speedo, tach, engine temp, ambient temp and trip meter. Is that too much to ask for?-----yes
    What would you build if reality did not get in the way?
    Maybe not to everyone's taste but...

    With some aftermarket additions, the BMW F700 GS meets most of those conditions.

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    Yes, that is one of my favorites as is the 800 GS.

    Quote Originally Posted by jbfla View Post
    Maybe not to everyone's taste but...

    With some aftermarket additions, the BMW F700 GS meets most of those conditions.

    BMW Motorrad USA

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    jbfla lets see some action pics of that new Scout. Soooo sexy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ebbanflood View Post
    Yes, that is one of my favorites as is the 800 GS.
    Yes, both, or both Triumph Tiger 800 models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oilhed View Post
    jbfla lets see some action pics of that new Scout. Soooo sexy!.

    But it doesn't meet any of Ebbanflood's requirements......



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    Ebbanflood its not everything your looking for but its my 84 VT500FT Ascot with much taller seat, ATV bars, heated grips, dual tanks, power port with volt meter, hard bags, Shinko 244s etc.


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