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 Post subject: Hello from Sydney
PostPosted: August 12th, 2017, 5:35 pm 

Joined: August 12th, 2017, 5:28 pm
Posts: 4
Location: Sydney Australia
Hi there, how's it going?

I have been thinking of getting a dual purpose bike for years and now is the time to look seriously at finding one.

I'm pretty sure it should be a Honda so I thought I would stick my head in here and try to get a bit of info on these bikes.

I currently ride my CB750 K2 on the dirt roads in my area but I won't take it up trails that a Transalp would be perfect for.

I'll have a flick around the forum and then ask a couple of questions if that's cool.


 Post subject: Re: Hello from Sydney
PostPosted: August 13th, 2017, 3:30 am 

Joined: June 12th, 2016, 2:38 am
Posts: 118
Location: Tauranga, NZ

We can also ask the other Ozzies on this Forum to Pm you their phone#s, so U can go and drool on their bikes and maybe even have a cuppa! Ü

Cheers, mate! Welcome to the asylum.


I'm from Finland, live in NZ and ride Transalp XL600VR 1995

 Post subject: Re: Hello from Sydney
PostPosted: August 13th, 2017, 2:26 pm 
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Posts: 1377
Location: Champaign, IL USA
Ask away! All opinions are worth exactly what you paid for them! :D Welcome..a K2 off road...you're the man!

Garry Bird, YMRacing, Owner/Mgr.
'89 TA, 06 Ducati Sport 1000 Bella Boomer the race bike, '76 XS650 Farrah the race bike, '76 RD400 Evil Spawn the race bike, '97 Buell T-Bolt S2, ('97 Dyna-Conv RIP 8 June 2017, the bike my son was riding), '06 KLR 650 off road hooligan, and a '79 GS1000E (sold 25 March 2017 after 30 years of ownership), but ride the TA the most miles!

 Post subject: Re: Hello from Sydney
PostPosted: August 14th, 2017, 3:13 am 
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Joined: June 6th, 2013, 11:26 am
Posts: 321
Hi there Scott
You on the right track
my I suggest you get yourself the XL650V has a 21" front that is more dirt orientated than the 750
had mine for a XL650V 2005 since 2013 will not trade it in for anything else !!!!
understanding they are not full endure bikes, but they'll get you there with low down grunt comfort.
spent 11 hours in the saddle in 1 day 40% dirt 50% tar ( my fault rode 157km going the wrong direction which meant 157KM back)
and was still able to do De Hel the next day!!!!
In Dec 2016 last years did a "Bucket list trip" did 1500+ km over 5 days she did not miss a beat so now planning Bucket list II for the December
that my input
have fun in the pig pen
South Africa

XL 175 (sold) CBR 900 BOL'D'OR (sold); CBR1100XX SUPER BLACK BIRD & XL 650 V TRANSALP

 Post subject: Re: Hello from Sydney
PostPosted: August 21st, 2017, 8:09 pm 
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Joined: July 8th, 2011, 7:02 am
Posts: 1114
Location: Mackay, Queensland, Australia
Greetings Scott and welcome to the forum. Have fun with the inmates and enjoy the ride.
I'm in central Qld and own a Transalp XL650V ('03 model) that I've owned from new and that I rode to Tumbarumba in March. Because I've raised the rear suspension it's a bit big for me (at 170cm and 74kg) to take seriously off-road, though I rode quite a few km of gravel roads on the Tumba trip. They are a very capable all roads tourer but a bit heavy and cumbersome for throwing around on the dirt.
One modification I made for gravel road riding was to fit a 14 tooth front sprocket, as I usually run a 16 tooth front and a 47 tooth rear, standard is 15 & 48.

Born to be MILD
2003 Honda XL650V Transalp; 1977 Kawasaki Z750B twin;
2006 Hyosung GT250R; 2001 Yamaha FZS1000.

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