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the first adventure bike

Post by moto al » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:42 pm

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hi chaps ,from an old mag .al
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Re: the first adventure bike

Post by Treadtrader » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:46 pm

Nice pic Al, bikes before they got all too technical, just pure. ;)
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Re: the first adventure bike

Post by Mark1961 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:51 pm

I think this was the first adventure bike?
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Re: the first adventure bike

Post by ipswichbiker » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:55 pm

I think you can go earlier than that.
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Re: the first adventure bike

Post by moto al » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:13 pm

cheers bud you might be correct,i owned a r80 gs one of the first looking for the pic .cheers .al
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Re: the first adventure bike

Post by ChasF » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:22 pm

Mark1961 wrote:I think this was the first adventure bike?
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Yes but no. It's a hard choice but I had a XT500 and it was terrible on the road. I've still got the R80G/S and it's a good all rounder - which, is probably what an 'adventure' bike is all about

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Re: the first adventure bike

Post by mark1150 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:33 pm

I think BMW were the first to mass produce a big bore off roader, which was subsequently aligned with the Adventure market.
The XT 500 was a large Trailie, marketed along side Yamahas XT and DT ranges, great bit of kit, and still ruggedly handsome.
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Re: the first adventure bike

Post by moto al » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:39 pm

.the yam xt great i remeber one of my pals had one. and could do 50yd wheeless the dogs cheers al,ps did it have only kick start . with a decom lever
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Re: the first adventure bike

Post by mark1150 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:50 pm

moto al wrote:.the yam xt great i remeber one of my pals had one. and could do 50yd wheeless the dogs cheers al,ps did it have only kick start . with a decom lever
Yes as far as I remember that's correct, ditto the TT and 550's?
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Re: the first adventure bike

Post by Roadcat » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:45 am

mark1150 wrote:
moto al wrote:.the yam xt great i remeber one of my pals had one. and could do 50yd wheeless the dogs cheers al,ps did it have only kick start . with a decom lever
Yes as far as I remember that's correct, ditto the TT and 550's?
Yup, all the XT's were kickstart only, up until the Tenere was released when they were available with kickstart and button. I still have my XT500 (in fact it's just recently undergone a rebuild).

Used it to ride from Cape Town to London many, many moons ago. Kick starting it was an art-form, but once you knew what you were doing was easy.

I remember coming back to my bike, which I'd parked in the middle of Nairobi to find it lying on it's side with the ignition all mangled. In the nearest doorway, nursing his ankle, was the twit who'd thought he could steal my bike and then been bitten by kickback from the compression! :laugh:

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