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Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:01 pm

I'm now riding a motorbike - 2004 KTM 640 Adventure 8)

Rides like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TYRjt1pDQM

Anybody else here riding the dunes on 2 wheels? :great:
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Denasora
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Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:10 pm

Very hypnotic! And great soundtrack. :-D

I,m definitely a 4-wheel girl, but gimme a shout if you want to go out in the next couple weeks. I,m always up for a jaunt.
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Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:02 am

Some of my cousins on their Yamaha'S , honda's and suzuki dirt bikes
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Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:41 am

I was frequent Rider in 2009 to end of 2010 of Golden Bike and then accident my friend on Jumeira road so quite Riding sold bike & i never look back to it but still i :frustrating: cant stop myself from taking long cold breath when i see riders in Group any where
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PR
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Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:55 pm

Yes, accidents are real scary on a bike :( I'm glad you're ok, though.

I'm still learning, ScaVenger, and your cousins I'm sure are pros!! 8)
Mosalf
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Mon Apr 28, 2014 7:20 am

PR wrote:I'm now riding a motorbike - 2004 KTM 640 Adventure 8)

Rides like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TYRjt1pDQM

Anybody else here riding the dunes on 2 wheels? :great:
A colleague has recently joined us from Italy and wants to know where he can pick up a bike like this. Either a KTM or a Honda. Second had is what he is looking for.

Please advise.



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Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:47 pm

Been riding since I was 15' love the freedom,
Gave up in Aussie, and took to cars,
Loved the life off being a rider, used to go to dirt tracks and all,
But seen to many accidents, and a few myself to make me weary as,
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PR
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Thu May 01, 2014 3:36 pm

Mosalf wrote:A colleague has recently joined us from Italy and wants to know where he can pick up a bike like this. Either a KTM or a Honda. Second had is what he is looking for.

Please advise.
There's very few models that can run the dunes and also ride on road. And that was important for me - I want to ride to my choice of off-road places, without a car and trailer. Mainly because I want to travel off-road over distance and not always have to go back to the point I started, where my car and trailer would be parked waiting. Also, I live a few minutes from work, and so I don't need to take my car every weekday.

Unfortunately, most enduro bikes don't cut it in the dunes. Too heavy, too soft, not enough power. Forget things like Kawasaki KLR, Ducati Multistrada, even the BMW GS650, etc. Other enduros like the large 1150s are too heavy to handle. You drop it once, and you avoid soft sand from that day on!

The KTM 640 is perfect - very off-roady, still quite heavy, can cruise on tarmac, and basically KTM has won the Paris-Dakar forever on bikes like this! The previous owner rode it on trips to Masira Island in Oman, so you can really go far with the 640 Adventure.

The 450s are also perfect, and even better on the sands as they are lighter and therefore more powerful, but you don't get the large tank, and also on-road is really scary (for those that are road-legal).

So, tell your friend to be patient and wait for the right bike to come up. Aim for road-legal 400-600cc, and aim for a large gas tank (aftermarket is possible).
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Thu May 01, 2014 8:49 pm

Thanks PR. you are always tops.


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