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    Sounds like you have narrowed it down to the KTM or the Husky and are trying to rule out the BMW. Cost of acquisition is a small part of what the life cycle costs will be and is quickly forgotten if the bike does not bend to your desires. What are they anyway?

    Given the choice I have would lean toward the Husky if you can live with or address the range issue you raise.

    Dealer support how many do you need? I can only use one at a time. Husky dealers will be gaining improved logistical support from their distribution system from what I have read. You have four in Oregon and the one in Gresham is both a Husky and KTM dealer.

    Now can you make your own decision or is all the advice from advrider going to continue to confuse?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mika View Post
    Sounds like you have narrowed it down to the KTM or the Husky and are trying to rule out the BMW. Cost of acquisition is a small part of what the life cycle costs will be and is quickly forgotten if the bike does not bend to your desires. What are they anyway?

    Given the choice I have would lean toward the Husky if you can live with or address the range issue you raise.

    Dealer support how many do you need? I can only use one at a time. Husky dealers will be gaining improved logistical support from their distribution system from what I have read. You have four in Oregon and the one in Gresham is both a Husky and KTM dealer.

    Now can you make your own decision or is all the advice from advrider going to continue to confuse?



    Just thinking "out loud" as it were. I'm not trying to rule out the BMW for any reason beyond how it performs and how sturdy it is.

    As to how the costs of a bike disappear over its life, that may be true but that doesn't soften the impact much. "Honey, it really doesn't matter if this bike is 20% more expensive. Over the years I'll own it, does that really matter?"

    p.s. That dealer in Gresham is no longer a Husky dealer. The nearest one is 50 miles away - not a big deal. Until recently the nearest BMW dealer that wasn't horrifically bad was farther.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knary View Post

    "Honey, it really doesn't matter if this bike is 20% more expensive. Over the years I'll own it, does that really matter?"
    I thought you built that beautiful dog house...err... studio for things like this so she would have a place to send you when you have conversations like this.




    I have been playing similar mental games with big singles but along the lines of a supermoto. I like the Husqvarna more and more as I read.


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    The husky has a few mild issues, but it keeps coming out as the best bet for me. It and the X-challenge are essentially the same price out the door, but the husky requires far less tweaking and those tweaks are far less expensive.

    I'm going by a dealership today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visian View Post
    have you considered the suzuki/kawasaki 400 dual sport?

    and... 5'11" ??? you need to stand up straight!!!
    I rode a 400 Suzuki a year or so ago in CA desert and mountains, they are truly a great bike and more than capable off road and peppier than our F650 on the road too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knary View Post
    I'm going by a dealership today.
    WOW! When the thread started you were wondering about a discounted G.

    Then you were worried about what the lovely and talented Mrs Kanary would say if you bought a Husky

    Now you're gonna buy a dealership!



    You sell something on the span site?


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    Someone at the dealership mispoke.
    They didn't have a 610.

    But I still got a nice ride in. Some dirt roads into the hills up above the farms, great views of the cascades, some almost technical stuff. Fun. And some fudge from some monks.

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    What! No demo truck waiting for you?!?

    Glad you had a good ride.

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    Is it too early for a midlife crisis?
    Will you still love me if I don't own a BMW?

    I just found a very clean and stock '06 610 for cheap.

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    Yes.

    Husqvarna is a BMW product now, in the case of the '06 a BMW supported product.

    Now we need pictures.

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    Good point.

    The downside of the '06 is it's color scheme. Icky.

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    Scott,

    I use to have a 610. It was awesome.

    I never had a problem with it. Ever!

    It was even kickstart only & I learned how to start it with my hand.

    The six speed was very, very nice. I was never "looking" for another gear.

    I am forever trying to find some magical gear above number 5 on the XCH

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCQTT View Post
    Scott,

    I use to have a 610. It was awesome.

    I never had a problem with it. Ever!

    It was even kickstart only & I learned how to start it with my hand.

    The six speed was very, very nice. I was never "looking" for another gear.

    I am forever trying to find some magical gear above number 5 on the XCH


    That's one of the issues that's turned me off of the BMW.

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