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The Ducati HyperMotard and Aprilia Dorsodoro

vtrerik40 vtrerik40
New User | Posts: 6 | Joined: 04/11
Posted: 04/02/11
10:02 PM

Hello everyone. I am brand new to the forums but, not the magazine. I read the magazines to help me with the motorcycle technical side. I volunteer through different groups presently to find jackets, helmets and boots that are comfortable. I know some motorcycle gears and apparels better then the motorcycles themselves.

Anyways I read the article and I liked the two bikes mentioned in the article. I think it would be nice if there was a huge article comparing all the mid weight Dual-Purpose motorcycles. I am in the market for one and I only see reviews for these bikes in different months or years. Usually 2 at a time. It would be nice to see a comparison of the BMW F 650, Kawasaki KLR 650, the Ducati Hypermotard 796, Aprilia Dorsodoro 750, Honda XR 650 L, and motorcycles like that.

Another thing I would like to see is Rekluse compatability. Down here I know that tons of people use the Rekluse Clutchless kit for their Dual-Purpose motorcycles. I think if you put yes or no to Rekluse capabilities by the specs it should be good. It's just a thought. What do you all think?  

Rode off into the sunset Rode off into the sunset
Guru | Posts: 899 | Joined: 10/06
Posted: 04/03/11
02:11 AM

I agree about a grand dual purpose comparison. Unbiased as unbiased could be, and let the chips fall where they may.

Right now, value is important to me and while the Ducati, BMW and Aprilla's may offer some slight advantages, I doubt they are really that much better.

And other thing I would like to see in the comparison is something on maintenance costs and/or ease of the owner actually being able to do the maintenance.

Back in the old days, some magazines used to list costs of certain items, like air filters, brakes - consumables. Be nice to see that again as well, on all tests.

The "Rekluse Clutchless kit" is new to me, I'm going to google it now.


joegresh joegresh
Guru | Posts: 1055 | Joined: 03/09
Posted: 04/03/11
04:29 AM


I'm liking these new-speak street-scramblers also. Maybe one day I'll get to ride one.  The only down side I can see (from the bleachers) is that they weigh a ton.

What's the deal on clutchless?  I like my clutch.  

vtrerik40 vtrerik40
New User | Posts: 6 | Joined: 04/11
Posted: 04/03/11
10:54 PM

I am not a technical person when it comes to motorcycles. As far as I know it has something to do with power response time. Increasing power somehow. It's also nice for people like me who have stiff fingers. When I rode different models I found the clutch bar was too far away and my fingers had to stretch to pull it back. My fingers don't move so well so I found it difficult to stretch out and bring the clutch handle back. Another problem is knowing I am slow to react with my fingers I sometimes go too fast (or pull too far back) and kill the motorcycle.

It gives people like me with this unique problem the ability to ride. It's nothing I can fix on the medical level. The only thing I can do is hope that a Rekluse kit will work on that model.

As for the review part I agree. I like it when reviews attack a model. I may be a fan of several companies or brands but, I never take it personal to learn that the things I am a fan of has problems. It lets me know I need to use something else.

The Rekluse Kit when you Google it, it should have a weird looking spider for a logo. You can try centrifugal or a semi-automatic motorcycle engine conversion kit search if searching Rekluse alone does not give you anything. Rekluse bounces from one merchant to another yearly so I am not sure who sells it currently. I know that it's semi-automatic and people love it. Instead of needing the clutch to shift you just shift. Ontop of that as you slow down it will roll itself back into neutral.

I learned that much from a Kawasaki dealer here who actually has a Rekluse Specialist. He said that some of the companies like BMW, and Honda will allow you to ship the kit to them and they will install it on your new bike sometimes. You have to call corporate and go through a lot of legal though. Best I can tell you on that subject.  

OldMan70 OldMan70
Enthusiast | Posts: 386 | Joined: 02/11
Posted: 04/30/11
04:05 PM

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It would be nice to see a comparison of the BMW F 650, Kawasaki KLR 650.

I bought a new 2009 KLR650 in december for $5051 including taxes. We Looked at a BMW F650 GS and they had it loaded with everything they could put on it except a centerstand and it listed for over $12,000 and with tax would have been over $13,000.

Not really a bike to compare to a Kawasaki KLR650 or a Honda XR-650 L either. In case you didn't know it, The F650 BMW is an 800cc bike.  
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