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RIP "Rattletrap", welcome "Brutto"

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by lil, May 21, 2008.

  1. After some arsehole stole my bike while we were moving a month or so ago, it seems she has gone to never be seen again :evil: :evil: :evil: :( :( :(

    This is us at the track some years ago....we had an extremely happy 5 and a half years together with almost 110,000kms under our belts and no serious issues.


    (I'm sorry mods....I have no idea how to resize the picture :oops: :oops: )

    So, I've had no bike and just as we moved in motorcycling heaven territory, too :evil: :evil: Being the practical pair we are, Jay and I have spoken about replacements and decided that a commuter was what we needed.

    Last night, Jay came home on an '06 Kawasaki ( :shock: :-# ) KLR650 with 6000kms on it. I've just decided on Brutto as the name (Italian for ugly :LOL: ), as she ain't pretty :wink: , but handles and goes better than I thought it would. I just have to get used to it...Iam only just flat foot on the ground!!! It's a tall bike :woot:

  2. yep a face only a mother could love :LOL: you better come on the next tour now :wink:

    congrats on the new purchase :)
  3. +1 looks real perty ;) ...

    And seeing as Jay cant come on any tours, you've gotta take his whining place ;) :p
  4. Wow, that's an interesting sidestep. I hope you get as much out of this bike as you did from the last. :)
  5. lil - so sorry to hear that the Duc was pinched, that's horrible! Bastards, I really really hate people that touch other people stuff, let alone a bike !

    Hope you're happy with the runt you chose to replace it, looks like am interesting ride to say the least !
  6. I see you're feeling feeling ambiguous about whether Brutto is 'she' or 'it', I'm sure you'll come to love her, unless you can't get over its looks! :)
  7. Nice! I was looking at these as well but settled on a DR650.

    Ugly yes, but can be made to look a bit better

  8. Kewl bike, lil! Thumbs up for getting a tall one too! :)
  9. Nice dual purpose bikes the KLR650, congrats on the new beast.

    I've been considering getting one of the new ones for my stable too (also considering a DR650).

    Have a look at http://www.klr650.net/ and you'll find a heap of useful information about them.

    About the only common fault is that the so called 'Doohicky' can fail. Do a search on that and keep an eye on it and you'll be fine though. There is a guy in the US that makes replacements that fix the problem too (not terribly expensive either). It won't be an issue at 6000kms though.

    And adventure riders have a whole new slanguage... with words like farkle and farkling to learn!

    Enjoy the new bike :)
  10. Head over here & have a look around lil http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=15

    Everything you would ever want to know -& a whole lot that you don't want to, about the humble KLR :grin: :grin:

    Oh -and by the way, welcome to the dirty bike club hehe.
  11. Jeez Lil, I didn't know you'd had the Ducati nicked - and after so long together, too! :evil:


    But I'm sure you'll have plenty of fun with the new beastie! :LOL:
  12. Congrats Lil, but how did the wee man ride it home if you can barely flat foot it?
  13. I was thinking exactly the same thing, nee :LOL:
  14. At least you can be sure that no one will steal this one! :LOL:
  15. Congrats on the fugly purchase
    A face only a mother could love, but still a good ride!
  16. He has one foot completely off the ground and teeters til he's moving :shock:

    We had to go to Dandenong two-up on it yesterday morning to pick his bike up. I went pillion and that worked well 'cos I can put my feet on the ground for him as extra stabilisers :wink: :LOL:

    I joined KLR650.net yesterday while I was googling for a service manual for it (can't find one anywhere, so if someone can point me in the right direction, I'd much appreciate it! :wink: ).

    With State Forest all around us now, I'm looking forward to exploring more of the roads that the car can't do around here :grin:

    300kms 'til we hit reserve yesterday, 100 of those with it working hard as it dragged a pair of bums through the Spur :wink: I think it'll be a great commuter and allow us an introduction to dirt as well :grin:
  17. Just picturing that in my head..

    :LOL: @ the sight

    Hey Lil, was the Ducati the same bike that got burnt up months ago?
  18. Ooooh, the Ducati is gone? :cry: What a shame. It wasn't a rattle trap, once it got some loving at Zagame.

    Now mine is a rattle trap. It just takes time with a Ducati dry clutch! :LOL:
  19. no
  20. ermmmm....I have no idea what you're talking about MG. Mine went missing a month ago....