Nanoonanook, as you found that there is a lot of ribbing and joking and some flat out trolling. Some have been here a long time and the jokes keep it alive so, we stick around to answer questions about the important stuff.
Jayzonk, is stuck on the anti bling thing and has taken a beating for it but, means no harm.
There are a few that can't separate their love for there bike and take offense from the "R" guys that race there bikes or push them to the limit. They view it as a threat, that others see the XL650L as a weekend warrior bike only good parked if front of a starbucks but, who cares what others write about. It's only the attitude you read it with and that is what you'll get out of it. (But, you already knew that, theres others that don't) The smiley faces are over looked by some and these take things personal. You'll here them say, stop it were all here just to ride or leave our bikes alone
I am not a racer just here to ride
stop it, stop it
sooner or later they join in on the fun or move on.
Ghoti, wrote a good come back @ the XR650R crowd, "Well $1000.00 is a lot of frogskins and certainly not slight by my wallet. From the looks of the mods thread, many R riders feel they need to spend and few thousand dollars to get it right. I hope they don't forget the footpeg fix. It must suck to have your footpeg fall off when you're cruising 120 mph
but, we know, he knows, that they are race bikes not just a bike to cruse around on fire roads or ride back and forth to work on. Most don't put anymore $$$$ into there "R's" then any of the "L" guys do. The type of bikes draw different personalities to them and sometimes an "L" guy buys a "R" bike and the other way around and that really screws things up. The "R" guy that buys an "L" bike and try's to race it gets hurt and the "L" guy on the "R" bike never rides it
or he gets hurt.
My bike has more bling then ever needed and 80% is not needed to win a race but, it was a cheap mid-life fun and a lot cheaper then a vet and another women destroying my home.
Everyone knew sooner or later this thread would go this way....to bad it didn't stay on the "XR650L, best bike in the world" thread but, it didn't so, it rages on