Jim Thurber

Jim Thurber has reviewed 4 products

BMW R1200R (2006 - 2014)

Posted: 14 January 2009
Overall: An overall outstanding motorcycle -- a bit expensive (!) but overall build quality is excellent, reliability (so far) 100 percent and it features the best brakes I've ever used -- on any motorbike (40 years of riding). A few vibes over 5000 rpm but nothing notable. Overall a phenomenally excellent motorbike.

KTM 990R SuperDuke (2007 - present)

Posted: 27 May 2008
Overall: This little jewel set me back $16,000 U.S. and my wife was ready to toss me, body and soul, out of the house. Fortunately it is worth every stinking cent. KTM built a dirt bike for the street. Some bits are a bit rough around the edges (a la dirt bike) but overall the Super Duke 990 is perhaps the most fun I have had in my 1.2 million miles of motorcycling (throughout the U.S. and Switzerland, parts of Africa and bits of Israel)

Suzuki DR-Z400S

Posted: 05 March 2008
Overall: I've owned 40 motorcycles over the last 30 years and this is by far my favorite. Plenty of power, decent comfort with an Airhawk seat cover, great whenever the possibility of a dirt road exists. Came off a late model Sportster -- the DRZ's weight is a grand improvement. I converted the standard "S" to an "SSM" configuration -- semi-Super Motard -- using a lightweight 19" front wheel, a 320 mm disc brake and Kouba link rear lowering kit. Just got back from Death Valley, enjoying treks thru Titus Canyon, West Side Road and visiting The Racetrack.

Suzuki DR-Z400SM DRZ400 (2005 - 2009)

Posted: 05 February 2008
Overall: A three star chunk'a iron. Not good on motorways (Limited Access highways) but those suck for motorcycling anyway. A bit a vibes over 70 mph but capable of 90 on a decent day. Maintenance is a joke -- what maintenance? The Marchesini wheels transformed the bike -- completely.