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Not quite sure if i agree, please give your opinion...
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:30:52 pm »
Hi All

I have recently been forced due to "circumstances" (my wife) to sell my F800 GS.
After our son was born, my wife had an issue with me going deep into the bush alone therefore she "forced" me to buy a on-road bike...so I ended up with the F 800 GT.

Make no mistake, i love it, but it's just not a DS...

Anyway, i have had the GT now for a while and stumbled upon this article...
Not sure if i would agree, my GT would not make the roads i have traveled on, normal "sinkplaat" dirt roads...
Would anyone care to give an "expert" opinion as i wouldn't mind taking the GT little off road without the wife being the wiser...

http://rideapart.com/2014/02/how-to-go-adventure-touring-budget/
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Re: Not quite sure if i agree, please give your opinion...
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014, 01:42:18 pm »
Long before the words adventure or DS biking was invented for markleting purposes.
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Re: Not quite sure if i agree, please give your opinion...
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014, 01:45:54 pm »
You don't need an expensive large capacity bike to do adventure riding. You don't need loads of fancy gadgets to do adventure riding. All you need is a bike (any bike) and the desire to go on an adventure.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2014, 01:52:20 pm »
Years ago the only difference between a Dirt Bike and a Tar bike ---was our choice of tyres --
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014, 01:59:10 pm »
Years ago the only difference between a Dirt Bike and a Tar bike ---was our choice of tyres --

And mostly not... you took what you could afford.

Here's my "adventure bikes" in my early years : Yamaha YB80, Honda CB400 Twin, Kawasaki Z650, BMW R100RS. I then stopped biking for 11 years to raise a family and then started again on an Africa Twin... because I was told THAT is what a real adventure bike is. Bullshit

I've had adventure on my bikes all my life.

Of course, some bikes are more suited to a purpose than others, but ridden within their limitations, most bikes can go almost anywhere you want to go.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2014, 02:10:36 pm by jupiter »
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2014, 02:11:37 pm »
Only issue is the drive, you have a belt drive and it is not going to like a stone getting picked up into the belt :sip:
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Re: Not quite sure if i agree, please give your opinion...
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2014, 02:14:21 pm »
Only issue is the drive, you have a belt drive and it is not going to like a stone getting picked up into the belt :sip:

I never even thought of that, that would really get me stuck somewhere and in trouble with the missus.
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2014, 02:16:43 pm »
Only issue is the drive, you have a belt drive and it is not going to like a stone getting picked up into the belt :sip:

I never even thought of that, that would really get me stuck somewhere and in trouble with the missus.

You did not think this through very well. All you should have done was put road tyres on your bike and told her its now a road bike. You could then ride anywhere.
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Re: Not quite sure if i agree, please give your opinion...
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2014, 02:21:00 pm »
 How's that?
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Re: Not quite sure if i agree, please give your opinion...
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2014, 02:23:29 pm »
Only issue is the drive, you have a belt drive and it is not going to like a stone getting picked up into the belt :sip:

I never even thought of that, that would really get me stuck somewhere and in trouble with the missus.

You did not think this through very well. All you should have done was put road tyres on your bike and told her its now a road bike. You could then ride anywhere.

I tried that, she said just because I put sugar on a turd doesn't make it a doughnut...
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2014, 02:25:43 pm »
Sorry but you are pussy whipped! Grow a pair and explain properly to the missus that riding a DS bike IS SAFER than riding on the road with hooligan taxis, drunkards etc. and that further it makes you a better person and father. Period.  :3some:

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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2014, 02:28:55 pm »
Only issue is the drive, you have a belt drive and it is not going to like a stone getting picked up into the belt :sip:

I never even thought of that, that would really get me stuck somewhere and in trouble with the missus.

You did not think this through very well. All you should have done was put road tyres on your bike and told her its now a road bike. You could then ride anywhere.

I tried that, she said just because I put sugar on a turd doesn't make it a doughnut...

OK, lets try a different tack. Did she know your bike by its model name or colour (like mine  :biggrin: ) In the latter, or any case, tell  her the ST hurts your back, because of its riding position, and you're scared of long term damage. You want to trade it for the same bike, but more upright design. You then get an F800 GS ( Change the badges) again with 50/50 tyres. Make sure its a different colour or she'll see the ruse. And off you go.
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« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2014, 02:33:03 pm »
Sorry but you are pussy whipped! Grow a pair and explain properly to the missus that riding a DS bike IS SAFER than riding on the road with hooligan taxis, drunkards etc. and that further it makes you a better person and father. Period.  :3some:

PS: Sorry you asked for my opinion.  ;)

I was paging down this thread only to wonder when someone was gonna address the actual problem. Dude if your wife  can  MAKE do things you do not want to then you have got a very long life ahead of you.... :deal:
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2014, 02:33:43 pm »
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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2014, 02:35:12 pm »
Sorry but you are pussy whipped! Grow a pair and explain properly to the missus that riding a DS bike IS SAFER than riding on the road with hooligan taxis, drunkards etc. and that further it makes you a better person and father. Period.  :3some:

PS: Sorry you asked for my opinion.  ;)

I was paging down this thread only to wonder when someone was gonna address the actual problem. Dude if your wife  can  MAKE do things you do not want to then you have got a very long life ahead of you.... :deal:

Be a real man now and admit your wife also "makes" you do things. Think about it first  :imaposer:
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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2014, 02:36:14 pm »
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2014, 02:38:19 pm »
Sorry but you are pussy whipped! Grow a pair and explain properly to the missus that riding a DS bike IS SAFER than riding on the road with hooligan taxis, drunkards etc. and that further it makes you a better person and father. Period.  :3some:

PS: Sorry you asked for my opinion.  ;)

I was paging down this thread only to wonder when someone was gonna address the actual problem. Dude if your wife  can  MAKE do things you do not want to then you have got a very long life ahead of you.... :deal:

Be a real man now and admit your wife also "makes" you do things. Think about it first  :imaposer:

Difference is mine "makes me do things" I want to do ... and am allowed to do ... like ride my bikes  :ricky:
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2014, 05:05:11 pm »
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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2014, 05:11:31 pm »
Asked my wife if she wants to ride.
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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2014, 05:26:34 pm »
I agree with Jupiter, I have had many adventures on my old road bikes and even done lots of sand on my Z750. Mean machine once gave me a Sprint 1050 and I am not at all a riding god neither recless but I left guys behind on the canal route in Brits. I just can't se why not and it is very unlikely to get n stone in the fairly protected belt. I have even seen guys on their belt driven harleys at avontuur on that pass towards knysna pass angies g spot. Belt drive is brilliant! No mate, don't listen to all the critics, go out and ride your bike, is is very lekker bikes thos gt's