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Offline Kortbroek

Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2019, 07:55:32 pm »
I'd say without needing any mods at all KLR650 and XT660 will be best suited.

If you're willing to do mods I would then also consider the XR650L and the DR650
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Offline RobbieH

Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2019, 08:43:33 pm »
I like the info coming back it really seems the simple bikes tick a certain box that a lot of people appreciate.

Its a pity the new Tenere 700 isn't out yet. Ive been looking into that and if that was around.. I get a feeling it might be the business.. my 2 cents worth.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2019, 09:19:35 pm »
I'd say without needing any mods at all KLR650 and XT660 will be best suited.

If you're willing to do mods I would then also consider the XR650L and the DR650
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2019, 05:06:25 am »
Get a Chinese 150cc moto. There are 100s of thousands of them all over Africa. Yes, it will break from time to time, but you'll make friends and get it fixed anywhere and everywhere.
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2019, 05:43:13 am »
The KLR is probably the easiest to prep , otherwise the DR650 with a large tank  , Safari do a 30 liter tank for the DR and Acerbis also have tanks for them . Both easy to work on , even in the middle of nowhere , the DR scoring in having tappers and not having a radiator . Over and above that the DR scores on having better brakes , suspension and being about 25kg lighter although an emulator in the forks makes a big difference .
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2019, 06:12:44 am »
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2019, 06:49:05 am »
i would not trust a suzuki to make it around the block without the engine exploding,  RTW?   forget it.
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2019, 06:59:49 am »
 Ganjora get over it! :laughing4:
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2019, 07:00:35 am »
Drop the XR650L off that list, not suited to  trip like that as it cannot carry any load of note on the weeny subframe.... ;)

Valid option, it has a better subframe than my 650R, which I loaded with apart from my kit, with 34l of fuel, did really rough stuff, and then some rally, see:

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=57397.0

Some more on the 650L:

https://adventure-motorcycling.com/tag/honda-xr650l-in-the-sahara/
https://adventure-motorcycling.com/2014/12/14/desert-riders-xrl650s-in-the-sahara/
https://adventure-motorcycling.com/2012/02/19/honda-xr650l-after-desert-riders/
https://adventure-motorcycling.com/2012/02/19/honda-xr650l/

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #29 on: November 08, 2019, 07:23:51 am »
Get a Chinese 150cc moto. There are 100s of thousands of them all over Africa. Yes, it will break from time to time, but you'll make friends and get it fixed anywhere and everywhere.

I tend to agree. Only problem would be that the trip would take double the amount of time ;D
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2019, 07:38:04 am »
I would look at the DR650 first, XR650L second and the XT660Z third.....

However, I would look for a XT660R probably - I assume we got these? The stripped down version of the Z?

See what subframe work needs to be done and pack light - fuel range of 300km is probably all you need, weight is your enemy!

Many years ago we decided to ride through Africa on XT500's - spent 2 years planning and prepping - that was time wasted...... Once we wereactually on the road, we realised that the prep we did was wrong (we took 2 x 20L Jerry cans each, fuel & water) and that everything can be sorted on the road......
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #31 on: November 08, 2019, 07:40:05 am »
I would consider a F800GS as well,funds premitting....
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« Reply #32 on: November 08, 2019, 07:53:50 am »
People always say go simple, go carb. I'd personally take the new 701 LR. Dual switchable fuel pumps, 600km range, light, great suspension and most important, heaps of fun
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #33 on: November 08, 2019, 07:54:44 am »
All bikes have individual issues - make sure you know yours and either sort it out or be prepared for it when it inevitably happens.
A starting point if you are not going to avoid the rough parts is a bike weight of sub 150kg dry.
Fuel range is important and the best place for it is in a fuel tank - fill it up or not.
Carb vs Fi is not a deal breaker.Carry a spare fuel pump and prepare it for fitment. Carb - know how to clean and set it.
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« Reply #34 on: November 08, 2019, 08:02:33 am »
For me it would have to be air cooled and no fuel injection.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #35 on: November 08, 2019, 08:37:55 am »
People always say go simple, go carb. I'd personally take the new 701 LR. Dual switchable fuel pumps, 600km range, light, great suspension and most important, heaps of fun
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #36 on: November 08, 2019, 08:51:20 am »
People always say go simple, go carb. I'd personally take the new 701 LR. Dual switchable fuel pumps, 600km range, light, great suspension and most important, heaps of fun
Ya Dwerg and you`ll spend lots of time in Zimbabwe or Malawi if you lucky :laughing4:

Yes modern bikes can't go further than that in Africa without dropping dead at the sight of fuel out of a container
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2019, 09:24:39 am »
I've never ridden a bike North of SA's borders, so I could be wrong but according to everything I've heard and read you're asking for big shit if you try to go faster than 80km/hr anywhere.

Which would point to a cheap 125 - 200cc as being the most sensible option unless self image and ego is an issue.  :peepwall: :pot:
 

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« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2019, 09:45:39 am »
Ganjora get over it! :laughing4:

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2019, 10:17:16 am »
I have done about 16 000 km through 8 African countries in a Transalp 650.. didn't have any serious issues. now i have the Transalp 700 and ive done a few really long trips on it without any problems.

If I had to do it again and a Cape to Cairo was in the cards I would'nt hesitate and take an Africa Twin, absolutely no doubt.

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