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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #40 on: November 08, 2019, 10:37:43 am »
Yes, modern bkes are very reliable. My 701 has done 35000kms, without so much as a hiccup, and since the bike does not know where it is, those kilos could have been done during a

trip around the world.

Then again, so many of these have problems , especially along the fuel system, that it could get you in trouble.

But the world is a much smaller place than it was even 30 years ago, and help is never that far away.

The reason I like my XT600 is that it does eliminate all your coolant components.
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #41 on: November 08, 2019, 10:43:43 am »
 and since the bike does not know where it is,

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #42 on: November 08, 2019, 01:30:16 pm »
A KTM always knows where it is .................... you've been warned.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #43 on: November 08, 2019, 02:11:01 pm »
Is this thread in anticipation of getting to Jeddah on the 02/01/2020? Me thinks so  :ricky:
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #44 on: November 08, 2019, 03:03:02 pm »
No this is me leaving to Johannesburg on the 4th of December going Switzerland- homeward bound. Got an 1190r that is in great nick but wondering if its not better to take a smaller bike.
basically just playing mind games with myself due to rainy season in Tanzania and im not riding tar all the time. So could be mud and clay. 

But Fyi I am going to be in Dakar for the start as well. But ill be flying there for a week :)

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #45 on: November 11, 2019, 07:21:29 am »
Yes modern bikes can't go further than that in Africa without dropping dead at the sight of fuel out of a container

A Guglatech filler-filter takes care of almost all of that....
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #46 on: November 11, 2019, 07:36:25 am »
Yes modern bikes can't go further than that in Africa without dropping dead at the sight of fuel out of a container

A Guglatech filler-filter takes care of almost all of that....

And so the cost rises and rises.......

There is no argument that a carburetted bike will just cope much better with adverse conditions than a F.I. one.

BUT.....what I like about the F.I. bikes is stuff like fussfree starting hot or cold, reliable idling, etc.
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #47 on: November 11, 2019, 10:40:20 am »
I would definitely go with an air cooled bike with a carb, DR650 or XR650L (with reinforced sub frame).

I have had hassles with Radiators on 2 of my KLR650's already. Guys riding with me in Namibia have had lots of problems with dirty fuel blocking filters and fuel pumps packing up (KTM990's especially). Easy to clean a carb
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #48 on: November 11, 2019, 02:14:56 pm »
what I like about the F.I. bikes is stuff like fussfree starting hot or cold, reliable idling, etc.

..... and frugallerder, saves quite a bit of juice, even on the TPI 2stokes!
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #49 on: November 12, 2019, 05:43:41 pm »
CRF250L It has already proven itself and nice and light.
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #50 on: November 12, 2019, 06:55:42 pm »
CRF250L It has already proven itself and nice and light.

They are a good choice.
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #51 on: November 14, 2019, 10:49:55 pm »
CRF250L It has already proven itself and nice and light.

They are a good choice.

It would be my choice as well second to the DR650 since you can't speed in Africa. The riding is also not that technical and the 250l is light and easy to manoeuvre. Most motorbike taxis (there are thousands) are 125 and 150's. Even a Honda XR150 would be a good choice, and you do not need to haul a lot of stuff around. Most bike overlanders carry way to many stuff.....you can buy almost anything up an Africa as well, clothes +
 

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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #52 on: November 15, 2019, 03:12:56 pm »
Iíd go for a pre LC 1200 GSA. Reliable as gravity and very comfy. Donít pack to much crap so you can keep the weight off. If you are planning on hypothetically doing lots of technical off-road or jungle tacks then it wouldnít be the bike for you but can easy chew up 100kmís a day on and off road. Mid capacity thumpers are also a great way to go.


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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #53 on: November 15, 2019, 03:15:43 pm »
Iíd go for a pre LC 1200 GSA. Reliable as gravity and very comfy. Donít pack to much crap so you can keep the weight off. If you are planning on hypothetically doing lots of technical off-road or jungle tacks then it wouldnít be the bike for you but can easy chew up 100kmís a day on and off road. Mid capacity thumpers are also a great way to go.


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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #54 on: November 15, 2019, 05:31:47 pm »
Coz Iv done a fair few km on that ďtankĒ in a variety of conditions and terrain and I really believe itís one of the best overland touring bikes. I have had two GS now and the biggest mechanical issue I have had is a loose wing mirror and a blown light bulb. Each to there own though, if you want to rattle your teeth out on a KLR type bike over africa then itís up to you. All will get you there in the end.


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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #55 on: November 15, 2019, 06:11:04 pm »
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #56 on: November 15, 2019, 06:27:05 pm »
Coz Iv done a fair few km on that ďtankĒ in a variety of conditions and terrain and I really believe itís one of the best overland touring bikes. I have had two GS now and the biggest mechanical issue I have had is a loose wing mirror and a blown light bulb. Each to there own though, if you want to rattle your teeth out on a KLR type bike over africa then itís up to you. All will get you there in the end.


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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #57 on: November 15, 2019, 06:39:13 pm »
I would consider a F800GS as well,funds premitting....

I fully agree - but a 800GS Adventure... Just take a spare air and fuel filter and maybe a spare fuel pump along...
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #58 on: November 15, 2019, 07:12:51 pm »
The KTM640 in my opinion is the marker against which all adventure bikes should be set. Not great for speed but bullet proof, awesome fuel range, great suspension (way better than 690 or 701), strong subframe to carry gear and still a sexy bike.

I can't see why anyone wants to take a big twin built to do high speed riding on an Africa adventure with an average speed of less than 60km/h.

And try pulling a 200kg + bike out of a hole in the middle of nowhere on your own. Or even riding up a muddy track after a tropical storm.(even a flat muddy track).

If the bike seriously limits your potential route then its not the bike.

Running my WildWood Tours I often get riders not coming along because the sand / rocks etc will be too tough for "my big bike" or will "damage my big bike". Same guys are on forums telling everyone how capable there 1190 / 1200 / 800 is and able to go anywhere a light weight single can. There are exceptions of very good riders but not the rule.
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Re: BEST bike for African trip options
« Reply #59 on: November 15, 2019, 07:33:37 pm »
Know its not on your list and does not have a carb and is not air-cooled, but I did 15 500km through Africa on my 2016 Africa Twin.  Would not travel through Africa on anything else.  Comfortable on the long Tar stretches and more than capable off road. 
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