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Offline CaMojo

What type of DS Bike
« on: February 10, 2006, 10:33:15 am »
Here is an interesting one.

What would be your preferred weapon of choice for More Gravel than Tar.

A Reasonably heavy DS Bike like 1100/50GS, 1200GS, 650GS, 950KTM, .

Or

A Really Light Weight 650ish bike, like a Slightly Modified XR650, LC4640 Adv,  XT660, WR450.
(Like the ones they raced in the Dakar.)
 

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2006, 10:41:27 am »
All depends on how far you want to travel/terrain/budget

For really bad gravel, and trips of 100-300km I go with the XR650
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2006, 10:43:42 am »
i assume hard packed gravel road:

short distance: xr650
longer distance: 1150 adv
 

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2006, 10:44:51 am »
Gravel is arb stuff, throw in a bit more than that like whoops and dongas and then I'll take a KTM 640 anyday.
Anytime the wheels leave the ground you want a light bike with good suspension.

For good condition sand roads, the big BMW's are good.

Just my opinion of course.
 

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2006, 10:57:39 am »
Green = Nice wide/hard gravel/Occasional moderate mud/sand
Technical = Mud/lots of loose sand/Rocky terrain etc.

I've only ridden my Dakar (Green & Technical)and one shortish stint on a 1150 (Green).

Green - Bigger bikes
Technical - Smaller bikes

But then, if your skills are up to it, the bigger bikes will handle most situations in its stride. I've seen okes handling the big machines like it is part of their bodies, so I think the bigger bikes are the ultimate.

I would not suggest the bigger bikes for beginners. Too much to handle with no/limited skills IMO.

Maybe KTM950/990 and BMW Adventurer. :P  Nice to dream isn't it. :wink:
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2006, 12:16:44 pm »
Yup, the question is not specific enough.

Weapon of choice? - what the war?

Gravel more than tar? So its easy gravel? A few stones? Something technical? VERY technical? How far?

Whats the NB criteria? Comfort? Easy of passage? Packing luggage? Dependability? Reliability? Fuel Consumption? Spare parts availability? Dealership backing?

I reserve my personal feelings, till I get a better understanding of what you are wanting  :wink:
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2006, 12:35:04 pm »
Check out the DRZ400S. It's already roal legal with very good offroad potential yet more comfortable than something like an XR or WR. Very dependable as well. I have 30 000km on mine and I get 26 km/l.
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Offline Leo

What type of DS Bike
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2006, 01:08:42 pm »
Anything below 300 km's I'll take the smaller/lighter bike.

Love the Yam WR 450 or anything in that range!
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Offline CaMojo

What type of DS Bike
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2006, 01:23:15 pm »
Quote from: "LiveInTheOutdoors"
Yup, the question is not specific enough.

Weapon of choice? - what the war?

Gravel more than tar? So its easy gravel? A few stones? Something technical? VERY technical? How far?

Whats the NB criteria? Comfort? Easy of passage? Packing luggage? Dependability? Reliability? Fuel Consumption? Spare parts availability? Dealership backing?

I reserve my personal feelings, till I get a better understanding of what you are wanting  :wink:


What War:  Between you and gravel,

So Its Easy Gravel? : Asssss -  Sumption is the mother of all EVIL.  :wink:

How Far?  : How long is a String.  How far is a normal Trip ?

Its GRAVEL Boet.   Like any Gravel Road in SA.  :P

Comfort?  : Even an 1150 makes your arse numb after 150km So who Really Cares.

Ease of Passage?  : Once Again ITS GRAVEL.

Packing Luggage?  : Experience tells me, You pack as much as the bike allows. The bigger the luggage system on the bike, the more you will pack. Fact.

Dependability?   : That's up toyou...and your buddies.

Reliability?   : Show me a well maitained bike these days that are not Reliable.

Fuel Consumption?  Very few of these bikes gets below 18-19 Km/L

Spare Parts availability?  You can easy wait for 3-4 + weeks for parts at the best of Dealers.

It is Reliable...

Dealership Backing? : It is Reliable man.


Now come on,  Unreserve your Personal Feelings after the complete and utter Insight You now have.

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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2006, 03:15:24 pm »
If you take out the word road, then I would go for a 640 KTM.

But seeing as you say gravel road, and SA's dirt roads are often better than say Mozambiques EM1 past Vilanculous, then anything will do, even a wee-strom.

I'd go 1200 Adventure when it gets here.