Very well said Voidrider
The choice of bike is a big ego thing
Yeh, I have to say that I catch myself just staring at the bike sometimes
And I am not a big BMW guy
But it is an impressive machine
With all due respect, it gets more attention than a Ninja 250
And that is part of the attraction. It pumps up my ego
I see local guys riding 250's here in southern Mexico
But a big GS is a rare sight. And when you do see them, they have been traveling a long way
But like I said before in my RR, its the guys that are doing the RTW trips on the smaller bikes that I tip my hat to. I have it relatively easy compared to those guys (until my titanium piston return springs break)
In hindsight, if I had to do it over, I would still pick the GS. It is not the fastest bike in the world (especially when you are used to Ducatis, GSX-R's and such. But it is a lot faster than a KLR650. And I like a bike with some balls. Down here, you need to get around slower traffic all the time. I like that I can pass cars and do it safely (that is a realitive word). And the weight is a good thing as long as you are traveling more than 10 MPH. Less than that, I am wishing I was on a KLR650. And then there is the transmission on the GS. It feels like it was build before the war.........and not the Vietnam war or Korean war. Maybe not even WWII. It is just so clunky. Really BMW? On a $20,000 bike????
But it does most things well. It doesn't excell at anything but it will do just about everything. And to me, there is only one choice and it is the GS. I still wish Honda made a bike that compares but they don't. And I like the fact that it is aircooled.......no water pumps, radiators and such to worry about.
So back to my original post about multiplying entities beyond necessity, I am still happy to be on the GS. Trust me, I don't have an unlimited budget. I am camping most of the way or staying with friends. I went big on my initial purchases. It was kind of a priority of mine (to have the best equipment), just like it is important for some to sleep in a bed every night.
Any case, I am kind of rambling. I finished off the tequila tonight and i am about ready for bed. Thanks for the comment. I would love to hear from more people about this subjest and how they feel
Originally Posted by Voidrider
I guess I fall into the "minimalist" camp here. I haven't had much money to throw into riding, so I do a lot of research, follow developments of products I have interest in, and save save save...with the idea that by the time I have settled on a product, and have saved up the money, often the price has come down, and reliability issues with first gen products have been ironed out.
I don't have a moped, but I'd probably be a guy trying to get to or from Point Barrow on a Ninja 250...but ddennis669 did that already.
I've offended some "driving enthusiasts" by insisting that beyond ego, prestige, and nuances of style or performance some econobox gets you down the road "just as well" as a high performance sports car...usually less costly to purchase, operate and repair. Oh, I understand that if you live for the nuance, "the spirited ride" or "a machine with soul", it is night and day, and there isn't really a "right or wrong". Its just a different focus of interest. But, if the real object is to "get down the road"... Its pretty amazing the psychological contortions and sometimes outright tom-foolery we pull on ourselves. But, "the heart wants what the heart wants", is in itself valid.
I like knowing I can work on my bike, just about anything shy of dealing with engine internals on the road. But it is a simple, small, utilitarian bike. I have read where a couple rode a ninja 250 two-up to Peru from Texas, not the best tool for the job perhaps, but it still got them there. As for myself, on one hand I would like something more robust and "up to the task", on the other hand, I daydream of doing a real RTW trip on one just to prove to the naysayers "it can be done". Heck, if a guy can ride a Postie from Australia to England...egads!
I guess it may fall back to "there is no perfect bike". Expensive bikes designed for RTW trips occasionally puke their engines nearly new. Basic bikes can do the same. Cost tends to go with reliability, but reliability seems to be related to the "simplicity - complicated" scale. Some machines are more complex and redundant to prevent a simple failure from taking it offline, but with more complexity there is also more to go wrong.
In a world of trade-offs, I guess everyone just has to find what compromises they can live with? Somewhere I have read, "never undertake an adventure by taking anything you could not stand losing", that's an odd thought. Sorry, no real answer, but your question is thought provoking and sometimes overlooked.