Originally Posted by ROD CURRIE
Well somebody needs to step up to give props to the pig riders, and perhaps inject some useful counterpoint.
We all get a good laugh at Touratech-kitted behemoths that rarely venture off the tarmac. It's an old joke here. And not an invalid joke: 1200GS is the new Harley in parts of the US
But let's remember that every bike in Walter's entourage here is modified and improved (extra tanks, top-shelf suspension, Nav gear, aux lights, custom racks, custom belly armor, etc etc etc) to a monetary extent that most readers here would find prohibitive to replicate.
We laugh at dude's Touratech-farkled 1150GS Adventure, but i'd wager he has less $$ in that farkled pig than any of the Sibirsky riders' individual machines. Hell, it looks in that pic like he still has the stock front shock
I am fully on board with "light is right" in this kind of travel, and i would rather have any
of the Sibirsky bikes than a big pig in this riding/terrain profile any day.
I just think a guy taking an off-the-rack
GS pig and adding some farkles and getting out there in the world
and not giving a second thought to fuel pumps etc
is worthy of a little more consideration
If my big fat oilhead GS were the only thing standing between me and Mongolia, i sure wouldn't sit at home