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Old 04-01-2012, 05:26 PM   #13
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The GS was born for dirty duty, but you have to spend a lot of coin to bring it up to acceptable suspension standards to fulfill that purpose. Then, its very capable offroad in "experienced" hands. I wouldn't recommend this option for such a novice dirt rider, as you have described yourself.

Keep the DR650 instead. Its a lot cheaper and less worrisome when you drop it in the rocks. Or, even consider downsizing your DR650 to something smaller for offroad self-training.

The DL1000 is a fine bike, and will certainly handle dirt roads adequately.

I do thoroughly enjoy my F800 on the tarmac. I'd just as soon ride it on the pavement, than anything else I've owned.

I've had LOTS of hardcore KLR time. Its more capable than most believe. I like my F800GS better than my KLR in every category. But, I've had a little practice riding too.....well, maybe a lot.

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