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Old 12-22-2012, 11:33 AM   #4126
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Old 12-22-2012, 12:18 PM   #4127
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Yes, the GS is a great bike to carry a passenger long distances. the continually improving adjustable suspension really help that too.

You erroneously presume i have not ridden in the dirt. I do admit that as an old fart I do little of that now, but for many years I was an active enduro rider and competed in New England Trail rider events. Enduros in those days, before some many land closures and other rules, consisted of a marked trees thru the woods(no trail), up brooks, across fields. the A level riders started first with only those signs (many got lost but that was part of the challenge), the B riders came next, by the time the C riders came you could call it a single track route. (ps my best bike for this was a 220lb Bultaco)

While I have not ridden the new GS, I have ridden earlier versions, a 2011 last summer most recently. I've traveled a bit too, many of the remote northern roads in all of the canadian provinces(except nunavit sp?))..alaska too.

I do like the looks of the wasser boxer....will be going to the NYC show to see it.
I think you misunderstood, I never presumed anything about your riding history...simply suggested that you ride the NEW GS in the dirt before you make up your mind about its capabilities.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:25 AM   #4128
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So I'm not the only idiot who can drop the bike in maybe 2" of sand.


Sir,
You started out in the correct direction, by replacing the tires before riding in the sand.
But you're basically only half way.
I think you forgot to replace the rear tire

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Old 12-24-2012, 04:52 PM   #4129
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So I'm not the only idiot who can drop the bike in maybe 2" of sand.



Every time I tried to lift it the front end walked away from me.
I know it says Gelände und Strasse but I think you should chose one or the other for your tires
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:08 PM   #4130
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One nice thing about having bought a Rallye edition camhead this spring is that there'll probably be a special edition of the wethead by the time I can afford one.

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Old 12-24-2012, 06:26 PM   #4131
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If i am lucky I will be able to buy your *(or someones) Rally edition. Take good care of it for me.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:29 PM   #4132
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If i am lucky I will be able to buy your *(or someones) Rally edition. Take good care of it for me.
Count on it. Ask the guy who bought my 1150.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:43 PM   #4133
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Sir,
You started out in the correct direction, by replacing the tires before riding in the sand.
But you're basically only half way.
I think you forgot to replace the rear tire

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It would be nice if I could blame the tires, but this was 100% rider error.

Error 1a: it was a hard pack road with little sand or gravel. This road could easily be done on a powered wheelchair. It was so easy I wasn't paying attention. I was sitting on the saddle, not standing on the pegs, and most emphatically not looking where I was going.

Error 1b: Not looking resulted in the bike aiming for the only spot of maybe 2" deep soft stuff on the entire road.

Error2: When I finally noticed where I was going I cut power to ensure that the front end would dig in as deep as possible into the little sand that existed.

The pig is heavy. The new LC sounds like it will be just as heavy. I can only hope that if I'm going to keep doing stupid stuff like that the LC will be easier to pick up.

Merry Christmas, all.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:25 AM   #4134
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I know it says Gelände und Strasse but I think you should chose one or the other for your tires
This setup (street rear with knobby front) is how many riders roll, especially in western USA... The long distances eat the rear knobbies, and the front wheel is the one that benefits most from the added traction.


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Old 12-27-2012, 10:35 PM   #4135
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This setup (street rear with knobby front) is how many riders roll, especially in western USA... The long distances eat the rear knobbies, and the front wheel is the one that benefits most from the added traction.
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Don't you need the traction where the power is, i.e. rear wheel?
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:24 AM   #4136
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Don't you need the traction where the power is, i.e. rear wheel?
Back slides can be controlled but if the front washes out you usually crash. That said, I prefer knobbies on both ends for offroading.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:08 AM   #4137
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How soon will we get a test by a bike mag on the 2013???
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:22 AM   #4138
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How soon will we get a test by a bike mag on the 2013???
February is the press day.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:26 AM   #4139
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Back slides can be controlled but if the front washes out you usually crash. That said, I prefer knobbies on both ends for offroading.
True. On a large trailie the front is most important. The rear though, wears twice as fast as a front knobbie, so a standard GS style tire will last about the same as a knobby front, meaning you can get close to 10K miles from a set, and still do plenty of pavement.

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Old 12-28-2012, 05:24 PM   #4140
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True. On a large trailie the front is most important. The rear though, wears twice as fast as a front knobbie, so a standard GS style tire will last about the same as a knobby front, meaning you can get close to 10K miles from a set, and still do plenty of pavement.

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Yes, but... the knobbies are not very good as knobbies after about 8K miles. They are fine as street tires as long as you don't mind a somewhat rougher ride for the last 2K. At 10-11 K the knobs have turned into a wedge, with one edge having lots of lift and the other edge at the wear bars.

I suppose I should head down to may favorite dealer and remind them that I exist as well as tell them to call when they get an LC in for test rides. It's been a long time since I stepped into the show room.
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