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Old 06-24-2015, 10:29 AM   #1
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Will you ride your BMW RT on dirt? post up.

Life has changed and the KTM 950 is heading west without me. Replacement, 2015 BMW R1200RT. Just so happens that I pick it up before our annual ADVrider Smokin Hole Rally. SO the rally route has us going over a few mountains on the tour, mind you , not single track, just some dirt roads. Hey , its time to get her dirty, and Its lightly raining too. The RT surely is capable enough, and I actually felt pretty comfortable venturing on the dirty side of things. I took note of these things: 1. YOU can stand and actually have a very comfortable position doing so. 2. Suspension travel is limited , but there is plenty for un improved roads. 3, it doesn't get near as dirty as I thought it would 4 Traction control can be bothersome on occasion. 4 Gearing is pretty good for some moderate climbs 4 the hill assist is a cool invention. Post up your ventures on your RT. I'm still attracted to dirt in one form or another.


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Old 06-24-2015, 02:12 PM   #2
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Old 06-25-2015, 04:13 AM   #3
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I would not turn around if the road suddenly turned to gravel, but I would not intentionally take the RT in the dirt...same with the Electra Glide. I have had the Electra Glide on some pretty washed out roads, two-up that caused a bit of a pucker factor (for my pillion too). At that point I was too far in and expected the situation to change soon, which it did. Wrestling a 900 pound motorcycle two-up in the dirt is something everybody should try at least once.

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Old 06-25-2015, 05:16 AM   #4
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All the time. Even took a rental RT off road in Croatia.

My buddy, on his Roadking, and I passed a long parade of ATV's and Jeeps a couple of weeks ago. They were holding us up. We were covered head to toe in dust. We were pissed the ATV's and jeep guys were driving like pussy's. Had a good laugh at their expense when we stopped for a water break. Both of us have BMW Adventure bikes; but, they both were in the shop.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:43 AM   #5
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Did a few times and I thought it sucked. Felt super-sketchy especially with tire psi in the 30's. Too much front weight bias on that 17" to be comfortable, imo.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:41 AM   #6
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All the time. Even took a rental RT off road in Croatia.

My buddy, on his Roadking, and I passed a long parade of ATV's and Jeeps a couple of weeks ago. They were holding us up. We were covered head to toe in dust. We were pissed the ATV's and jeep guys were driving like pussy's. Had a good laugh at their expense when we stopped for a water break. Both of us have BMW Adventure bikes; but, they both were in the shop.

THATS the spirit.. I found that once your comfortable in dirt situations, pretty much any bike will do..
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:43 AM   #7
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Did a few times and I thought it sucked. Felt super-sketchy especially with tire psi in the 30's. Too much front weight bias on that 17" to be comfortable, imo.
My former KTM 950, weight bias to the front,.... crazyness. BUT you adjust.
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:11 PM   #8
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I would ride any RT off road EXCEPT my own. Why tear up a nice road bike?
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Old 06-25-2015, 08:36 PM   #9
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THATS the spirit.. I found that once your comfortable in dirt situations, pretty much any bike will do..
Had this discussion yesterday with a friend and I agree and have ridden dirt roads on my 1150RT but wouldn't do it with a new one unless the road was fairly smooth and gravel free. Having said that to my friend, I also explained that while you can do it there are better bikes for the job.

So is it an adventure if you ride a street bike? Of course it is!



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Old 06-26-2015, 11:05 AM   #10
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Dry dirt / gravel is no problem, even 2 up. Deepish sand over an inch or two is to be avoided at all costs. I went down twice in the NJ pine barrens after the nice damp sand started drying out on the road (trail?) to my campsite.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:52 PM   #11
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Sorry, what I meant by not riding a new one on gravel roads is that I wouldn't want to scratch and chip the fairings or any other bits.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:04 PM   #12
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I had a K100RT that I drove on some dirt roads around here and while it was doable it wasn't comfortable. The Suzuki GS650E I have now is much more at home on maintained dirt roads, I don't think I will try any single track though.
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:17 PM   #13
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I would take my RT off road,but not very far,,anyway take a peep at this you tubey!!!! what a laugh https://youtu.be/CqgEl53x7CM
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Old 07-03-2015, 02:40 PM   #14
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I would take my RT off road,but not very far,,anyway take a peep at this you tubey!!!! what a laugh https://youtu.be/CqgEl53x7CM
OMG!!!! That was flipping hilarious!!! Thanks for posting.

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