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Old 02-11-2011, 08:24 AM   #31
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I always say that my GS is the best bike for what I like to ride. Bad asphalt and good gravel. It will tear that up all day. Then hump it on the superslab home and with all the luggage you need.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:32 AM   #32
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What about field riding?
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:45 AM   #33
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What about field riding?
Not sure what you mean unless you stumble on a wide, open grassy meadow which any bike will ride through. It's the unknown which could get you in trouble on any bike, such as big ruts hidden under the grass. So, yes, the G/S is fine for grassy meadows as long as you can see what's in front of you.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:20 PM   #34
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:23 PM   #35
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ride it where ya wanta, fix it when it needs it, modifie it when ya wanta(less travel and beer money) losts of fun and starts conversations everywhere.

u knew this or u wouldn't be here




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Old 02-11-2011, 01:24 PM   #36
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:48 PM   #37
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:18 PM   #38
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Raven- I got a smell of the fresh grass when I saw your picture. Something we're lacking right now!!!
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:36 PM   #39
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Raven- I got a smell of the fresh grass when I saw your picture. Something we're lacking right now!!!
Ahhhh fresh grass

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Old 02-11-2011, 02:42 PM   #40
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mirrors turned up cause they keep hitting trees


andy maybe passing tru brimingham in a couple of weeks maybe we can grab lunch or a beer or a beer for lunch
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Old 02-11-2011, 03:10 PM   #41
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mirrors turned up cause they keep hitting trees


andy maybe passing tru brimingham in a couple of weeks maybe we can grab lunch or a beer or a beer for lunch
gimmee a hollar

I'll PM you my cell
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:13 PM   #42
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If you ask the KTM or KLR guys, they would say no, and argue that their flavor is the best.

I prefer BMW's due to the history, capability, parts availability (vast majority still at the dealer still), aftermarket parts (great selection, most well tested), the dealers (the majority understand and support riding and go out of their way to help an out-of-town rider in times of need, can't say this about Kawasaki and KTM) and mostly the BMW community as there is a wealth of knowledge and support out there.

Don't forget about value... BMW's costs more than other uses bikes, but airhead GS's hold value (G/S's are gaining value).

But back to capability.... search for Airhead Wrangler's trip though SA, and then see that there are tons more who have done the same....

in the end, capable enough for me!
As both an Airhead and a KLR guy I'd like to agree with what Solo says here. I'd much rather do a trip to South America on an Airhead than my KLR. The only sticking point for me is this: which bike would I be willing to just walk away from and leave behind forever should circumstances dictate. My KLR is a cheap-assed, built-to-a-price bike that does a lot of things well enough and is fun to ride. I love the stupid thing. My Airhead means much more to me personally than any bike I've ever owned, and I could not just leave it. It's a part of me.
Both bikes can be fixed with rocks, chewing gum and bailing wire, and I suspect that the capabilities are about equal, all things considered. Just something to think about...................



I could never afford anything built by KTM, so that is a moot point for me.
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:17 PM   #43
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The KLR is more difficult to work on though...
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:44 PM   #44
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Fields you say...

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Old 02-11-2011, 08:50 PM   #45
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The KLR is more difficult to work on though...

I'd call it a wash. I've had the Airhead for 17 years, so the mechanics are familiar to me. The KLR's been here for about 3 years, and I find it about as simple to work on as a liquid-cooled bike can get. The BMW also requires more specialized tools more often, which could pose a problem.

If I were headed out on a trip like the one that's been tossed around, I'd likely choose a DR650. Best of both worlds.

This is all just spitballing anyway, but it makes for some entertaining conversation.
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