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Old 03-19-2013, 04:27 PM   #16
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I did the Americas on a KLR650 and it was great. If I had to do it all over again (and I hope I do someday ) I would take a DRZ400. It's the perfect mix of light and powerful. The big CC bikes are great for cruising fast, but often times I found myself having the most fun on small tracks off the beaten path. The KLR was much lighter than the bike bikes, but not quite as nimble as the smaller bikes. Also, it's a pretty simple bike so any mechanic in the world can understand and fix it. So my two cents is for the DRZ400 (just get an aftermarket seat so your butt doesn't go numb!)

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Old 03-19-2013, 04:32 PM   #17
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The bike is just one part of doing the trip.
What are you looking for, if you even know.....yet?
Just a good idea is a great starting point.
Plant some mental flags, take off, and see how it goes.
Good experiences to you...
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:03 PM   #18
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I'd do it in a six cylinder Ford or Chevy pickup truck with a standard transmission and four wheel drive with a camper cover on the back.
excellent suggestion for a motorcycle forum.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:22 PM   #19
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excellent suggestion for a motorcycle forum.
He's quite f'ing right.
Take whatever might work, and is available...and go.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #20
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Klr rocks!

I've been thinking, and if I had to leave today i would pick a KLR 650 with a few mods.

Thats because of:
Its reliability
Really cheap to keep running
If it fails, really easy to repair
And of course, its cheaper than the big tourers

Now those are the reasons why, could you tell me why not to go on a klr or if you think that the klr is the right choice

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:52 PM   #21
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The bike is just one part of doing the trip.
What are you looking for, if you even know.....yet?
Just a good idea is a great starting point.
Plant some mental flags, take off, and see how it goes.
Good experiences to you...
We would like to visit a lot of amazing places, meet different cultures, ride on offroad routes, have a great adventure And be the first colombians that will attempt to make a RTW trip.
And as you said this is just an idea and it is becoming a plan and a project, i am so sure any trip always starts with a step and we are taking the first steps.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:04 PM   #22
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.... i am so sure any trip always starts with a step and we are taking the first steps.
So very true.
Nobody casts a line the same way at the same time.
What is unseen below the obvious surface are the treats and the great memories you bring up.

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Old 03-22-2013, 01:55 PM   #23
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The KLR or a DR are both great bikes for this trip.
Whatever you take, make sure all the bikes are the same and carry plenty of parts.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:35 PM   #24
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The best bike to take is the one you already have. In your case a GSA. Do some research and find out what breaks and do premptive maintainence and just go.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:41 PM   #25
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Of the bikes you've listed, the only one I would recommend for such a trip, as limitedly described, would be the DR650.

Do some research and make the best call you can for your expected needs.

Good riding to you...
If I did such a trip,Id take a DR,they work just well enough to do most anything,good on the road,good enough in the dirt,usually not in a huge hurry anyway for a long trip.
Any bike can break,but a DR stands as good a chance as any of making it.

No 550+ lb bikes for me,why ride huge?
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #26
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I would do it on my GSA, no hesitation because I'm 6'7 and I would want comfort too, dirt or pavement. That said, you can't go wrong with the KLR650, DR650 or SV650 is even better. I do like the DRZ400 too...nice bike and easy to work on. Like others have said, go with what you are comfortable with, there is something said to bikes that a simple and easy to repair. Good luck and have a great adventure!
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Old 03-31-2013, 01:37 PM   #27
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A RTW ride is my dream.

I think whatever I did it on, I'd want something that wasn't too expensive. That way if it developed some type of catastrophic problem I wouldn't feel bad walking off and leaving it.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:18 PM   #28
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Not been RTW but do have a KTM690 and had no problems at all with it so far. Don't think you can beat it regarding fun factor, really strong/quick and handles very well both on tarmac and gravel and can do very technical sections (at least if you're a better dirt rider than me). And much lighter than most options including bikes like DRZ400. Part availability is maybe biggest problem but from what read reliability is really good:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...postcount=1349

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...o-can-do-64860

Read somewhere that no one had ever regretted they didn't take a bigger bike for RTW...meaning many people take to big bikes.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:37 PM   #29
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I would ride your GS and get a GS for your son as well. IMO and I've done a lot of it; riding a 650 single cylinder like the DR or XR any distance is brutal. About 20 years ago I had as my only bike an XR650L and I rode it all over N.America. Even then as a 19 year old it killed me. I could ride maybe 45 minutes before I absolutely had to have a break. I have an XR650L still today and rarely ride it because it's just so uncomfortable. I've also owned a DR350 that I felt the same way about.

I think the GS is more than reliable enough for your trip.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:49 AM   #30
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I recently went through the process of picking a bike for a trip to South America that might extend to a RTW trip. I looked at many of the usual bikes and read a lot on Advrider and Horizons Unlimited. I ended up opting for the WR250R. It is light, very reliable, easy to work on, and has enough power for the trip.

At first it might seem on the small side, but consider the fact that in most of the places you will travel, people get around on little scooters or 125 and a 250 is a big bike with more than enough power. It can also cruise at highway speeds if need be.

This is probably not an option if you are going two-up.
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