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Old 04-08-2013, 10:30 AM   #46
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:38 PM   #47
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I'm moving on down to the 400cc class for world travel bikes.....
Take a gander at the DR350SE, specifically the '98 and '99 year models.

Just a suggestion....
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:54 PM   #48
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That does not look "practical" at all but I would love to attempt a RTW trip on that thing

about the other bikes, as I've said before im a huge fan of the klr, but I'm a bit concerned about it offroad "skills", have you done any serious offroad on one of those things and was it any good ? I mean do you feel like the motorcycle could take the bam in russia without beeing a pain in the a* for us?
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:49 AM   #49
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about the other bikes, as I've said before im a huge fan of the klr, but I'm a bit concerned about it offroad "skills", have you done any serious offroad on one of those things and was it any good ? I mean do you feel like the motorcycle could take the bam in russia without beeing a pain in the a* for us?[/QUOTE]




It's all down to a personal choice.
If you want the comfort and reliability of a BMW, you should get one. The 650GS is a great bike.
A DR650, another great bike, and lighter than the KLR.
The KLR is not pretty, heavy, but will run forever.
Off road? really, hOw much off road will you do on a fully loaded bike?

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Old 04-10-2013, 05:26 PM   #50
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Off road? really, hOw much off road will you do on a fully loaded bike?
And what is deemed a 'fully loaded bike' may very well answer that question.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:36 PM   #51
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amigo!!! why not a Falcon? they are like a KLR or DR only a little smaller and maybe lighter. They can be bough here in Mexico and in South America, I am just not sure about Colombia (ARgentina, Brazil no problem).

Also, engine aside, my friend yesterday said best, "I once drove a vulcan for about 80 km and I was ready to get of and leave it on the side of the road!!! The klr I drove it for 3500 km and IT FITS ME LIKE A GLOVE" So before you invest in a new bike, make sure you can ride it for hours at a time, there is no point in having a GSA or Adventure and not being able to sit on it for long periods of time.

Also, after you buy the bike, make adjustments to fit your needs!

When you come to Baja (and yes YOU HAVE TO) look me up! and some beer and cerveza will be on me!

Adios y buena suerte!!!

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Old 04-11-2013, 10:01 PM   #52
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Surprised no one has mentioned Walter Colebatch's modified Xchallenge?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=524638
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:41 AM   #53
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If I was going round the world I would buy something like a Honda wave, simple reliable can be fixed anywhere by anyone and think how much gas money you will save and also the cheapest purchase price. Imagine trying to get a fuel injector or ecu or something for a brand new ktm in the middle of Africa or something, also would be less of a target as you would blend in more and the money you save will let you travel further and for longer
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:03 AM   #54
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If I was going round the world I would buy something like a Honda wave,
this is one of the bikes you could consider if you have a lot of time, it is what I would like to do it on! Also consider getting stuck in the sand somewhere all alone! well you could just push it by your self, maybe some issues with range and been blow off road but other than that I do not see a problem.

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Old 04-20-2013, 01:41 PM   #55
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Lighter, smaller, better

I spent three years on a F650GS Dakar.

I'd run into people in South America and Southern Africa on big bikes, the serious travelers all agreed that shoulda had a bike like mine or smaller.

If I coulda loaded my gear on a 240 or 400, in retrospect, I woulda chosen even smaller.

Though I did run into two groups, each riding two-up on 650 V-Stroms, and will add a vote to that bike as I know you can get them in Colombia much cheaper than the Austrian or German adventure bikes. In South America, many Colombians I met on the road had V-Stroms.

I love my 650 and pushing 100k miles I haven't had any major problems.

But go smaller. The big bikes will only help you in those long pavamiento distances of British Colombia and Patagonia, and unless you're spending a lot of time in Western Europe, there's no need for anything bigger than a 650. Africa? 400/450 would be ideal.

I know this is a late post to this thread, but I thought I'd chime in anyway.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:10 PM   #56
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Surprised no one has mentioned Walter Colebatch's modified Xchallenge?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=524638
outstanding results if one's has a budget $$$$ for the mods !!!
does anyone know what total costs of prep when professionally done like Colebatch's BMW Xchallange?
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:02 AM   #57
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about the x challenge, they are REALLY dificult to get in Colombia, I mean they brought very few bikes, so they are difficult to get and also expensive as hell.

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I spent three years on a F650GS Dakar.

I'd run into people in South America and Southern Africa on big bikes, the serious travelers all agreed that shoulda had a bike like mine — or smaller.

If I coulda loaded my gear on a 240 or 400, in retrospect, I woulda chosen even smaller.

Though I did run into two groups, each riding two-up on 650 V-Stroms, and will add a vote to that bike as I know you can get them in Colombia much cheaper than the Austrian or German adventure bikes. In South America, many Colombians I met on the road had V-Stroms.

I love my 650 and pushing 100k miles I haven't had any major problems.

But go smaller. The big bikes will only help you in those long pavamiento distances of British Colombia and Patagonia, and unless you're spending a lot of time in Western Europe, there's no need for anything bigger than a 650. Africa? 400/450 would be ideal.

I know this is a late post to this thread, but I thought I'd chime in anyway.
about the f650gs how was your experience with the bike? was it hard to find parts ? was the fuel injection a problem ?

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Old 04-23-2013, 07:19 AM   #58
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Friends with BMW 650 singles are not experiencing problems. Fuel injection systems (fuel pumps, filters, injector nozzles, ECUs) with modern electronics and manufacturing are, so far, proving as reliable (if not better) than older and simpler systems (electronic ignition and wear-prone carburetors). My new KTM 500 EXC has received rave reviews for reliability and fun. Mine mirrors that opinion. Would it work as a RTW bike? For me, yes. I know its design limits (made light for better racing characteristics so you have a light sub frame, for example). If I were not so familiar with this bike I would probably choose the 650 BMW single.

Parts? They are going to be equally difficult to obtain for any brand in most remote parts of the world. BMW singles are not known for needing them. Neither are the other bikes mentioned repeatedly (DRs, KLRs and the 690 KTM). I mentioned in another RTW thread that my cousin bought a very used and abused Zundapp 175 c.c. two stroke in India for about $100 and rode it without trouble to the outskirts of Berlin before it had a terminal melt down. Just pick a bike and GO!! I'm older now and am having friends die that never made the trip of their dreams. Don't let that happen to you.

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Old 04-24-2013, 04:29 AM   #59
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One area you need to consider regards wheels and tires when it comes to maintenance. However, Wheel or tire size depends on your motorcycle. There are some which require specific sizes of wheels or tires. Another thing that matters is compatibility. You need to check on how compatible the tires/wheels are with your motorbike brand. This should take care of the future of your wheels and tires after a significant period of use since some also tend to lose their fitting...

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Old 06-01-2013, 02:27 AM   #60
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You could always try a Honda C90 ;)

This guy is genius

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