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Old 12-21-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Which bike would you have taken the Long Way Round?

So I'm watching it for the 6th time and the 1200GS would not have been my choice. Just wondering what you guys would have chosen.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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Free makes the choice much easier.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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Yamaha WR250R be my choice.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
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They took the 1150GSA. They were provided.
Give me any friggin machine and a full support crew and I would give it a shot.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:33 PM   #5
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If I really needed to get home someday and didn't have truckloads of support personnel, I'd have to go with something smaller/lighter and way more reliable. KLR isn't the best bike in the world, but that'd be my choice on THAT journey. Trip across the US with a BMW shop every couple hundred miles, I might have a different answer.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
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Free makes the choice much easier.
I don't think any of us are going to get a free bike and support, so what would you choose?

Don't forget they did a TON of slabbing
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:45 PM   #7
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dr650, hands down. wr250r a close 2nd. dr is simpler
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:48 PM   #8
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A friend of mine left Lands End, Great Britain and went around to Cape Spear, Newfoundland this summer on a DR650. A little less road friendly than the KLR but a little better on the crappy stuff. He left his GSA at home. Made sense to me.
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:07 PM   #9
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BMW had a 650 at the time, why didn't they give them one of those?
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #10
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I don't think any of us are going to get a free bike and support, so what would you choose?

Don't forget they did a TON of slabbing
Alright

A KLR with 3-4k on the clock.
Any real issues that could be problems on a trip should have been discovered
within 3-4,000 mi.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:04 PM   #11
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KLR or XR650L. Either of which with a hell of a lot of mods, especially to the XR's seat
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:27 PM   #12
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Wow, did he fit the deep wading kit?

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A friend of mine left Lands End, Great Britain and went around to Cape Spear, Newfoundland this summer on a DR650. A little less road friendly than the KLR but a little better on the crappy stuff. He left his GSA at home. Made sense to me.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:33 PM   #13
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dr650, hands down. wr250r a close 2nd. dr is simpler
Yup,something reliable and simple and not so damn gigantic that it defeats the rider when swamps/rocks/tricky bits come up.

DR650 works,cruises easily at hiway speed,set it up how you like it and go.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:47 PM   #15
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BMW had a 650 at the time, why didn't they give them one of those?
Because the 1st time it got rained on, the main fuse box would have filled up with water and corroded.

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