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Old 12-21-2013, 03:49 PM   #16
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Wow, did he fit the deep wading kit?
When he arrived at Cape Spear he texted his friend in England that he had gone as far as he could.

A few moments later received a text that said" A real man would have put it in a boat and started rowing". We roared with laughter.
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:00 PM   #17
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:01 PM   #18
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In the Same class of bike -

YAMAHA Super Tenere. No question. Overbuilt, under stressed.

Support vehicle free zone. All of them..

Nick Sanders - On his own - Done - Bike and accessories supplied. Same bike still going. Still leading tours.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dg7MJxeI4I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yxcBRvQVmM


Davide Biga - on his own - Done - bike supplied
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3rm...kpcaV7g-QjmEQP

Trevor Angel - On his own (current) - Self funded
https://plus.google.com/photos/10763...JzDjfTCsqDB3AE
http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2147530

Ray and Karen - On their own. (current) Self funded
http://www.raykarenhall.blogspot.com.au/

And the bike will handle a fair bit of off road unladen. The bike was built for this stuff, not Cafe Adventure Touring

DL650 can handle a fair bit of shtick...
http://travellingstrom.com/

For lesser loads and even lesser roads..
The mighty DR650.

Plenty of stuff out there about them.

Same thing, overbuilt, under stressed.

On the other hand, if you want to look cool...

Well then you'd have to go with the big Advertising / Support vehicle brands.
Charlie wanted KTM. KTM saw Ewen and said no. Silly KTM. So they got BMW, staff and support vehicles.
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:09 PM   #19
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He needs a dory from here: http://www.doryshop.com/

I got a tour of the place some years ago. It's the oldest continuously operating boat building shop in North America.

I'd look for as light a bike that I could to do the job, 650 or below. The DRZ400 wouldn't be a bad choice. After all, if you have a film crew following you, it's not necessary to carry a ton of gear. I rode a borrowed GS1200 off-road in slimy conditions, and found it to be a real handful. Even a KLR is significantly over porked for really strenuous stuff. I don't have any direct experience with the WR250, but it appears to be a very competent machine. When I rode with ADVRich in the spring, he was kicking my butt.

It's been said before, but a WR450 if street-legal would seem ideal.

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When he arrived at Cape Spear he texted his friend in England that he had gone as far as he could.

A few moments later received a text that said" A real man would have put it in a boat and started rowing". We roared with laughter.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:33 PM   #20
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Fully supported with helicopters, jets, vans , medical and rolling bike shops?

Run what ya brung. Hopefully the bike you have in the garage is the bike you like, mine happens to be a 800 XC.
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Old 12-21-2013, 06:38 PM   #21
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Fully supported with helicopters, jets, vans , medical and rolling bike shops?

Run what ya brung. Hopefully the bike you have in the garage is the bike you like, mine happens to be a 800 XC.
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:55 PM   #22
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There is something to be said for a bike you know. You either know it won't make it or you know what it needs to make it.

I like the way you think.

Everybody has a different skill set and riding style. Pick the bike that suits your style. Not everyone would want to ride a DR or a KLR.
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Old 12-21-2013, 09:29 PM   #23
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Paul Emery did it with a Triumph Scrambler.
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:41 AM   #24
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It's easier to think what I would not take for this trip:

anything 700cc and upwards
probably not a twin/triple

So, what would I take?

Probably an xt660z tenere, dr650, xr650
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:57 AM   #25
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Klr..

This would be my choice. Anyone can fix it. Parts available everywhere.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:08 AM   #26
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In their situation (carrying camera equipment, spare everything, etc), Yamaha Super Tenere. That's an easy one.

If I were to do it solo, Yamaha Tenere (bought overseas) or the wr250 (I'd look pretty funny on one being 6'5", 250 lbs...).
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:13 AM   #27
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:14 AM   #28
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An airhead BMW would be hard to beat in my book. Great reliability and it would really work well on the 1000's of miles of roads that aren't the high drama parts.

Of course I think a Scrambler would be great too with a 6 gallon gas tank.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:48 PM   #29
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Not a Norton. If Che Guevara and his buddy had the option of riding the "Long Way Up", say on a Yamaha Super Tenere, history would had been different. They would have cruised to Miami with no drama and no revolution. Read the speculated story here.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #30
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DR650se, Tenere 660, or the one you can afford and really like because you are going to invest a lot of time on it

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