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Old 12-23-2013, 09:03 AM   #46
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at for sure

i would take an AFRICA TWIN . i have a KTM 950 and it would not be my first choice.
it's funny because when i first saw episode 1 or 2 they have at least 1 or 2 africa twins parked in their warehouse space.
not sure who they belong to or maybe they were just props.

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Old 12-23-2013, 09:29 AM   #47
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With the support that these guy's had I would ride any bike, but...
In the real world it would be Africa Twin , Super Tenere 1200 or 660 , Transalp would be a good choice as well . I'm a bigger guy (6'3" 250lbs. no I'm not fat ) so I need a bigger , roomier bike . Really not a BMW or KTM because of the reliability and everything that comes with that .
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:57 AM   #48
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Bullshit.They were way overloaded,The KTM would have been no better,maybe worse.And you right Ewan had no idea.
But without Ewan there would have been no show for us to cry and whinge about
Isn't the KTM is far closer to a dirtbike than the GS? More travel, lighter weight. It was their fault they overpacked but you have to start somewhere.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:05 AM   #49
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If I'm paying for it then my Super Tenere. If someone else is paying than I'll ride whatever they want me to.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:34 AM   #50
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Their first choice was a 990 Adventure.. and that would be what I would use.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:38 AM   #51
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What's sad is that KTM Adventure would have been such a better choice, although still not even close to what I'd take. Fucking Euwan was so dead set on the BMW too, he had no idea what he was getting himself into.
I doubt KTM would had been a better choice. It is perhaps what some of us would like to have seen in the movie. But let's be realistic here: KTM was actually not ready to provide that level of support during those days, it was too much of a gamble, nor the bikes were ready for that abuse. Today it would had been a different story. Maybe.

But what is the criteria for "better" choice? Maybe you have a point here. It would had been better because we would had seen more action when they were riding and I bet we would had seen more drama as well (more Charlie wheeling and more Ewing crashing and both bitching about the bikes).
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:58 AM   #52
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I was just saying that based on how much better the 990 Adventure would have been in the dirt. Beyond that who knows.
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Old 12-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #53
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I'd probably go with a KLR. Get a newer one, spend a couple of G's on suspension and few other upgrades and be all set.. A Yammie T-660 would be a great alternative if I could actually get my hands on one..!
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #54
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I was just saying that based on how much better the 990 Adventure would have been in the dirt. Beyond that who knows.
Actually the KTM was the first choice really because Ewan agreed to let Charley have his way by approaching KTM. However, as we know now, Ewan must have been delighted when KTM said no.
It really worked out for Charley since as he seems to be "retained" by BMW....doing the Dakar on a BMW, advertising etc.
I think Ewan is also a big Moto Guzzi fan.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:36 PM   #55
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The 990 ktm and 1200 yamaha werent made yet
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:13 PM   #56
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The 990 ktm and 1200 yamaha werent made yet
Pretty sure they ment the 950 adv... That bike is pretty bullet proof and would have been my choice for sure
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:28 PM   #57
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It's been said before, but a WR450 if street-legal would seem ideal.
Even a street-legal WR450F would have to be taken apart every other day for servicing because of its high state of tune. Something like a hypothetical WR500R (a twin version of the WR250R) or CCM GP450 (which is based on a detuned BMW 450 engine) would work OK.

I think our perspective on LWR is skewed because most of the footage was of the muddier bits while in reality, there was a LOT of slabbing pavement at 80mph - unlike e.g. the Sibirsky Extreme, which made a point to stay predominantly off-road. Something to keep in mind if you want to go around the globe - it's a lot of slabbing and if you have the support, it might be worth taking a bigger bike for the long stretches at 80mph.

On the other hand, the R1200GS (and most other bikes in that class) goes 6,000 miles between valve checks, someone correct me if I'm wrong. A WR250R goes 26,000 miles between valve checks, and the rest of the upkeep is also simpler IMO. As we know, a fully loaded WR250R with 100lbs of gear will weigh 400lbs while a fully loaded GS will easily top 600lbs. The proportionate difference in weight between the bikes will become narrower as you add more gear.

If I did LWR and took the route they did (complete with superslabbing) I think I'd want to be comfortable on the highway and just get my buddy to help me lift the thing out of the mud. So I'd take a Tiger 800 XC
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:53 PM   #58
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On the other hand, the R1200GS (and most other bikes in that class) goes 6,000 miles between valve checks, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
Tex 16,000Km (10,000 mile)
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KTM 950 15,000 km (9,321 miles) ?
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:11 PM   #59
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I'd take a Goldwing, of course. Those S10's are overrated.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:39 PM   #60
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No ones mentioned it, but I think an XR400 would be a great choice. I like the thoughts on a African Twin and the KLR, too.
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