2018 TAT and CDT Motorcycle Choice

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  1. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    Hi All,

    I'm planning to ride the TAT and CDT next summer. Currently I ride a Super Tenere but would prefer to have a lightweight motorcycle for this journey. I'm 6'2", 275 pounds. My riding style is fastishhh on improved surfaces and cautious / slow on technical surfaces.

    I'm leaning towards a WR 250R with beefed up suspension. Any recommendations are appreciated.
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  2. rcrampton

    rcrampton Been here awhile

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    How much gear do you anticipate carrying (hotels vs camping)? Are you riding the whole TAT and sticking to it fairly strictly? I rode the TAT (give or take some small and large detours to see sights and friends) 2 years ago and loved it. With my camping gear and the highway miles I am very glad I had a larger bike, an XR650L. Had I been doing hotels and riding all of the most technical sections I'm sure I'd have enjoyed losing a few pounds. I ride fast'ish on the roads but careful off-road, especially because I was riding this trip solo and some of that stuff was very remote.
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  3. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    DR650 is hard to beat. Especially for someone your size.

    Did you actually "hike" the Eiger?
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  4. Roktman

    Roktman Been here awhile

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    Hey Eigerhiker, good questions by rcrampton and comment by 2old2bold, I’m 220 and 6’2”, I think the DR 650 is a great daulsport, here’s my take, unless your short and fat,aftermarket high bend bars and 2”Rox risers,lowered foot pegs,seat concepts high seat,tires,6.6 gal acerbis tank,bash plate, ”highway dirt bikes bark busters and mirrors, “wolfman ballistic expedition duffle and side bags and “ enduro” tank bag, Mojave rear shock and springs and emulators in front,folding shifter, engine performance completely stock with motolab needle with washer at 4 th position and good air filter gives me dead reliability and 50 to 55 mph,pack light no reason to have over 25 lbs ,talk to a serious backpacker,get good at changing tires and get an inreach, ,have a blast
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  5. MX Engineer

    MX Engineer MX Racer

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    I'd buy a KTM 690 or better a Husky 701. Long oil change intervals, great suspension, light bike reflexes and behavior, can ride on freeways too.
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  6. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    640 Adventure
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  7. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Have to throw a 3rd vote for the Suzuki DR650. When bought new...they are a lot less money than the KTMs or Huskys. When bought as a used bike, they are half the price of a KTM or a Husky, yet.............the DR650 is more than twice as reliable, and less than half the cost to maintain. The aftermarket accessory availablity for the DR650 is far superior than what is out there for the KTMs and Huskys, and aftermarket parts cost LESS for the DR650, than what they cost for the KTMs or Huskys.

    For what it would cost to buy a 640 Adventure (sorry @larryboy)...:ricky...you could buy a DR650, fit it out with all the extra riding gear you need for this TAT & CDT, and still have change left over for a cup of coffee. :-)

    But....if you prefer to make a video while riding, of you jumping off a cliff, with one arm stretched out reaching for a Mt. Dew or RedBull, while your friends at home are living their lives vicariously through the videos you are taking of you jumping off cliffs....then by all means buy a 640 Adventure, or a 690, or...better yet...a Husky 701.
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    PittsDriver Been here awhile

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  9. juno

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    I think at your size a 250 might be a tad small, especially in the high passes. Stick with one of the 650's that you can make comfortable and stretch the cockpit.
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  10. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    Hey guys,

    Thanks for the thoughtful responses! to be honest I forgot about the DR650. KTM's are great (I have an EXC 300) but I am interested in something more straightforward and easily maintained and repaired by me. I used to have a KLR650, great bike but taking off the fairings always kind of bothered me, especially with the SW Motech crash bars installed. maybe I should have kept it but that's in the past.

    I plan to hotel / motel as much as possible. I will carry camping gear but hope to pack as light as possible as my gear and riding suit average around 30 pounds. I will modify the suspension accordingly. here's a picture of my former KLR with the luggage I will use on this trip,

    KLR1.jpg
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  11. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    Tewster2 Long timer

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    +1 for the DR
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  13. eakins

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    Above 6' KLR for sure if he wants Japanese.
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  14. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    The thought of building up another KLR after selling the one I had is a little depressing to me. With the right suspension works, do you believe a DR would be suitable for my size?

    Here's a random internet picture of a DR650, this is the set-up I would aim for,

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  15. eakins

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    Yes with a tall Seat Concepts seat and ProCycle lowered footpegs.

    A pumper carb really wakes the motor up.
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  16. Jetdr21

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    Another +! for the DR. Call Cogent for Suspension work.. Rick does wonders..
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    I don't get the idea of carrying camping gear if you are going to be staying in motels most of the time. Usually it is the other way around. Guys plan to camp most of the time with an occasional motel night.

    I rode a KLR for a long time (6 years 30k miles) on trips like this, but switched to a 690 a few years ago. The 690 is a lot more fun and worth the cost for me. I always stay in motels.
    I am 6' 3" and weigh 225 #.
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  18. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    I carry lightweight camping gear in case I get stuck on the trail, find an "epic" spot or someone from the tent space thread has an opening. I did a month long trip earlier this year, stayed in hotels 20 of the 30 nights. Have no regrets about carrying the camping gear. It all fits in a Wolfman duffel secured to the pillion seat.

    KTM 690 is tempting, I've considered selling my 300 and getting one. I'm not sure I want an in between bike that costs that much. I really like having a big bike and a small bike. Whatever I build up for the trip will most likely be sold afterword's.
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  19. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    Sorry, missed the Eiger question. As my name suggests I have hiked around the Eiger. No technical climbing, just hiking with a guide :-)
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  20. Eigerhiker

    Eigerhiker "This is an Adventure"

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    Thanks for the suggestion.
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