AFRICA TWIN? KTM 1090? BMW f800gs? Which bike should I get ?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by brendin666, Aug 9, 2017.

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Africa twin? BMW f800gs? KTM 1090?

  1. KTM 1090 adventure

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    31.8%
  2. Honda Africa twin

    68 vote(s)
    61.8%
  3. BMW F800gs

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    6.4%
  1. brendin666

    brendin666 Adventurer

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    View attachment 932458 Getting rid of my harley.
    Iam excited to be getting an ADV bike.its happening!
    Doing research on these bikes . Planning on goin far . I'm 70% street 30% off road rider. Not much of a mechanic. I Can perform basics to survive and get by. I love all 3 of these bikes but I have to figure out whitch one is realistic for me.

    Leaning towards AT for its reliability/ easy maintenance and cheaper price but I have to put crash bars and center stand ect on it .

    But Iam in love with the KTM 1090. Already has everything I need but Iam intimidated with my lack of knowledge and future maintenance $

    BMW I've only heard great things . Also intimidated with lack of knowledge .

    Anyone out there riding any of these bikes ? Likes ? Dislikes ? Experience on rides ? Problems ? Maintenance ? Anything helps .
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  2. Bhart89

    Bhart89 Been here awhile

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    You can't go wrong with any of these three bikes. I chose AT for the perceived edge on the others in reliability. I couldn't be happier with my choice. Ride them all and pick the one that makes you smile the biggest.
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  3. Diamondman

    Diamondman Always bringing up the rear, but still having FUN!

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    I have a BMW F800GSA and love it, 15,000 trouble free miles. I wouldn't get the gsa version, but I bought it used With almost 1000 miles on it. If I had it to do again, the Katie M would prob get my $$, as the higher performance would sway me that way.
    In all actuality, you've picked the best three bikes I know of in the Adv category. Ride'em and consider who's the better dealer locally to you.
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  4. brendin666

    brendin666 Adventurer

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    thank you very much for the input ! Can't wait to ride
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  5. brendin666

    brendin666 Adventurer

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    Awesome yea the performance is very attractive . I really want the KTM more than any of these 3 but Iam intimidated that working on it maybe more difficult and that parts and access to them on the road maybe hard to come by and Or more expensive . But I don't know that . I got no experience with any of these companies other than Honda . Good to know you have 15k trouble free miles with the BMW . I also love that bike .
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  6. CDN Rick

    CDN Rick Canoodia Eh?

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    Have a good local dealer
    Then get whatever one puts a bigger smile on your face.

    Life is too short to ride boring bikes so get whatever makes you want to get out and ride most.
    I'd have a hard time picking between those three. So I'm not going to. I'm waiting until next year until the Yamaha T7 "Tenere" comes out (fingers crossed) because that's what I think will make me smile most.

    If Yamaha doesn't bring the bike to Canada I think I'll pull the trigger on an Africa Twin.
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  7. docgonzo

    docgonzo Old Gadfly

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    Wrong thread. This is the Thumper area. Single cylinders.

    That being said, I've had a 950 KTM (the SE), a GS, and now the Africa Twin. I love Honda reliability. I love that my Honda dealer is 2 miles from my office and is reliable. I love that if I travel around the country, or other countries, that I'm going to have a better chance of finding a Honda dealer and parts.

    KTM's are like dating a super model. People will be jealous. You will love looking at it. But beware, they can be high maintenance! When they work, though, they are definitely the ultimate adrenaline rush you can get on a dirt bike.
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    lvscrvs Long timer

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  9. brendin666

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    Awesome good to know . Yea I didn't know where to post . I'm a total noob on this site . Thank you for the info. . And I couldn't agree more and Iam for sure scared of dating the super model . That's my main concern haha!
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  10. brendin666

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  11. Motomochila

    Motomochila Moto Scientist and time traveler

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    I voted for the AT, as I own one now, but I sold an 800 to buy it. As an entry bike and a novice adventure rider, I'd buy the BMW 800 used and go riding. The deals on fully farkled 800's with low miles is amazing. $10k for a loaded bike. It will do everything you dream of in the beginning. After a drop or two, three camping trips, a BDR, and many road miles, you can move up. I currently own a 2016 BMW 1200 GS, 2017 AT, and a 2016 Multistrada. The AT is the best off-road, but the worst on road for the three I have, and only marginally better than the 800 on the road. The more you ride in the dirt you will see the prowess of the AT, but again, a softly used 800 will be around $10k and give you all the adventures you desire.

    Jerry 40k per year off-road.
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  12. amchev

    amchev n00b

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    I agree with Motomochila. I had my heart set on an Africa Twin but got a sweet deal on a used F800GS (2/3 the otd price of the AT) so I went that route.
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  13. brendin666

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    Awesome ! Thank you for the advice ! Checkin out Craig's list for sure .
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  14. brendin666

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    Good to know !!! Excited to check out the used market .
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    "honda reliability"
    "ktm maintenance"

    :rofl


    Regardless of bike choice, do keep in mind that lifting a +220kg bike gets old pretty quick.
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  16. Sertguy

    Sertguy Been here awhile

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    Get whichever is the best deal. With that said, it will likely be a BMW, cause The resale value sucks ass. Wish I would've bought mine used. I do love that bike tho.


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  17. Motomochila

    Motomochila Moto Scientist and time traveler

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    I ride my KTM 690 for almost all off-road excursions. Just did the NVBDR on the 690. I will never ride my AT or any other 500 lb motorcycle on a BDR route again.
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  18. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

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    I thought I'd see how this panned out first and since no one had mentioned it, I will:

    I'd not want to ride any of those bikes off road. They're too heavy and have too much plastic to break. Off pavement, sure. But not off road.

    So for 30% off road as the OP stated, off recommend something along the lines of a proper dual sport. DR650, WR250R, XR650, KTM690, KTM xxxEXC, plated enduro, etc.

    No beast of an adventure bike is going to be appropriate when the road ends and the trails start. They're really just too heavy, overpowered, and lacking ground clearance.

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  19. Motomochila

    Motomochila Moto Scientist and time traveler

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    There you're wrong. Big adventure bikes will and do go almost everywhere. I personally did the AZBDR on a 1200 GSA, and had a blast. I rode that same GSA across Eastern Europe off-road and loved it. If you want to ride a dirt bike with plates, like I do, then the thumper is the ticket, but the comfort level lacks substantially. That's why I own a 690 and an Africa Twin for the trials. Ten days on the trail with my 690 is OK. Three months isn't. But to each his own. Lucky for me, I can afford as many bikes as I want, but for the casual adventure rider, nothing beats an adventure bike from any of the top brands. Just not good for trail riding all the time, but on occasion it will take any competent rider anywhere they want to go.
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  20. ArkieRider

    ArkieRider Been here awhile

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    Before going to Craigslist....You need to be checking out the flea market here! There are a couple of AT's, several 800's and even a 1090 listed !!
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