F800GS: Off-Road ?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Tigrou, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

    Feb 12, 2007
    The Kingdom of Kent
    I've got to get myself out to the West Coast sometime to ride these roads and meet up with some of you guys.

    Welcome bubwould! :thumb
  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

    Feb 11, 2003
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Yes Paul, you should! bubwould is right, Hwy. 36 is one of those rides you'll never get enough of. I'll go 100 miles out of my way on trips to the San Francisco Bay area just to detour along its length. And (in keeping with the theme of this thread) the off-pavement opportunities around here are almost limitless. In fact, there's some high-desert riding a just east of here


    that takes you to a place in the Hart Mtn. Antelope Refuge that's farther from any Interstate highway than anywhere else in the lower 48 states.

    A little farther east is Steens Mtn., where you can ride up a dirt road to 9500 ft. the summit. I tell you, there are a lot worse places in this country to ride a motorcycle!


    Oh, and bubwould, it's the State of Jefferson, not Jackson! Get your hopeless separatist movements right, man! :lol3

  3. bubwould

    bubwould Redneck Hippie

    Dec 25, 2008
    Top of California
    Oh, and bubwould, it's the State of Jefferson, not Jackson! Get your hopeless separatist movements right, man! :lol3


    HA! :D It was early.... no uhhh, I was thinking of the town Jacksonville!

    Even tho Ive ridden a lot of tarmac and dirt trails around here, never owned a dual sport. And I am very excited to explore some of these dirt roads. Need to get up into Oregon and do the same! A few years ago, we rode back from a BMW rally in Spokane, and came through Hells Canyon, WOW! It was beautiful! This last summer, rode up to Missoula through Idaho on hwy 95, then 12, seems like along different rivers the whole way. Unfortunately it was a quick trip, with no time to detour and explore, but kept thinking "when that GS comes in, Im coming back here".

    Yesterday, while checking out a dirt road near Shasta Pond, it starting raining hard, let some air out, but it was slick! Need some knobs! But it was still a blast! :clap A real dirt bike would have been better in the mud, but then once back on the road it would have sucked. So, for me, the 800GS is not the best tool in the dirt, but its a fantastic do "everything well", explore, adventurous kind of bike.
  4. AK Bear

    AK Bear Long timer

    Feb 22, 2003
    OK, right off I have to disclose that I own 2 GSs, one an 2001,1150.The other,my favoite is an 1100 Black Beaury name of Miss Piggy. Both are wonderful motorcycles and while very similar, each has some strength andawbaks. The 1100 feels lighter and excellerates more freely and wants to settle down at 90 while the yellow belly bike has six speeds and that overdrive wants to keep the rpm low so it wants to ride around 75 or 80, but mostly 75, It has the power to go much faster but just not the heart. It is also sensitive to regular gas which my 1100 is not. Both bikes are equipped with olins and handel very well. In reality when I ride one afte some time for the othe I think how niceit is and how much I like it. Either way, I love them both.

    Tthe problem is this damn tat thread has got me going again, It looks like the GSs, either one won;t be the desired bike for the trip and frankly I can feel that the madness has already taken hold. I must go. What is the best beast for the ride. I've been looking at this 650 Honda L tomight and wonder if I find a good deal if I should jump on it.

    What do you thumper folks think is the best bike for comfort for a long ride that still maintaines the ability to reallywork those roads?

    Thanks Bear

    How much of that trip can be done on a loaded GS by a moderately slilled rider. I'm getten hotto try it and want some answers. If I have to buy a Honda I'll probagly do that but I'd prefer one of the GSs.

    What do you think? Am I nuts or should I get a special bike for the trip and sell it when I'm done.? I need help here.