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Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Solarbronco, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I'll argue that once the 'regular' GS is loaded up with crashbars and a bigger skid plate, the weight difference is pretty well negligible. After all, how much more does a slightly bigger plastic tank weigh? :ear

    I've taken my GS-Adv further off-road than I had any business taking it. I found the limits of the suspension a few times. :ricky It can be done, but you have to keep in mind what you're riding, where you're riding, and always leave a margin of error.

    Important safety note: if you try to ride the GS or GS-Adv like an enduro/DS/MX bike you WILL pay the piper. ...and its not called 'Bring More Wallet' for nothing! Them parts are pricey!

    Some of y'all n00bs need to go find the ride report where ?Sasquatch? rode his 1150GS (?Adv?) in an enduro. THAT's some amazing reading. :nod

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  2. NJ-Brett

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    I got all busted up on a dr650 at low speed in soft sand, and the DR is one of the lighter bigger dual sport type bikes.
    I never got badly hurt on smaller lighter bikes even in high speed crashes.

    Weight and a little bit of age are likely to end up badly.
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  3. JimVonBaden

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    There is still some difference, about 30 pounds, but the GS Adv is still wider and bulkier! None the less, it still comes down to the rider no matter what bike you ride!

    Jim :brow
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    That was Javarilla! Famous thread it is...
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  5. feldjäger

    feldjäger Been here awhile

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    Very well said! I have an GS1200ADV and have found myself in places I don't care to ever go back to, but the bike made it and in one piece. Have I wrecked my bike off road? Yes. You learn, and even better to learn from professionals who can teach you how to ride the big bike off road, i,e Rawhyde Adventures, ect..

    The one thing that gets me is how the guys riding the smaller bikes are quick to criticize those who ride the big bike off-road. Reminds me of when I mountain bike and find that one of the trails has been destroyed by a guy on one of those smaller bikes....
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  6. Solarbronco

    Solarbronco Been here awhile

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    Not criticizing. Hell, for six years in a row I'm the first one to pick em up off the ground, help pick their bikes up off the ground, pick the many pieces of their bikes plastic up off the ground, pass em a tissue and call 911 for em!

    :rofl:freaky:clap :evil
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  7. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    I for one finally figured it out. Have a Tenere, just bought a KTM 500 xc. Didn't do much damage but did get a valuable lesson! It only hurt a little mostly in the wallet. Still have the Tenere, enjoy it very much but, I know it's place.
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  8. Jayrod1318

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  9. corndog67

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    Wrong. It isn't the suspension. It's the size and weight they carry. I'd say most of them are pushing 600lbs or more full of gas and with a bunch of stuff bolted onto them. They call them Adventure Bikes. What they are, is street bikes with high handlebars. I notice the BMW guys are all butthurt, and saying that they do this, they do that. You can do all this shit on a ZX-10, a 69 CB750, a moped, and everything else. I believe the original posters intent was that people are getting hurt, shit, some of them are probably even getting killed, because they think they are on dirt bikes. They are not dirt bikes. Remember the old days when all you had was a step-through 90? You got that fucker everywhere. If you really tried, you could get an Escalade most anywhere, but the point was, some people are falling for the marketing "I'm an Adventurer", and I'm helping the accessories manufacturers send their kids to Stanford by buying all this stuff that makes my bike an Adventure Bike.

    I was at our local dealer a while back, and I saw some guy refer to a Triumph Explorer as a "dirtbike". It isn't any more dirtbike than a G/S. A worthy streetbike, comfortable, wind protection, bags and whatnot, but I just can't imagine laying underneath any of those fuckers on the side of a hill somewhere.

    If you really want to boogie off road, get a dirt bike. I've got both, I used to have an XR650L, but even that was too big to really get it on in the dirt.
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  10. Jayrod1318

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    I agree with you, I was trying to be sarcastic. :lol3 I googled "0ff road BMW gs" and that was one of the images it came up with. It confirmed one of the previous posters information that BMW markets these 2 wheeled air craft carriers as off road capable.

    This discussion reminds me of an article I read awhile back about the proleferation and use of the mega 4x4 atv's. Some of these beamoths weigh more than the bikes we are talking about. Kids and adults are getting crushed to death by the damn things. I have an extended family member that was crushed to death by one while on the job. Hit a ditch and it flipped on top of him killing him instantly.

    I'd never take one these 2 wheeled barco loungers with espresso machines on the trail!

    However, I guess it stands to reason in the adventure spirt sometimes your not going to get where your going without riding some extreme terrain on one of these.
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  11. Mr_Snips

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    If you really think you can get a zx10 the same places a gsa or ktm adv bike will go you are crazy. They are not dirtbikes, i dont think anyone here will argue that a GSA will keep up with a dirtbike through whoops or anything like that...but you can most certaintly get through the whoops with no issues on a GSA. You can climb hills like a dirtbike but not as quickly and you will need to be a little more prudent with line choice. But to say a zx10 is just as capable as a GSA is naive
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  12. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    I had a 990 Adventure for a few years, rode it places I shouldn't have. At foolhardy speeds. It spit me off a few times, not too expensively for either of us. As i got more familiar with it, I pushed it harder offroad.
    I have to agree with the above posters on both sides of the argument. Big ADV bikes can go a lot of places- it's largely dependent on the rider, though. Is it a small flickable dirt bike like a YZ 250? Hell no. Is it big and full of dangerous kinetic energy, on or off-road? Hell yes.
    I sold my 990 because I'm 55 and my motocross racing is a long ways back. My brain says, "Yah! Go for it!" and my body says "WTF? No way!" I had days when I was a beat behind the big beast, and realized that it was a matter of time before it bit me. You can't run 70-90mph down Forest Circus roads indefinitely without incident.
    Bottom line, I think, it's more Indian than arrow. A good rider can flog a big bike across all kinds of terrain.


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  13. corndog67

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    I didn't say a ZX was just as capable. My point was the G/S was such a NON dirt bike, that it wouldn't be much more difficult to get a ZX-10 the same places, it's 100 lbs lighter. Also, I pointed out, that an old S90 Honda could get to the same places. You G/S guys get all bunched up about this shit, but it's absolutely true. A G/S is a good street bike. But a bad dirt bike. Same as a ZX-10. Or a step through 90. Or a CB350. You can make any of those go plenty of places, but not comfortably, and certainly not anywhere near as fast a real dirt bike, but with plenty more danger.

    One thing I'm not is naive. I'd be willing to bet I could get as many places on a Honda 90 or ZX-10 as most people could get on their G/S. Remember, not everyone is a Dakar rider, in fact, very, very few even take theirs off the road,
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  14. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Likewise, if I had a dollar for every time someone has told me, "you won't get that big bike through there", only for me to prove them wrong...

    Hit me up if you're ever in the UK. I'd love to film your attempts at some of the hillclimbs I can do on my F800GS on a ZX-10. :lol3
    Warning: Mine has been the hard way round the Dusk to Dawn Enduro course.

    Oh and I have followed Dakar riders on GSAs, plenty of times. I used to struggle to keep them in sight when I was on a G450X. They can get these bikes plenty of places most mere mortals would struggle to get a 400EXC.

    The only legitimate reasons I can see for riders of smaller bikes to get pissed off with me trail riding a large bike is if:
    A) The pace is fast and the big bike (rider) is repeatedly significantly slowing them down. If I'm on a bigger bike, I make a point of trying to ride with n00bs, or people who are actively out for a 'bimble' as opposed to an unlicenced race; I don't like to be the one holding people up.
    B) When the big bike is slowing them down, the rider doesn't have the courtesy to choose to bypass some of the harder sections and meet up with them later, or, if the whole route turns out to be beyond their abilities, to go home. I was out with people on proper dirt bikes in the snow a few weekends ago. It reached a point where it became apparent my bike wasn't going to get over the top of the mountain. I went home and they carried on; everyone was happy.

    As to injury? Yes, getting hit by 120KG is preferable to getting hit by 200KG. The thing to remember though is that'll you'll usually be going considerably slower on a big bike. Getting hit by 200KG at 25mph is preferable to getting hit by 120KG at 50mph.

    Don't get me wrong, I was wetting myself laughing at the chap on a GSA with knobby tyres, who clearly couldn't ride offroad, struggling to get out of a muddy field at a winter rally last weekend. It's just that we're not all like him.
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  15. Yossarian™

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    Okay, not a ZX-10, but rather a Yamaha R1.

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  16. Disco Stu

    Disco Stu I'm Barry F'n Gibb!!

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    Doesn't the ADV also have a lower first gear?
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  17. JimVonBaden

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    The 1200 does on the most recent models. I do not believe it did when the Long Way Down was made.

    Jim :brow
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  18. OrangeYZ

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    Yeah, but the Indian who thinks a 4 pound spear should be used in the same manner as a 4 ounce arrow is a moron. If he puts that spear onto his bow, he shouldn't act surprised when it shoots all of 15 feet and flops to the ground like a 1200GS half a mile into the Baja 1000.
    And when he stalks to within 15 feet of a buffalo to throw his arrow at it only to watch it bounce off, hopefully somebody is getting video of the immediate stomping.
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  19. everetto

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    Good thread, and it brings home some good points for me. I grew up on dirt bikes, and I was pretty much indestructible as most young kids are. I did some desert racing also, and did pretty well (8th in a class of 125 riders). As an adult there was a long period when I did not have a bike and about a year ago I bought my first bike in years - a big (heavy) ADV bike. For some reason I figured that the passing of time had altered the laws of physics, and that good engineering would allow a new big bike to perform like a dirt bike. I found out immediately that my head was completely in the wrong place. It spit me off several times HARD in the sand. I am set in my ways, but figured out pretty quickly that with a heavy bike the front tire will always dig in in sand and down you go.

    All I had to do was re-level my expectations. I still want an ADV bike but I plan on using it in a different manner. I will ride with my buds on several hundred miles of slab to the mountains of Colorado, and we will be doing some of the passes up there, presumably with the requisite care. It will be great, both the tarmac and the offroad. I will keep reminding myself that I am not on a dirt bike.

    I also REALLY want to buy a KTM 500 EXC.....

    p.s. there is no suspension in the universe that can make a heavy bike handle like a light bike
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