Is a F800 gs as top-heavy as a DL1000?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Noreaster, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. mungus

    mungus Been here awhile

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    Thats a pity if the new 660 Tenere isn't sold in the USA, Its right on the money and they sell elsewhere. :huh

    But dude an XR650R is one awesome trail/enduro mount, plus liquid cooled and fast. There are plenty of "Baja" bits for it and with a bigger front sprocket and dualie tyres you be stylin on the highways too. Being a true Enduro bike, it is more capable off road than a KLR or DR650 too. Get a good one and spend a grand or so on it and you'd be happy. I used a friends one to ride around New Zealand's back roads and 4x4 trails, etc years ago. It had the usual ADV mods; Baja tank (Acrebis), big headlight, little aluminum carrier and dualie tyres. It was great and with knobbys (fitted for 2 weeks through the muddy hills of Taranaki and Wanganui, etc) it was a real dirt weapon. Perhaps with the extra hp they make over a DR650 they may need rebuilds a bit more often, but its worth it for the fun factor and if you make the motor sweet before a big trip I'm sure you'll get 10,000kms+ before it needs any real attention. The other thing they have in their favour is that Honda's are by far the most popular brand in the developing world. So if you need parts in Peru or Sudan, you'll have a reasonable chance of getting some. No such luck with a BMW or KTM I'm afraid, (even Kawasakis for that matter) get outside the capital cities and you are on your own.

    Sorry I didn't notice that you had SOLD the DR. But your plan sounds good. Getting a nice road bike and starting afresh on an ADV project bike will be fun. Enjoy! :1drink
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  2. mungus

    mungus Been here awhile

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    Ooooooh yuk - Honda Civics! :ksteve

    Please no more profanity on this forum, I'll have to report you to a moderator! :lol3
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  3. Hicks

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  4. nomadb

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    Well I have sold my DL 1000 about a week ago.
    And I will be getting and F800GS hopefully this coming monday.

    I had the DL1000 for 9 years from new. It is a great bike with lots of torque and power. All day on the saddle was no problem for me. It will handle the simple dry dirt road. But any serious mud, sand or forest riding is not what it is made for.
    DL1000, has more power and it delivers you more highway stability. For duo touring on hghway or asphalt DL1000 is better choice. Add to that I had 0 technical problems with it.:clap

    So I have purchased Husqvarne TE610 for offroad and riding at the forest. Much lighter and compact in tight stuff. Lots of power to get you there as well.

    Now I have tested the F800GS several times. Great engine and response to throttle. Very agile and nimble. I have taken it to the offroad and it beats DL1000 at that category. With a pair for progressive springs and tires like karoo or TKC you can enjoy offroad. If you live in big city F800GS is also much lighter at the busy traffic.
    If you travel 99% solo, and like to wander to offroad when it is possible than the F800GS is better choice. Also it burns less fuell than DL1000 (well it also has less HP).

    Would F800GS replace DR650 or TE610? Well 610 (and dr650) are made for dropping falling and there is nothing to break really (ok I assume you have removed the mirrors and put handlbar protectors to save the brake and clutch levers). It is not as comfortable as F800GS. And you will travel slower n the regular road compared to paralel twin.

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  5. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    As you said, a little single instead is never a bad choice. you can find a cheap 650 dakar and do kind of the same things as with the f800gs.
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  6. nomadb

    nomadb Been here awhile

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    Since I have made my post, I am a happy owner of F800GS of 2011.
    I rode it very few miles after few tests I have done with it.

    Initial observations:
    F800GS is realy flickable. In curvey roads or busy traffic you really enjoy its geometry and lesser wait.

    The engine i slively and starts the power delivery quickly. I need to see the see what is the minimum rpm for me.

    On the highway the DL 1000 has the upper hand. It will be less vibey and more stable at high speed.

    Having said that, since I ride city and higwhway 50 50 during normal day commute, and I do go secondary roads dirt and gravel. the bikes agility and flickability with great mpg is very nice. It is not top heaby at all.

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