Which bike would you have taken the Long Way Round?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Colorado_Rider, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

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    So I'm watching it for the 6th time and the 1200GS would not have been my choice. Just wondering what you guys would have chosen.
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  2. 01001010 01000011

    01001010 01000011 AKA-JC

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    Free makes the choice much easier.
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  3. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    Yamaha WR250R be my choice.
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  4. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    They took the 1150GSA. They were provided.
    Give me any friggin machine and a full support crew and I would give it a shot.
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  5. HAYVIATOR

    HAYVIATOR Don't be me dude.

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    If I really needed to get home someday and didn't have truckloads of support personnel, I'd have to go with something smaller/lighter and way more reliable. KLR isn't the best bike in the world, but that'd be my choice on THAT journey. Trip across the US with a BMW shop every couple hundred miles, I might have a different answer.
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  6. Colorado_Rider

    Colorado_Rider Banned

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    I don't think any of us are going to get a free bike and support, so what would you choose?

    Don't forget they did a TON of slabbing
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  7. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    dr650, hands down. wr250r a close 2nd. dr is simpler
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  8. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    A friend of mine left Lands End, Great Britain and went around to Cape Spear, Newfoundland this summer on a DR650. A little less road friendly than the KLR but a little better on the crappy stuff. He left his GSA at home. Made sense to me.
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  9. Colorado_Rider

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    BMW had a 650 at the time, why didn't they give them one of those?
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  10. 01001010 01000011

    01001010 01000011 AKA-JC

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    Alright

    A KLR with 3-4k on the clock.
    Any real issues that could be problems on a trip should have been discovered
    within 3-4,000 mi.
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  11. Colorado_Rider

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    KLR or XR650L. Either of which with a hell of a lot of mods, especially to the XR's seat
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  12. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Wow, did he fit the deep wading kit?

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  13. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Yup,something reliable and simple and not so damn gigantic that it defeats the rider when swamps/rocks/tricky bits come up.

    DR650 works,cruises easily at hiway speed,set it up how you like it and go.
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  14. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Inspired by Trevor W

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    Triumph Tiger 800 or BMW F800GS.
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  15. CPORet

    CPORet I Am Kirok!

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    Because the 1st time it got rained on, the main fuse box would have filled up with water and corroded.

    DAMHIK
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    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    When he arrived at Cape Spear he texted his friend in England that he had gone as far as he could.

    A few moments later received a text that said" A real man would have put it in a boat and started rowing". We roared with laughter.:rofl
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  17. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

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    Schwinn Airdyne :evil
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  18. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    In the Same class of bike -

    YAMAHA Super Tenere. No question. Overbuilt, under stressed.

    Support vehicle free zone. All of them..

    Nick Sanders - On his own - Done - Bike and accessories supplied. Same bike still going. Still leading tours.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dg7MJxeI4I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yxcBRvQVmM


    Davide Biga - on his own - Done - bike supplied
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3rmk-dcKiQ&list=PLMvu_9lh6oLWQThjhzhkpcaV7g-QjmEQP

    Trevor Angel - On his own (current) - Self funded
    https://plus.google.com/photos/107632123776958177476/albums/5959484018650757297?authkey=CJzDjfTCsqDB3AE
    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2147530

    Ray and Karen - On their own. (current) Self funded
    http://www.raykarenhall.blogspot.com.au/

    And the bike will handle a fair bit of off road unladen. The bike was built for this stuff, not Cafe Adventure Touring

    DL650 can handle a fair bit of shtick...
    http://travellingstrom.com/

    For lesser loads and even lesser roads..
    The mighty DR650.

    Plenty of stuff out there about them.

    Same thing, overbuilt, under stressed.

    On the other hand, if you want to look cool...

    Well then you'd have to go with the big Advertising / Support vehicle brands.
    Charlie wanted KTM. KTM saw Ewen and said no. Silly KTM. So they got BMW, staff and support vehicles.
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  19. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    He needs a dory from here: http://www.doryshop.com/

    I got a tour of the place some years ago. It's the oldest continuously operating boat building shop in North America.

    I'd look for as light a bike that I could to do the job, 650 or below. The DRZ400 wouldn't be a bad choice. After all, if you have a film crew following you, it's not necessary to carry a ton of gear. I rode a borrowed GS1200 off-road in slimy conditions, and found it to be a real handful. Even a KLR is significantly over porked for really strenuous stuff. I don't have any direct experience with the WR250, but it appears to be a very competent machine. When I rode with ADVRich in the spring, he was kicking my butt.

    It's been said before, but a WR450 if street-legal would seem ideal.

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  20. XCRider803

    XCRider803 Loftin' the wheel

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    Fully supported with helicopters, jets, vans , medical and rolling bike shops? :rofl

    Run what ya brung. Hopefully the bike you have in the garage is the bike you like, mine happens to be a 800 XC.
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