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. Velvet

    Velvet El lobo solitario

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    Unfortunately, importing a vehicle into the US is not that easy, especially a model that has never been sold here. Officials at Yamaha USA just need to stop riding the short bus and get with the program. :waysad Here in the US Yamaha has a rather large gap in there enduro lineup that needs to be filled.

    Anyway, back to the subject at hand....I would do a 660 Tenere for RTW bike unless there was no chance of mud or sand. If that was the case, the 1200 Tenere would be my choice.
  2. jaumev

    jaumev Long timer

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    I had a GSA, then a Super Ten (slightly modified :evil) and the Super is more versatile.
    I changed to the 660 because I do mostly off road trips and sometimes alone. a loaded 1200 is too heavy for me if I don't have friends to help when I stuck.

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  3. Velvet

    Velvet El lobo solitario

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    Yes, my thoughts exactly.

    Being retired when the rest of my riding buddies are working, I tend to ride alone quite a bit. When riding in very remote areas near my home, I'm definitely concerned about getting into a situation where I can't pick up the bike for some reason or get stuck. I do carry a small and very portable hand winch but thats somewhat limited if I'm in an area with nothing to anchor it to. I just picked up a Delorme In-Reach so I'll have communications where there is no mobile signal.
  4. jackcane

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    Any bike would work. 95% of what they rode was easy enough for a GS, so it's a great choice because it's so comfortable. For the tough parts, a lighter bike would have been much better, but out of the whole trip that was maybe a few hundred miles. The road of bones was unpassable for any motorcycle that year, so it wouldn't make any difference.

    If I could go back in time and tell them what to ride? Gosh, the GS wasn't bad, just don't load it up so much so the frame doesn't constantly break. Probably an africa twin would have been almost as good on the highway, and easier to move around in the tougher stuff, loading up trains etc.. A KLR or DR 650 would be better of course, but so much of that trip was slabbin it, it probably wouldn't be worth it.

    If I was doing it alone? DR350 and take my time.
  5. johnson

    johnson Been here awhile

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    dogjaw plays well alone

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  7. Bad Dad

    Bad Dad Been here awhile

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    upload_2015-10-10_14-1-5.png I kid you not, My fist thought was a CT-110!
  8. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I'd want something that can do at least 65mph at 2/3 revs in top gear on the boring bits.. so.. I guess over 30hp for me.
  9. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    i did it on this KTM 625 sxc, last year, was great until the motor blew up

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    i do have a XT660Z in my garage but the mileage on it was too high 100K + so i left it at home...maybe a bad decision

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    but having just done the TAT plus a lot of extra miles on this WRR, if i was solo it would be my choice

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    but i'm leaving on another RTW in less than 100 days and its on a XT1200Z, but its two up....

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    but to be honest like its said earlier, a simple look at consumer reports and a choice from the top of the list instead of the bottom of the list would have been a good idea as a RTW is close to what the average riders distance is in four years

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  10. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Damn.
    I think I mentioned before in this thread (years ago?) that I'd probably take the Tenere 660.
    Seems like a perfect bike. I wouldn't trust any KTM since I can barely replace a fuse on my own. :)
  11. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent

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    I'm with you on the WR250..I have one. I have been stuck on back roads solo trying to pick up a 1150GSA....never again.
    I will gladly sacrifice some highway comfort for light weight when it comes to adventure riding.

    Interesting reliability chart....as much as I like some of the Euro brands (still have a bmw) you just cannot beat the Japanese for great engineering and quality.
    I wonder where KTM would place ?...I'm guessing about the same as BMW/Ducati.
  12. ViperJustin

    ViperJustin Retired HH60G Gunner

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    Big bike- I'm really interested in the new Africa Twin, but it's not out yet. So I'd go with a Super Tenere.

    Little bike- WR250R. Simple as that.
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  13. nordicbiker

    nordicbiker Been here awhile

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    I would go with my CCM 450! The bike has the perfect weight/power ratio and is comfortable enough. A few changes would need to be made, like adding a cush drive in the rear hub to prolong chain live. Mine has gone now over 9000km this season and so far no really serious problems.
  14. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent

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    I would be very interested in the CCM if they ever get it into N. America
    Somewhat apprehensive about using the BMW 450 motor as it was not really a high mile type engine.
    I guess they have de-tuned it somewhat to extend engine life.
  15. eemsreno

    eemsreno Long timer

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    I guess I would have to say if with others, then the Super Tenere, Solo ,No way. Would have to miss way to much good stuff on a big bike solo.
    I have never traveled much on my WR250R but it seems doable. Would just take a lot more time to get anywhere. If time is no problem, with me I always have to get back to work someday. So it's always the Tenere.
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  16. mohjhoryder

    mohjhoryder Just groovy thanks

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    Dr400. Light, simple, sturdy, and proven.
  17. LondonGent

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    Personally, I'd go with light and simple. A Honda CG125 or a Yamaha YBR125 just because if it all goes wrong you can 'present' your ride to one of the locals in exchange for a lift to the local airport and you won't miss it too much as they are cheap as chips..
    Or a 650 Vstrom (yes, I do own one and yes, I am biased!)
    I've just finished watching Ice Road Truckers on the box (I love that programme!), and I was wondering what sort of bikes those guys would pick.. They are all pretty hardcore and would have their own opinions of what makes a serious long haul two wheel steed. I reckon - Rick Yemm: street fightered GSXR750.
    Hugh Rowland: a Honda Goldwing or an ST1300.
    Hugh Debarkowski: Yamaha XS1100.
    Lisa Kelly: KTM 1050 Adventure.
    Jack Jesse: Honda VFR800.
    Maya Sieber: Suzuki SV650.
  18. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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  19. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Great idea for a thread!

    With chase team: 690enduro, or maybe a 800gs

    Without: Super Tenere, without a doubt
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  20. panzer

    panzer team schweinhund

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    I'd go on a TW 200.