Can BMWs Swim?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Scrat, Sep 12, 2002.

  1. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    A small group of us recently took an offroad trip in the Sierra Madre Mountains on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. We had a mix of GS 1150s, GS 650s and a KTM Rally and a KTM EXC 520. As you can see, these machines were made for the rough.

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  2. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    The rocks were slippery but they just chugged through...

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  3. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Just keep the handlebars from twisting and the GS 1150 just plows through..

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  4. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    The KTM Rally did the water crossings with most ease....

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  5. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    But the GS 650s did just fine....

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  6. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Keep those legs out just in case....

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  7. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Some river crossings were just too wide, so we loaded them on barges and pulled a rope pulley system manually to get ourselves across....

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  8. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    On our way...great views...

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  9. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Coming up to the other side...

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  10. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Getting off the barge was tricky...lots of spaces on those wooden planks...

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  11. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    The KTM Rally leaving everyone else in the dust...literally...

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  12. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    The mountain roads allowed for some speed.....

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  13. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Hard to catch up with the KTM but the Beemers did just fine..

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  14. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    The tougher woods riding proved trickier....and resulted in some cuts and bruises....

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  15. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Some muddy stretches.....

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  16. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Some dry stretches...

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  17. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Some great descents......

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  18. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    And some great views...what you see here is a man made dam up in the mountains....

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  19. Scrat

    Scrat Ride like the wind

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    Finally...all happy at the end of the day...a bit more dehydrated...some bruises...but always looking forward to the next ride.

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  20. Baldy

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    GREAT pics, Scrat!

    We just read the book Ghost Soldiers about some of the WWII unthinkable happenings around those islands (or am I mistaken?).

    What a difference between living there now with a GS versus being a soldier or prisoner of war there in the 40s.
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