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Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Disco Dean, Apr 8, 2013.
Just "select" the text next time.
I recently saw some pictures of Stephane Peterhansel riding a Yamaha R1 (sportbike) in the sand dunes. It looked like north African desert. He was tearin' it up, too! Jumping off dunes. Railing berms.
Just because a bike can be ridden fast in the hands of a World Class rider does not mean it has "it". A bike that has "it" should make even an average rider look like a pro (ish).
Then that's "it".
My front TKC80 has a Q rating -- 99 MPH.
Not an issue for me as that's faster that I ride the GS on road or off.
You can get the 100/90 - 19 and the 90/90 - 21 fronts in S and even a T...
But alas you are correct on the rear. I guess I never looked - only T in the sizes I would use - 140 and 150... But the 130 in S... weird.
Like you said - not that I would ever want to go that fast anyway...
Need a few more sizes
Just heard from the horses mouth. Launch is happening October this year only. Will have to wait a few months to get my hands on them!
Rode with a Mulitstrada that had TKC's front & rear. I believe the rear was a 180 something. Pretty sure the front was the std 17. The rear was an absolute thumper of a tyre. It could it throw roost for miles.
He had a ball with them. He was flying in the dirt, lucky I only had street biased tyres so I hung back with the sensible.
Pretty sure these were what he was running.
120/70 B17 M/C 58Q TL Continental TKC80 Twinduro
180/55 B17 M/C 73Q TL Continental TKC80 Twinduro
Yeah I know Q is only rated to 160kph which is a little slow for a multi but he had a ball.
Instead of posting those 3 videos above, Dirk Thelen made a nice "summary" video that includes footage from those days (plus new photos)...
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So this is my new favorite "GS is now a road bike" reply video.
First off , I just watched those videos and I'm waiting for my heart rate to go back down. Makes me feel inadequate.
Do these new Wild's look similar to the Karoo 3, or is it just me?
I love my GS, but this video begs the question, how about just riding a smaller bike and have more fun?
The guy was doing it, but Im not sure he was "loving it" out there.
You can also see the other riders (on smaller lighter bikes) having similar problems that he gets (some less experienced, even more). Of course it's more fun when you do it with a 130kg motorcycle that costs like 20 times the valve cover of the GS.
The point is though, that this guy could easily RIDE there on his bike (not put it on a trailer), not tired, do that sh*t, then maybe clean it up and ride to work with it (work being 400Km away).
It's all in the dream they are selling us.
I am a "one ride" type of rider, so I buy the dream they are selling.
Easy in the city? Check. (yes check)
Easy to travel bigger distances comfortably? Check.
Performs well? Check.
Is very safe and "forgives" stupidity? Check. (maybe the best in this)
Goes very well in fire-roads? Check.
Goes surprisingly well in dirt paths? Check.
Good poser at Starbucks? Check.
Matter of discussion between riders? Check.
Matter of discussion between non-riders? Check.
I can think of very very VERY few bikes that check the list above.
If some (or most) of us don't care about some of these, well fine, you still buy the dream that it checks the list anyway.
I agree with what you are saying for me anyways. I take my GS in spots where most GS riders would never go. I see videos of guys on nice dirt roads going on about how hard the riding was and I just have to laugh. This Guy in these Videos, Man he can ride.
I am not rich and I care about damaging my Bike. It's an 05 GS and it's banged up a bit from my many falls.
I have smaller dualsport bikes that are better off-road. But when it is a 1 1/2 hour drive to were the off road riding starts. It's nicer to ride the GS on the Hiway, but I pay for it when the Dirt starts.
Has anybody taken delivery of these yet and had a chance to try them out?
Sending electrons with my electron sending device...
has anybody seen these yet? I heard they were launching this fall or maybe october as one poster indicated??? THanks!
It helps if you can ride
I taught him everything he knows.
Nicely done Sir...............
What differences you noticed between Mitas and K60?I have the K60 on my F8 and I'm thinking of Mitas for next...What do you think?thanks