Roaming Wyoming 701ing

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TexasStevo, Aug 17, 2020.

  1. TexasStevo

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    Convinced myself I want a bigger bike for longer rides involving more pavement etc. Hope it’s not like when I convinced myself I needed a new truck and sold my 2003 7.3 when it hit 100K. Wish your 950 SE bikes weren’t so old and a limited run.

    The couple times a year I really get in some awesome big rides in mountains and deserts, my 500 really shines in that scene similarly to the way the 701 does. The rest of the year is split with some trail riding (500) and more of adventure touring on easy stuff, (twin better than big 701 single?). I should keep it, but I also have a sickness of wanting a new toy from time to time. My wife really loves that about me.
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  2. Joe Motocross

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    That makes sense. That 701 definitely feels like a rattling thumper at 80mph. A twin is a big difference. The 950SE is the answer although it's carbed and dated as you point out. I fully commend KTM for having the balls to build it. I also curse them for being chicken $h!t and not building a modern version. There's no other bike available in its class. I'm curious about what you choose.
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  3. TexasStevo

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    I was thinking 1090 last year, then the 790 got my attention, as did the T700. The New Africa Twin base model non-DCT is also in the running. I’m not as worried about how these big bikes do in the gnarly stuff, that’s what my 500 is for. I want a reliable ride that can eat up the miles and gravel in comfort and a little commuting. It won’t have panniers and crap all over it, will still keep it tight and light as I can with bags directly on the bike when doing overnight runs. You’ve been around some of these bikes, if you had to replace the 950, which way would you go?
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  4. chilejack

    chilejack Viajero Viejo

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    2008-12 R1200GS, 2012+ Ducati Multistrada 1200. Some excellent deals now on low mileage examples. Great mile eaters on pavement with mild off road capability.
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  5. Norty01

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    Too heavy.
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  6. chilejack

    chilejack Viajero Viejo

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    He wants a road bike, already has a dual sport.
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  7. TexasStevo

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    No, he still wants an off-road bias to a degree, it’s too thick in his blood :-)
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  8. Norty01

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    Still too heavy! LOL!
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  9. TexasStevo

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    Ha ha!!! Probably right.....
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  10. chilejack

    chilejack Viajero Viejo

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    Gs is 30 lbs heavier, Duc 30 lbs lighter than AT. GS has much better weight distribution.
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  11. steved57

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    Great ride report / pics - fun read ! Glad you guys persevered with all the truck and bike challenges
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  12. ApexJeff

    ApexJeff Been here awhile

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    I sold my 1200 for a 1090, which I shipped to Europe, I bought a 790 for here. I like the 790 the best!!!! It seems the older I get the lighter my moto.. Maybe I am worried about picking it up? I put soft bags after a new fabricated bracket, where the 790 can handle highway speeds and I can still get in trouble on gravel. I don't trailer my bike's, I ride um.
    Sorry, to the op, but some necessitates are required for me,,,,
    at, least I don't pack chairs!!!

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  13. Joe Motocross

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    I'd probably go with the 790 although it's certainly no replacement for the SE.
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  14. TexasStevo

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    Decision is imminent, 701 sold already. Dang!!
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    I've thought this over myself and the 790 is the only real choice if you wish to preserve a bit of "dirt bike" in your adventure machine AND have some performance. A 790 EXC-F is what we want, and they don't build them. The Husky 901 won't be right either.
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  16. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed the read. Texas been my favourite state for many years. Take Care Petepilot
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  17. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    So no Wyoming roam?
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  18. TexasStevo

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    Man I would like to get back to Wyoming, long ways from my neck of the woods in central Texas. The decision that was imminent was a big twin. Pulled that trigger several months ago, 2020 Africa Twin standard. That big girl is for my Texas adventure stomping where we have to eat a lot of pavement. My Roaming this year.......besides my local stuff, I have two out of state rides. First up will be New Mexico in June trailering both my KTM 500 and my AT for some base camp riding in the Cloudcroft area. Second and the big boy, trailering to Angel Fire NM in September and then riding my 500 from there through Colorado, into Utah and then back through Colo and back in to NM, around 1400 miles over a week. Think I won't see Wyoming for another year or two......but do have Wyoming/Montana on my brain to be part of an Idaho BDR as a means to start at the Canada end and work back south. Would be my biggest bike ride of my life.

    Appreciate you chiming in.....you got Wyoming on the brain? Do tell.....
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  19. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

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    So did you do the ride since last fall or not?


    My wife and I took my 990r out there maybe six years ago? Did rides out of 4-5 spots. Would love to go back.

    SD on the 5oo is this summers plan.
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  20. TexasStevo

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    Hey Mike, I did the ride once, over a week in August in 2020 detailed in this thread.
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