LoneStar's Adventure to South America

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LoneStar, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Yep, done it a few times, but for real info get in touch with @skibum69 and @damurph

    and there some great riding...

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  2. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    Is the 98 a good bike? My friend has one for sale with about 45,000 miles on her.
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  3. vtgs

    vtgs GO BIG OR GO HOME

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    Is the 98 a good bike? My friend has one for sale with about 45,000 miles on her.[/QUOTE]


    So in answer to your question is where is the bike and how much do they want?

    My 98 has 157,000 miles on it. Not pretty although the paint scheme is my all time favorite.

    Without getting into which generation is best the later year 1100’s are my favorite. They are easy to maintain.

    We own 3 1100’s. 98 GS, 99 RTP and 2001 R which my wife rides and is the one she likes the most of the 4 bikes she has owned.

    I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a lower mileage 1100GS as we plan on touring the US and Europe after we retire in the next year or so.



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  4. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    The 1100 series are generally very good, a bit simpler and built like tanks. My previous 98 is currently over 80,000 I think. They're very good bikes and I've met many guys who've gone from newer bikes back to them. I LOVE the 98 Anniversary paint and really loved my 98. I like my 2012 1200 but I loved the 98. Hard to splain :D

    At the moment, MotoHank has an almost showroom new R1150GS that has about 8000 miles on it for sale. It features the rare blue and white paint and literally is as clean and new as if on the showroom floor. It's tempting as hell, and one of those bikes you'd rarely ride due to condition. :(

    But back to the 1100's, several BMW mechanics in differing shops and states have said they felt the series was the best built of all the GS series.
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  5. westernwa

    westernwa Adventurer

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    LoneStar...have you ever considered the Yamaha Super Tenere for your next bike? They look like great motorcycles.
    I don't remember you discussing them, just curious what you think about 'em.
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  6. stevie99

    stevie99 That's gotta hurt

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    That is a much better looking bike than the current BMW gs or GSA.

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  7. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    I almost put it on my trailer... :raabia
  8. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    I have zero experience with them, and don't know if I've even seen one in the flesh. I think in the early articles I'd read they were heavier than the other ADV bikes (?) and maybe just instinctively discounted them. I think @rtwpaul had mentioned them to me as a very good bike and if not Paul, someone else I respect did.

    Love my GSA for what I do but wish it were 20-25% better off road. Thus the AT and Honda reliability interests mainly, although I'm open to most things. We'll see how the reliability shakes out. One thing about the BMW is they seem to be a bit overbuilt and over-engineered, but that does allow one to get away with additional weight and harder usage sometimes. My Czech friends whom I met in Alaska, were on a seriously overloaded 1150 they had taken around the world and abused the hell out of it. Similar situation in South America where the Carson's 1150 looked like it had been run over by a tank and about the only thing that hadn't happened to it was being thrown off a 30 story building. Everything he had put in it through and that had happened to it, I don't think any other bike could've withstood.

    KTM seems an obvious better off road alternative but my only experience has been a few rides on the 950 series and testing a 990. For some reason I never bonded, but I may feel different about the 1190/1290 series. I'm probably a bit off balance as to bias, because I had read for years about the 950/990 series requiring lot of maintenance. This was reinforced on my first trip to Mexico, where a buddy on his 950 had problems and seemed to be working on the bike constantly. Despite the capabilities of the bike, the reason I traveled was to be able to experience, explore and photograph. The idea of spending valuable time in the hotel garage doing frequent maintenance did not make sense to me. If my travels were more about chasing dirt roads and single-track in the mountains of foreign countries, then I would probably feel differently. Other folks have told me that it is not as much of a concern these days.
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  9. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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    They are a good bike, but I am no where as tall as you and I found the riding position a little cramped.
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  10. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    yes I have an S10, its a very good bike, lots of prep detail here for RTW riding - https://rtwpaul.com/bikes/yamaha-xt1200z-super-tenere/

    The weight is comparable with the GSA, valves are every 24,000 miles if IIRC. The main thing I felt was a comparison of weight - the S10 feels like a heavy bike until its moving then just feels like a big dirt bike, very torquey (if that's a word) the GSA to me felt a lot lighter standing still, but enormous moving.

    Other things to consider are Japanese reliability against German, failure if IMO. To underline my point when was the last time you heard of a S10 final drive failing?

    They are easy to work on, parts are everywhere like most new m/c's these days and with failure rate after 4 years of ownership, BMW comes in at 42%, Yamaha 11%...then take into account you can buy two S10's for the price of one GSA...to me it wasn't a difficult decision

    If you are looking for a big downfall on the S10, there really isn't too many, the major concern for me was a maximum range of 254miles to empty.


    If you do want to ride one set up correctly for RTW, not the showroom version Joe, mine is relatively close to you in Lake Charles La. at a friends house and you are more than welcome to take it for a ride...just drop me a PM

    You'll find it looking like this, and might still have some French dirt on it, and if you like it maybe we should talk -

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  11. HeliMark

    HeliMark Been here awhile

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    Here is @oldgitray bike. Member here. From Alaska to South America. Don't think weight will be an issue. [​IMG]

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  12. stevie99

    stevie99 That's gotta hurt

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    Don't forget to ride one of these. I took this pic today as she rolled up her 66,000th trouble free mile.

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  13. stevie99

    stevie99 That's gotta hurt

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    It’s better off or on road than the 08 GSA I had before.....and I really liked that bike too, but I fucking love this one.
  14. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    On my list to ride as well - harder to find than a bucktooth chicken
  15. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    If you're talking KTM, I think that was one of the non-bonding features I remember...

    Bike looks very well setup (obviously) and glad to hear your summation of the handling and reliability. I may actually take a look at it - have relatives in the area and after I get a few things out of the way here maybe I can take a run down there. I can't figure how I'm so damn busy since I've been back and accomplishing nothing... jeez. All I'd care about is whether the stickers come with the bike :lol3

    I think you're right! :D
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  16. stevie99

    stevie99 That's gotta hurt

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  17. joenuclear

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    Check the Flea Market...
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  18. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Of course, but that means you have to go to every place there is a sticker from, now there's a new challenge for you...there's a lot more on the other side as well, and on the top box that isn't shown that'd come with it

    I'm throwing down the gauntlet :hide
  19. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    LOL Would it creep you out if we met somewhere and I was on the S10?? Going to all those places would be a great excuse
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  20. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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