Need Help Please We Are Looking At A 800GS or 800XC To Replace Our DR650s on RTW Trip
Good morning guys
Have done a little research with the time we have had but we need to make a decision reasonably soon, like in the next few days, I am relying a little here on the ADV tree for a little help please.
In brief, we are Two Moto Kiwis, we are 7 months into a 2 year plus RTW trip heading from Alaska to Argentina and maybe beyond on two DR650's, Ellen my wife took an epic binning see here http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=463 and has called it quits and a rider but wants to continue two up so we are going to travel lite fro here and make it work, we are currently in Mexico about four days from the border of lukville or yuma.
Our insurance that we were lead to believe covered us doe not so we will be down the hole to whatever we spend, have been looking at new but would consider correctly priced second hand, all options are open.
So our choices are an 800 being not too big, I am about 5' 6.5" 162 lbs dry weight without gear, Ellen is 114 lbs dry weight without gear so neither of us a big and I am just 30 inch inseam so a tall bike is out of the question.
We are looking to go Caribou cases, one each side and a wolfman rollie soft top bag to keep weight down, also probably need a medium size tank bag.
From where I am sitting, dealerships and parts from USA south is important.
For me, the pros for the F8 is shorter reach to the bars, narrower seat so better standover height for me, trade off is comfort.
Fuel, tanks options available??, would a std tank in SA be ok or are we into aftermarket rotopax or similar, someone made a big tank that lost rider has, cost??
So gents (and ladies), a little advice on set up if possible to make sure we are headed in the right direction, we are not dummies but obviously changing steeds and going from two down to one has its challenges.
Good info welcomed, please don't turn it into a pissing match as there are plenty of other threads we can do that on, also any local knowledge on better dealerships to deal with and bike that are available preferably closer to Mexico than Canada.
Appreciate your help guys, cheers Andi & Ellen
Been following you thread since the beginning ,sorry for the turn of events, now lets get cracking on the continuation of your epic adventure----
I would suggest that you SERIOULSEY consider the URAL 2wd and for advise go to "Bugs on my face"or"Oasis of my Soul" thread and check in with them. Both teams have the Ural 2wd and have glowing reports of their trips & the bike
If you could make it back as far North as Phoenix area, there is a Ural dealer in Mesa Az "Logans " he would help get you set up& although I can't speak for him I would think would make you a deal on the Suzuki's for a new Ural 2wd . I say this because I know a few of his customers & Ural owners & they say Logan is a stand up guy.
I know its hard to add a third wheel but with the luck you've had so far maybe its time to slow things down, enjoy the ride, smell the flowers and take more pix & if you still need your thrills you can learn to "FLY" the car for the chits & giggles :lol3
From what I've gatherer from other RR's through CA & SA its hard enough on a big bore bike--KTM 990s & F800s just staying
uprite w/gear & ridding solo, let alone trying it 2-up
I truly think the Ural 2wd has more positives than negatives--extra(hard to source fuel) capacity, more room for gear & the "cool factor" in CA & SA are over the top
Something to think on real hard ------IMHO
Best of luck FORWARD:clap--
You are going to get a BUNCH of advice. I'll keep it short and simple.
I would recommend the BMW F650GS twin (called F700gs for 2013). It is the same 800cc motor, tuned for torque and better gas milage. It also runs on regular gas..so hi test gas is not needed. It sit about 2 inches lower than the F800GS or the triumph. From you height, I would think it would fit you better...ie both you and you wife should be able to flat foot it vs being ballerinas.
The trade off is ground clearance...but riding two up I suspect you will be taking it easier. I do recommend a skid pan just in case.
I have one myself (due to my 29inch inseam). took it all over alaska, yukon etc this summer. 65mpg when riding under 60mph.
a second choice would be the suzuki 650 vstrom. a little less power, a little heavier, does not handle quite as well...much cheaper, more reliable.
have a great trip
Still want to go out to a few places of the beaten track so 21 inch font and better ground clearance wins me over plus the shit we have been dealt from Suzuki I don't fel like rushing back and supporting them (without being pigheaded about it tho) but the stromy is probably a bit more road based than what we want.
Onwards and upwards!!!
I don't think you can go wrong with any of your choices
These are 2 very closely matched offers. Triumph made it that way :-)
I test rode both - liked both and ended up buying the BMW f800gs - it feels more like an enduro :-) (very subjective)
I was lucky enough to get a used one that had almost all the stuff I wanted on it - incl. the monster Touratech Aux tank, which is a pain to install. Comparision tests showed that the BMW has a smaller tank, but uses less gas - so the range was about the same.
If you go used and you are short on time, you might find more BMW's out there than 800xc's, it's an older bike.
I think both have their shortcomings on suspension, which is something you might think about since you're going around the world 2up.
There might be more BMW dealers and independent repair shops tan is the case for Triumph.
Since height is your concern I think the Triumph has an adjustable seat, whereas for the BMW you have to buy the lowered seat. As you're ridin 2up, you might be better off looking for a aftermarket seat right away.
Hope all is well with you guys and the scare will wear off soon
Test rode both but at the end of the day I knew the GS would still make me smile.
For the trip:
There more farkles out there for the GS since it's out for 4 years. I think you'll find more BMW dealers on the road anyway if something happens. For the comfort I'd still buy an aftermarked seat (even to lower your sitting position).
It's WAY easier to shut the ABS off on the GS and it has a better mileage (4l/100kms vs 6l on the triumph).
I know that the sound of the XC would drive me crazy on a long ride (don't like the whistling sound of it... each one his tastes :lol3). Anyway the GS feels more offroad oriented to me and having the tank under your seat is a great plus for that kind of aeria.
For the "BIG Lost-Rider Fuel Tank". It's from Touratech and costs about 1000$... I'd rather buy some extra fuel cans that you bold on your bags. One other good reason for that would be that you have no crash bars out there (correct me if I'm wrong) that would fit that Big Fuel tank... and I think crashbars are one hell of an important thing on these trips.
Wow... reading all these points I can't remember why I had a crush on the Tiger :lol3. Anyway each bike should do the job but since you're in Parallel Universe it's always a bit hard to stay neutral :o)
Oh and my personal 0.02 (yeah that one is personal): I'd buy a used one that has already some farkles on it. I don't trust all these electronics on the new ones that have some problems we don't even know of yet... Oh yes for instance that you can't completely shut of the ASC...
I like the limited addition http://www.imz-ural.com/2012-yamal-limited-edition/ as it has extra fuel, rack, bars and everything useful ... even a groovy paddle for when the shit hits the fan ... :D ... nearly bought it just for that :rofl
So yes, our decision is wide open, we could certainly keep more gear for hiking etc that we have been doing, the speed is fine I am happy to sit at 70 - 80 km/r
Any one else have some solid info please jump in too, any one of the 800XC, F800 or Ural are up, just got to decide between love for two legs or step across to three.
Andi and Ellen,
I suggest you go over to F800riders.org and post your question in the F800GS section. There are two wonderful ladies there (only one is really active on the forum, soph9) named Cheryl and Leslie. They did an Alaska trip on borrowed Tiger 800XC's and now they've purchased F800GS's. They're really active long-distance tourers and I'm sure they'd be able to give you some interesting comments and advice.
Good luck on your travels...
what ever you end up with ... best thing to do is hook up with a local Adv or Hubb member. hopefully someone will show up soon...
much better to find a suitable bike that's already farkled out and tested. if that's possible at all.
are your undamaged existing panniers re-useable?
Like Loutre said...
It's the parallel universeee!!!:rofl
Well, I always ride two up on the F800 GS. Actually, I'm going to Atacama Desert (Chile) in a few weeks from now and I have been around Argentina, Chile and Uruguay (three trips combined, three diferent years, two of them on little Honda cruisers). So I guess my contribution would be on the "what-you-gonna-find-that-way" side of things.:deal
1º - To be running out of gas in Argentina or Chile you should be waaaaay of the beaten track. And you can find very good printed maps, with gas distribution in both countries. In Argentina you must look for the "Firestone Atlas", it's the best one, including very good info of Chile as well. Also, all the GPS maps provide you with good info regarding this matter. So, I wouldn't be worried about gas at this part of your trip. I've been there last dec/jan and traveled with only a 1 gallon (touratech one) attached to my right pannier. And I didn't feel I would need it. Some times a possibility of "gas-worker"s strike can drive people mad at some cities around Calafate, Rio Gallegos etc, as they start to store gasoline, make gas distribution a little more difficult. But I don't think it's a major problem, unless you have a tight schedule. It happen to me and I had to wait for a couple of hours to fill up my tank...:lol3
2º - I think you can handle the F 800 quite well, no problem. I have the same body construction and every thing is just fine. I also have the BMW's comfort seat (a bit taller than the ass killer that came with the bike:eek1). Wife is happy with that, me too. BUT, I did some minor mods. Like lowering the forks a bit (like 2 cm) on the triple tree clamp. Added some risers (like the touratech ones, but made here in my country) to put the bars at the original position again - actually, they are a little taller now, which is great. With luggage and wife on it, the bike feels comfort and not so scary. But I'm always scanning the area before I stop the bike so I can put at least one of my feet on the ground.:evil
3º - If I may, I would say that in this moment you should be looking for make this as much as comfortable for your wife, in order to not only make her happy, but mostly, to regain her confidence on the trip as well. Check out my bike and you will find one item that could make a good difference:
456 por Arjones rider, no Flickr
see it? It's a sissy bar ( a backrest with a little bag strapped to it). Yeah, I know, it's not quite common, but hey: ask any woman riding two up what they think about this thing. You can find it here: http://www.ascycles.com/detail.aspx?ID=48324
You can also see an extra gas can on top of the pannier. It was in that city, Trellew, almost 200 km until the next gas station and people thinking the world was about to end and they should store all the gas they could. We bought the idea. And I used that gas in El Bolsón (almost the other side of the country away) to give that bloody can to someone else:rofl.
So, I would go with the F 800 GS, buy a new seat, think very carefully about the pillion comfort, and have a blast!!! And don't worry about the luggage. Less is more (as they say). You can strap anything on top of your panniers at any time...
Hola, you two. I been popping in and out checking your wonderful adventure which was a bit more than you had hoped for these last few days. First and foremost I am very glad to know wife is on the road to recovery.
OK, that said, I assume you are looking at new bike, lots of good used one go check out the flea market here. I would say it would be best for you to get back across the border if your not too far in. Remember you'll still need to purchase said bike and get the title in your name for border crossing down the line. somehow get her DRZ hauled out or forfeit the import fee of 300 or 400 USD, but you know that.
There are numerous good used vehicles too to consider, the only hold back I see is the height (yours), you'll more than likely need to have the seat shaved an inch no matter what, unless you get a cruiser :D.
I understand your frustration at the insurance issue, I have had Geico for years now and I assure they are great provided your in Canada and USA. No one and I mean one I know covers motorcycles for full coverage down there.... liability only! you can get full coverage on cars.
heres a link for you to review: http://www.bajabound.com/info/policies/motorcycle.php
Wish I could help out but all I have is a 2006 Triumph Tiger I'm willing to part with and I am a long ways away.
Just come back over the border so you can find what you need and get the paperwork in your name.
BTW there are dealers in SA
I have enjoyed following along on your epic ride and this is a setback, frustrating as it is, what's important is she's OK.
And one more thing: be careful with them, as they can appear in front of you at any given time...
Guanacos por Arjones rider, no Flickr:lol3
We have bought a bike, slight change, we bought a 950 Se kitted with large tank and the right goodies to carry on with.
Thanks for all the help and input, just have to sell the DRs now to recover some losses.
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