Originally Posted by CheckerdD
I currently 1200 GS and an 800. I skipped the oilhead era, but have owned R100 and R80 GS's. And one KLX650. The 800 off road is comprabible or slightly better than the the airheads. If that helps. If your going to ride 700 miles to Utah and do the White Rim trail, it's great. If your going to your favorite OHV park near home it's not going to be fun, I mean it can do it, but it's work not play. It is quite a bit better than the 1150, but it's a difference in degree, not a different catagory. You can improve the 800 if you tweak some things like rims, crash bars, and risers, but it will never beat a real off pavement single, off pavement. So it comes down to whether you would be happy with some improvement, or a bike to take with you in the back of a pickup. Dave
I agree with CheckerdD and many of the others here. I had a used 1200 that I abused off-road until I realized I'm really working and not having much fun wrestling it in dual-sport events. I sold it and got the Sertao in June of this year. I had tons of fun with it off-road and as a daily commuter, but it was no fun at all on long slab days. 5,000 miles later I traded it in for the 800 I got last week, and I already know that I'm set with it for a long time. HOWEVER, it will not be my first choice to go play in the mud with the 250cc bikes like I did with the Sertao. It will be my only choice because I have only one bike.
The bottom line is that you really need two bikes to fully enjoy each spectrum (hard-core dirt and long days on the slab), but the 800 seems to be positioned right in the middle - perfect for going cross-country packed with all of your gear, and depending on your skill level - play in the mud and get you back home with a big smile