View Single Post
Old 11-21-2012, 07:28 AM   #97
Pantah OP
Red Sox Nation
 
Pantah's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: India Wharf
Oddometer: 10,039
Single or Twin?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan Alexander View Post
So far I've got the option of taking my well farkled 650 Dakar or a new to me 1100GS that I'm going over right now. Replacing the clutch and some key bearings but everything else looks good. I'll add a 21" front wheel and a steering damper.

Which bike should I take??

BTW, a buddy has an 800GS that he thinks I should buy and sell the other two.

Thoughts appreciated.
2004 ALCAN5000 Motorcycle top ten results by machine regardless of class:

BMW F650GS
BMW F650GS
KTM 950A
KTM 950A
BMW 1100GS
Suz DRZ400S
BMW R100GS
Suz DRZ400S
BMW 1100GS
BMW F650GS

2006 ALCAN5000 Motorcycle top ten results by machine regardless of class:

BMW F650GS
BMW F650GS
Suz V-Strom
Suz V-strom
Kaw KLR650
Kaw KLR650
BMW 1200GSA
KTM 640A
KTM 950A
BMW 1100GS

Even though I rode a KTM twin, I think the smaller bikes had an easier time of it in the mud. Some singles had the toughest time in the cold because they couldn't power heated gear. The big bikes probably had a comfort advantage.

Roughly 1700 miles will be on dirt surfaces but for the most part they are groomed and fast. The Blackwater, Kispiox, Canol and Telegraph Creek runs will be more challenging since they can be crude and less maintained. Top-of-World can be anything, as can the Haul Road I think. The Denali was slow and beat up in 2006, but fast and smooth in 2010. We should have considerable rain, since it always seems to when we get north. For mud I imagine the tires will be more important than the machine.
__________________
Straight ahead and faster -Bo Weaver 1970
"There I was..." -Griffin Niner Three Hotel
"One day closer to a parade..." Jonny Gomes, spring training 2013
Pantah is offline   Reply With Quote