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Old 12-31-2012, 04:23 PM   #9
Kiwi Tinkerer
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Location: Wellington, New Zealand
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Go lighter

I had an r1200gs and wanted to do the same. I sold it and got a G650 x-challenge. (Single)
i went from 200kg dry to 140kg. had a great time with that bike. Learned bout off road riding. Even toured on it.
The x-challenge was great off road. Good suspension and I dropped it plenty of times without damage.

I rode it places you could not take a 1200 or 800.

I now have F800gs. Mainly because i wanted to do a bit more 2-up touring,
I am not planning to take it on the same trails.

So.. Keep the 650 twin or the 1200 and get a good 650 to learn on and still get some gravel roads in. It will hoan your skills for the roads you will take your other bikes on.

p.s. I recommend something reasonably modern. Upside down forks and plenty of travel.

Good luck
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