Originally Posted by Qaz
It does harken back to the day when a motorcycle was a do all machine, but the R1 is not one of them! That was just a stunt, kind of like when a person hunts dangerous game with a bow.
If you knew much about Mr. Sjaak I don't believe you would call it a stunt. He likes the performance provided by large displacement sport bikes and is willing to make sacrifices in some areas in order to ride the kind of bike he enjoys.
It all started with a 6 month trip to Australia in the mid '90s on a Honda 900 Fireblade that turned into a three year tour of forty countries.
He didn't get the R1 until five years later and that's been his ride of choice ever since. Almost twenty years doing just a stunt.
What prevents an R1 from being a do all machine beyond the limits of the rider's imagination? It has two wheels, a reliable engine, a seat, and handlebars. Modify it a bit to handle a load and off you go. It may not offer the comfort of a GS 1200 but not everybody needs or wants a comfy couch.
Somebody says they are taking their HD up to the Arctic Circle and nobody blinks an eye.
The same person (minus the pirate costume) says they're riding an R1 up the Dempster Highway and people call it a stunt.
Let's see, same fuel capacity, half the weight, larger diameter rear tire, same ground clearance, and $10,000 cheaper.
Edit - An R1 with 100 pounds of gear is still lighter than an empty BMW R 1200 GS Adventure.