Originally Posted by PeterW
In theory the Dakar looks to be a far better off road bike - I'm unconvinced - provided you aren't doing extreme things (Paris/Dakar
) the DL is a really easy bike to ride offroad and is much less effort than the BMW. I found that not being as tired muscling the bike round more than made up for any weaknesses the DL might have.
if one sets up a dl650 enough wouldn't it's "off road" prowess be far more similar to say a f1150gs than the f650 dakar? I would think the f650 to be more off road oriented bike than the big beemer. (or the dl650)
but do dirt roads warrant a dakar? i would expect the dl650 to be the better choice there.
now to decide where to place the emphasis