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Old 03-03-2013, 07:39 AM   #1
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Ideas for a new bike to ride to Turkey, please

Hi inmates, I'm a newbie. Some background:

I've owned my 1990 R80GS from new, done over 50,000 miles around Europe on it, visiting 25 countries. Longest trips:
1990 - Nordkapp-Czechoslovakia
1993 - Via 11 Mediterranean islands to Ankara
1998 - Algarve
2004 - Eastern Europe to Mount Nemrut and back via Crete
2007 - Turkey (again)
Longest run - Aosta to home, 770 miles, 14 hours.

Now I'm thinking of getting a new bike for another trip to Turkey and I can't make a decision about which one. I'm slightly tempted by the Ducati Multistrada and the KTM 1190 but having rented smaller trailie bikes (Honda 200, Kawasaki 250, Suzuki 350, Yamaha 650, Kawasaki 650) in Turkey over the years, I realise I want something light that can handle goat tracks as well as autobahns.

Ideally it would have to be a sub-180kg 750 or thereabouts, something that can take some luggage and be fun/easy to ride on brown lanes. I'm guessing it might have to be a Transalp or a light KTM, but I don't find them very sexy! If I can't find anything I like, I'll just stick with giving the R80 a bit of an overhaul.

Any suggestions? Cheers, David.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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If I can't find anything I like, I'll just stick with giving the R80 a bit of an overhaul.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:41 AM   #3
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oh yes it is mine, but it would be ideal for what you want

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Old 03-07-2013, 01:08 AM   #4
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oh yes it is mine, but it would be ideal for what you want

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And in Turkey everywhere there is 95 gasoline? :)))
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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Yes, gasoline/petrol available everywhere in Turkey. Here are the prices from Shell - http://www.shell.com.tr/products-ser...l-pricing.html

I think I'll stick with my R80GS for a while longer. But dreaming of a Ducati Pikes Peak!
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:15 AM   #6
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I'm now looking at the Ducati Hypermotard SP, and wondering if I can turn it into an adventure bike - higher bars and Scorpion Trail tyres, maybe. Really a Hyperstrada in Corse colours, don't need a screen, but I like to have luggage and maybe a lower seat.

The idea is to have bike that can get me there and then have a fun time on dirt tracks at my destination.
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