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Old 11-19-2014, 08:58 PM   #1
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The GS is not a dirt bike....

As much as I really - REALLY like my '14 GS, its not really a dirt bike. It's a lot of work hustling a 535 LB + Fat Lady around off-road and that 19" front wheel is just Push City. Heaven help you if you stick it in a mud bog, you'll need a winch to get it out. I know, I know...you see some pro ride flog one off-road and think "Look how capable it is!" But sooner or later I'll ball it all up and destroy some costly BMW parts in the drop on the rocks. But I do love going off-road, and doing blacktop all the time is just flat out boring.

So I picked up this little supplemental jewel today (used). If you can't have fun with a 66 HP Thumper and 310 lb, then its time to get Gold Wing. :)

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Old 11-19-2014, 09:37 PM   #2
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That is a bad ass bike. Have fun!

I agree and have a 450x for dirt duties.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:38 PM   #3
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Congrats!! Looks like fun!
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:40 PM   #4
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You will be golden when you figure out how to carry that 690 on your GS.
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:20 PM   #5
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I have been drooling over that bike for a few months now. Nice buy!
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:19 AM   #6
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The GS is an adventure touring bike. THAT is a dirt bike! Very nice. Enjoy.
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:55 AM   #7
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Why would you have expected a dirt bike performance from a GS? That is as fair a statement as if I said "I bought this KTM 300 XCW and have decided it can't handle all my camping gear and after 500 miles on back country dirt roads, my ass is hurting".

You did get yourself a nice ride there though.
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Old 11-20-2014, 06:21 AM   #8
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gs dirt bike

That's why I bought an hp2, much closer to a dirt bike. It handles and acts like a dirt bike but single track is not the same. Nice bike. I've been looking at one of those too. Richard.
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:54 AM   #9
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Who ever said the GS is a dirtbike? It is an adventure touring bike. Meaning, it is one of the most capable touring bikes and can handle going off-road if that is where the tour takes you. It can handle a lot of off-road situations but certainly isn't set up as a dedicated off-road bike.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:14 AM   #10
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That 690 is sweet! But it isn't really a dirt bike either. Its a dual sport. It's too heavy to be a real dirt bike. The KTM EXC bikes, those are dirt bikes!
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:15 AM   #11
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OK, I'll be pedantic. That 690 isn't exactly a dirt bike either. It's a great and a damn capable dual sport. But in my mind a dirt bike is another 50+ lb lighter, which gets you even more off-road capability.

EDIT: doh, Reg said it first!

Anyhow, enjoy the bike!!
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:19 AM   #12
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:05 AM   #13
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That 690 is sweet! But it isn't really a dirt bike either. Its a dual sport. It's too heavy to be a real dirt bike. The KTM EXC bikes, those are dirt bikes!
Yeah, I know. I spent 3 hours at the KTM Dealer on Monday trying to love the 350 EXC and 500 EXC but at the end of the day there is no where to put your ass on that 2" x 4" of a seat and I don't want to stand up all day at age 60! Compared to the piggish GS, half the weight, a 21" wheel and knobbies IS a dirt bike! The 690 is similar to a Suzuki DRZ 400S in weight and size, but with double the power and three times the suspension.

Here't the best part - I've never even seen a 690 Enduro R in person. They are Un-obtanium on the East Coast, there is not a single dealer within 7 hours of Washington DC that has one either new or used, they sell usually before they make it to the showroom floor. I have checked with every KTM dealer looking for one in NY, PA, WV, MD, DE, NC, SC, TN, OH. The closest dealer I can find that has one on the floor is in Illinois. Used ones are grabbed up in a blink on the East Coast, so there has to be something appealing about this ride. This one is coming out of Wisconsin where there is snow on the ground and its seriously off-season, and I was able to barter a little. I'll see if I like it - and if I don't, it will sell here on ADV Rider probably in a day or two!

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Old 11-20-2014, 09:11 AM   #14
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:13 AM   #15
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Sweet DUAL SPORT bike.
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