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Old 06-07-2009, 12:30 PM   #1
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800 GS and it's first (official) dual sport ride

Not much in the way of reporting, but a few photos I thought I would share.
This was the 2009 Tehachapi Invitational courtesty of Team Dual Dogs and District 37. It was a blast and I wish I had more time to add to the photos. I rode to Tehachapi from the LA area Friday evening and stated at a friends house.
The 800 was a trooper, but a handful in the greasy mud near the Greenhorn Summit. About a 225 mile day. I had planned on heading home after the ride, but we didn't get in untill 8:00 PM. I headed home early Sunday morning. The ride home was incredible as well.

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Old 06-07-2009, 01:15 PM   #2
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very cool
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:48 PM   #3
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:38 PM   #4
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Looked tricky on that mud but good fun
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:40 PM   #5
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Too wordy, you should have a higher percentage of pictures (not).
Looks like a great place for a ride, thanks for sharing.

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Old 06-07-2009, 08:08 PM   #6
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Nice pics. I opened this thread hoping to get an idea of how the GS800 performed. If you could share your thoughts on the bike, I for one, would be mighty grateful.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:16 PM   #7
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Nice pics. I opened this thread hoping to get an idea of how the GS800 performed. If you could share your thoughts on the bike, I for one, would be mighty grateful.
Cheers
It's hands down one of the best street bikes you can ride in the dirt. That's a compliment, but I think you have to be realistic riding a bike that weighs as much as two dirt bikes.
Check out the threads in the beasts section. Plenty of reading.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:58 PM   #8
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Great report! What's the story with the old sage behind the counter?
I bet he could tell some good ones about the old days! Cool

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Old 06-07-2009, 09:17 PM   #9
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My local BMW dealer is the oldest BMW continuous dealer in the country. Over 55 years I believe. They are among the oldest motorcycle dealers, period.
I believe Jay is 83 or 84. The place is like a time machine. You just don't find places like it anymore.
Several people prefer a more modern and sterile type of dealer, but in my opinion these people are what it's all about.

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Old 06-08-2009, 04:52 AM   #10
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Looks like a good ride and good to hear the 800GS is performing well in an off road setting!
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:09 AM   #11
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It's hands down one of the best street bikes you can ride in the dirt. That's a compliment, but I think you have to be realistic riding a bike that weighs as much as two dirt bikes.
Check out the threads in the beasts section. Plenty of reading.
Thanks for that, johngil. Have been reading the threads, as you suggested, barely scratched the surface so far.
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Old 06-09-2009, 08:18 PM   #12
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Great pics. I was in that area a few weeks ago but it looks like you found roads and trails that were alot more fun. Any chance that you could post a map? I agree that the 800 weighs as much as 2 dirt bikes but I've been riding my 700lb Harley on those kind of dirt trails so when I get my 2010 800gs, it will be a lot easier. It's a about perspective.
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