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Old 12-06-2013, 06:42 PM   #18781
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Brave souls in Mexico or those headin' down that way: watch out for bandidos that glow in the dark!
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:00 PM   #18782
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I know you guys love your big GS and GSAs, that's why it' fun to tease you about them. I rented one for a weekend and we never really bonded, but if I had to deal with Texas sized slab, I'd seriously take another look.

I really like riding with you guys on the big BMWs and watching the suspension work, they are amazing machines, just a little porky (err a big boned) IMO.

I never ride 2 up and don't do too much slab, so a smaller bike works fine for me. But I can't tell a lie, it's not a good feeling flogging the little wee as hard as I can and still getting left in the dust by a liter bike.

Have a good weekend Ya'll. Who's going riding?
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:45 PM   #18783
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I can't tell a lie, it's not a good feeling flogging the little wee
OK, there's so much that can be done with this I don't know where to start.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:47 PM   #18784
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Brave souls in Mexico or those headin' down that way: watch out for bandidos that glow in the dark!
I read where they're all in a hospital in Pachuca losing their hair and a lot.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:03 PM   #18785
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OK, there's so much that can be done with this I don't know where to start.
I set it up for you like a wiffle ball on a T!
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:36 AM   #18786
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SR, c'mon now and be honest. You and I both know the real fun is convincing those wrestling and suffering with the little understood but often studied "der Kaiser" complex to follow you.
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:54 AM   #18787
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From what I have seen riding with good BMW GS riders (you know who you are), the Wee actually rides a little faster only extremely tight sections of curves, on tight curves the bikes are about even. When the curves open up the GS walks away and on the flats and inclined sections the GS runs away. The Wee tops out around 100 mph whereas the GS will do 115+, so you really need to be moving fast down the highway before the cruising speed is an issue. The Wee has crappy suspension but it is so incredibly nimble with an amazingly smooth revving engine. I love mine.

I don't know about the GS off road, it seems like no one ever wants to try taking them off road. The Wee sucks off road, flexing and twisting and constantly scraping bottom and bottoming out. The good news is that with the money I saved buying a Wee instead of a GS, I bought a brand new dirt bike, so off road is not an issue

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Old 12-07-2013, 08:31 AM   #18788
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I enjoy mine off-road but unless I know the route, I'm reluctant to go into an area that I'm unsure I can make it through. For moderately rough dirt roads the GSA is a lot of fun because the engine and suspension work so well. (I have Wilbers shocks) Down in Mexico, you don't want to take unnecessary risks with a big bike IMO, because the consequences are so severe. I couldn't imagine, for instance, trying to get the GSA through the route we rode from El Salto to Mazatlan. That's what the EXC is for.
All this moto talk is making me want to go riding. Its currently 20f here...
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Old 12-07-2013, 08:44 AM   #18789
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lol. I think I'll just stay on the sidelines for this one. ;)
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:42 AM   #18790
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I couldn't imagine, for instance, trying to get the GSA through the route we rode from El Salto to Mazatlan. That's what the EXC is for.
I remember for a short time, you were ruminating about taking the GSA on this past summer's Durango to Mazatlán ATV Ruta.

You talked yourself out of it, or maybe SR did.
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Old 12-07-2013, 09:53 AM   #18791
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SR: "The Wee sucks off road, flexing and twisting and constantly scraping bottom and bottoming out."

Here's a V (not a Wee) high centered on a palm stump down in Guatemala. Had to grab the pic quick before going over to help.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:01 AM   #18792
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I remember for a short time, you were ruminating about taking the GSA on this past summer's Durango to Mazatlán ATV Ruta.

You talked yourself out of it, or maybe SR did.
After seeing the pics of JDowns little 250 Sherpa being man-handled down in Columbia this week, I'm wondering if my DRZ is too big for some of this stuff.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:15 AM   #18793
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After seeing the pics of JDowns little 250 Sherpa being man-handled down in Columbia this week, I'm wondering if my DRZ is too big for some of this stuff.
Too big? I doubt it. I think a DRZ is great off-road in the gnarliest of stuff. But I understand reading John's report the current Super Sherpa mania.

I got DRZ baptized this summer when I rode SR's DRZ on the aforementioned DGO to MAZ run and it was the almost perfect bike for it. Only tweak I could have used would be bar risers to fit me.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:16 AM   #18794
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My hog ('11GSA) has hauled me and my GF over Ophir Pass, Cinnamon Pass, and Owl Creek Pass then back to Texas in relative comfort. Pulls like a tractor and keeps its line better than you would expect. If I had to have just one bike, hands down it would be the GSA. Pretty is as pretty does.
I remember hearing of a few highly justified white knuckles coming over Ophir Pass. Don't know Cinnamon, Owl Creek is a must ride. One of the places I haven't fallen yet.

Y'all notice that Helge's bike doesn't habe a tank bag?

Pisses me off that BMW continues to release products that are not fully thought through. Never trusted the brake and clutch reservoirs sticking up on the bars on the 1200 when they had a perfectly good and seemingly bullet proof design on the 1150. For the price of the mofos and the number of experienced riders I would think they would do better from the get. Is it typical German (especially BMW, and it goes for the cars too) arrogance that they don't listen to the people who ride the suckers. FD is just not excusable. It is supposed to be a ready to go dual sport off of the showroom floor. Do they get a big slice of Touratech's action?

There are guys that ride GS's like a dirt bike. I am in awe but I am clearly not one of them. Jim Hyde's crew throws those things around like they were enduro bikes.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:34 AM   #18795
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All this moto talk is making me want to go riding. Its currently 20f here...
Heading out tomorrow on the WR with Miguel, Alex and Hector. Some 4 wheeler guys said that a route we used to do a few years ago is all washed out and too gnarley get through now, un-passable! Miguel felt that we owe it to ourselves as Adventurers to do an independent assessment of the condition of said route

I just switched the front sprocket from a 14 to a 12 and reprogrammed the FI for low end response. Lets see what happens!
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