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Old 01-04-2012, 11:41 AM   #5881
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I'm still on track to make that my resolution.

Well, if I had to bet on either you or me, I'd still have a chance at winning...
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:58 AM   #5882
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Well, if I had to bet on either you or me, I'd still have a chance at winning...
Well I've already lost. Can't ride my bike across the pond to teach this summer.
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Old 01-04-2012, 12:27 PM   #5883
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Well I've already lost. Can't ride my bike across the pond to teach this summer.

By me "winning", I meant I'd be betting on you to pull it off.

Teaching overseas? I'd bet you can rent a bike over there pretty easily. Or even buy/resell it if you're going to be there long enough.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:06 AM   #5884
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Farewell DR650.



Hope you enjoy her as much as I did. (well ideally more miles. )
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:08 AM   #5885
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Farewell DR650.

Hope you enjoy her as much as I did. (well ideally more miles. )
Good tag, and, uh, what???
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:11 AM   #5886
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Good tag, and, uh, what???
Flashback picked up my DR with future plans of a Russia trip.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:29 AM   #5887
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Pretty cool that Flashback picked it up, but you didnt ride it much anyhow, it wasnt as fast as the yeller n blue one We all know that he will ride it.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:29 AM   #5888
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Flashback picked up my DR with future plans of a Russia trip.
Yah, I'm hoping to do the road of bones solo in 2013. Need a bike worthy of the journey....one that'll carry all the parts and tools I'll need because I won't have a riding partner or a chase vehicle. Traveling to the middle of nowhere on an "Adventure" bike like the F800 is cool and all but it's not really an "around the world" bike. The F800 is a dream bike and a damn fine ride, but all the special tools needed for the special parts that it's built from and special expertise to do the work make it not an ideal bike to take any farther than you can get it towed to an official "BMW Service" department.

To take the F800 or any of the new super fancy GS models around the world you really need a dedicated crew traveling with you in a car/truck to haul all your motorcycle related supplies or...if you are lucky you can get one of the older 1100 or R8 models. Pretty much impossible to get parts or service for the new high tech bikes where I'm hoping to go.

The DR, on the other hand, can be torn down and put back together in a shed in the middle of nowhere without much todo. A few power mods and some removal of non-essential pieces and it's really a superior RTW bike. Carbureted, air-cooled, very few moving parts to wear out --- simple in design, a design that hasn't changed in about 20 years meaning that parts are plentiful when you need to get them. Plus you can run it on the kind of crap gas you get out in places like this...


reposted from another forum.

I thought about picking up a KTM 640 adventure but there are two things I hate when I'm in the middle of a 6,000 mile journey -> waiting for parts to be shipped in after something breaks and the nearest source is on another continent, and taking time out to do things like valve jobs or check the wear on a crucial part of the engine (especially if you have to stop your ride to find a replacement part because that crucial piece is out of tolerance). Like BMW, the KTM is an expensive option for long term - long distance travel in the middle of nowhere and not the ideal choice for anything that I may get myself into in the future.

Low tech is the new high tech.

The DR is inexpensive, bullet proof, and practically maintenance free. It might not be the fastest most powerful bike out there and it might not be the "best" at anything it tackles but it's exactly what the kind of bike that'll keep me riding when I get here...

(Kolyma Highway - Road of Bones)


or here (Iturup Island in the Kuril Archipelago) for potential work in 2013. We'll need to bring our own 55 gallon drums of gas for that trip.











The only thing I wish the DR had that it doesn't is a kick start...for when your battery decides not to work and you are 500 miles from the nearest power outlet to charge on.

I figure that if DR survived Rugby, it's got to be a good bike.

I've already started wrenching on it...already got it dirty too.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:24 PM   #5889
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You can push start it, but it's not easy. Get a cig lighter plug, and one of those weird solar trickle chargers for over there. :)
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:28 PM   #5890
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You can push start it, but it's not easy. Get a cig lighter plug, and one of those weird solar trickle chargers for over there. :)
Maybe a kick-starter add-on kit would be even better?
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:37 PM   #5891
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Maybe a kick-starter add-on kit would be even better?
To be honest, i couldn't imagine the risk of snapping a leg with a kick start on that sucker.

Oh yea, new tag after i'm done with work. :)
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:44 PM   #5892
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to be honest, i couldn't imagine the risk of snapping a leg with a kick start on that sucker.
man up!!!
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:51 PM   #5893
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Well Erik has become the intrepid Adventurer...Glad he was able to take the DR off your hands Chris. To say I am envious at those Adv plans and the tags themselves...sucks not having the time to play..but at least I have income even though I'm really off on the sidelines with this graveyard shift.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:07 PM   #5894
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new tag. didn't get to go riding, work won't be done for a while.


To get to this one, you'll have to go the Baptist Route.
And be careful, rangers might not approve of placement, but anywhere nearby will work.

(It's a retag, but it makes me think of warm weather. And my old bike. :( )
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:37 PM   #5895
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To get to this one, you'll have to go the Baptist Route.
And be careful, rangers might not approve of placement, but anywhere nearby will work.

(It's a retag, but it makes me think of warm weather. And my old bike. :( )
That's one fine looking bike, wish I could have one.
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