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Old 08-13-2014, 04:35 AM   #1
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best big ADV bike

ok controversial subject i know,

im looking in the next 6 months or so to pick up a big ADV bike.

now my past adv history has been largely focused on the 650 style bikes having owned kawasaki suzuki and honda 650 singles.

im selling my van and putting it towards a big ADV bike. something thats a bit more comfortable for the long runs and that i can live out of a bit easier.

so far i have my heart fairly well set on a KTM 950/990 adventure ( or super enduro maybe) as its still a heavily capable dirt bike, but can sit on the highway with a fair degree of comfort (especially compared to the 650's)

but i have also been thinking of a BMW 1100/1150/1200 GS or the yammy super tenere or even the trumpy tiger.

until i get a chance to ride any of these i know a lot of it is speculation, but out of the collective mind here on ADV, what would your pick be out of those options. or even throw in one thats not listed.

basically gonna have a set of panniers, a top box and a tank bag. i can live pretty simply without an issue and with my job i move around a alot.

eventually will be adding a ute to the stable and a 450 as well but will be starting off with the bike.

pros and cons, service intervals and what to look for etc.

thanks a lot

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Old 08-13-2014, 04:42 AM   #2
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:04 AM   #3
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Is the new 1000cc V-Strom worth looking at?

Probably softer than some of the others but.....

Have you ever noticed that when you're out on the bike, nothing else matters?
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:09 AM   #4
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I figured, if I`m going to ride a 200kg + bike over dirt tracks that can turn to bulldust, bog holes and god knows what else, I want the best handling bike there is for these possible suprises.

It just happens to be darn good on road too
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:17 AM   #5
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Put these qualities in order, from most important to least important:

Highway comfort
Twisty-road ripping
City/town cruising
Dirt roads/fire trails
Actual off-road

For instance, if they were in that order, the big BMW would be the obvious choice. Reverse them, and the 950 SE rules the day. The S10 sits in the middle. For many other shufflings, methinks the 990ADV is a sweet Goldilocks bike (I don't own one, YMMV).
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:36 AM   #6
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:37 AM   #7
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Adventure Bike Rider in the May/June issue declared the new Super Tenere best adventure bike of 2014 in a comparison with the KTM 1190 Adv R, BMW R1200 GS Adv, and the V-Strom 1000. "...but if there's one thing that sets the Yamaha apart from the rest would be its simple sense of integrity, almost reminiscent of those old trail bikes from the eighties, still going strong..." And "You can imagine thie new Tenere still going strong in thirty years time, and for that reason, and for many others, we award it best new adventure bike of 2014." Those have to be words of blasphemy for many.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:54 AM   #8
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Magazine comparisons don't mean much, in another one the Tenere came third out of it, the KTM and new BMW.

Some comment like the white goods or Camry of ADV bikes, but that is probably a pretty good rap to get in reality.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:41 AM   #9
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:20 PM   #10
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Got ri of my 1100GS & 1200GS and got a very low Km 950.

Haven't looked back since.

Lousy fuel economy compared to the GS's but gets more smiles to the gallon.
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Old 08-13-2014, 02:27 PM   #11
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:49 PM   #12
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eventually will be adding a ute to the stable
May as well start off with a Harley then, at least you'll be ready
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:54 PM   #13
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I'll bite.

Among others, I have a S10, a heavily farkled DR650, and FE Bergs. Horses for courses.

The S10 is a good thing, but too heavy when it gets out of shape. Great for back roads and easy fire trails, and carries a load really well. SWMBO loves it up back. If I didn't need decent pillion capability, I would probably have no need of the S10.

I do like the low maintenance aspect of the S10, and anticipated long term durability. Its also very comfortable. It does hide its weight well, but when its bogged, its all there

The DR650 does it all for me, if I could only have one bike. But I have broken it a few times too. I am also one of the few to break the S10, the fairing mount snapped off the steering head with normal use.

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:22 PM   #14
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Magazine comparisons don't mean much, in another one the Tenere came third out of it, the KTM and new BMW.

Some comment like the white goods or Camry of ADV bikes, but that is probably a pretty good rap to get in reality.
The only comparison that can be made between a Camry and the Super Tenere is reliability!

The S10 is a very good bike, has respectable power and it's very comfortable to ride. I agree that it'll still be around in 30 years time probably without a rebuild. Up against the 150hp grin factor KTM1190 and King of Beasts BMW1200GS it's not surprising, IMO that it would come third. It may, in comparison, feel low in power, but overall the S10 is an excellent reliable bike! Magazine comparisons do mean something, but again it is an opinion that they have over the short period of time that they have the bike. I prefer the 'long term' tests from magazines for an overall picture and even then you need to ride it yourself as we all have different tastes and needs. IMO I don't think you could go wrong with any of the current beasts available. They're all heavy, they're all powerful and they're all comfortable. Enjoy some test rides!
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:27 PM   #15
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Howdy Mr McFearless,

Lemme see now, among many others I've had, 2 x R1150GSA's, 1 x Super Ten, 1 x Trumpy Tiger, 2 x KTM Adventures.

Of them I rate them, for their general user friendliness for what we do as below

1. KTM Adventures if you're a tall bloke,
2. If you're a "stumpy" chap like PBee then definetly go the Trump,
3. The S10 is great but 19 inch front wheel, a bit heavy although low down and bit too much tech for me,
4. The BMW's, heavy....just heavy. 1200's too much tech. Bloody comfy on the road though.

Note: When I say too much tech, I mean "can I fix this on the side of the Strezlecki by myself if its not something fundamentally wrong like the engine fell out?"

Question, why not a nice Airhead?

Cheers and I look forward to seeing what you buy!
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