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Old 12-03-2012, 10:10 AM   #271
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:53 AM   #272
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Can we talk about trip now? No more sex, size talk or BS!!!!!! From now on we will talk about our trip!!!!
There's a trip?
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:27 PM   #273
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Can we talk about trip now? No more sex, size talk or BS!!!!!! From now on we will talk about our trip!!!!
I'm for that! I'm just wondering how "big bike friendly" this trip is going to be. I can take my F800GS - which is smaller than my Vee, but even it can be a bit of a challenge in the single track...
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:33 PM   #274
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I just purchased DRZ400 because of this trip! My plans was to get bigger bike like f800gs but I dont feel its a good choice for a trip. I have TW200 but I believe DRZ400 will be better for it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:00 PM   #275
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I'm for that! I'm just wondering how "big bike friendly" this trip is going to be. I can take my F800GS - which is smaller than my Vee, but even it can be a bit of a challenge in the single track...
From what I can see, there probably won't be a huge amount of real single track on the main routes, although some will likely be thrown in for hoots and giggles.

Trailway, for sure. Gravel roads, certainly. Double track certainly.

I would not want to do it on a Vstrom, either. I consider the Vee or the Wee very good bikes on gravel, but you discover their limits rather quickly when it gets beyond that. I'm not completely familiar with the F800, but I assume it's about the same setup as the F650 with a larger motor.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:37 PM   #276
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I would not want to do it on a Vstrom, either. I consider the Vee or the Wee very good bikes on gravel, but you discover their limits rather quickly when it gets beyond that. I'm not completely familiar with the F800, but I assume it's about the same setup as the F650 with a larger motor.
I can tell you this: I've taken my Vee everywhere that I've taken my F800. But, much prefer the F800 off road. It IS very similar to the F650 twin - the single not so much.
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:44 PM   #277
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I'm not completely familiar with the F800, but I assume it's about the same setup as the F650 with a larger motor.
FYI: It's a virtually identical motor except for the state of tune. The 650 and 800 twins are the same displacement.

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:14 PM   #278
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FYI: It's a virtually identical motor except for the state of tune. The 650 and 800 twins are the same displacement.

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I grew up on a farm driving tractors. I ride thumpers off-road. When it gets beyond "whack 'er in first and let 'er pull," I am out of my depth. I am one of those misguided fools who thinks the KLR is a good bike, which should indicate something.

As we well know, the capabilities of most modern bikes far outstrip that of their riders. Very little of what I ride I would consider true single track. Most of it was a road of sorts at some time or another, which isn't hard to imagine given 300+ years of construction in this area.

I do know that every time I step down in weight, things get easier. Trails that demand a lot of concentration on the KLR are far less demanding on the DRZ, and downright simple on the KDX. As my intent is to go relatively slowly and explore, I don't need the capabilities of a larger machine.

Take whatever bike you feel comfortable with.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:19 PM   #279
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I do know that every time I step down in weight, things get easier. Trails that demand a lot of concentration on the KLR are far less demanding on the DRZ, and downright simple on the KDX. As my intent is to go relatively slowly and explore, I don't need the capabilities of a larger machine.
I had the opposite experience. I had bought a KLX250 and just hated the thing. It was a bit too tall, too narrow, moved around too much and was gutless when on the highway. I found nothing easy with that bike.

But then I tried the DR650 and I immediately started having a great time. It is more stable when a tire hits a rock, not moving as violently and abruptly. I'm way more comfortable on it. And she steps out very nicely with enough throttle.

Its kinda like a cross between a Dakar winner and a Norton Manx, depending on the context

I do find the F650GS twin to be a bit much on gravel. It might be my paranoia about falling and breaking a lot of expensive German bodywork. The DR is made to be dropped....
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:31 PM   #280
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I just wish I could be there! I'm sure that in the right hands, Sally would do fine. If I had the time to make the trip, I could conjure the fuel capacity. I hope I can catch you on the way back in Nova Scotia. I will be the one speaking english with a bike that looks like it's owned by the Clampets minus the rocking chair. I could possibly resupply food or other provisions when we meet. I could even bring parts, if needed. Ah, the planning that gets us through winter...
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:40 PM   #281
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I just wish I could be there! I'm sure that in the right hands, Sally would do fine. If I had the time to make the trip, I could conjure the fuel capacity. I hope I can catch you on the way back in Nova Scotia. I will be the one speaking english with a bike that looks like it's owned by the Clampets minus the rocking chair. I could possibly resupply food or other provisions when we meet. I could even bring parts, if needed. Ah, the planning that gets us through winter...
What -- no rocking chair?

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Old 12-03-2012, 05:58 PM   #282
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:18 PM   #283
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:27 PM   #284
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I had the opposite experience. I had bought a KLX250 and just hated the thing. It was a bit too tall, too narrow, moved around too much and was gutless when on the highway. I found nothing easy with that bike.

But then I tried the DR650 and I immediately started having a great time. It is more stable when a tire hits a rock, not moving as violently and abruptly. I'm way more comfortable on it. And she steps out very nicely with enough throttle.

Its kinda like a cross between a Dakar winner and a Norton Manx, depending on the context

I do find the F650GS twin to be a bit much on gravel. It might be my paranoia about falling and breaking a lot of expensive German bodywork. The DR is made to be dropped....
Steph, you weigh somewhat more than a hummingbird, as I recollect. (This may be excessively complimentary through the haze of time, but I don't remember you being a Big Momma.) The KLX is tall and squirmy. I'm not shocked you find the DR more tractable. Me, I love my KLR, which is a kissing cousin to the DR. It's an easy bike to ride.

On trails, I like the DRZ. It's not something you can doze on on on the road, but you can drop it without worries.

OK. Resolved: Everyone will be riding some sort of motorcycle on this trip. Those on Goldwings will have to plot their own path.

I think Steph needs to ride a BSA scrambler.

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Old 12-03-2012, 06:53 PM   #285
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