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Old 04-12-2007, 07:18 AM   #61
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Default Re: A Factor of X: BMW G 650 Series

Eh, I'd rather buy an XR650R and put blinkers on it and license it.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:31 AM   #62
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Default Re: A Factor of X: BMW G 650 Series

The reliability should be in line with Rotax's record, very good, the price for what you get is way out of line.

For that money you could get a Honda XR 400, do an electric start conversion, buy a set of 17 inch wheels with premium rubber, and you would have the best of both worlds to swap at will, in one of the best bikes Honda has ever produced, and still have cash left over.

By the way Pete, we have even better roads than the Mount Lemmon one, I could tell you about it, but then I would have to kill you
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:38 AM   #63
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Yeah, that was kind of my point above.
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:46 AM   #64
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Figured so.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:52 PM   #65
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LOL! --Pete
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Old 04-12-2007, 03:03 PM   #66
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That does sound faster, hmmm... It is really exciting though when you bust through the berm and there's a ditch on the other side... in a sucky way, I've heard.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:21 PM   #67
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Right by the wheel stretcher. Duh.
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:05 PM   #68
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We were contracted by BMW to guide the journalists and my portion was off-road -- we all had a blast! (Thanks MO). The Xchallenge with proper set-up is really good (we found the set-up is critical; 95 to 100 psi in the back and 3 clicks up on compression up front from factory setting). I was impressed in how well the bike works for what it is. In its element, like where we ride in higher speed stuff, if was fun. It is very good on the trailing-rear-brake-sticking-the-rear-end-out-and-rolling-on-the-throttle situations. Big powerslides were big fun. Very controllable brakes and power - great motor. And no kidding, while it initially seems a bit uncomfortable, it was very comfortable after the 3rd day off-roading. We were ready for more. Oh, and its crash-worthy, too. For me, it would be a great bike to ride to work and then hit the dirt stuff on the long way home - a mini GS if you will.
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:08 PM   #69
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I guess I'll wait for the new 800GS-PD twin that's coming this summer.
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Old 04-21-2007, 11:37 PM   #70
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I think that will be a great bike. Something for two-up (I assume), but less work off-road than a big GS.



The Xchallenge was fun and liked being ridden hard in the dirt. I hope a 800 GS is close to that level of off-road ability, but that will be tough to top for what I assume will be a heaveir bike.
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