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Old 10-12-2010, 07:40 AM   #21
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It is better to have a GS and not need one than to need a GS and not have one.I'm not sure this applies to the whale foreskin adventure suit however.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:26 AM   #22
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It is better to have a GS and not need one than to need a GS and not have one.I'm not sure this applies to the whale foreskin adventure suit however.
As long as you have the right resources available:

A picture(video) is worth a thousand words:

YouTube - SUZUKI DL-BMW 1150GS
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:49 AM   #23
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I plan on hitting some Forest Service roads, of which there are hundreds of miles near by. Nothing too strenuous though. So far my Aerostitch is holding up to the task though it only has a Polartech fleece liner culled from shredded baby milk jugs by skilled artisans......
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:59 AM   #24
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I probably wouldn't do much off-roading on a 1200GS myself, as it isn't a very good off-road bike. That said, I would love to have one. I would ride as far and wide as my work schedule would allow.
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I ride a number of fire and gravel roads in my area on my R.None of them are to steep and I take my time on them.I'm sure it is possible to ride more severe trails on a GS with offroad tires because of that suspension travel.Rawhide Adventures is fairly close by and I have thought about taking the adventure course they offer.At my advanced age I would be a little more comfortable with a lighter dirt bike with real knobbies on some of the steeper trails.Another reason to have at least 5 different bikes.
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Old 10-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #26
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Another reason to have at least 5 different bikes.
Hell, that Gelande-Strasse is big-enough to be a "Mothership" for a small real dirt-bike.......
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culled from shredded baby milk jugs by skilled artisans......
Because with a name like "Shredded Baby Milk Jugs," it has to be good.
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:21 PM   #28
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I ride a number of fire and gravel roads in my area on my R.None of them are to steep and I take my time on them.I'm sure it is possible to ride more severe trails on a GS with offroad tires because of that suspension travel.Rawhide Adventures is fairly close buy and I have thoght about taking the adventure course they offer.At my advanced age I would be a little more comfortable with a lighter dirt bike with real knobbies on some of the steeper trails.Another reason to have at least 5 different bikes.
A friend who owns several BMWs had an 1150GS. He got tired of the high clearance and sold it for an R1100R which he put more aggressive tires on. He says that the plain R bike is better on dirt roads and such because of the lower CoG.

For light dirt bikes a high CoG is nice. But when these ATs push 500+ lbs the high CoG becomes a hindrance IMHO. I take my Tiger on improved dirt roads because my wife and I like to seek Indian ruins in the deserts. But frankly the high CoG makes me nervous with all that 2up weight. While I like it better than the GL1100 I wish it had the GL1100s low CoG.

If one really wants to do a lot of off-pavement adventuring they'd be better off with a Versys, a Wee-strom or an F800GS than the bigger ones. Every pound of weight one can save is important.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:34 PM   #29
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Or maybe even a Triumph Adventure?

Although I'm interested to see how they harness an engine that makes a bazillion rpm (as a 675) to serve as a Dual Purpose powerplant.
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:39 PM   #30
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[quote=seruzawa;250725]A friend who owns several BMWs had an 1150GS. He got tired of the high clearance and sold it for an R1100R which he put more aggressive tires on. He says that the plain R bike is better on dirt roads and such because of the lower CoG.

I have always liked R bikes and the CoG on my RA is definately a lot lower than the GS.With the right tires I can see it giving a GS a run for the money.I'm tall enough for a GS and it may be my next bike because of it's all around do everything ability.For me unless I had a dedicated dirt only bike I doubt I would tackle anything more rugged than a fire road.The Tiger and Multistrada are high on my list of the if I can only have one bike this would be it type.They are a lot lighter than the GS and that is appealing.I like shaft drive but may be willing to dirty myself for a Tiger or Multi.
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