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Cool Dual Sport - Middleweights

Anyone have any thoughts or opinions on the middleweight dual sport category ?


BMW F800GS
Triumph Tiger 800
Triumph Tiger 800 XC
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Motorcycle USA just did a comparo on two of them. I've been looking in to these bikes quite a bit since picking up the Ulysses. Very cool.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/8/1012...g-Comparo.aspx

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I've been most interested lately in picking up related gear.

GPS, boots, jacket/pant sets and related touring goodies. Most of my gear is more sport oriented, perfectly fine on shorter weekend trips but I've spent quite a bit of time reading up on some of the gear tuned more towards the week+ getaways.

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The KLR is the big bang for the buck , cheap to repair and upgrade . DR and XR too. If you got the coin , Tiger XC .
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Motorcycle Consumer News did a comparo as well.... Basically a tie, that says a LOT about the Trumpet.

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The Triumph has really gotten stellar marks. Shit it even hung tough with the full size ADV bikes in a comparo that it was thrown in to.

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What comparo ? That might be interesting.


The big bikes GS12 and Tenere are really ..... BIG ..... not sure that's good.

Jon's point about the KLR being low cost is well taken.... but too dirt focused.

Next in category is the WeeStrom at over 8 K .... not sure how good it would be off-road.



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The KLR can be set up as you need it . The V-strom for off-road ? I would guess just gravel roads .
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Yes ..... Gravel roads to rough roads or real easy ( by off roader standards ) singletrack and trails.

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What comparo ? That might be interesting.

Ask and ye shall receive. This is a very well done comparo, as is the norm with these guys

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/12/110...-Shootout.aspx

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I've been going round and round about this very thing. I was VERY close to pulling the trigger on the Super Tenere, but realized it'd just be too big for my intended use. Not to mention I'd be pissed if I tossed it down in some gravel or a rock garden.

I settled on a 2002 KLR. The PO put some good stuff on it so far - braided lines front and rear, SW Motech crash guards, Corbin seat, and 3 windshields of varying heights - all for the paltry sum of $2000.

Don't kid yourself about using something as big as an 800 in singletrack. It'll be rough going. Even a DRZ400 is a pig in true singletrack.

If I were in the market for a bigger bike I'd probably lean towards the Triumph XC.

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Having a good time on an 1150GS some years ago but not being a BMW guy ....
I was real hot on the Super Tenere ..... but it seems titanic in size and weight.


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The KLR can be set up as you need it . The V-strom for off-road ? I would guess just gravel roads .
i worked as a mech at a suz dlr back in 02-04, we sold a DL650 to a euro kid and he put that thing through hell, took it offroad alot, wiped the turn sigs off the thing several times, beat the bodywork up real bad, the bike just aint ment for that but it took it anyway and kept going, and that kid loved that bike to death,,, its too heavy and the tires too smooth etc....its more street bike than dirt


i have a drz400 modded to the max and i like it as a trail bike, the licence plate keeps me out of trouble in cali , but as a street bike it is probably a bit lacking although ive seen people out west touring on drz400's with a windsheild ... stupid


i would get the aluminum frame honda 650, i hear those are badass
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when looking at the KLR you cant compare it to a vstrom or bmw, it is comprable to a XL650 honda or a DR650 suzuki,, the older KLR's are crap IMO, the newer ones are improved but i dont like them, just look at the forks/triple clamps and you will see its a cheap POS pricepoint bike , even the suzi has better forks, the honda blows them away though with aluminum frame and water cooling and some power which the other 2 lack, you could add the KTM 690 adventure to the list but its price puts it in a class of its own withy good components, maybe a 640 adventure used would be a good choice and used can be affordable , this bike is probably the best of both worlds
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One this month's M/C rags that I get did a comparo betweent he BMW 800 and the Triumph. It was either Motorcyclist or Cycle. their conclusion was the BMW was the better by far off road, but the Triumph was good on the road.

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