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Old 05-05-2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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Anybody on here ever do any adventure rides? I am planning on doing one soon and am already part of advriders.com. Seeing if anybody in the area has done a ride and where you get your work done. I am planning on getting a bike soon either KTM, Africa Twin or BMW. Just looking for some advice or words of wisdom.
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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Have you done any long rides yet? I mean two or three day?
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Old 05-05-2011, 11:54 AM   #3
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Wasn't there a guy here that took his DRZ to Big Bend? That looked like a cool trip.

The closest thing I get to an "adventure" is the urban commute jungle...
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Anybody on here ever do any adventure rides? I am planning on doing one soon and am already part of advriders.com.
Biggest adventure riding I have on my Vstrom is when riding on the road... Westheimer, I-10, the roads are full of adventure.

BTW, I think the Africa Twin was never imported in the US.
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I don't think they make the Africa Twin anymore either. There's always the Transalp, but it's no Africa Twin.

I have a DR650 currently, but haven't done much adventure riding on it yet. I'm also looking at the new Tiger 800XC for my next bike. I'm on advrider as well.
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There's a guy on advriders.com named DaveG that's in the middle of a Round the World trip. He is from Houston and rides a DRZ 400. He already rode from Houston to TDF on a BMW a few years ago.
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I wanted to turn my plated 450x into a short haul adventure bike, but seems like it is more happy in track trim for now.
Maybe I'll get around to it later.
I don't have time for long trips and a lot of those so called adventure bikes are too heavy to do any serious offroading.
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Have you done any long rides yet? I mean two or three day?
yeah i did a 3 week trip in the Philippines last year but that was on a small honda wave125. And a 1 month trip throughout india on a baja pulsar.

For this trip however, i plan to ride the pan-american highway from alaska to argentina. So i was trying to find some advice about the bigger bikes that people have done cross country trips on.
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Adventure Ride, never been on one.
Something like out to Big Bend would be interesting.
10 days max.
How many miles a day? I'd be on a KLR 650 to enjoy a little off road.
let me know if something comes together.
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Adventure ride? It's always an adventure when I ride....

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Hello fellow ADVrider.

Ive read lots of ride reports about the Pan American. Most people seem to prefer the BMW's for their long trips. I think it comes down to what kind of terrain you are going to tear up.

If you are going to stay mostly on the pavement and dirt roads then the BMWs seem to be the way to go. Specifically the F800GS or the R1200GS

If you want to run through the rough stuff off road then KTM's are a much better choice.

If you are looking at a lower price range the KLR650 has been a popular choice for the Pan American for a long time. It might not have the power you want though.

The only advice I can offer: Avoid Juarez.

You might be interested in this guys experiences http://www.newfrontiersadventures.com/MC/CentralAm.html
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Hello fellow ADVrider.

Ive read lots of ride reports about the Pan American. Most people seem to prefer the BMW's for their long trips. I think it comes down to what kind of terrain you are going to tear up.

If you are going to stay mostly on the pavement and dirt roads then the BMWs seem to be the way to go. Specifically the F800GS or the R1200GS

If you want to run through the rough stuff off road then KTM's are a much better choice.

If you are looking at a lower price range the KLR650 has been a popular choice for the Pan American for a long time. It might not have the power you want though.

The only advice I can offer: Avoid Juarez.

You might be interested in this guys experiences http://www.newfrontiersadventures.com/MC/CentralAm.html
thanks for the info, yea i was looking at the F800 but its hard as trying to find a used one in houston in good condition . This post is also an invitation to anyone that would like to join me, we could meet and talk about dates and what not. I want to do it in mid 2012 but my dates are pretty flexible.

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Adventure Ride, never been on one.
Something like out to Big Bend would be interesting.
10 days max.
How many miles a day? I'd be on a KLR 650 to enjoy a little off road.
let me know if something comes together.
As soon as i get my dual sport i am down to do a few runs on it before i tackle the pan american highway. I would like to run minimum of about 300 miles a day as practice on a bigger bike but im open to any route or destination.
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I do day trip write ups on ADV.

Planning on Big Bend late September with three days there. You only need a dual sport if you want better off road/single track capability. There are quite a few who have ridden sport bikes around the world and RTWDoug on ADV has taken multiple Harley's including a hard tail.

Have you looked at the Yamaha Super Tenere? It should be available now and is quite popular in Europe for adventure riding.

I am looking into the WR250R for snail slow back road touring.
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I'm planning on doing some long trips this summer once I pick up a newish KLR650. Me and some friends are going to head out to Vegas and California late this summer and sometime in July I'm going to Wisconsin to visit some friends and see an airshow.

I might be free next year to do the Pan American.
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