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Motorbike Selection

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Bike Selection

After searching all makes of bikes it really came down to just 2 manufacturers, BMW & KTM.

All other manufacturers had no bikes that really matched the touring ability of these 2 companies.

We then visited numerous websites comparing both adventure bikes, and also attended showrooms and test rides.

At the end of the day you could not go past BMW, for their reliability, after sales service and after-market parts.

Originally we were set on completing the journey on the R 1200 GS Adventure, but with the recent release of the F 800 GS we have a new contender. We are not decided on which will be our means of transport but we have defiantly reduced the decision to these 2 bikes.

The 1200 GSA is like the out of the box, ready for operation, touring beast. However it is a very heavy vehicle and is very expensive. It will handle large loads well and is a comfortable for that long ride. It has defiantly been labelled as the ultimate touring adventure bike for a reason.

The F 800 GS on the other hand will need some modification before tackling such a ride. It comes with most of the basics that the 1200 does but its big disadvantage is its fuel capacity. However that can be easily resolved with the installation of Touratechs Lge fuel tank, which increases its fuel capacity to 9.5 gallons and would give this bike a greater fuel range than the 1200 for just an extra $2000. Another disadvantage of the 800 is its wind protection, yet again an easy fix with a larger visor. The main advantage of the 800 is its weight and ease of maintenance. However the ease of maintenance does mean an increase in maintenance. I think that the reduction in power would not play that big of a part as we will not be riding with pillions and we both way in the low 80Kg range.

Either bike selection would need to have fitted side panniers, engine guards, GPS, paddock side stand and Ohlin’s rear shock.

We will keep investigating and start contacting other riders for their views before making our final decision.

2010 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

2010 BMW F 800 GS

Manufacturer: BMW BMW
Class: On-Off Road On-Off Road
Year: 2010 2010
Model: R 1200 GS Adventure F 800 GS
Model Type On-Off Road On-Off Road
MSRP (US) $ 17000 $ 11395
Warranty 36 36
Compression Ratio 12.0:1 12.0:1
Cooling Air / Oil Liquid
Cylinders 2 2
Engine Stroke 4-Stroke 4-Stroke
Engine Type Flat Twin Parallel Twin
Fuel Requirements Premium Premium
Fuel Type Gas Gas
Starter Electric Electric
Valve Configuration DOHC DOHC
Valves 8 8
Valves Per Cylinder 4 4
Number Of Speeds 6 6
Primary Drive (Engine / Transmission) Gear
Primary Drive (Rear Wheel) Shaft Chain
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Front Tire (Full Spec) 110/80 HR19 90/90 R21 54V
Rear Tire (Full Spec) 150/70 HR17 150/70 R17 69V
Front Brake Type Dual Hydraulic Disc Dual Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Type Hydraulic Disc Hydraulic Disc
Fuel Capacity (gal/l) 8.7 / 33 4.2 / 16
Wheelbase (in/mm) 59.4 / 1508.8 62.1 / 1577.3
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 05:24