What's the one bike that will do it all?
I cover about 10K miles a year, leisure riding, green laning, touring, commuting.
I had a BMW G650X which was brilliant but 54Hp got boring eventually. Now I've got an FZS600, with 95Hp it's a lot more fun but obviously not as good on the green lanes (it does do the green lanes, I've just got to be careful).
What I want is kind of a BMW XCountry with an FZS600 engine - there doesn't seem to be anything around.
I looked at the Tiger 800 but it's far too heavy, as are most of the so called "Adventure" bikes (don't make me larff).
One bike for everything
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bloody good question....
just spent the last two weeks trying to do a Ray Mears...on two wheels.........as opposed to the ...Ewan Boreman thing...... reckon the MT09 is just as good at adventure riding as any overweight Fashion victim ....... Dartmoor is pretty much as wild as it gets in England and riding along the sort of animal tracks and heathland trails, not to mention bog and rock on a lightweight but not too tall mid sized engine machine was a revelation............. Could do with a smaller adventure style MT07 ........ I would spend a lot more time off road......
doing the whole building your own shelters and eating and drinking stuff you caught/found in the wild,carrying just a flintstone and swiss army knife?
Kindle not a fire that you cannot extinguish.
does that make you a bog trotter
But you are right good question and I know I only play one tune but the Viffer is the dogs bollocks at every but green lanes & bogs.
'WHO CARES WE NEVER WIN...........'
MT09 ....Tarp.... Bag.... Woodsman Stove.... Steel and Flint.... Hammock ..... And a few other Luxuries.... I,m training for the Scottish Trip........
I'm just a .........c..t.............
avon 'skin so soft',mosquito net and midge net hat to the list then.
Kindle not a fire that you cannot extinguish.
Ahaha the wee beasties.....
Got bug spray and various nets....... Plus I aiming to meet up with The Scotty Crew...... They can carve a path through the little Bastards......
1 bike for all
What about the BMW F800GS? The twin cylinder traillie.
Absolutely brilliant bike..........
In theory.......... But.......it's a BMW .
Can you wait until 2015
for the new Honda Africa Twin? With a liter engine it should go decently well on the motorway, but if they meet the 430 pound target along with the skinny tank, it should be quite manageable off road.
Be here, or be someplace else!
Had a test ride on the MT-09, what a stunning thing it is. I've heard tell that Yamaha are bringing out a trail bike MT next year, it's crying out for it really.
Put a set of long suspenders on an MT-09 or MT-07 and you've got a world beating enduro/scratcher.
It's madness where we've ended up, pretty much all of the big manufacturers make "Adventure" bikes and they are all heavier than the road going versions of the same platform (V-strom heavier than SV, Tiger 800 XC heavier than Tiger 800 etc.). I think the biking world has succumbed to the same set as those who buy Range Rovers and drive them around in the city.
Went out on the Fazer this morning, 130MPH blast then up the Roman Road - apart from grounding out the zorst on a couple of big rocks, all was well - might have to put up with what I've got
I feel a "Project" coming on
Shoehorn that engine into the BM frame
The voices in my head may not be real
But they do have some good ideas
Years ago in Sheffield there was a Gilera Nordwest (or something very like it) with a CBR600 engine in it. Not seen it for years but that's exactly the way I'm thinking at the moment.
A G650X-country and it's so hard to find a more powerful bike that does it all as well. I'm looking at an MT-07 given I don't really do any crappy surfaces any more.
BMW do some bigger semi-off road bikes that might be the only way to get everything you want together.
**spondonste - you're spot on - that's what I want, that's it!
Right, I'm thinking GSXR-750 oil boiler to simplify the plumbing into a Dominator / Vigor. The Dommie and Vigor have full cradle frames, unlike a lot of them with use the engine as part of the frame.
The thing that bothers me is chain alignment.
The X Country was bloody good, I've never ridden a bike that handled so well. It was proper quick too, for a trailie - but I just got fed up of being burnt off up motorway sliproads by diesel cars. Also on a recent trip to Scotland in the cage with the family I realised that my cruising speed (in my diesel car) was higher than the cruising speed of my bike and I thought - enough is enough.
Chain alignment can be sorted reasonably easy. You can get dished sprockets, alternative spacers for front or rear sprockets, spacers to fit alternative swingarms etc you just need to know somebody with a lathe. The frame spars around the swingarm will dictate to a degree what engines realistically could be fitted but many things are possible.
I quite like the idea of lightweight supermoto with decent sportbike engine so might make something like that myself.
I've got a lovely old Southbend Heavy 10" in the garage, oh and the milling machine too. It looks like I'm running out of excuses
I was out off roading on the Fazer again at the weekend - it's surprisingly good, but the 17" wheel and 4" of suspension travel can get to be a pain.