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I'm confused slightly...I think?

I have a f650 dakar which i have been happily riding for the past 6mnths and I went in with my fiance to get her bike at the dealers and i came out with a 1200 gs adv. Now this is great, but we are planning to go RTW and I'm nervous of having 2 different bikes. Are my fears founded? What do I need to know about this bike, weaknesses and what do I need to do to prepare it if anything for the trip.

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Same bike!

I think you will save yourself a lot af hassle if you both went on the same make and size bike. I would go on the 650. It may not be as good on the long open road but when you hit sand, mud etc you will be thankfull.
But most importantly your partner can carry all the spares!!
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I think you should each go on what you are each happy on.

The advantage of same bikes is that you can cut down on the number of spares to be carried. You can also check one against the other if something serious goes wrong.

Differing models (and makes) of bikes might increase the number of 'essential' tools to be carried between you, but probably not by a lot.

My other reservation of sharing too much equipment and tools is what to do with it, and who takes what, if you fall out with companions and decide to split and go different ways. This is something realistic to be considered as people do change under difficult conditions. Being your Fiancee I trust this will not happen..
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I think you should each go on what you are each happy on.

The advantage of same bikes is that you can cut down on the number of spares to be carried. You can also check one against the other if something serious goes wrong.

Differing models (and makes) of bikes might increase the number of 'essential' tools to be carried between you, but probably not by a lot.

My other reservation of sharing too much equipment and tools is what to do with it, and who takes what, if you fall out with companions and decide to split and go different ways. This is something realistic to be considered as people do change under difficult conditions. Being your Fiancee I trust this will not happen..

Well, let us hope that we don't fall out!!
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Well I did it I got the adventure and I have to say it was a good decision as I will be carrying alot of the gear and the 1200 is a good workhorse and its great fun off road too!!
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