Originally Posted by PaulD
I am really not sure on this one ! My wife and I are going to take 3 months off each year and progressively do a rtw. I have 2 bikes an F650gs single 2005 model with 35000km on the clock, and a 2009 F650gs twin that now has 10000km on the clock. We start the trip in Cairo in Aug. Which Bike will I ride I like them both, heart tells me the twin, head argues that the single will do.
We are not 2up my wife is riding a XT 250 on the trip to Capetown and then will change to F650gs for Sth America and onwards.
Opinions Please !
Little confusing! Are you two planning on shipping your bikes from Capetown to S. America? If your wife is switching to your F650GS single, then what are YOU riding? If it were me, I'd not ship either bike. Better to buy two bikes in S. America. Either from other travelers or local 250's or 400's enduro bikes that are available for sale locally.
We see bikes for sale in S. America advertised here on HUBB quite often. Mostly KLR's and DR650's. Most are prepped for travel. This would be my choice.
I don't know much about the F650 Twin, as aside from Dajg, we don't see many RTW reports on this bike. I've ridden the 800GS and liked it A LOT!
But I would not take one into nasty conditions. For rough going it would not be my 1st choice. And why risk a $10,000 USD bike when a $3000 USD bike will do?
The F650 Dakar singles have mixed reviews. Some riders have had great luck with them and put on high miles in rough going. Others (about 50% around here) have constant problems from duff charging systems, repeated bad batteries, broken shocks/shock linkage, bad bearings, broken sub frames and more. I've ridden the Dakar singles and liked them, but off road there are pretty heavy. About 60 lbs. heavier than Japanese dual sports (DR, KLR, XR-L, XR, XT).
We had to navigate about 10 miles of this. Luckily my DR650 was up to the challenge (knobbys a must!) and I made it right behind the KTM dirt bikes .... but I worked a HELL of a lot harder. NO twins made this route. It only takes a few days of rain to turn many roads in S. America like this one.
Best of luck! Let us know how you end up!