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Old 31 May 2012
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Around the world on a Transalp?

I want to go around the world in 2 years.

I have tried a few bikes:
GS 650
Teneree 700
Africa Twin
Transalp 700

I most prefer the Transalp.

But the 700 is fuel injected so I am thinking maybe a 650 would be better.
I am told that it is a pain that is only has 5 gears.

So I am wondering what are the real Pros and Cons about the Transalp, and Which would you go for if you were in my SIDI boots?
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Old 31 May 2012
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Transalp is a good choice. I traveled around Afrika on a 600 Transalp

Riding the rough west coast through Africa part 3

and friends of me just go RTW on there 700 Transalps

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Sure the Transalp is a proven overlander. Any of the versions could do it, but personally I'd take FI over carbs. I'm sure not everyone agrees on that one. On the other hand, there are plenty of other equally capable options, too.

BTW, I think 600, 650 & 700 all have 5 gears (please correct if I'm wrong).
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Sure the Transalp is a proven overlander. Any of the versions could do it, but personally I'd take FI over carbs. I'm sure not everyone agrees on that one. On the other hand, there are plenty of other equally capable options, too.

BTW, I think 600, 650 & 700 all have 5 gears (please correct if I'm wrong).
Why would you prefer FI over carbs? I am always told to go for carbs if possible as the more deserted places do not know how to deal with FI. I experienced that in Argentina actually.
This is a genuine question, I just don;t know about mechanics and not sure why would FI be better.

Re 5 gears: yes, I think you are correct. 6 gears transalp would be good!
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Well, FI has some clear benefits, like because they are usually found on newer bikes, that pass more strict emission norms, FI bikes often go the same distance using less fuel. Or if the bikes have same tank size, FI bike goes further. Range is often important on a long trip, especially in more remote areas. Another upside on FI is it is much more clever in high altitude, there´s no messing around with jetting, etc.

Regarding fixing them on the road, I think the whole FI vs Carb thing comes down to: how much of a mechanic are YOU? Surely carbs are more simple, so easier to work on in the bush. That´s probably why some "old-school" mechanics love them (and they tell everyone, including those with zero technical expertise: go with carbs!)

In general, reliability does not seem to be the problem with FI, even on long trips and with worse quality of fuel (remember, all new cars and almost all new bigger bikes have FI these days).

That last fact also brings to mind another thing: if you want to go with a carburetor bike, it means nowadays, that your going on an older bike. And this in turn means that you´ll need to go through the bike very carefully prior to leaving, so that you make sure you wont get some other troubles related to the bike´s age.

Also good to remember, that people do RTW-trips both on carburetor and on FI bikes. Not sure, if that should be the decisive factor.

(but that´s just my 0.02, and this subject has already been discussed on these boards).
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Thanks a lot for the details.

the more I get info about which bike would work best for what I need and the more I come back to what I read (cannot remember where) that the perfect bike for you is the bike your heart is set on. The bike you wake up to and feel, "I look forward to pack my tent and ride it again today!"

So it reassures me that I should just follow my heart, which will make the decision easier for me.

I think I am set on a Transalp. I like the look, the ride, the confy and quality feel. And I like the price!
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Yeah, it´s important to go with the bike, that you like. Other people´s recommendations may not always match with your preferences.

Also keep in mind, that the bike itself will, in many countries, most likely be without any insurance for theft, fire, smashing into tiny little pieces, sinking into a river, etc., so it really does make sense to try to stay on the cheaper side (but this doesn´t mean that cheapest is the best choice). Even if worst doesn´t happen to the bike, a new and shiny bike won´t look even close to new, once the trip is finished, so it´s value has tumbled...
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I think you might also want to consider an older TransAlp.
I own a 1991 model over here in Japan, 400ccm due to license limitations.
It has not taken me on a RTW, but to quite some places over here, two up with lots of camp gear and has never let me down. Easy maintenance, good gas milage, I can't complain at all.

But it is you who has to decide! Sure that when you ckeck the internet you will find lots of answers, also from people who took the TA on a RTW.
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I took my 700 transalp from tokyo to cape town. It never missed a beat, purred every mornng at the push of a button. The fuel injection was fantastic especially in high altitudes like the Pamirs where fuel was 71 octane, this is where carby bikes struggle a little. 50,000 kilometres in one year and no breakdowns.
the only fault it has is the fuel tank is a little small and sometimes you have to carry 5 litres of fuel to go the extra distance, between fills.

My wife took her BMW G650GS and it did just as well, really I guess most bikes will go most places, ultimately it gets down to what you can afford, what turns you on and what comes across as value for money for you.
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love my bike!

I rode a Transalp 600 last year from amsterdam to malaysia, put it on a boat to south-africa and rode back home again. It was brilliant, as was the bike.
No problems with low quality fuel, mountains (rode the karakorum highway) or in the 50 degree desert in sudan and egypt.
4 flat tyres and a bit of maintanance over 42000 km!

so follow your heart and get on that bike!
have fun, you'll love it too
Dream it, do it!
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Just knocked-up 57,000 km on my 2005 650 cc Transalp; mostly 2-up and quite often along broken roads and tracks. It's a stonkingly brilliant and reliable little workhorse. Never ceases to amaze me.

[Dare I say, the 'perfect' overland bike?]

Good luck with your purchase ..

Right Way Round ...

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Transalps 700 2010 for RTW

Well, I just bought a Transalp 700 2010 with all specs for a RTW trip (photo attached), which I will do in 18 months time! Hopefully it will not let me down!

What do you guys reckon about this model?

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