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Old 30 May 2009
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Today we have been driving around on the twins, and did some offroading. I even tried to go on a cross-circuit in sand, but the 250cc 2-stroke's scared me off. I was able to drive around there on anakee's though, but it was quite hard! ;-)

We also did a testdrive on a DR-Z400!
We had no discussions on it during the testdrive, but quite some afterwards.
Yes, I can imagine people driving around the world on it. And yes, it is a nice bike, enough power, nice and light...
But: it didn't give us any shivers, and we were both thinking: we want to drive a BIKE.

I think the decision has been made to go on the AT's......
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Originally Posted by dstehouwer View Post
I think the decision has been made to go on the AT's......

I really don't think you will be disappointed...
Adventure: it's an experience, not a style!
(so ride what you like, but ride it somewhere new!)
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More and more we are thinking of making the final decision to go on the AT's...
I'm practising a lot with drifting; Mirjam is training a lot with lifting the bike.....

We are having a lot of fun, and planning the whole trip.
In autumn this year we'll go to Morocco for a final testdrive! (already bought a trailer for the bikes ;-)) We both have H&B panniers (alu), but we'll try to sell them and buy Touratech/Zega instead. H&B is just not strong enough.....

I would really like to go to the Ripley-meeting, but who wants to join? Please mail me a.s.a.p.! We can go cheap with my car, or with the bikes!

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2 months ago i had to make the same desission.
and i also bought a africa twin.
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... I used a XRV 650 from 1988. We drove 65000km in North-and Southamerica. I had to replace 1 chainset (DID X-ring and chainoiler), 1 clutch cable, 1 bulb headlight and 1 Vergasermembran (the rubber thing) inside the carburator. That`s it ... I used the Heidenau K 60 (140/80/17), which lasted about 25000km and no flat !
I bought the cheapest oil I could find (10W40 or 20W50), don`t use a K&N airfilter when it`s getting dusty, use the paperfilter!

We used soft saddlebags, I personally don`t like the metal panniers (dangerous and very heavy) and we had custommade tanksidebags. If you want metal panniers I would recommend RMS RMS - Reinhard Guhr Rennsporttechnik he is very skilled metal welder and worked for the Sauber formula 1 team a couple of years ago.
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