Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Technical, Bike forums > Which Bike?

Which Bike? Comments and Questions on what is the best bike for YOU, for YOUR trip. Note that we believe that ANY bike will do, so please remember that it's all down to PERSONAL OPINION. Technical Questions for all brands go in their own forum.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

AMERICA’S PREMIER MANUFACTURER OF MOTORCYCLE SUSPENSION

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 18 Jul 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Mexico City
Posts: 436
Best Bike for USA- Somewhere South

I have had over 60 people stay at my place with a variety of bikes and I started to look at their reliability. Here is my list of bikes and some of their problems. I will try to be as objective as possible.

2 BMW R100. 1 had problems with a small spring in the gear box which was fixed very quickly. The other had a stud strip in the cylinder which was also replaced easily.
5 BMW 1150 GS. 3 had final drive problems
5 BMW 1200 GS at least 3 had final drive problems
12 650GS most had no probllems but some had rear shock problems and water pumps
2 Aprilia 650 pegasos 1 had a rear shock problem
1 Buell Uly It hade no problems
3 Honda Transalps 1 had no serious problems. The other 2 are somewhere in South America and have had some minor problems}
1 AfricaTwin. As far as I know no problems
1 Kawasaki 750 Sceptre from the 80's . No problems
8 Kawasaki 650 KLR´s. 1 had it's engine rebuilt 3 times
2 KTM 640. 1 had problems with valves.
4 V-Stroms only minor problems
1 Suzuki GSXR750 with Jesse Panniers- No problems apart from the rider suffering from a sore butt
1 DR650 No serious problems
1 Suzuki ts185 No problems
2 Ural with side cars No serious problems 1 of them is somewhere in Central America
1 Yamaha 125 Lots of problems but lots of miles. It had been from England to South Africa and was a little the worse for wear. Since replaced with a Honda 125
1 Yamaha 500xs from the 70's Lots and lots of problems
1 Yamaha Seca 600 It had several problems but all easily and cheaply fixed
In conclusion I would say that any bike will get you there and back but that all of the Jap bikes (with the exception of the Yamaha 500XS which was in bad condition and I think was a POS in its day) do it relatively easily and cheaply. The 650 BMW seems to be a very good bike although the rear shock and water pump are a problem. The big BMWs are great if you have the money and the warranty. They are great 2 up and the BMW dealer gives you free coffee.
I will take a long trip in the not too distant future and am almost sure I will do it on a Jap bike.
Your experience may vary depending on rider's ability and mileage.
If anyone is interested in a place to stay in Mexico City our door is normally open.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 18 Jul 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Mexico City
Posts: 436
Another point I forgot is fun. There seems to be not connection between how much the bike costs, the value of the bikes in the list goes from about 750 dlls to 20 thousand, and the amount of fun people have. In fact the Australian guy with his 750 dll Yamaha 600 Seca seemed to be having a great time and was as unworried as anyone could be.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 21 Jul 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Helsinki
Posts: 1,586
Quote:
Originally Posted by garrydymond View Post
5 BMW 1150 GS. 3 had final drive problems
5 BMW 1200 GS at least 3 had final drive problems
Only 6 out of ten?? You´ve got to be kidding !!

They are great bikes in many ways, I really like them, but this shaft thing I just don´t understand. It´s not even such a complicated part, and one that should go on just about forever on a bike like this, simple as that.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 21 Jul 2011
brclarke's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Victoria, BC, CA
Posts: 510
If I ever get the opportunity to tour down to South America, unless I'm carrying a passenger or have a ton of camping gear, I will likely be on a Japanese bike in the 125-400 range. Cheaper on gas and maintenance, and generally easier to get parts.
__________________
Bruce Clarke --- 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 250R (black)
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 21 Jul 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Mexico City
Posts: 436
I think it may actually be 4 out of 5 of the 1200's had final drive problems. 1 of the 1150's had work done before the trip to avoid the problem.
I think they are great bikes to ride but way too expensive to repair and not as reliable as some other bikes.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
bike mechanic, parts and bike rental in cape town, south africa dogito66 Repair Shops, Africa 0 24 Jun 2011 09:31
which bike for South America? jroberts Which Bike? 5 8 Aug 2010 05:06
Need bike Dez10-Feb11 in Buenos Aires offer bike in South Africa Moto Zulu Bike Swap or Rent 0 1 Jul 2010 08:43
WANTED DIESEL bike or/and side car bike in Asia or South Amerika ihaveadream TRAVEL Bikes for Sale / Wanted 4 10 Sep 2008 20:30
need a bike in South Amerika Volker Lehmann Which Bike? 0 10 Mar 2006 21:02

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 07:00.