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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.
Both will do the job. Indeed, a Goldwing would be fine.
Transalp is a bit better on bad-roads/tracks, but this route is wholly tarmac road. Having ridden one of them on the route, I know it to be tough and reliable.
It used to be the case that EFI was considered less good for overlanding - hard to repair if it goes wrong, parts not available. It's not said so much now - things are much improved. And fuel injection is nice at altitude.
I´m from Portugal and have owned a Transalp for slightly over a year now, bought it new. As expected it doesn´t have any problems at 10000 miles. I don´t abuse it on the road, don´t rev it hard, but do like to try some tracks, and things do get hairy sometimes. It´s not an offroad bike, but you know that already.
I have added a Givi crash bar that made it more resistant, I had a series of tumbles on a steep rocky climb two weeks ago, on of which made her slide for a few meters and it didn´t fare too badly, scratched bars and a couple of scratches on the fairing, held better than I thought it would.
First gear is too tall for trail use, and a bigger front sprocket is important not to abuse the clutch, I didn´t change mine not to overstress the engine at motorway speeds.
If you´re planning on touring two up, you´ll probably find the Strom´s extra power a benefict, along with it´s lower fuel consumption. The Transalp starts to drink a bit more at sustained high speeds or if loaded up. However, it´s a very relaxed engine, a pleasure to ride around on, encouraging you to take in the sights.
I have heard of a few people having problems with the Strom´s turbulence behind the screen, so a high speed test might be usefull, it obviously isn´t the same for all riders, although it´s said to be a lot comfier than the Transalp regarding the passenger seat and body position.
I never rode a Strom, but my evaluation is this, regarding what you might consider more or less important:
- Reliability and sturdiness: choose the Transalp
- Fuel economy and power: Strom
- Off tarmac handling: Transalp
- Road handling: Strom (from what I´ve been told a few times)
One other (uncalled) advice is: if you´re going to tour two up for a long time, maybe the best choice would be to arrange for a ride on each one, along with your wife/girlfriend, and let her decide, lots of points earned right there, hehehe
I am on the Europe to Australia route right now, two up on a Transalp and I think that Simon hit the nail on the head. The Transalp is a very, very reliable bike and comfortable in a lot of conditions. And its a great two up bike.
But the TA's heavy and so is the V-Strom. Fine for two up, but for solo, I think its a bit big for the Europe to Asia route. You will have a lot more fun on a lighter single, as it will be much easier on the rough stuff and you will have more confidence off the beaten path.
You will have no idea how big your bike is until you ride in a developing country...
Thanks for the info Pedro. That confirms what I had already heard. I think I'm leaning towards the TA at the moment. Although to be fair, I haven't ridden a V-Strom before. I might have to arrange a test ride.
David, point taken. Small bikes do have a lot going for them. I learnt to ride on dirt, so I'm not too concerned about my ability on the rough stuff. But, I'm not looking forward to tackling the traffic on any bike, let alone a tourer. Unfortunately, I'm not buying this bike for the sole purpose of traveling through Asia. It will have to do a number of jobs, one of which is cruising on the highway. Unless I can find the cash for two bikes, I'm afraid it will be a compromise. Thanks for your input though.
Nick, I have been reading your posts, and also the topic that i've started, which i appreciate your help for. I think as everybody says, there is not such perfect bike, we all have to use what we can afford, so if it means one, single 125cc bike, we have to do it with that. I like the Transalp too, i can send you the link of the guy here in brisbane that has all the touratech parts. Have you look on bikesales.com.au for a XTZ tenere? they seem to be around $5-6000 for a 96-98. Let me know.
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