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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.
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Old 5 Sep 2007
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What bike do you have?

What bike do you have?
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Big, slow and heavy..

Honda Africa Twin 1998 30k
Doing the West Africa, UK to Capetown route this month.
Let you know how I get on..
Find out details of my 2011 trip to Siberia on a lightweight dirtbike:
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DR650 SUZUKI, with 33ltr safari tank, solo seat, soft panniers. 22klmltr, 30,000ks from chain and rear sprocket. Lots of fun and a joy to travel on/with. All the best Brian B
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Honda Africa Twin RD07 2003 20k
nice, reliable , and fast enough.


its all about freedom
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Old 9 Sep 2007
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Something for each

1995 Triumph Trophy 1200

2004 KLR650 ( red because they are faster)

2006 TW200

Because one bike can't do it all.

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93 BMW K75s

Modified slightly, but pretty much stock...underappreciated for RTW trips

93 BMW K75s
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my malfunctioninmg collection...

1968 Triumph Trophy. Missing some teeth of kickstarter cog. Not running

1993 Cagiva Elefant 750 LE. An attempt to replace my much loved 95 Elefant 750 LE that I took across central asia. Bike was torched by some chave who couldn't get it started when trying to steal it. Needs tax, test, wing mirrors some indicators and a bit of TLC (launched it onto a dry stone wall). Not running

1989 FZR 600 which is in about 300 pieces spread around my house as ornamental decorations. Most definitely not running

As you might have guessed I seem to spend a lot more time working on bikes than riding them. Think this is why I like Ducati powered and wired overland bikes!!
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My bikes are in my signature:
Jan Krijtenburg

The bikes I ride are a Honda GoldWing GL1200 Aspencade and a 1978 Honda CB400T
http://jkrijt.home.xs4all.nl/ (my personal homepage with trip reports)
http://www.krijtenburg.nl/HU_BoZ/ (The HU Motorcycle Travellers Community in my area)
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R1200GS 2004 19,000 miles.

Two bikes in one, well it is when you have two sets of wheels:
TKCs on spokes for the mud .....

And Pilot Roads on Alloys for tarmac (not used much).
Ride Safe & Rock HARD!
04 1200GS

I'm only wearing black until they find something darker!

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Just the one...

At the moment I have only one bike - a Honda Pan European which is proving ideal for the exclusively road mileage I do, most of which is two up with Mrs MarkE. I'm very tempted to get it a friend to avoid loneliness and which will be lighter and suitable for more adventurous journeys. I would still expect to stay mainly on the road, but the roads I'd stay on would not be as good (what Am I saying, I live in rural Oxfordshire where the local council use pot holes instead of proper traffic calming measures!). The temptation at the moment is for a wee-strom as they seem to be well regarded here.
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Moto Guzzi Quota 1000, sorting out the trifles before taking it to Iceland hopefully next year. I also have a MG 850 T5 with a sidecar, and my wife has a MG Breva 750. Awaiting pick-up is in addition a MG NTX 750, while my wife is awaiting an Aprilia RS 250 for track use. My new garage will be filled up rather quickly... :-)
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At the moment a 98 Honda Deauville with 38k miles on. And you could say i owned my dads bike the amount i clean it 03 Honda Varadero 1000.

But i hope to be getting a Yamaha XT660R for a africa trip in 2 years time.
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Howard the bike

A 14 year old Yamaha Super Tenere XTZ 750 that I will never sell, that did about 14k miles (20k km) top to bottom of Africa in 1995 with 100% reliability and zero maintenance.
It's also been all round the Middle East, Europe etc etc
Super Teneres are awesome and massively underrated. Obviously heavy, but they have the most unstressed engine (75mph, 3900rpm live forever) in the whole world. Perfect for overlanding, most of the time on ordinary roads, gravel roads and sandy tracks, life will be cool - just occasionally you will scream "you fat bastard" at it if you are in the mud somewhere.

On Ebay in the UK, crappy but rideable ones struggle to reach £750. Fantastic, restored ones with under 30k miles on the clock (and another 50k miles in the bank) go for £1750. Bargain. Happy days (if you are over 5'10")
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1965 Ducati 250cc that I circumnavigated Australia with. Blew it up in New Zealand. It's getting fixed in Melbourne at Bob Brown's Desmo Centre and soon I'll ride across the USA, fly it to the UK and keep riding East until I'm back in California.

Other bikes I have are: 1972 Norton Commando, 1972 Ducati 350cc, 196? Monkey Wards (Benelli) cafe racer, 1978 Yamaha SR500. Oh, and a 1978 Honda CX500.

If you have one for sale and it doesn't run, I'll take it!

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98' 1100 GS. 70k miles. Had since new. Never a problem yet.
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