I am looking for a dual purpose bike. I need it to first of all be an enduro,
but that it can also travel efficiently on the motorway for long days. On
the motorway I don’t care about asphalt capabilities, just that the bike
can keep a high march speed for hours and a full day and get me from
point A to B. I will be using the bike in two environments – enduro and
motorway. Enduro capabilities are important, asphalt are not.
I am a farmer. I use the bike on the job. I cross a bumpy field, I go in
between my trees all over the properties to see how dry the soil is and
to check the pasture or the weeds. Some times I chase escaped horses
in the river land going over fields of pebbles and going into the river
spinning and dancing a bit over the river rocks and getting the wheels
decorated with algaes and mud all over the bike.
In the weekends I go on desert roads. They curve so nicely that I cannot
help but putting the hind wheel a little bit ”out” in some curves. Some
times I get into sand but it is not much. The Honda XR 250 (year 2000)
handles it without problems. Some times I climb a hill too on a narrow
burro path in between cactuses to get on top and get a great view. That
is the most challenging thing I do and the 250 is not good enough always
(or rather it is just me) because I get off the path many times and maim
Then there are some times when I need to travel far. Like 1500 km in just
some days on the motorway. This is why my 250 needs an upgrade.
My Honda is perfect for all the work and weekend use. I don’t use it to it’s
full capabilites. I don't take it to it's limits. Therefore I have never fallen
with it while doing enduro for example (just fell once on the gasoline station
when starting up the engine...). I don’t do jumps or pull it on the hind wheel.
Don’t know how to do any of those things. I just use it to get from point A
to B and get the job done. It is a working horse to me.
For my next motorcycle I would like something that can do the enduro
things that I usually do. And in addition to that I would like the higher
motorway march speed.
Since I do not use the 250 to it’s full enduro capabilities then a 650 will probably
be good enough for me. I saw this video here YouTube - How To Ride A KLR650
That would be all I ask from a bike’s enduro capabilites.
I do not use my 250’s enduro capabilites as much as this.
That was Kawasaki KLR 650. I like it.
I would also consider Yamaha XT 660
Yamaha XT 660 Tenere
Honda 650 is not for sale in Chile.
The Suzuki 650 lacks water cooling. I think that is not good but I am not an expert.
Then there is BMW 800 GS. It is almost too pretty to use for me but I guess
I can get used to seeing it very dirty.
Does the Tenere have a weak fork? It just looks so long to me. Maybe the
other bikes have equally long forks just that they look different because of
the way the rest of the bikes are built.
I am inclined towards the BMW 800 GS because it should manage to keep a
march speed of 150 on the motorway. The 650s would do less.
I am inclined towards the Kawasaki KLR 650 because it is said to be an
easy fix it yourself. And it seems to be a prefered bike by many.
I am inclined towards the Tenere because it has an attractive look.