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Photo by Josephine Flohr, Elephant at Camp, Namibia

I haven't been everywhere...
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Excellent read, thanks a lot. Have you or anyone else taken a look at the 300 Rally? More power, less weight apparently. Seems to be a good step up from the 250. Agreed with you on almost all accounts. Only doubts that remains for me are, as you rightly pointed out, the days in which you need to take the highway/freeway to get to where you want to go. I would assume that an easy 130KM/H pace would be needed. WHile I was based in Bolivia for work I did Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Peru trip with my Triumph Thunderbird Sport 900 and boy did I enjoy it but in the back of my mind only two words came to mind: LESS WEIGHT! Thanks again for sharing, great read!
New 300 Rally has a 6th gear overdrive, good for 120KM/H cruising.
I rarely go faster than that on my 1200gs in Europe. In fact I have a 190 mile weekly commute at the moment, motorway (highway) door to door. Last Thursday it took me exactly 3 hours to get home, sitting mostly at 120Km/H on a 1200gs LC. I could have done exactly the same journey on a 300 Rally.
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Big or small

I took a tour in Southern Algarve to the Spanish border.

235 km. 4 h driving
=> around 60 km/h. Yes that is correct. Small villages and twisty roads. Hard to get over 60 km/h as average.

I had the choice of two bikes
a) 300 kg, 155 hp, crusing 160 km/h the whole day without efffort. If you have a road that allows that. Top speed 260-270 km/h (on the speedo)
b) 150 kg, 30 hp, easy crusing at 120 km/h, top speed 150 km/h ?

You do not get any price for guessing which one I used.
It is so relaxing and nice to ride something.....
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Honda CRF 450L

Hi there. Great article needs definitely will check out your blog. Did you ever consider the CRF 450L, or perhaps it wasn’t around when you were on the hunt for a bike. If you did, why did you not go with it? Just curious
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Probably due to the 450 maintenance schedule...
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Probably due to the 450 maintenance schedule...
And the obscene price,
And the small tank,
And the uncomfortable seat,
And the poor fuel economy,
And the difficulty of actually finding one in the UK...

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Most lack both the self insightfulness, honesty and cincerity about the personal needs - that you have shown here. I think there is a lot to be learned from by reading articles such as yours. I also liked the fact that you were honest about you having a natural tendency to use all of the power you have at hand (in my early days I found I had to sell off my crotch rocket or end up dead - as I simply could not help myself against trying to get it up to top speed in all the wrong places all of the time).

Being honest about what one intends to use the bike for - for the duration one intends to own it- is paramount to finding the best tradeoff. In this, also being honest about one's own capabilities (riding, turning a wrench, etc), as well as being honest sbout the peesonal relative importance of various "nice to have" features.

If I was to go on an RTW any time soon, I may very well find that I would buy and tailor a CRF 300 Rally to my needs (I think it would be the best tradeoff for me for such a trip). But as I currently rack up more miles on shorter and very civilized adventures closer to home - with only the occasional dip into far away lands - it makes more sense for me to invest my time and money tailoring my T7 to the conditions I ride the most - and simply just having to endure all the negatives of such a big and expensive bike when venturing into the realns where the likes of the CRF 300 Rally rule. I sometimes think I ought to get the CRF in addition to the T7, but as a recovering bikeaholic the little sense I have left won't allow me to spread my time and money on more than one bike (I'm currently at two and still trying to cut back from 9). Now, with my T7 having been tailored to the point of it being like my second skin - I would be a hard choice to trade it in for a CRF to go RTW - take the financial loss off all the adaptations and upgrades and start all over with a bare bone CRF, only to miss the hell out of my T7 upon my return.
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