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Lois Pryce - Lois on the Loose - Touring Question?

Thanks to whoever recommended this book. It was fun to read about a young woman on a 250 Yamaha who traveled from England (shipped her bike to Alaska) and then rode to the tip of South America, mostly by herself. A 20,000 mile ride.

I'm not quite finished, but wanted to ask the question:

If you were to duplicate the trip, what would you ride? K1200LT, K1600GTL, small dirt bike,

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Considering the roads, lack of roads, fuel, maintenance, lack of both, etc., what would be your choice of bike for the trip?

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I certainly am not of a mind to attempt something like that, but my opinion at first would be a K1200 GS, then I think about the weight and maybe a 650 or 800 GS. That is thinking in BMW terms though, there are certianly other bikes that could tread the line between function and weight, like a KLR, or Tenere.

I would like to be able to carry enough spare parts and creature comforts to make the trip more likely to be completed, so the really small bikes would not be my choice, but the weight if dropped would probably keep me away from the heavy ones.

Not an easy choice! Any of the above would do it, just depends on how you want to do it.

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TT500 Yamaha or 610 Husqvarna for late model
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Triumph Explorer....it has cruise control...next choice would be a R1200GS


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A properly kitted new generation KLR would be my first choice - covered in no residue
Scotch® Tough Duct Tape | Thank You duct tape and lots of dirt to make it look like a rat bike.

"Properly kitted" would double the base price of around $6K for a new one - but that's still about 1/3 the cost of a similar set up for a GSA... I could travel for a year on the difference.

Regardless of what I was riding it would have a Kryptonite U-lock. I hate walking. ...and if that KLR WAS stolen (in the US) I would have $2K from Kryptonite to get back home with.

(full disclosure - I own a 2001 KLR with 9K miles that I paid $500.00 for...)


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After reading the book, one of my main concerns would be bike maintenance. She had lots of break downs and it seemed like the small Yamaha was pretty easy to repair and keep on the road. It was way under-powered, but managed to make the entire trip.

It would definitely have to be a bike that was good off road. Probably the less electronics the better. An interesting challenge.

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I recall seeing in the "Long Way Round" videos that their cameraman had at least 2 occasions where his bike - an older JUM of some kind - was easily repaired by competent mechanics in small towns in third world settings. For me, that points to something simple and basic. The KLR 650 comes to mind. One cylinder, simple to fix, regardless of where you go.

I think in the same series the celebrities on their R1200GS Adventures had a cracked/broken frame a couple of times. These were also repaired by locals. And, there was an incident where they flooded an engine during a river crossing; it was easily solved by pulling a cylinder head (?) and flushing the water out. So, maybe it doesn't matter what you ride (small and simple or big and complex) if it's repairable by the rider with average skills and it's a quality product.

I like the idea of cruise control, although you might use it some small percentage of the time on a trip like that.

As Dennis said this is something I don't see myself doing, but it's fun to think about.

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Definitely my DR 650. Pretty much bullet proof, easy to work on, reasonably easy to pick up and good fuel economy. Whether just putting around on that bike...or rippin' it in the dirt...always a smile on my face. Because it's pretty much unchanged for the last 15 years, parts are pretty easy to find and I'm told generally available in Central and South America.

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Defintely a DUAL sport and only Suzuki has dealers in the tiny 3rd world countries that I know of since I have a friend who duplicated her ride and found Suzuki dealers just about all countries heading south... A bigboat LT or touring bike would NEVER survive the terrain she went thru

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Definitely my DR 650. Pretty much bullet proof, easy to work on, reasonably easy to pick up and good fuel economy. Whether just putting around on that bike...or rippin' it in the dirt...always a smile on my face. Because it's pretty much unchanged for the last 15 years, parts are pretty easy to find and I'm told generally available in Central and South America.
Great minds think alike.

I've got a friend with a DR650 and it is a VERY competent bike - and mo' bettah' off road than my KLR. I like them so much I even have a DR650 rear shock on my Kawi.

I'm going to spend the next week putting around the White Mountains on mine - thousands of miles of dirt roads, decent fishing and daily high temps of 75F. Just pull off the road into the forest and pitch a tent. A hammock and fully charged Kindle complete the picture. Life is good on a thumper.


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Re: Lois Pryce - Lois on the Loose - Touring Question?

I've never ridden one, but how would the Vstrom compare other than it is about 100 lbs. heavier than the DR or KLR?

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I've never ridden one, but how would the Vstrom compare other than it is about 100 lbs. heavier than the DR or KLR?
I've also not ridden one, but I'm told the weight, lack of clearance and soft suspension really make it a pretty poor dual sport bike.

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