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2WheelTad

650R or L.......Maybe BMW 1200GS???

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I'm planning on buying a bike to ride about 70% road and 30% Baja type trails. I'm a Honda man by blood! My wife would really like to come on some cross country rides. (maybe 2-3 times a year) Two up for long distance does not sound like fun on a XR. Maybe a (I hate to say it) BMW 1200GS dual??? Or if I do the XR should I be looking at the R model or the L??? Planning on lots of miles on the bike!! Thanks guys...

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KTM 950 (older and carbureted) or 990 Adventure (new with ABS and fuel injection)...that would be my choice for a long trip. It is a dirt bike that goes well over any terrain. The Beemer, is a street bike, that can go on gravel. Plus, it is wide and VERY heavy. Just a thought. check out advrider. com, they have miles of posts regarding the topic.

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KTM 950 (older and carbureted) or 990 Adventure (new with ABS and fuel injection)...that would be my choice for a long trip. It is a dirt bike that goes well over any terrain. The Beemer, is a street bike, that can go on gravel. Plus, it is wide and VERY heavy. Just a thought. check out advrider. com, they have miles of posts regarding the topic.

Thanks! Some of the BMW riders at advrider.com had some really good input!

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If you go Honda , your wife will not like the R since it is designed for a single rider. The L is set up (sorta) for riding two up and would most likely be the better choice in your case. The 650L is a little heavy and can be a handfull on nasty trails, but with minimal suspension fiddling and a fork brace can be made to do fairly well.

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I just test rode a friends bmw 1200gs all I can say is it is a very nice machine.If you're going 2 up and not going to get into anything real nasty in the dirt you and your wife would love it.The single I can't imagine would be to comfortable on a long trip.Ah what the hell buy 'em both she'll understand:thumbsup:

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The 650r is not a great bike for two up. I bought the buddy pegs a few years back and do ride with my wife a bit, but it's far from comfortable.

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