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Video: Extreme adventure test - part two

We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure on an off-road adventure and to really test their abilities, we enlisted Stan Watt, who finished 34th in this year's Dakar Rally. brightcove.createExperiences(); View part one here

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

Oh Lordy

That assplains it then.  The cam probably got scored from a child labourer's hand that got left in there during assembly.

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stonecoldkane

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XL600V.

I really fancied a KTM 990 Adventure 2 years ago to compliment my other bikes, but then l remembered my old Honda 600 transalp. Fine on road, really capable off road, 220 miles to a tank, bullet proof and cheap. So l bought another one, then rode it through all that snow. Chucked it down the road a couple of times at speed but no real damage. I still have it, and even though sometimes l dont ride it for 2 or 3 months it always starts first push of the button. I am shortly off for a tour of Scotland and Norway on it. Still fancy a 990 Adventure but cant justify the extra money over the Transalp.

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jackintherok

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jackintherok says:

Fair deal for Yamaha

What have you got against the Super Ten? Your first review was conducted with a total emphasis on speed and an unhealthy respect for the GS1200. And now you've managed to crack the sump, which probably means that some star took the sump guard off before making the bike do stuff it was never meant to do. And, you keep going on about the reliability of the GS when it even let you down twice, and on the second let-down had to be taken to hospital. How much did it cost to fix?

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sandmacker

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sandmacker says:

Boy , it's hard to choose in this one . It really gets down to where your riding the thing .  Whilst Im no expert , it's common knowledge that these big bore bikes lose out on the dirt .They are just plainly too big to pick up if they're put down . They are in my opinion long distance tourers that cater for the back dirt roads and the occasional track .the KTM leans towards the dirt moreso than the bitumen , and the triumph is more towards the black stuff .   And are they pricey ! . When you look at the SV 650 Suzuki or the TDM yamaha (modded) for nearly half the price , that pretty well do what these bikes do , albeit not as well , I'm having difficulty in accepting the extra price of these behemoths to go bush bashing  . I've gone bush bashing on my TDM , to scratching it with the hyper bikes the next week end, to touring on the holidays  . In that the triumph gets my nod . It can do it all , and that's where these bikes are at in my opinion .And it's the cheapest bike here also . All bikes are brilliant in saying though

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davidmorgan

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davidmorgan says:

Too heavy

I'm in the market for a new adventure bike (my 22-year-old R80GS getting a bit ratty) but I'm not going to be seduced by these ridiculous heavyweights.  Over the years, having rented a KLR250, DR350 and XT660 in Turkey, I've come to the conclusion that lighter is better for brown laning.

I won't be buying any of these bikes.  I might have a look at the KTM, but it's still heavier than my R80!

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cbrpilot

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cbrpilot says:

Given the choices and budget, I'll stick with the Africa Twin. Bullet proof engine, no fecky electronics or immobiliser, no ABS or traction control, no spangly pretend bash plates and fake dirt bike looks. Does what it says on the tin, good on fuel and never let me down.

I'd probably have enough cash left over to put the fuel in to go round the world too.

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