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MCN  says:

Would you really take the BMW R1200GS or KTM Adventure off road?

The KTM 1190 and BMW R1200GS are two huge updates to the adventure bike market, but would you really take either of them for some serious off-roading? pollcomment

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Jan 11

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snev says:


would you really take the BMW R1200GS or KTM Adventure off road? hmmmm.....this should be interesting.

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Dec 12

Posts: 1437

Diablere says:

i would only

take a bike offroad that i can afford to drop and damage, therefore ruling both bikes out!

if i was rich, hell yes.but i'm not:blink:

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Sep 09

Posts: 888

Rogerborg says:

It's gripped! It's sorted!

Let's park in the mucky end of the Sainsbury's car park! Silly question is silly. Aside from the sadly obvious dangers of hurling that much weight around in the veldt, how are you going to haul it out of a ditch without a camera crew and support vehicles?

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Feb 12

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Titosfuneral says:

Since I never owned a R1200gs I can't have. But when I owned an R1150GS I did a lot of off-roading on it. Took it through Monument Valley in the sand, up the Oregon trail, Over 3 Sisters and through Duchennes, Grand Canyon and Bryce National parks, to name a few. And it did very well in everything but mud. As for the expense, my attitude was - "after spending all that money, it *better* be able to go offroad" - and it did. Oh, and picking it up with those wide handlebars is a one handed affair once you know the technique.

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Aug 02

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spondonste says:

How to make overland riding difficult for yourself

Lets face it, KTM 1190 and BMW 1200 GS are the chelsea tractor equivalent of the bike world. It is possible to off road on them but then again it's possible to overland tour on sportsbikes (eg Nick Sanders and his R1 or triumph daytona). If you're likely to do a reasonable amount of overland riding on a tour then these bikes are a liability due to their weight. They're simply unsuitable for real offroad riding but road use with very occassional light green laning is fine for them.


If you look at the likes on horizonsunlimited web page for people who world tour on bikes then those who choose to ride mainly tarmaced roads would consider such a bike. Those tours with significant real overland riding generally choose older 600 (ish)cc size single cylinder dual purpose bikes like DR650/350, KLR etc.

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Jan 13

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They'll both surprise you with what they can do. Yes they react differently than a 450 enduro bike, but you need to put it on a trailer.

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Jul 10

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stickywicket says:

Check out Joe Pichler KTM and you will see on his current tour of Africa on the new KTM that the bike is more than capable!

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Aug 08

Posts: 15

enzo1098 says:

I sold my Multistrada and now just use the KTM640 for everything. It uses Half the fuel can cruise all day at 140KPH (In Australia that is fast enough for 1 month suspension loss) and is not stopped by rocky hills like the Multi was, It also cost half as much to register and insure!! So when they (any manufacturer) make a decent bike I will sell the old 640!

I Have a feeling I will not be upgrading for some time judging by what they are offering these days.

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Aug 02

Posts: 12

paulfielding says:


Stick some knobblies on a TDR250 and have some propper fun!

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Aug 02

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eatcs01 says:

GS off road

I take my 1200 Gelande Strasse (road/off road) every time I ride. I live on a private road.


OK, so it is STILL on road, but people forget that greenlanes are ROADS.


I bet more GSs and KTMs go off road, than GSXR/FIRBLADE/ZX/YZFs etc go on a race track. Surely the point of a race rep is to go on a track???

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