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  1. Texas Forever

    Texas Forever Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Might as well...

    Sport - No thanks.

    M - Mega no thanks.

    Tour = No thanks. Why is everything black?

    Roadster - The F900R has promise. I wish it looked like a motorcycle.

    Heritage - Well, ah, I wouldn't kick the R18 Classic out of bed unless it ate crackers.

    Adventure = Now, we're talking. I might be inclined to go with the 850 v the 1200. I like smaller bikes.

    Urban Mobility - No thanks, I'll use Uber.
     
  2. donv

    donv Two Time F1 World Champ
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    F900R is a cool bike. A friend of mine just got one.

    GS 850 and 750 are great as well. I like my 1200 but I can see the appeal of the smaller bikes as well.

    What about the R nine T?
     
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  3. donv

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    And when are you going to do Triumph?
     
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  8. donv

    donv Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Thanks! I just need some better weather now, to ride them. Although the ride through California was fine, the ride from the Oregon border north was cold and wet.

     
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  9. BoulderFCar

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  10. donv

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    Yes. The more I've ridden it, the more I like it. And on a long trip, it really shines. Riding it to Starbucks and back, which is basically what I did with it for the first year of my ownership (don't judge me-- I had some logistical reasons why I couldn't stretch it's legs) is definitely not it's sweet spot, although it's not bad at that either.

    I still haven't had it on dirt or gravel yet, but will probably do a bit of that this summer. I suspect I will prefer my Tiger for that sort of thing, but it's nice to know the GS can do it.

    It's not perfect, but on the other hand I can't really think of anything I would change about it at this point. The guys I rode with both had 1250s, but I don't really see any big advantage. They got a tiny bit better gas mileage, but most of that may have been because I was the last guy and sometimes had to charge to keep up.

     
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    I should add, I have big plans for the GS. Baja next winter, and then Alaska in a year or two. Then maybe the east coast.
     
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    Blue RT for me. Year will depend on where I'm at money wise when I can't hold out any longer. Maybe a decommissioned RT-P and I'll paint/refurb it. They are in constant stock at my local dealers.
     
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    A good friend of mine bought an old state police RT, and painted it. He used it as a commuter/leave at the airport bike for years, and I think was very happy with it.
     
  14. muk_yan_jong

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    Bought this 2000 R1200C Stiletto (obliously it sat out back for a bit) and still kick myself for selling it. Great all around machine and I swear it ran better in rainly/crappy weather. Had barbacks and the long drag bar. Nowhere near as good as the gymkana guys, but I coulda got there with her.

    Got a G310R in 2018 (gone now) as a goof and while the clutch was absolute isht (solved on the new ones) and taking it over 70 was sketchy, I relearned some critical handling skills. An elite MSF bike at best, but it was cheap and fun.
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  15. Rifledriver

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    For Alaska trip have good rain gear. The dry season in Alaska is the rainy season in BC. I really don't mind rain when dressed for it and visibility is OK. I don't think we had a dry day in BC. California was dry, Oregon was dry, Washington was mostly dry but BC had rain every day. BC did have the best roads though. And I thought most scenic.
     
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    I bought mine just because it fell into my lap and they're as common as anything in Asheville. It seems everyone other bike is a GS. I didn't expect much. Now, it's pretty much all I ride. It's so under stressed and still has plenty of power. Nothing dazzling but more than adequate. I trust it completely.
    I'm trying to figure out the tires. I just mounted some Michelin 90/10's. They're pretty much worthless off the road and roar above 70MPH on the highway. I wish I would have bought street tires. Really a good bike.
     
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