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post #1 of 21 Old 04-04-2014, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm planning on getting another bike soon. Keeping my klr but I'm gonna get something with a little more power and I'm going back and forth between the vstrom1000 and the super ténéré 1200 whichever one I get I'd like to still be able to off road on it. Any thoughts or opinions?

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So I'm planning on getting another bike soon. Keeping my klr but I'm gonna get something with a little more power and I'm going back and forth between the vstrom1000 and the super ténéré 1200 whichever one I get I'd like to still be able to off road on it. Any thoughts or opinions?

Well the New V-Strom 1000 looks cool but I wouldn't buy a first year bike.

I read somewhere that the Super Tenere is getting redisigned not sure if that's a good thing or not.

If you've got the cash the new water cooled GS gets great reviews.

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I haven't even thought of looking at a Beamer. How much do they start? I can get a st for 13k new


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So I'm planning on getting another bike soon. Keeping my klr but I'm gonna get something with a little more power and I'm going back and forth between the vstrom1000 and the super ténéré 1200 whichever one I get I'd like to still be able to off road on it. Any thoughts or opinions?
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I'll ask, what do You Mean as to OFF Road?
Graded gravel, passable by Subaru? Or 2 Tracks, rough enough to Require 4 wheel Drive and LOW range to boot?
Or something in between those two extremes?

Nothing rougher than Graded gravel, V-Strom.
In-between, Super Tenere.
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Mostly graded roads but occasionally I'll go in bad. Real bad. Just depends on what kind of day I'm having


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Neither the Vstrom nor the Tenere is capable of "real bad" offroad use....or anything even close. Stick to the KTM950/990/1090 Adventure or perhaps an F800GS and start lifting weights.

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Now I'm wondering how I made it to Inuvik and Prudue Bay on my V-Strom............

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triumph also has some nice bikes. dont count them out

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post #10 of 21 Old 04-30-2014, 05:50 PM
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I would go to the Beemer forum before buying one. I have a friends with a GS 800's and 1200's. Very disappointed. The GS 800 was sold. He got a 650 Kawasaki Verse. The 650 has more power, a better warranty and less problems. BMW has become a real exotic. All the problems of valve cover leaks that can't be fixed and more. BMW has all the excuses for not fixing things under warranty. The Can Bus electrical system with microcotrollers and proprietary electronics. BMW is the only one that can service the bike. BMW no longer has a reputation for user friendly maintenance or reliability.

KTM is is a great bike. But also has it's problems. ECU's that need to be re-flashed. Also hard to work on even to do a simple oil change.

Funny thing is, the people I know go back, or to a KLR. Even the guy with the Verse is back on a KLR.

I know the KLR is under powered. But it is easy to work on and reliable.

Check the European Vstrom sites, it has been out for awhile. I've read the May 2014 Cycle World report, V- strom vs KTM 1190 BMW R1200 GS. It didn't do to bad.

You could find people on this site that are former BMW and other brand riders.
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