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post #1 of 8 Old 01-02-2007, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all,
New to the site & thinking of buying a DL650. My friends & I are travelling from Canada to the tip of South America in 2007. I presently own three Suzukis but none are the right bike for the trip. My question is: would you recommend the DL650 for a trip like this? I've looked at the BMW R1150GS but I'm concerned about the weight. With the right amount of after market protection, would a DL650 hold up? ( 3 months & 30,000 km's)
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Hello all,
New to the site & thinking of buying a DL650. My friends & I are travelling from Canada to the tip of South America in 2007. I presently own three Suzukis but none are the right bike for the trip. My question is: would you recommend the DL650 for a trip like this? I've looked at the BMW R1150GS but I'm concerned about the weight. With the right amount of after market protection, would a DL650 hold up? ( 3 months & 30,000 km's)
Thanks for any info,
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You might go to www.horizonsunlimited.com where there are many adventure reports. And the answer is yes about the DL650. I have heard that there are mostly decent roads except for having to fly over the Darien Gap and probably all of Columbia. The DL is a good compromise between a dirt bike and an all out street bike for a trip like this and at a price not to bad if you drop it a few times. I personally don't like the idea of taking a $20,000 bike on anything but nice highways (speaking of the 1200GS), and the GS is overly complicated IMHO.

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Agree with jdpower, take a DL650. They proven even on globe-around-trip.

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Thanks for the comments & info. A dealer in town is making a demo bike this month. I'll take it for a test ride. From what I've heard from owners & read in magazine reports it's a great bike.

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Somewhere on here ( I think it's here anyhow ) there are a couple people taking the DL650 on a trans america run.. ie from Chilie to Alaska. depending on when you are planning to do this they may have some good info for you. Here is their web site.
www.noblequest.org

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Somewhere on here ( I think it's here anyhow ) there are a couple people taking the DL650 on a trans america run.. ie from Chilie to Alaska. depending on when you are planning to do this they may have some good info for you. Here is their web site.
www.noblequest.org
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The couple of guys taking the DL650 totally agree. Im sure on your trip you will have the time to explore some more of the back roads and off the beaten path kinda places, all of which will make this bike even better suited to your adventure. Where are you from and when do you plan on going? We would be more than happy to help you out with the planning, seeing as we will likely have done it only a few weeks or minths before you take off.

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-18-2007, 11:42 AM
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Here is a couple that just did a Ride from CA to the tip of South America. Very cool... OH and they did it on a Wee two up.

http://pedroandmaria.blogspot.com/

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