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post #1 of 7 Old 12-02-2010, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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BMW or Dl1000 RTW advice

I have a 1150 GS ADV but considering seriously getting a DL1000 ( after selling this one)for my next RTW 2 up , I like the bemmer but do think that the DL is lighter and easy to take care of it.
here are few question I would like to be answered.
1)can the Stroom carry 350 pound of people and 50 of gears on gravel road ?
2) what will be the best year to buy
3)what are the best usefull mods to do (engine wise)
4)how is the off road 2 up loaded ( sand and gravel )
5)does anyone did a bigger tank.
I was thinkinking about the 650 but the engine maybe weak for that much load.


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post #2 of 7 Old 12-02-2010, 11:55 AM
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1)can the Stroom carry 350 pound of people and 50 of gears on gravel road ?
Yes very easily.. One of the reasons I bought the 1000 over the 650..
2) what will be the best year to buy
Im not sure any year over 05 is that different over the other.. I would get as late of model as you find for a good price
3)what are the best usefull mods to do (engine wise)
Not sure there is much really to do to the engine.. Many will say take secondaries out, K&N, etc.. But I personally feel the K&N has hurt my mileage. I added a Power Commander to help make the engine run smoother which it did, but Im not sure pipes are worth the money..
4)how is the off road 2 up loaded ( sand and gravel ) Not having ridden a GS I can't imagine with the weight difference that the DL1000 would be any worse.. The roads Ive been on mine has handled fine..
5)does anyone did a bigger tank.
Not that Im aware of.. If you find one I would be interested..

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I gave up an 1150 RT when maintenance costs surpassed the enjoyment factor and went to a DL 1000 in 1998. We routinely tour 2 up comfortably and the only maintenance has been fluids and tires.

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I gave up an 1150 RT when maintenance costs surpassed the enjoyment factor and went to a DL 1000 in 1998. We routinely tour 2 up comfortably and the only maintenance has been fluids and tires.
Curious, where you got on in '98 ?


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60k miles of touring, some thru 3rd world countries, speed is not an issue, I'd go with the Wee for better fuel economy, lower maintance requirements especialy on the annoying things like tires, chain, sprockets



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1)can the Stroom carry ... ... ? ya

2) best year ... ... 05-09

3) best usefull mods (engine wise) K&N air filter

4)how is the off road 2 up loaded ( sand and gravel ) ok, better than bmw

5)does anyone did a bigger tank. no
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post #6 of 7 Old 12-18-2010, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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I did tried both bike this week and to my surprise both bike are very similar with the difference in power , I am now convince that my next bike will certainly be a DL650 with ABS if I can find a used one . I will actually put my GS ADV for sale after Christmas and then the hunting for a bike will start .My choice on the 650 came to me mainly due to the fuel economy factor and weight saving, since both frame are similar and I do not care for more power I will be happy with the smaller bike . I did most of my trip arround the word on small bike so even if this time should be 2 up I am please with the power of the 650.Th eonly draw back are low clearance and small tank.
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Since we're here in the same town and all, you can ride my DL1000 if you want to. I think you'll be impressed.

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