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post #1 of 3 Old 03-15-2014, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of going ADV style

Like a Tiger Explorer 1200

Keeping my 919 of course, but the idea of having a shaft drive and all the other goodies is pretty tempting, not to mention the bump absorbtion on our ever increasingly bumpy and not gettin' any smoother US paved roads.
My question is, when ridden at a brisk pace, will I be let down coming from sport bike and the sweet handling 919? I know ADV bikes are not canyon carvers but I still don't see how they can't be a hoot with sport-touring tires mounted, and on certain roads even [I]more[I] fun. But I've never pushed one very hard and only test ridden a Multistrada around a short loop for 10 minutes so it's hard to say. Thoughts?

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Whatever happens, this will be fun.

In the comparison videos I've seen, the Explorer was the heaviest and most akin to a sport tourer. Evidently canyon carving on the new 1200GS is a breeze but it's pricey. The best off road was the big KTM but it's still chain drive. While not the best in any one category, the best all around including bang for the buck went to the Super Tenere. I want one.

Also watch for the new DL1000 to hit dealers any day and the new 850 Yamaha triple in an adv frame may be coming soon too.
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I moved from the 919 to the Super Tenere. The S10 is definitely a bigger and heavier bike compared to the 919, but very well balanced and stable when moving. I have no problem throwing it into the corners like the 919 or putting around at walking speed. I considered BMW / KTM / Triumph, but I chose the S10 based on features, bang-for-buck, reliability, and low maintenance costs.

Since you're keeping your 919, you already have your do-it-all bike. In your case, I would say go with the Triuimph or KTM. Something that will really let you take advantage of the dirt roads Colorado has to offer.

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