Decisions, Decisions GSA, GS or ???
From feedback from other posters I think that at +/- 5'9" (barefoot) and 30" inseam, I may be too short for using a GSA on more technically challenging terrain. I am looking to do some long, cross country trips in developing countries:
My riding will be:
-On pavement (But-poor road quality common to expected in sections) 50%
-Dirt roads 30%
-Poor dirt roads, washed out in places 20%
-Poor fuel availability, variable quality
Right or wrong I have a lot of confidence with BMW Boxer reliability, basic maintenance and feel comfortable with the riding position. So (I think) want to stick with a BMW.
-Large tank, long range
-Stocked with extras
-Very high seat height
-Lower seat height
-Cast rims, prefer spokes
-Need to add lots of extras (standard on GSA) to get it tour ready
F800GS- Pro +
-Off-road round the world capable (still to be decided?)
F800GS- Con -
-Not a Boxer (Is this still relevant?)
-High seat height
With the above in mind am I better off ??:
-Buying a GSA and making it lower?
-Buying GSA and learn the Flamingo
-Buying the lower GS and adding large tanks and extras?
-Buying another non-BMW bike?
Appreciate all the advice, feedback and comments from people that have earned their experience the hard way.
Training is the answer...
Kevin Sanders, Double Guinness World Record Holder (Trans Americas and Round the World), run three Trans Americas Expeditions (2005, 2007, 2009), runs BMW Rider Training School for the whole of the UK, Ridden 500,000+ Miles throughout the world all on an 1150GS or 1200GSA, leaving for London to Beijing via Tibet and Everest Base Camp on 17th April.
He has 29 inside leg.....
If you really really want to be inspired [url]www.tamsinjonesdakar.co.uk[/url]
Tamsin is under 5 foot and rides a GS Adventure as an instructor on the Off Road Skills School (Official BMW Off Road School for UK like Rawhyde)