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    I worry about some techno-gizmo's too. As a...

    I worry about some techno-gizmo's too. As a computer geek/nerd I love 'm, but I see lots of problems coming from them. I have a Volvo beside my BMW R850RT and the newer models featur stuff like...
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    I'm planning on doing the reverse: go to the US...

    I'm planning on doing the reverse: go to the US with my own bike. I want to go for 2-3 months, so the shipping of the bike is less than renting one for a month...
    I found a company who can ship (by...
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    Well....you can text on the bike as this Indian...

    Well....you can text on the bike as this Indian guy is demonstrating:

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RJT4PA7zqRA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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    The answer?

    The answer?
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    Who cares what the designation is or what it...

    Who cares what the designation is or what it means/supposed to mean? I couldn't care less if my R850RT was called the Q32WW or whatever. As long as it rides good.
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    Standing on the pegs on a racer is very difficult...

    Standing on the pegs on a racer is very difficult because the steering is too low. You'd be very uncomfortable. Om my R850RT it's not a problem, but I'm bend over a bit. A GS (and dirtbike too) have...
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    Lorena Bobbit...

    Lorena Bobbit could help him... ;)

    I think you folks in the US do these things just to entertain us Europeans...right? Ya'll having a laugh!
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    No, but I can't change a tyre to save my life ;)...

    No, but I can't change a tyre to save my life ;)
    The way our guy did it on the road to Dakar was a bit harsh on the rims I guess, but that was no problem then. With a little care you can do the same...
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    I'm no expert, but I've seen some people doing a...

    I'm no expert, but I've seen some people doing a tyre change roadside without all the fancy equipment and it looked like a simple job. Let me paint a picture for you:
    Morrocan desert, 40 degrees...
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    I've been absent for a while due to my Dakar...

    I've been absent for a while due to my Dakar expedition late last year and some family stuff. But I'm back and will be busy making plans for the Big Trip. I'll try and work out the route in a bit...
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    Nothing can be worse than the traffic in Africa....

    Nothing can be worse than the traffic in Africa. Don't go out there at night! The roads are bad enough as it is, but at night there are unlit donkey karts, pedestrians and loose animals out on the...
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    The high fender yes (like I said), but BMW didn't...

    The high fender yes (like I said), but BMW didn't make it into a beak straight away, did they? Or did I miss something? Not that it really matters anyway. It's all the same in the end. If you look at...
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    Maybe, but it's not like it's a punishment to do...

    Maybe, but it's not like it's a punishment to do it on a RT. The perfect bike does not exist and you'd need 6 bikes for different circumstances, but that is not to say that you wouldn't enjoy the...
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    Where did you get that idea? A GSA is almost as...

    Where did you get that idea? A GSA is almost as heavy as my RT. I can do the Alps on any bike, from a scooter to a HD. I honestly can't see the problem in riding such a bike. I also did 'adventure'...
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    Get a Stebel airhorn and use it every time...

    Get a Stebel airhorn and use it every time someone pulls a trick like that on you. It'll scare the hell out of them. It'll make them aware that you're there... ;)

    http://youtu.be/k4roQfeSTsE
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    I all depends what you mean by 'offroad'. If you...

    I all depends what you mean by 'offroad'. If you define offroad as 'just' soms dirt/gravel roads, it doesn't really matter what bike you have. Check out our own Sjaak Lucassen (R1 Sjaak, a Dutch guy)...
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    It's a styling thing. The beak should resemble...

    It's a styling thing. The beak should resemble the high fenders that offroad motorcycles have, like on this old GS:
    http://micapeak.com/bmw/gs/images/pdclassic.jpg
    I think BMW copied it from...
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    That's because it IS a scooter...

    That's because it IS a scooter...
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    That's the main thing! The propane tank won't...

    That's the main thing! The propane tank won't blow up, but fire starts because of a buildup of flamable gasses. You can put a cigarette out in a cup of petrol, but when it's hot, the gasses of petrol...
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    You mention spring. I don't know how solid that...

    You mention spring. I don't know how solid that is, but the first weekend of July is the annual BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It's the annual BMW party which lasts 3 days, free camping...
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    I do have a large tank and can do a minimum of...

    I do have a large tank and can do a minimum of 400km on one tank. I do tend to carry a little 'fuel friend' with 2litres just to make sure or to help others out. You never know.

    Sad to hear that...
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    You mean that racket they make? ;)

    You mean that racket they make? ;)
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    It depends. Problem is that most people don't add...

    It depends. Problem is that most people don't add up the hours in extra maintenance as a cost. If you start to do that, you'll see that chain drive is as expensive/cheap as shaft.

    My R850RT is an...
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    It's indeed a good starting place. It worked: I...

    It's indeed a good starting place. It worked: I got enough tips and good advice to make a 5 years journey... Since I still have some time and I'm currently very much tied up in my Africa mission...
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    In Europe the waranty is valid in all EU...

    In Europe the waranty is valid in all EU countries. I'm not sure is Andorra and the Vatican have BMW dealers... ;) Monaco is a seperate country, but for a lot of the legal and governemental stuff, it...
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