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    Polarbear Polarbear's Avatar
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    Riding GS Dirt/2 UP:)

    Anybody try yet, OR been doing so long like me? My GSA1200 carries me,wife and camping gear along the dirt byways just fine. I even taught this at Redmond last year for a few dually GS/GSAer's asking for it. We had a hoot and many learned something never though about much here. Maybe you should consider training with your "favorite" partner in life on board!!! I have been approached just recently and in my past, why not start something in my life, directed at just this topic. 2UP GS/GSA'ing. There are many great tips to learn for doing just this and you can share your favorite past time offroad with your significant other, as passenger. NO better bike has ever been made that could answer this challenge, just needing adventurous folks wanting to take the next step. Its been so great for myself, all my life riding my kids and wife too, on the back, offroad. Teach? Book forthcoming here? I don't know, just hung out here to see what 2UP folks think. Nobody offers this training, as I know it and it may need answering soon enough....Randy"Polarbear"Owens
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    I admit I never even considered GSing 2-up as an option and didn't take you seriously when you first suggested it when I was stuck in a predicament. Scary, heck yeah! I thought for sure I'd end up on the ground. But what a hoot!

    I'm sorry the weather was so hot and time was short in Bloomsburg. I would have liked to try parts of the GS track with you 2-up.

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    Hi Tracy:)

    Yep, we had a fun time and hot was indeed a thing this year in PA.. I know you and that new GS are doing great and even learning a few new things this year on dirt. Proud to have you on the friend list. I hope we meet again and share some trails/pavement, whatever...just ride on. Covering Alaska, NCanada is my newest adventure in planning, which would eliminate my Misourri next year, happy about my last state to m/c in and sad to not see friends at the rally.... Happy Trails to ya, Randy PS; 2UP OFFROAD BMWGS adventures I've done in recent memory; Imogene Pass,CO.(hard on the BMW equipment and rider, this one), Ophir Pass,CO., Pikes Peak,CO.,Death ValleyUSA all over,CA., Baja,MX., Grand CanyonAZ., Big BendNP,TX., Cascades,Oregon regions, Beaches of GalsvestonTX, Outer BanksNC and Central CA., numerous others around NAmerica have my tire tracks of a BMWGS in them, all 2UP dirt....I know the topic pretty well.....Best regards to all and comment about your experiences at it, with your S.O., please...IF none, better consider it, as lifes too short doing this alone...Randy

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    Yup, after hearing from you we just had to give it a try. My SO of 39 years and I did about 3 miles of relatively easy dirt roads with a few rutted places and a couple of sharp turns. She stood behind me, shifting weight as I asked, and the bike was as stable as could be. Of course, we were moving relatively slowly since this was our first attempt, but with that behind us we're ready to experience more! Thanks, Randy, for your help. We hope to do a good bit of 2up off roading in CO next summer.
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    Talking Been Going Off Road for Years...

    I've been GSing 2-up for years...first on a R75/6, then R100/7, K75s (all by accident of course), and then the K1200RS (thanks to Lucy the GPS that lies). Now we're on an '09 R1200GSA (best 2-up up touring bike ever) and we have yet to be off pavement in 6000 miles. I'm thinking this would be a great opportunity to learn 2-up off road skills. We're in!!!
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    I removed the passenger pegs from my F800GS as I never anticipate needing them and they just seemed to get in the way.

    I do appreciate that some do wish to or need to carry a passenger and I can see how doing so off the highways could have its challenges. I would suggest that the passenger would need to be part of the learning process as much as the rider as it would require a concerted and coordinated effort by both to manage the bike in challenging terrain.
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