I don't care if you ride a Honda CG125 or a Hyabusa, I appreciate all bikes.
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I presently own 4 BMW GSes of different vintages as well as a Kawasaki KLR 650.
This 1990 BMW R100GS was bought new. It was my first BMW and also my first GS. The simplicity of the airheads make this model one of the best of the GS line as far as I'm concerned. It has great range and comfort. It is now properly stored for future enjoyment while I drive my GS Adventures.
My 1986 BMW R80 G/S Paris Dakar was bought used some years ago and will undergo a complete professional restoration which I'll get around to one day. It is nimble and has fantastic range.
When BMW finally came out with the "2 Spark" in 2003, I knew it would solve the surging issues that has plagued the "oilheads" since they first came out, so I decided to give one of those "high tech wonders" a try. I bought this 2003 BMW R1150 GS Adventure new.
After years of searching for another R100 GS or R100 GS PD in good shape, I finally gave up. I couldn't pass up a great deal on this new 2004 R1150 GS Adventure. This purchase was to replace an older 1980 R65 that I used for my Euro tours.
To summarize: the GS line-up can't be beat for long distance comfort and fuel range without getting into a Winnebago of a motorcycle. Other than the Valeo starter on my 1990 BMW R100 GS, they have all been trouble free since my first BMW purchase in 1991.
My 2002 Kawasaki KLR 650 was purchased for tours into more remote areas. There are far better bikes out there in its class, but they don't have the simplicity, range and relative comfort of the KLR.
[quote="brendanm"]I wouldn't want this to turn into a mine is better than yours.
But my bikes are better.
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