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    Default Looking At Joining The Dakar Club

    Hello all,

    Need some advise,
    I have a ST1300 for my road touring

    And I am looking for something to do some
    Light off-roading logging roads winter stuff.

    I looked at 2 bikes today 2012 G650GS
    10,500 miles

    2001 F650GS Dakar 5,300 miles

    Now I have done some research and understand the 2012 Has ABS and other changes.

    And I understand it’s not the same and they make a Sertao version more like the Dakar.

    I drove the 2012 g650gs And the 2001 Dakar
    I would have to say the 2012 did not seam like the same bike.

    Here is my take:
    Yes the 2001 is older and doesn’t have the abs
    But aluminum frame spoked wheels better suspension.

    Don’t get me wrong no disrespect on the 2012
    But it felt like a toy compared to the Dakar.

    So 2012 10,500 miles newer and 3,200
    2001 Dakar 5,000 miles 2,500

    I am leaning on towards 2001
    Dakar just seams like a rugged machine
    It has a few bruises but runs great.

    What do you think?

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    I have a 2003 dakar, 15 tooth sprocket and renthal bars. I like it on forest roads and snappy enough on the tarmac . It's still a heavy lump off road when going is slippy . Of its size and for mainly tarmac with gentle off road it's good. More gnarly stuff would look at smaller more off road bike. Enjoy .

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    I believe the dakar will have the original made in Austria (silver) engine while the 2012 bike will have a chinese made (black) engine - in case it makes a difference to you.

    Does the 2001 bike have FI or carbs - think it's FI.

    Think I'd go for the dakar if it was my choice.

    Dakardave is right though - these bikes are ok for light off-road but something much lighter is better for anything more serious.

    Buzz.

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    Ya
    I am thinking the same thing
    Yes it’s fuel injected
    I am only worried it will be to heavy for off-road
    Anyone take theirs off road

    And it’s older Also I may want to do some road
    And the single worries me on that.

    I am also looking at a triumph 2012 800xc ?

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    Trump is much more road biased and heavier , I'm wimpy about taking the dakar into sloppy deep mud and single track, find I use it more for exploring unclassified roads and chalk roads. Singles great if your on your riding solo and blatting along b roads. Guess you need to work out what you want do with a bike. P.s. there really aren't that many green lanes for dakar or triumph . Not near me anyway !

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    Well I am
    In the Pacific Northwest
    And there a a lot of logging roads
    I am not interested in mud and crazy off-road

    But you do have to travel some highway - country roads.

    I guess I am looking at being able to be on the road and if is see a gravel road I want onto explore being able to do it.

    Can do that on my st1300

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    Dakar then

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    2003 F50GS Dakar (Modded)
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    I just sold my 2003 Dakar, after owning it for about 10 years. I heavily modified it with YZ forks, Ohlins's rear shock, and lots of off road protection (a side 'tank' panel is USD$580!).


    My first question, with the utmost respect, is; 'Can you ride?'
    Throwing a 200kg 650 around on tight or slippery tracks takes some experience/skill. Many times I felt like I couldn't ride well enuf to use the bike to it's full potential, and I've been riding off-road since I was 12, and done 15x BMW GS Safari rides.
    But when I had to ride 900kms home from a 5 day 4000km Safari ride, I was much happier to be on the 650 than a WR450.
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~grsmith...ling/costs.pdg
    Msg me if you want to know anything about owning Dakar.
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