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  • hairyone
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    Yep: That's the nature of the nature of our nature of riding... Our occasional stack is a given.
    One may say: If he'd gunned front over it: But-then: The arse would kick-sideways anyways.

    He should have seen it coming? Yet dappled light does & will play tricks on brain & reflexes.
    I've experimented with several lens-tints. Yellow & Blue. Anglers use such to see their Trout.
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    The fact that it's a relatively 'big heavy bike' isn't a factor imo.
    Imagine the other extreme; a Mountain Bike would bite more.

    I like having mass under me, I've mostly had that work for me.
    I prefer to be riding a bike; than my own body-mass riding me.

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  • tmac450
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    Originally posted by axel View Post
    I know nothing about these big bikes I admit. Steering dampner may have made a difference? Or do they already have them?
    Not sure about the T7, but my 1190 has a dampener as standard.

    Yep, cross rut, soft sand, etc and these things can take you by surprise. I'd say that hole was deeper, steeper and more square edged on the exit than it looked on film.

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  • axel
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    I know nothing about these big bikes I admit. Steering dampner may have made a difference? Or do they already have them?

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  • Pete40
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    Originally posted by Spac View Post

    What actually happened there? Not trying to rag on old mate, but it didn’t look like the bike spat him off, more like he assumed that it would and he just sort of gave up.
    Seen a few like that from behind. Just happens so quickly there's nothing you can do. There was no way he was hanging onto that. They're heavy effers. That's the problem with adv bikes. The manufacturers need to make them lighter for all the relatively inexperienced people getting out there into it. Mind you, experience wouldn't necessarily have got you past that crash hole. He had just sped up a bit, probably not quite enough to actually jump that hole. "Bummer" is all you can say. I give old mate top marks for waiting 5 to see how it went.

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  • 380EXCQLD
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    Apparently he was at another accident a few weeks earlier that was attended by the same blonde ambo.
    Dislocated clavicle, 6 broken ribs & a punctured lung seems a bit much for her attention though

    Looks to me like the previous bumps get the rear off the ground so that the full weight of the bike bottoms out the front when it drives into the face of the hole, the front end is full lock to the left as it exits the hole, pitching old mate off.
    He obviously wasn't ready for it and was possibly too far forward.
    Overweight unfit old farts don't bounce either

    I've ridden that track in reverse from the campground virtually every weekend the past few months and was expecting old mate to bin it on the rocks earlier in the vid.
    The sandstone sure would've fcked up his nice new bike a lot more.



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  • Spac
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    Originally posted by 380EXCQLD View Post
    ...and try not to do this!
    What actually happened there? Not trying to rag on old mate, but it didn’t look like the bike spat him off, more like he assumed that it would and he just sort of gave up.

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  • 380EXCQLD
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    ...and try not to do this!

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  • 380EXCQLD
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    Good stuff Jimmy, but where's the pics?

    If you haven't seen them yet, check out MVDBR on youtube. Josh has had his 700 for about 6 months and has some good honest tips & reviews on add-ons etc.
    They also have some good vids from the last few years of big bikes going where they probably shouldn't, especially his mate with an AT.

    Please keep us posted on how you get along with yours. I'm pretty sure you won't be selling them anytime soon.

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  • Jimmy
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    We bought Tenere 700s. We will be doing long distance and i think the way it rides HWY and dirt roads is ideal. Anyway we both rode it and both loved it. I think it was kinda between the Africa and this and the Africa is just too high tech and that little bit bigger and a fair bit more $$....anyway we may love em or not. If we dont, then we will sell and get something else.

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  • Pete40
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    dont really want to sell mine because I've always said if you could only have 1 bike (god forbid) then the 690 style is it.

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  • 380EXCQLD
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    Originally posted by silverfox View Post

    Love my 701. whih is the same bike, but with bigger tank, more suspension travel and white. will take it anywhere my 350 beta will go, including an mx track!!!!. 6 litre rade tank added and well over 340km range . Great on the black top, will sit on 12+ all day long. Ticks all my boxes as I want more off rad than on. If you want more blacktop.buy somthing else as other bikes do that better. It does not excell anywhere, but does it all well as far as a dirt bike goes. The 19/20 have to much crap on them IMO, mine is a 17
    I haven't ridden one, but earlier this year I met an old pom on one at the top of a big mfing grade 4 hill at Kenilworth.
    He had a sweat up (as all poms do out here!), but he'd ripped up there first shot, while a few blokes 20 yrs younger than him needed a 2nd go, on more suited mounts.

    I'd surmise a 690/701 would be more than capable of blowing a few cobwebs out of an old hairy one

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  • Pete40
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    Originally posted by hairyone View Post
    I'd consider the KTM 690... If I could afford it... Which I can't.
    I guess such money on such bike is such maintenance too.
    I'm interested to know from DBWers in the know: Speak up.


    My 2008 is for sale hairy. You could probably afford that. No huge difference to 2019 if you ask me.

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  • silverfox
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    Originally posted by hairyone View Post
    I'd consider the KTM 690... If I could afford it... Which I can't.
    I guess such money on such bike is such maintenance too.
    I'm interested to know from DBWers in the know: Speak up.


    Love my 701. whih is the same bike, but with bigger tank, more suspension travel and white. will take it anywhere my 350 beta will go, including an mx track!!!!. 6 litre rade tank added and well over 340km range . Great on the black top, will sit on 12+ all day long. Ticks all my boxes as I want more off rad than on. If you want more blacktop.buy somthing else as other bikes do that better. It does not excell anywhere, but does it all well as far as a dirt bike goes. The 19/20 have to much crap on them IMO, mine is a 17

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  • hairyone
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    I'd consider the KTM 690... If I could afford it... Which I can't.
    I guess such money on such bike is such maintenance too.
    I'm interested to know from DBWers in the know: Speak up.


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  • tmac450
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    Originally posted by Jimmy View Post
    I wont be even thinking about anything entirely dirt biased like the 790 or T700. the 1190 is even possibly too dirt biased, i aim to ride one this sat.

    I do want lots of power, when you pass a road train you want to do it at warp, i dont want to sit next to one while i wind up 70hp. So plenty power on the hwy is good. 160hp offroad is about 120 more than i would need My offroad will be dirt roads and easy tracks.

    Which GS have you got?



    Update on a GS for you.

    We did a 600k, two day adventure ride on the weekend, mostly off road, some gnarly single and a heap of fire trails.

    One GS didn't make it after bottoming out the front suspension on a drainage mound on a fire trail, the engine case cracked in 3 places where the frame bolts on.

    If you've looked at the front end set-up on one of these, they have a sort of front swing arm, which often bottoms on medium hits and can come in contact with the frame. Looks like over this GS's 70k life it finally copped one hit too many and most likely will be a write off.

    My 1190 was a dream everywhere. Got through everything easily and I found myself having to help some of the smaller bikes get through sections. At least I got to ride a bit of variety and found while the smaller bikes were notably lighter, they also weren't as planted on the really gnarly sections either.

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