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    Default I Need A Motorcycle Before I Go INSANE!

    Im phishing for the best overland motorcycle to trade for my (2 for 1) 1990 Dodge W-150 and 1990 Imperial 20' Cutty Cabin combo.

    What id like to do is build a bike that can comfortably cruise on the highway but still take the back roads with ease.
    Grew up on motorcycles but got old real fast so dont need fancy just uber reliable and easy to PM myself.

    I think id like something big but dont know enough about overlanding to say for sure.

    Any and all comments will be greatly appreciated.

    (First joined in 2010 but never had anything to say before :-)
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    I got myself a used 1200GS, which is great for paved roads and dirt roads - all I'm ever going to use it for.
    If you're going to do serious off-roading, consider something a bit lighter...
    "You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but can you pick your friends' noses?"

    1994 4x4 Chev 1.5 ton flatbed, 6.5 turbo diesel, 90 gal. fuel tanks, Ranch Hand bumper, tool boxes, extra lights, neutron collider, etc. etc.

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    2010 BMW 1200GS with luggage, led lights, air horns

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    I got myself a used 1200GS, which is great for paved roads and dirt roads - all I'm ever going to use it for.
    If you're going to do serious off-roading, consider something a bit lighter...
    "You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but can you pick your friends' noses?"

    1994 4x4 Chev 1.5 ton flatbed, 6.5 turbo diesel, 90 gal. fuel tanks, Ranch Hand bumper, tool boxes, extra lights, neutron collider, etc. etc.

    1997 Toyota CE Land Cruiser, lifted and built, etc. etc.

    1994 Chinook 4x4 on Ford E-350 Dana 60s, 460, E4OD

    2010 BMW 1200GS with luggage, led lights, air horns

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    Quote Originally Posted by peneumbra View Post
    I got myself a used 1200GS..
    Yep
    Thats what i had in mind!

    But
    I also really like this thing. Im not even sure what it is. Lol
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    Well, if you combined the two, you might end up with something... interesting.
    For paved and dirt roads, you don't even need the GS - a regular 1200 RT would do just as well.
    The only real reason I got the GS was that a guy at last year's Expo had one for sale with a low suspension/seat setup at a good price, and they make you look pretty cool ('specially when you wear one of those spacesuit things when you're riding).
    "You can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but can you pick your friends' noses?"

    1994 4x4 Chev 1.5 ton flatbed, 6.5 turbo diesel, 90 gal. fuel tanks, Ranch Hand bumper, tool boxes, extra lights, neutron collider, etc. etc.

    1997 Toyota CE Land Cruiser, lifted and built, etc. etc.

    1994 Chinook 4x4 on Ford E-350 Dana 60s, 460, E4OD

    2010 BMW 1200GS with luggage, led lights, air horns

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    The one on the left is a MotoPed. https://motoped.com/
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    The upper image is a Motoped, road legality is questionable in many areas.
    https://motoped.com/

    Check out CSC Motorcycles. They are a seller of brand engineered Chinese motorcycles that has been around for several years and I've mostly seen favorable reviews for.
    Adventure bike called the RX3, 250cc, $3895, $230 doc & assm, $150 crate
    Dual sport called the TT250w $2195, $230 doc & assm, $150 crate
    http://www.cscmotorcycles.com
    Aaron

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    Thanks for the comments.

    Anyone here building an electric or hybrid dual purpose motorcycle?
    (Large frame: 6'2" & 250+)

    There are roughly 350+ days of sunshine a year here, i will live 100% off grid soon, so renewables (solar and wind) are certainly in my future.

    The first is what i want but the second is what i can afford (and build in my gravel driveway)...
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    Going electric, I'd go light as possible. Something bicycle based.
    Aaron

    2005 Astro (Gandalf) - AWD, 4.3L, 3.42, 140k+ miles
    1997 Astro (Grumpy - $250 Rally Van) - AWD, 4.3L, 3.42, LSD, 2" lift, 31" tires, 335k+ orig engine, $30 eBay fuel pump
    2016 Patriot (MaK - Her Jeep) Painfully stock
    1980 KE100 (Bessie) - 100cc of fury

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihatemybike View Post
    I'd go light as possible.
    Like this!

    I better get a BMW AND a Bomber...
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