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    Bike for the north and long distance??

    Ok...l am looking for a bike that I will have mainly on the road and some off road for when I want to go fly fishing. Currently the KLR650 is good but I am finding it is "winding out" on the highways up north where I reside and would prefer a bike that I can use in both situations comfortably. The general speeds on the roads around here for the traffic is around 110 to 120 kms. I am forever being tailgated even by the big very frustrating. I am also looking at going on a long distance ride towards Florida and need a bike that will do well in that situation also. The bikes I have been looking at is the BMW F650 GS Dakar. My concern with this bike is the "winding out" on the highways. The other one I was looking at was the BMW R1200 GS...concerned that this bike may possibly be too heavy of a bike for me to handle. I am experienced but not a seasoned rider. I also have been looking at the Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS the touring bike.

    If anyone can give me the feedback and opinions I need it would be greatly appreciated. One more thing...what is the DucatiM695 equivalent to in the bike world?? Thanks!!

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    Check out this website as well. Good luck!

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    I had an 1150GS when I lived in Fort St John. Great bike for the roads up there, but the unpaved roads get slippery when wet, and the GS could be a handful. I didn't have any problems, but depending on where you are, BMW/Ducati service is going to be a long way away. The 1150/1200GS bikes are easy to work on (ie. valve adjustments), but the other stuff might be a challenge for a local mechanic.

    The F650GS is probably nicer than the KLR on the highway and as a fairly conventional bike (for a BMW) probably wouldn't lead to service headaches. But for the long distances one tends to travel on pavement to get anywhere up north, I'd prefer to have something more road-focused. I'd consider the VStrom 650 (or even the 1000). They are ugly, but they're good value for the $$, and there are many accessories available.

    I'd look at the 1200GS or KTM 950 if money wasn't an object, but that's just me.

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    I would recommend the V-Strom 650. I have had a KLR and then a couple of litre class sport bikes before gettng the Strom. The V-Strom is great for general street/highway use and can manage most unpaved roads. It is however NOT a trail bike...

    Great luggage and accessory options, good reliability and excellent dealer network.

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