BMW R1150 GSA for driving TET

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Don
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BMW R1150 GSA for driving TET

Post by Don » Wed May 29, 2019 6:43 pm

Hello everyone,

I recently bought a KLR650, and that broke down.. After that I bought a XT600, but that uses insanely much oil so that won't go either..

Now I am looking to buy a bike to do TET Poland, Baltic States, Sweden en Norway with and I found a good priced BMW 1150 GSA with nice options, something really differend then the other bikes.

I am curious what you guys think about taking such a big bike on TET, I have heard stories that the BMW Boxer bikes are easy to handle offroad due to the low center of gravity, is this true? How capable is it really offroad?

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Re: BMW R1150 GSA for driving TET

Post by Ard » Thu May 30, 2019 4:50 am

They are easy to handle indeed because of the low center of gravity.
The main problem is that the bike is very heavy. So if you sink it down in mud, or drop it over a ridge, you'll be pretty much out of options if you are alone.
If your off-road experience is not very comprehensive, I'd sooner opt for a Honda CRF 250 or something like that.
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Re: BMW R1150 GSA for driving TET

Post by Meetchee » Fri May 31, 2019 11:15 am

And for the price of your second hand BMW, you'll get a new CRF 250 and you'll save a lot of money. You won't be able to ride fast on the road though,
When it comes to offroad weight is always the enemy as Ard says!
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Re: BMW R1150 GSA for driving TET

Post by TomsTrails » Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:06 pm

I own a BMW R1150 GSA built 2004 and I'm thinking of doing the exact same thing; driving (portions of) the TET with it. In the meanwhile I'm doing offroad training with a 1200/1250 to improve my skills to do so. But still, my 1150 feels/steers a lot heavier then the 2018/2019 models. So I'm not sure yet. Going to do some more research on improving the driveability.
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