It’s been one heck of a riding season.
We started the season with a 2015 BMW F800GS Adventure, a 2007 F650GS, and an FZ-09. We added a 2016 R1200GS to the pack and sold the 650 and 900. I took on the F800 GSA from Paul, as he found and fell in love with the “triple black” 1200.
We ended the season with one motorcycle: the R1200 GS.
On September 11th I crashed my F800 GSA on an offroad ride and broke my tibia and fibula. The bike was written off; almost anything that could be broken on it was damaged, from the front rims, the dash, radiator, exhaust…I think the seat and 3 out of 4 footpegs may have been intact. The bike didn’t even make it to 10,000km before being destroyed.
I’m now back to work and working on rehabilitation for my leg. I should be able to ride again in the spring; the question is what am I going to ride?
I don’t see myself being able to dirtbike next season, nor will I be doing what we were doing when I crashed. I do enjoy the mellow off road rides that Paul and I did. Between my broken leg and bad knee (on the same side!) I think anything mellow is a good idea.
I still want a dual-purpose or adventure bike. The question is which one? Dual-purpose bikes tend to be lighter, but are built more like dirtbikes so they’re sometimes not as comfortable for long highway stretches. ADV bikes can do the type of off road riding I’m interested in and can ride all day on the highway but they tend to be heavy.
Weight aside, I think the ADV bikes are closer to what I want. I do more on-road riding than off. I’m concerned about the weight though; if I go that route I need something really well-balanced like the R1200GS (as opposed to the F800GSA; it’s nearly the same weight but feels heavier because the weight is up higher).
I do really like the look of the new Honda CRF250 Rally.
I know it’s “only” a 250 (it has the same engine as the CRF250Ls that we use at PRS) but it’s much less expensive than other options, it’s light, it’s be fun to ride, and it looks awesome.
I have a spreadsheet (seriously, check it out) of the bikes I’m considering. The 2017 Vancouver Motorcycle Show is coming up so I’m planning to spend a lot of time sitting on bikes and thinking about what I want. It’s crazy, but I think it’s between the CRF Rally, the Africa Twin, and the F800 GS.
OH MY GOD. I just checked out Honda Canada’s page to get links and the Africa Twin comes in the HRC tricolour this year!!!!!!!
Well, you can throw out all of my sound, reasoned arguments. I jokingly (?) said to Paul in the summer that if the HRC tricolour becomes available I’ll be running to the dealership to slap a deposit on it.
Seriously, I’ve been pining over pictures of this bike since it came out. This is the universe telling me that I crashed so I could have a tricolour Africa Twin.
Okay, not really but the timing is pretty good.
Poor Paul. This is all he’s going to hear about for the next…ever.