We took the BMW R1200GS, Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 and KTM 990 Adventure on an off-road adventure and to really test their abilities, we enlisted Stan Watt, who finished 34th in this year’s Dakar Rally.
View part one here: http://youtu.be/umHWLA8X2ik
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Again like our post about the Dalton Highway, we thought we would take this opportunity to introduce the Dempster for those who are going to embark on this specific road this summer. Also, for those who missed our summer 2011 post about this amazing road. The DEMPSTER…what to say. All depends on the weather and you own riding sanity and tolerance. Take extra gas on this trip and we hope everyone has nothing but SUN!
Click on the links below if you want to read our posts from last year when we were blogging live from the road.
The Dempster Highway, also referred to as Yukon Highway 5 and Northwest Territories Highway 8, is a highway that connects the Klondike Highway in Yukon, Canada to Inuvik, Northwest Territories on the Mackenzie Riverdelta. During the winter months, the highway extends another 194 km (121 mi) to Tuktoyaktuk, on the northern coast of Canada, using frozen portions of the Mackenzie River delta as an ice road (the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road). The highway crosses the Peel River and the Mackenzie Rivers using a combination of seasonal ferry service and ice bridges.
The highway begins about 40 km (25 mi) east of Dawson City, Yukon on the Klondike Highway and extends 736 km (457 mi) to Inuvik.
Much of the highway follows an old dog sled trail. The highway is named after Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector William Dempster, who, as a young constable, frequently ran the dog sled trail from Dawson City to Fort McPhersonNWT.
This is WHAT ADV riding is all about….those who ride the pavement only…need to watch this more than folks like us! ;-)
HOW do you turn the ABS off on this bike? Is there a switch or do you have to manually do it? ANYONE KNOW?
Some reviews are just too wordy and this one is no different. But if you read it you will get the idea. We still do not like the luggage set up for these bikes…bikes meaning the Tiger 800. The mount comes off the Sprint ST and moves with the bike. Luggage mount is plastic as well. When you buy one of these bikes really have a good look at the mounts for the Triumph luggage. If you are going to go off road and you know we are all bound to have our bikes lay down to sleep…think to yourself….will this set up, will the mounts survive a dump?
It’s rare enough for to any manufacturer to admit its new adventure bike is a rival for BMW, even when that’s stating the very obvious. But Triumph has gone a step further, it’s not only said the R1200GS is in its sights, we’ve been told some rather more contentious stuff about the German bike…
You have to applaud Triumph’s directness, first simply for naming the GS as the Tiger Explorer’s benchmark and rival, where others shy away or try to wriggle out of any conflict. Then the oft-reported weakness of the GS’s shaft drive was homed in on by Triumph in descriptions of its own shaft, in language which you don’t have to boil down
very far to end up with: our shaft drive is reliable where the GS’s isn’t.
Triumph manufactured a lot of hype for the Tiger 800, so it was a real treat to discover the British mount lived up to expectations. Not just a shrunken version of its big brother Tiger, the 800 was a purpose-built Adventure bike. Triumph even obliged an off-road oriented version, the XC, which features wire-spoked wheels and is easily the most dirt-capable Trumpet produced by the modern Hinkley company.
You be the judge….is this a good review of the three BIG ADV bikes out there? No Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200? I guess we will have to wait for that review later.