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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-16-2019, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help me with my thinking process - ThruxtonR to BMW F850GS Adventure

Never thought it would come to this.... and might still not go through with it...

But need to bounce this off like-minded folks here... since this is my motorcycle support group...

I am starting to spend more time with friends riding longer distances... so far, because of the mix of bikes, the range has not been an issue. We would stop within the range of my Thruxton R and fill up until the next stop...my bike has not been the limiting factor in range because we have bikes in the group that need to stop even sooner than I do...

Until now...

The next two trips are with a smaller group and will be for a longer distance.... one trip coming up is from Florida/Georgia to San Francisco... the bikes in that group? 5- Honda Gold Wings, 1- Harley Street Glide

Ergonomics with the Thruxton R has never been a problem for me, very comfortable for long hours riding without issues... Good thing that I never switched stock raisers for the short ones that came with the fairing kit. The problem is range and possibility of having to repair tubed tires on such a trip... for the tires, I could do what others have done and seal the rims (have all the parts at home), but I have not found any aftermarket solution to increase the range in my bike...

And I do not want to be the guy in the group that is going to make them stop that often... already discussed this with them... some of them can go 200-300 miles without stopping... pretty sure they will stop every 200 miles for refueling and breaks... my bike can't make it that far without refueling...

I love the looks of my bike... this is a bike that I know already that I will regret trading in...

Since there is no way that I will get a Gold Wing, not because I do not like it. I actually do (a lot). But afraid it will happen what happened with the Harley Road Glide CVO, and Road King CVO that I had... too big for me to enjoy on the casual/short rides I like to do around the local areas... Those were great for long distances but I would jump on the Sportster, that I had at the time, more often than on the large touring bike that I had... argghhh... anyway...

I am looking at the 2019 BMW F 850 GS Adventure... on paper and videos, looks to be a great option for longer riding (6.1 usable gallons so around 340 miles range). On road and off-road capabilities... so that opens up my ability to go into places I would not dare take the Thruxton into... built to carry stuff with the luggage setup... Ugly as sin... but looks like easy to maneuver so I would still feel good using it for the short rides...

What do you think? I know already that I am regretting writing this post... and as I write this I start thinking, should I just rent a bike for those long trips?

Just needed to share... not sure what the heck to do...
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post #2 of 65 (permalink) Old 07-16-2019, 04:15 PM
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Extra Gas tank/s and a foldable thingy to pour the gas is what you can use (i do that). If the question would be "my friends are hitting the rocky rocks and im unable to follow them" then an adv bike would be the answer, but you are only hitting pavement.

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Extra Gas tank/s and a foldable thingy to pour the gas is what you can use (i do that). If the question would be "my friends are hitting the rocky rocks and im unable to follow them" then an adv bike would be the answer, but you are only hitting pavement.

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But you still have to stop to pour the gas in... or do you have the extra tank connected somehow to auto feed it to the bike's tank?

To be able to use my bike I will need to have enough gas to run 180 miles without stopping for refueling... at 70-85ish mph this bike sips gas fast
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I don't know about the new BMW twin engine, but I've ridden the original twin that was in the ST/GT model and it was very buzzy for me. Have you ridden the BMW?

What about an older model ST or ADV bike that won't cost much to buy or insure as a second bike for longer trips.
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The way your post reads you don't sound all that crazy about the idea of giving up your Thruxton. I'm a one bike guy myself but I agree with Felony. Get a cheap second bike with a big tank.

Scratch that. I see that have you already have two bikes. Plan B: go with what you have have or make better friends.

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I don't know about the new BMW twin engine, but I've ridden the original twin that was in the ST/GT model and it was very buzzy for me. Have you ridden the BMW?

What about an older model ST or ADV bike that won't cost much to buy or insure as a second bike for longer trips.
That what I plan to do actually. Second bike dedicated to riding 2up though. Speed Twin isnít the greatest in that respect.
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I don't know about the new BMW twin engine, but I've ridden the original twin that was in the ST/GT model and it was very buzzy for me. Have you ridden the BMW?

What about an older model ST or ADV bike that won't cost much to buy or insure as a second bike for longer trips.
I have not ridden one... will try to do that this Saturday, just spoke to the local BMW dealer (who is also a Triumph dealer). I have gone from having multiple bikes to having just one... I do not want to go back to multiple bikes ownership... trying to stay with just one.

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The way your post reads you don't sound all that crazy about the idea of giving up your Thruxton. I'm a one bike guy myself but I agree with Felony. Get a cheap second bike with a big tank.
I do not want to get rid of my Thruxton... love the bike. If I could add a few gallons of gas to extend the range (without stops) the tubeless tires could be done easy, I would be set... I really would prefer not to give up my Thruxton... to the point that I might just skip these two trips and keep calm...

I still want to demo ride that BMW to experience how it feels...

Thank you both for your comments.
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Triumph has tunnel vision and only sees the Bonneville as a TT (tavern to tavern) bike and doesn't think we'd want to ride further than the stock tank allows..

For touring they want us to buy multis when the twins will do a nice job and we might already own one.

A touring option or accessory tank/seat combo for Bonnevilles al la the old Norton Interstate would make a lot of sense.

Perhaps that's available across the pond?
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The Thruxton R may fall short in the fuel range department, but I imagine it would out perform the two Harleys and Gold Wing any time you pull of of a paved surface. I really don't get the Adventure Bike hype but just about any bike is closer to an adventure bike than those three.
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But you still have to stop to pour the gas in... or do you have the extra tank connected somehow to auto feed it to the bike's tank?

For sure possible. Not yet, but in my to-do-list.
As well as a keyless monza cap so the loading gas time will shorten on long trips.

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