I know, this blog is only intended to cover this trip, however I do have a soft spot for trailies, as I have been riding them like for ages, ever since I owned my XL500S back in 1979, I got hooked on this type of bike, the whole experience was fueled with my passion of big Desert Raids.
So take a minute and view the bikes that made it to the hall of fame.Desert Raid Hall of Fame
|XT600 Tenere (Owned it)||XL600V Transalp (Owned it)|
XL750 Africa Twin
XT600TZ (Owned it)
Cagiva 900 Elephant
|XLV 1000 Varadoro (Owned it)|
A lot of R&D has been happening over the last couple of years, BMW introduced the GS1200 Adventure, Honda revemped the venerable and lovely Transalp, Yamaha has pulled out from the twin war and reintroduced the Tenere for 2008.
The Big news is around Moto Guzzi Stelvio which gets the 8 valve 1200cc twin and produces more than 100 horsepower and massive torque according to Moto Guzzi's official note. The wind-shield is adjustable and below the wind-shield sits a magnum 50mm USD fork and radial Brembo callipers. Guzzi is on the come back and this is a promising bike..The Contenders
R1200GS Adventure (Owned it)
|Moto Guzzi Stelvio (want it)|
XL600V (Want it in 1200cc)
XT660Z Tenere (Ugly)