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I'm in the final stages of selecting a bike for a solo three month cross country trip. I'm looking hard at the R12R. But to be honest I am looking at others too. I had a deposit on a Super Tenere. But It won't be here in time for my trip.

Looked at used GSs but most are beat and I'm short. The KTM 990 Adventure is still in the running. Had a 950 and loved it. But it was not without it's share of issues. So is a used R1150R in super shape. But I worry about unforeseen maintenance issues that would add extra cost to my trip. The new Tiger 800XC has some appeal as well.

But I'm starting to wonder if day in - day out the 12R might not be a better choice. I probably won't be doing any extreme off road because I can't risk a trip ending wreck. But given the fact that most of my trip will focus on the PNW as it's also a search for a new Job. I think I will encounter a fair share of forest and dirt roads. But set up base camp, drop the bags and off you go. Zipping along in new found areas with a sweet bike to enjoy. And I can actually touch the ground.

I like the tubeless tires on a trip. as well as the shaft. No Chain maintenance is good. But gear ratios are what they are and you're stuck with them.

I'm at the point where I think I'd rather ride in clean air the get the he!! beat out of me from dirty air coming of a larger screen.

I'm really starting to lust after the DOHC 2011 R12R in Red. I think properly set up it would be a great cross country runner. Expensive, yes, But under full warranty. Smoother, faster, better luggage. And Versatile.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I'm short and I did the longwayaround stuff for years on a GS. I can also squat 450# which isn't nearly enough for all the times I had to pick it up on logging roads. If you want an adventure tour, the best advice I can offer is don't go alone.
 

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When i went on my trips they were far away from the city the difference in the air quality is amazing it's like day and night. Honestly cant wait to start cruising on the R1200R, seems like the type of bike to enjoy on long road trips.

Some guys go alone and have a blast of a time, not sure how they do it. I guess some people rather go alone. Going with someone or a group of people is loads of fun.
 

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I've put 3k miles in the month I've had mine with no issues. I have taken it on a couple 2-3 day trips and has been nothing but reliable. Seat gets old but ordered a gel insert to remedy that.
 
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