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29-03-2012, 10:56 AM
Hi everyone i would like to go on charity rally from
London to tbilisi and final destination still unknown you just crossing whole europe to turkey then georgia and after georgia pribably we will go to kazakstan asana is last stop.

it's around 7000 miles to travel and its my dream to go there it's happening late summer or september so i would like to ask experience biker who travels lot which bike is better to take have a two bikes 2001 africa twin with 35000 miles and cbr600 2001 with 8000 miles i am thinking africa twin can do this trip but i like cbr600 and i am kind of confused, it can be tuff roads and i am sure will be bad roads so cbr is not really good for that. So which one i need to take and what spare parts i need to have it?

Many thanks


29-03-2012, 11:02 AM
Gotta be the Africa Twin, unless you're really comfortable on the CBR and can manage with the reduced luggage.

29-03-2012, 11:19 AM
Thank you so much, i am still confused can i take both:))

29-03-2012, 12:07 PM
id say the cbr would be a disaster! deffo the africa twin, give her a full service before you head off, new brake pads etc, half the battle is making sure the bike is tip top, bring a puncture kit, small compressor, maybe a drive chain too. check out this link http://longwayround.com/ hopefully you'll get some tips on gear/supplies etcthumbup.gif

slow poke
29-03-2012, 06:36 PM
the twin all the way lad ,,,, best of luck on your travels man hope you have a brill one

29-03-2012, 06:41 PM
I'd agree with the other lads and say the twin (as much as I love the CBR) it's just a better choice for touring and like what Klu said, you'd probably fit more luggage onto the twin.

Good luck with the trip

29-03-2012, 08:22 PM
africa twin,far more reliable machine,bring enough oil for a change if your doing that milage,small 12v compressor too

29-03-2012, 08:25 PM
I would say neither.....look for anything shaft driven ....

29-03-2012, 10:42 PM
cbr would do it no problem but i would go for africa for more comfort, more upright position and luggage and proper tyres for rough road, rectifier can go on either of the bikes.

deffo, take one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stop-n-Go-Tubeless-Tyre-Puncture-Repair-Kit-/300675680052?pt=UK_Motorcycle_Parts&hash=item4601aac734#ht_1655wt_1187 used that a lot

31-03-2012, 10:53 AM
anything with shaft like what Bmw r1200 ? i would like to buy but they are wery expensive

31-03-2012, 11:38 AM
Service your bike before you go.
Bring bike documents with you.
Do not bring the kitchen sink, only the bare minimum.
Ride on the left when you cross the english channel.
Dont stop for anything.

31-03-2012, 09:40 PM
Ride on the left when you cross the english channel.yeah going against the traffic is the right way to ride25300.gif

31-03-2012, 11:11 PM
yeah going against the traffic is the right way to ride25300.gif
Sorry for MY mistake, i meant RIGHT.

31-03-2012, 11:17 PM
righty tighty, lefty loosey0955.gif

31-03-2012, 11:30 PM
righty tighty, lefty loosey0955.gif

You could do with a shave pawh, i would not know you without a beard.

31-03-2012, 11:40 PM
how are you able to see me lol , jaysis i hope i dident get caught wanking on line again

31-03-2012, 11:46 PM
Back on topic ...............laugh.gif

anything with shaft like what Bmw r1200 ? i would like to buy but they are wery expensive

Doesnt have to be a bmw




31-03-2012, 11:55 PM
them diversions are a lovely bike, was sitting on one in dogsbox, real comfy bike

27-12-2012, 10:34 AM
Africa twin is the best option by far, the abs is prone to Shittin the bag on a BMW and the heads stick out too far if you have to go on a trail road with dips. Anything than can go on a RDO will be fixed at the side of the road

27-12-2012, 11:22 AM
the Africa Twin better set up for the job, anyone know if he took the trip?

27-12-2012, 02:43 PM
can't advise you on the bike side of it much, though my cousin did 2500km with my brother as a pillion on CBR600 this summer - he was OK, my brother not so much... maybe consider Deauville?

keep your essentials (documents, cash) on you at all time when going into central/east Europe, take passport and cash (some dollars may be handy as the further east you go, the weaker the affinity to euro becomes); would be advisable if you had someone accompanying you (second biker),

plan your nights ahead, mark yourself stops and ample time to reach them, even A-class roads in eastern Europe may unpleasantly surprise you;

you might want to skip Romania/Ukraine due to backhander-prone police over there -> try not to hand your documents to people you do not trust, e.g. "undercover cops" - in case of doubts, call local police number as it's better to deal with dirty cops than with mafia thugs