Best Bug Out Motorcycle and Why

Best Bug Out Motorcycle and Why

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    Best Bug Out Motorcycle and Why

    What is the best choice of a bug out motorcycle, and why? Probably something that can operate on both hard surfaces and off-road. Rugged capability, with good range (tank size). Just curious, as I saw a nice looking BMW parked out front this morning. I began to wonder, hmmmmmmm......
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    Well, you certainly wouldn't be trapped during gridlock on the x-way, but you couldn't carry much on a bike that could/would work well in the dirt.
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    ONLY if your name is Darrel, ONLY if you use a crossbow, and ONLY if it's a Zombie Apocalypse.....and then it has to be a harley w/ape hangars.
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    I'd go with a KLR650. The BMW's are really nice, but take expert driving to handle any serious off roading due to their size and weight.
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    I sense someone trying to justify a motorcycle purchase

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    If you're truly talking bug-out, then you need something with no electronics, something that can be worked on/repaired/remains in service with repairs that you can perform without the need for specialized electronics.

    I'd go with an old, large Honda, but ideally could see an old WWII Harley with a side car. If it must be, the side car can be removed, but it will help carry stuff for a while, and those things went through some pretty rough conditions.
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    If you have a long enough inseam the KLR-650 is about as good as it gets, although the DRZ-400 is better in the technical stuff. BMW's are great bikes on the road but IMHO are TOO heavy for most off-road excursions. Good luck!
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    I have a older Honda Goldwing Aspencade over 100K on it right now. Not for off road at anytime. great on the roads, lots of room for extras. The BMW bikes run forever too.
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    Makes me wish for my '83 XL600. That bike was awesome, and they still use the same basic motor 30 years later. But for bugging out (limited-term, of course) a Beemer with soft bags would suit me fine. Add to that my Maxpedition pack that has a rotating stock of goodies to suit my many moods, and I could feel somewhat zombie-resistant for several days.

    Of course it doesn't hurt that I started riding dirt bikes at age 12 and continued in motocross & desert/woods riding all through my twenties and a bit beyond. Also rode as a street terror....err, commuter, for many years until the idiot SoCal drivers began using cell phones.
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    I have done some long trips on and off road on my KLR 650. It will haul a fair amount of stuff if you pack similar for lightweight hiking and still handle dirt and two tracks. For technical trails the KLR is a pig. Riding without getting on the gas hard I get nearly 200 miles to a tank (big tank). If I were bugging out I would rather take the truck for more supplies, gear, food ,ect.
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    I would go with the KLR 650. Light, fast enough for what you would need it for and almost bullet proof. If you want a tank, go with the Yamaha Super Tenere. 90+ Horses under the hood and much more reliable than the BMW.

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    I'm still very strong on the no electronics; in the event of an EMP, something that destroys the power grid and anything electronic, you need a vehicle that will run despite the traffic lights being out. That's one of the reasons I keep the 1969 GMC in running condition.

    Something like the bike picture here ; you can mount a lot of carrying capacity on this, and this thing will run through some very rough terrain and not quit. And if it does quit, repair will not be difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    I have done some long trips on and off road on my KLR 650. It will haul a fair amount of stuff if you pack similar for lightweight hiking and still handle dirt and two tracks. For technical trails the KLR is a pig. Riding without getting on the gas hard I get nearly 200 miles to a tank (big tank). If I were bugging out I would rather take the truck for more supplies, gear, food ,ect.
    Personally, (for my family of four), I would like a couple of 4 stroke 250's that I could throw in the back of my 4x4 PUT. The dirtbikes will be used for scouting trips and to make a quick getaway should we find ourselves facing something that made our 4wds unusable.

    If "S" hits the fan, I really don't care if the bike is street legal; though they would need to carry two people. My wife will follow in our Toy 4runner and we will head out sticking to the back roads. Interstates will be fatal funnels if things get real bad; (As proven by the mass evacuation of Florida & the Carolinas during hurricane Floyd).


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