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Forum: Thumpers 10-05-2010, 09:07 PM
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Posted By xcel
2010 Yamaha WR250X Adventure Touring Project Bike - X-Country at 100 + MPG complete!

Hi All:

Just finsihed with the 2010 WR250X ride of a lifetime two days ago and what a ride it was... The WR blew out my FE expectations as well as provided a few thousand miles of blood...
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2010, 11:32 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
2008 Yamaha WR250R Rider -- A Long Way from Home Takes a Respite

http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/2/Canadian_Flag.jpg Mederic, “Medski” as he’s called on the WR forums, departed Quebec and finds himself in Chicago for a night....
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2010, 11:26 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Bonnie's bruised but able to ride...

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Glad to hear you are alright. I hope the good soak in the Hot Springs will have you...
Forum: Thumpers 09-01-2010, 07:41 PM
Replies: 44,253
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Posted By xcel
Hi Scott and Mnormand:<?xml:namespace prefix = o...

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Back at home near Chicago recuperating. I have a flight from an F-150...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-31-2010, 02:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 15,150
Posted By xcel
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Giant Loop Great Basins for the 10 Yamaha WR250X taking me across the country... Great...
Forum: Thumpers 08-30-2010, 04:24 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi All: I think some will like this one… If you...

Hi All:
I think some will like this one… If you have a weak stomach, you may want to turn away :puke1
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Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2010, 12:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,417
Posted By xcel
Hi Scott: Fantastic Ride Report and I can...

Hi Scott:

Fantastic Ride Report and I can only hope to see 10% of what you did on my own planned ride through the Yellowstone area later this month.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Wayne...
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2010, 11:20 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi All: A quick question to everyone? Has...

Hi All:

A quick question to everyone? Has anyone ridden a bike through Yellowstone? Are there Bears that will cause severe problems on the ride through? I plan on taking a can of mace but with...
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2010, 11:12 AM
Replies: 44,253
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Posted By xcel
Hi BluePill: WTF, how did the KTM rider rip...

Hi BluePill:

WTF, how did the KTM rider rip up the rear sprocket like that? It looks like the rear wheel was thrown off a cliff!

Wayne
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2010, 03:16 PM
Replies: 44,253
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Posted By xcel
Hi Krabill: Thanks and I will be looking...

Hi Krabill:

Thanks and I will be looking forward to the post!

While passing through the small town of Wellington, OH, I was stopped by a train and the neatest thing happened. A lady got out...
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2010, 12:59 PM
Replies: 44,253
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Posted By xcel
2010 Yamaha WR250X - “100-mpg X-Country Adventure Touring Project Bike"

Hi Krabill:

I knew you would like that back rest pillow converted to a seat pad… And it cost exactly $0.00 :D

I have to give you some huge credit for your IB ride last month. And thanks for...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2010, 01:18 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
The WR in the Atlantic :)

Hi All:

A pic of the X in the Atlantic near Boston (Hull, MA) as she makes her way back to the Pacific... Almost 1,200 miles and still holding ~ 105 mpg. She is parked North of Chicago with a lot...
Forum: Thumpers 07-25-2010, 01:36 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi All: I was supposed to be on an Iron...

Hi All:

I was supposed to be on an Iron Butt ride to the East Coast this morning but had to postpone due to the shake down ride yesterday :( Regarding the upgraded WR250X, some of the mods are a...
Forum: Thumpers 07-25-2010, 01:35 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Sarah: Congrats on the great ride and glad...

Sarah:

Congrats on the great ride and glad to hear you made it back safely!

Wayne
Forum: Thumpers 07-23-2010, 10:41 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
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Thanks for the tip on the seat strap. That is definitely coming off now!<o:p></o:p>...
Forum: Thumpers 07-22-2010, 11:16 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi All: <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =...

Hi All:
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Although I have some Speedometer/Odometer calibration to complete tomorrow, it is essentially...
Forum: Thumpers 07-21-2010, 02:18 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Crawdaddy: This is a prototype tank and...

Hi Crawdaddy:

This is a prototype tank and is absolutely bone dry right now. The final production units were not going to be ready in time so Chuck provided me this one to get by... When I...
Forum: Thumpers 07-21-2010, 01:43 PM
Replies: 44,253
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Posted By xcel
Hi Krabill, MiamiMotorcyclist and Crawdaddy: ...

Hi Krabill, MiamiMotorcyclist and Crawdaddy:

It is an IMS prototype. Although I have not lined up the panels to make sure everything fits from that perspective, the (6) bolt mounts for the fuel...
Forum: Thumpers 07-21-2010, 11:22 AM
Replies: 44,253
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Posted By xcel
Hi Chadx: I purchased some TORX head...

Hi Chadx:

I purchased some TORX head sockets and used a 1.5' breaker on the OEM Peg mount brackets to get them to move with a lot of pressure pushing in at the same time. My hands are killing me...
Forum: Thumpers 07-20-2010, 10:28 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Ramz: Thank you and it was exactly the...

Hi Ramz:

Thank you and it was exactly the advice I was looking for!

Wayne
Forum: Thumpers 07-20-2010, 09:14 AM
Replies: 44,253
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Posted By xcel
Hi Malibu Dan: I installed them that way to...

Hi Malibu Dan:

I installed them that way to see how they looked. They looked great by the way :) The Low Boy bracket drops the pegs another 1/2" or so and that is what I am really after so the...
Forum: Thumpers 07-20-2010, 08:15 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
OEM Peg Brackets and Torx Fasteners :(

Hi All:

A request... I have some ProMoto Billet/Fastway F5 pegs (fantastic machined quality by the way) but have yet to tackle the Torx head bolts that hold the OEM brackets on to install the...
Forum: Thumpers 07-04-2010, 11:53 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Eakins: The Fandango w/ (2) Bases is a...

Hi Eakins:

The Fandango w/ (2) Bases is a great idea for an owner with two bikes! I am sure Giant Loop would sell an extra base too.

Wayne
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Ronvan: Yessiree, the Fandango Base with...

Hi Ronvan:

Yessiree, the Fandango Base with the cutaway for the tank cap fits right up to the stock tanks cap opening. If you want it there as you adjust it up and down to fit you and your bikes...
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2010, 06:58 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi All: Just catching up after a few...

Hi All:

Just catching up after a few weeks... You guys make this thread almost impossible to pass up on!

Chad-X, great to see that your better half is fully geared while riding her WR.
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2010, 06:34 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Ronvan: I have a Giant Loop...

Hi Ronvan:



I have a Giant Loop Fandango on a 10 WR250X and would not give it up for the world. Fantastic bag design by Dave and Harold at Giant Loop.

...
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2010, 10:31 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Throttle Rocker-II : “Opening the throttle...

Throttle Rocker-II : “Opening the throttle without squeezing the grip was a promise delivered!”


http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/523/Throttle_Rocker_-_Throttle_Side_News_Header.jpg
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Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2010, 07:25 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi All: I wanted to head out today but had...

Hi All:

I wanted to head out today but had to get my forums News back on track :(

While most of you already know this, I am finding that the WR250X is not quite as fuel efficient as the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2010, 12:48 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Scott: Loved the vid! It almost...

Hi Scott:

Loved the vid!

It almost looked like you were ready to walk down and ride the KLR up the slope for the poor guy or gal :)

Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG (www.cleanmpg.com)
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2010, 11:06 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi HighFive: I actually find the exact...

Hi HighFive:

I actually find the exact opposite to be true whenever I ride... Different strokes for different folks I guess?

Here is the Chicago Ride Route: 2010 Yamaha WR250X Chicago Ride...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2010, 11:48 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi gordo5: What you are missing is that...

Hi gordo5:

What you are missing is that crude just like gasoline is "fungible". It doesn't matter where "we" buy it from directly. What we consume from one, forces someone else to consume from...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2010, 10:12 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Tsrey: I did not buy a 10’ WR250X, I am...

Hi Tsrey:

I did not buy a 10’ WR250X, I am just reviewing it and setting up to build the 100-mpg Adventure Touring Project bike later this month and into next.

Regarding the scooter, why are...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2010, 10:09 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
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Thanks! Been dicing it up with the cabbies in Prius' for quite some time now. And an F...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2010, 09:02 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Krabill: Thank you! There is the...

Hi Krabill:

Thank you!

There is the right lane for those following the PSL's and the middle and left lanes for those that want to ride or drive above them. I will never get a ticket for...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2010, 07:48 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Krabill: Actually its 55 mph as that is...

Hi Krabill:

Actually its 55 mph as that is the PSL in all of North Eastern IL... And if it’s this easy, try it sometime as you may just surprise yourself!

Tank number one had a high of 67 mph...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2010, 12:57 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Crawdaddy: An enjoyable ride, 200 + mile...

Hi Crawdaddy:

An enjoyable ride, 200 + mile range and the challenge have all come together in the three long rides on the X to date. I hope you get the opportunity to try it someday too :)

A...
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2010, 03:44 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi GSBS: That was a very interesting shot!...

Hi GSBS:

That was a very interesting shot! Nice set of Giant Loops on your WR too!

I missed one from my ride into Milwaukee last week... This is Friday's at Miller Park. While open year...
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2010, 01:28 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi BluePill:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =...

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Actually, some guys on my forum have calc’ed that an efficient bicycle rider comes in around...
Forum: Thumpers 06-01-2010, 08:14 AM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi Crawdaddy:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =...

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After the Distanzia’s and the 14/40 gearing are installed once the Review portion...
Forum: Thumpers 05-31-2010, 12:30 PM
Replies: 44,253
Views: 8,475,164
Posted By xcel
Hi All:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =...

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A little detail regarding the WR250X’s first tank.<o:p></o:p>
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I topped off...
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