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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 05:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,207
Posted By ggemelos
Having shopped for a bike for a 5'2" woman, I can...

Having shopped for a bike for a 5'2" woman, I can say that at that height, the difference between 5'4" and 5'1" is huge. Just getting my wife the Daytona Lady Stars with their 2" lift made a massive...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 05:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,207
Posted By ggemelos
This maybe a bit smaller displacement than you...

This maybe a bit smaller displacement than you are looking for, but have you thought of the XT250? My wife is 5'2" and we had a really hard time finding her a bike that fit her. The bike is 280lbs,...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 04:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,969
Posted By ggemelos
Nice choice of bike. My wife and I are starting...

Nice choice of bike. My wife and I are starting off our RTW trip this July. She's on an XT250 and I picked the same bike as you, the WR250R. You can see the list of mods I have made on our site,...
Forum: Thumpers 05-21-2015, 08:49 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 70
Posted By ggemelos
XT250 driver sprocket nut size?

My wife just bought a 2015 XT250 and I am trying to put together a tool kit. Does anyone know the size of the drive sprocket nut? Thanks in advance.
Forum: Trip Planning 05-21-2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By ggemelos
Thanks for the advice. I keep a close eye on the...

Thanks for the advice. I keep a close eye on the wear of the sprockets. I have to say that changing the front sprocket at 5k miles seems a bit early. Do people generally see that much wear in...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-20-2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By ggemelos
Thanks for all the feedback. I am leaning toward...

Thanks for all the feedback. I am leaning toward leaving the chain tool at home.
Forum: Trip Planning 05-19-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By ggemelos
Chain tool on long trip?

I am in the process of putting my tool kit together for an upcoming multi-year trip (starting with South America and hopefully turning into a RTW). Being that we are traveling on 250s, I am trying...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-11-2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,303
Posted By ggemelos
I looked at World Nomads' website. Their product...

I looked at World Nomads' website. Their product seems to be a mix of travel insurance and health insurance, there is a more detailed description of the trip cancellation insurance than the medical...
Forum: Americas 05-06-2015, 04:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 596
Posted By ggemelos
If you have not been to Glacier NP before (or...

If you have not been to Glacier NP before (or even if you have), it is worth doing while in the Canadian Rockies. It is a short ride from Banff and there are some nice remote roads (paved and...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-01-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,303
Posted By ggemelos
My wife and I have looked into medical insurance...

My wife and I have looked into medical insurance for our upcoming trip. I linked to three companies below that we have narrowed it down to. All provide emergency evacuation. Most are aimed at...
Forum: Americas 05-01-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By ggemelos
Long term parking in the city can be a challenge....

Long term parking in the city can be a challenge. I have garage spots for two on my bikes, but have to leave one on the street. When I am away for a trip, I often just leave the street bike parked...
Forum: Americas 04-30-2015, 05:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By ggemelos
I rode through Nova Scotia and Newfoundland while...

I rode through Nova Scotia and Newfoundland while doing the Trans Labrador highway loop two years ago. It was a nice trip, unfortunately it was raining the majority of my time on Newfoundland. Not...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-29-2015, 04:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,148
Posted By ggemelos
+1 Rok straps. I have been using them for many...

+1 Rok straps. I have been using them for many years for everything from short trips to long tours and they have never failed. They will be with me during my upcoming multi-year trip holding down...
Forum: Americas 04-29-2015, 04:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,051
Posted By ggemelos
I agree with LightChop, you should definitely hit...

I agree with LightChop, you should definitely hit Glacier National Park. You can either head north after South Dakota to Glacier and then turn south to Yellowstone or do Yellowstone first and then...
Forum: Americas 04-28-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 184
Posted By ggemelos
Your suggested route passes pretty close to...

Your suggested route passes pretty close to Crater Lake. It would be a shame to miss it.
Forum: Americas 04-27-2015, 05:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By ggemelos
+1 for HWY 50 over 80. It really should not add...

+1 for HWY 50 over 80. It really should not add much time. You would be amazed at the speeds you can maintain on HWY 50. It earns its moniker of Loneliest Highway. It also has some nice scenery...
Forum: Americas 04-27-2015, 05:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 316
Posted By ggemelos
My wife and I road HW 16 last year westward from...

My wife and I road HW 16 last year westward from where is splits from 1 just west of Winnipeg to Jasper. I guess like most roods through the middle of the continent, it is long and flat. In July...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 49,238
Views: 10,301,276
Posted By ggemelos
Thanks for all the feedback. Is the consensus...

Thanks for all the feedback. Is the consensus that the Wolfman rack can handle 1gal Rotopax can and soft luggage for the long haul? The other reason I was thinking of the Moto-Racks was that I...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 49,238
Views: 10,301,276
Posted By ggemelos
Thanks for the quick reply. The reason I...

Thanks for the quick reply. The reason I originally moved to storing the 2gal gas tank on the tail rack was for fear of cracking the rack. Gearing up for a multi-year trip on the bike, I was afraid...
Forum: Thumpers 04-22-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 49,238
Views: 10,301,276
Posted By ggemelos
Wolfman (BR Moto) versus Moto-Racks

I have the original Wolfman rack for the WR250R, but am considering switching to the Moto-Racks. The main reason being the Rotopax mount options for the Moto-Racks. The wolfman mounting plates are...
Forum: Americas 04-21-2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,324
Posted By ggemelos
Thanks for the warning. Currently we are booked...

Thanks for the warning. Currently we are booked on the Stahlratte for the 12th of November. Looks like we will have to brave some of the rainy season, but hopefully with two plus months to make it...
Forum: Trip Planning 04-21-2015, 05:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,086
Posted By ggemelos
Everything I need to charge uses a USB plug, so I...

Everything I need to charge uses a USB plug, so I skip the cigaret lighter. I have an SAE wire run to my handle bars and plug this...
Forum: Americas 04-20-2015, 06:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,324
Posted By ggemelos
My wife and I are also kicking off a trip to...

My wife and I are also kicking off a trip to South America the summer of 2015. We will be riding from New York to California in July and plan to head south around September. This is the start of a...
Forum: Americas 04-17-2015, 05:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,184
Posted By ggemelos
There have been a lot of great places listed so...

There have been a lot of great places listed so far. The West is a motorcycle paradise. I will add a few not listed.

Jerome, AZ:
I small cute town that with an amazing curvy road leading up to...
Forum: Americas 04-17-2015, 05:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By ggemelos
I did the Alaska Highway, Cassiar Highway,...

I did the Alaska Highway, Cassiar Highway, Klondike Highway, Top of the World in 2012 on a Ducati Monster 1100 with sport-touring tires (Dunlop RoadSmart). All were very manageable on a sport bike. ...
Forum: Americas 04-17-2015, 05:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 515
Posted By ggemelos
When are you leaving? My wife and I are starting...

When are you leaving? My wife and I are starting a trip down south this summer. Our current plan is to head west to California from New York City late June. We are going to take it easy cross...
Forum: Americas 04-17-2015, 05:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 666
Posted By ggemelos
Sherbrook is a nice little town along route 7,...

Sherbrook is a nice little town along route 7, the coastal road. Great place to take a break and grab some good food. As others have mentioned, the Cabot Trail is also well worth it. There are...
Forum: Americas 04-17-2015, 05:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 487
Posted By ggemelos
There are tons of ride reports discussing every...

There are tons of ride reports discussing every option for crossing the Darien Gap. One of the more popular sail boat options is the Stahl Ratte. (http://www.stahlratte.org) There is also now a...
Forum: Americas 04-16-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 644
Posted By ggemelos
My wife and I are gearing up for a very similar...

My wife and I are gearing up for a very similar trip. We are planning to head out of New York City this July. We are not going to carry an extra tire. From what I have read, it is pretty easy to...
Forum: Americas 04-16-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By ggemelos
We will definitely keep everyone update with a...

We will definitely keep everyone update with a blog and a ride report. I already have the blog started (see link in my signature), but it is just about the preparations for our trip. Thanks for...
Forum: Americas 04-16-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By ggemelos
Thanks, sounds like you have a lot of experience...

Thanks, sounds like you have a lot of experience with both methods. I think we will just opt to get it at the border as you suggest. Thanks again for the feedback.
Forum: Americas 04-16-2015, 05:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 243
Posted By ggemelos
Question Mexico TVIP online or in person?

My wife and I are planning to ride through Mexico starting sometime early September. We are thinking of entering Baja, spending a few months exploring, and then exiting from the south. I have heard...
Forum: Americas 04-13-2015, 06:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,767
Posted By ggemelos
It can be done. I have done longer days on a...

It can be done. I have done longer days on a DR650 and a WR250R. How enjoyable it will be is a different story. Depending on the type of riding you will be doing, it can be a good day or a...
Forum: Equipment 03-31-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 767
Posted By ggemelos
Any luck finding a solution? I am in search of...

Any luck finding a solution? I am in search of the same thing.
Forum: Americas 03-26-2015, 04:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 511
Posted By ggemelos
I have never ridden with a black helmet, but I...

I have never ridden with a black helmet, but I have frequently ridden through the southwest during the summer. I assume you will ride some part of sealed roads and not just dirt. I typically take a...
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 2,744
Views: 477,009
Posted By ggemelos
Highway Dirt Bike

I posted a few questions to this forum during my research for a new bike. Thanks for all the helpful feedback. I'm happy to say that I am picking up a XT250 this weekend.

Now that the bike is in...
Forum: Thumpers 03-16-2015, 05:11 AM
Replies: 2,744
Views: 477,009
Posted By ggemelos
Thanks for the link. Just ordered the manual.

Thanks for the link. Just ordered the manual.
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2015, 04:05 AM
Replies: 2,744
Views: 477,009
Posted By ggemelos
Question Service manual

Does anyone know where I can pick up the service manual for the 2013-2015 xt250? I have the manual for the non-FI 2008-2012 model, but cannot seem the find the one for the FI model. Thanks.
Forum: Thumpers 03-11-2015, 01:28 PM
Replies: 2,744
Views: 477,009
Posted By ggemelos
Question Suggested mods for adventure touring

I posted this question earlier before I found this thread. Seems like it belongs here.

My wife and I are getting ready for a RTW trip to kick off this July. We made the decision to take two...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-11-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,358
Posted By ggemelos
Thanks for all the great feedback. All three...

Thanks for all the great feedback. All three bikes have the same tire size, 21" front and 18" back. Funny thing is, like most decisions we have spent time (maybe too much) thinking about, we will...
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