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Old 02-22-2007, 08:06 AM   #166
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Before upgrading to a KLX400R, one of my buddies followed me around for thousands of off road adventure miles on his Yamaha XT225. He went everywhere I did on my DRZ400.

Here's some photos of him in action on the trusty little steed...












I have another buudy who's equally as enthusiastic about riding his TTR230. He's been known to ride 400 kms through the back country of Newfoundland, by himself, in one day on this little bike...





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Old 02-22-2007, 10:00 AM   #167
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:04 AM   #168
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Rocky bar ghost town on the TW200, This was a 12 hour 400+ mile trip

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Old 02-22-2007, 01:16 PM   #169
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Back in the late 1960's when I was a crazy teenager I rode a Honda C110 around Lake Superior. That was the 50cc model with a 4-speed and looked like a "real" motorcycle. The trip was something like 1100 miles and took 6 days.

My buddy rode his Suzuki 80 and between us we carried a small pup tent, our sleeping bags, cook kit, spare clothes, etc. just strapped on the seats behind us. My top speed was 45 mph wide open and we pulled over to the shoulder every time a vehicle pulled up behind us.

Luckily the traffic on that route was pretty sparse back in those days. We camped out wherever we found an isolated spot and had a great time. It was quite an adventure, including having a bear wander into our campsite on a remote river in Canada.

It was the most memorable trip I've ever been on.
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Old 02-22-2007, 01:24 PM   #170
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Four feet of snow on the ground outside, sunless sky, cold 20mph wind blowing in from the NW. Seasonal Affective Disorder threatens ...

Yup, those pics are friggin' wonderful to behold.

BTW, whereabouts on The Rock (Nfld) is the pic of the two bikes overlooking the ocean?

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Old 02-22-2007, 02:32 PM   #171
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Back in the late 1960's when I was a crazy teenager I rode a Honda C110 around Lake Superior. That was the 50cc model with a 4-speed and looked like a "real" motorcycle. The trip was something like 1100 miles and took 6 days.

My buddy rode his Suzuki 80 and between us we carried a small pup tent, our sleeping bags, cook kit, spare clothes, etc. just strapped on the seats behind us. My top speed was 45 mph wide open and we pulled over to the shoulder every time a vehicle pulled up behind us.

Luckily the traffic on that route was pretty sparse back in those days. We camped out wherever we found an isolated spot and had a great time. It was quite an adventure, including having a bear wander into our campsite on a remote river in Canada.

It was the most memorable trip I've ever been on.




Did you take any pics you might be able to scan and share with us.









Back in the 70's and 80's I canoed the lakes and rivers just S and E of Wawa almost every fall. Would have loved to have done the loop back in the 60's. My MT'ing began with my 175 Kawasaki and some pretty lame camping equipment back in the 70's. Small bikes are great for impromptu camping.


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Old 02-22-2007, 02:45 PM   #172
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Know what ya mean...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder threatens ...

Yup, those pics are friggin' wonderful to behold.

BTW, whereabouts on The Rock (Nfld) is the pic of the two bikes overlooking the ocean?

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Feeling your pain.
Those pics get me fired up thinking about my planned MT "big trip" out to NF on the 2fiddy the end of August.
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:13 PM   #173
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My SR250 I had when I was 19 was my only form of transportation...in Montana. I put 5000 miles on it in a summer, did some 350 mile days on it and only had a small windshield and a duffel bag. I was just too young to know better I guess. That was 1991, the bike was a 1981. Couldn't have picked a better first street bike for the area I lived in. I wish I could find another in as good of shape to commute and just screw around on. Currently ride a KLR 650 so I haven't gone too much bigger and still only one cylinder! One more thing, that is snow on the right hand side of the picture, I think that it was March, right before I shipped out to the Navy.
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Old 02-22-2007, 05:32 PM   #174
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G'day guys, just finished reading through this thread and felt the need to throw my hat into the ring on the side of Mini Tourers.

I'm currently without wheels, and have been looking at the likes of DR650 and such. Mainly cos I'm not a weedy guy and figured that the bigger bikes would suit me more.

However, ya'll got me thinking about my last bike. My humble little KLX250 took me everywhere I wanted to go exploring. While I never did any big trips, it was awesome for those moments of "hey, what's down this road?".

I've likened it to my van, which as an older diesel doesn't get me to where I'm going very fast. I do make it there eventually however, and I can carry a bunch of gear with me!

So, my current bike search has switched back to my first love, two-fiddys!

Doesn't hurt that they're cheaper to buy as well

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Old 02-22-2007, 08:36 PM   #175
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for those moments of "hey, what's down this road?".


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Those 250's capture the essence of light-hearted exploring and adventuring, don't they?
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:41 PM   #176
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If all a person is going to do is travel on 2-lane highways and dirt, any reliable bike from 200 cc on up is more than adequate. Plus they're lighter and use less gas. That's the kind of riding I always preferred, anyway.

The bigger bikes are a lot more thrilling to ride, but they're only really needed if you're cruising interstates, carrying a lot of gear, or riding two-up.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:11 PM   #177
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Hi guys,

Been lurking on this thread for a while but didn't have much to contribute.

Last November I bought myself a 60th birthday present as I figured I was entering my second childhood. Ended up with a drz250 which are road legal in Australia. Then I set about fixing it up for touring.

Since then I've done two longish trips (about 800-900km each) travelling with people on much bigger bikes. The first trip was all with GS1100's (or newer) whilst the second was with a bunch of guys on 650 singles. On both occassions I was real happy I was on the 250. Could keep up OK, especially when not on the blacktop and didn't use half as much energy.

I haven't made many changes to the bike. A decent set of handguards (barkbusters made in Oz), a Whipps alloy rack (also made in Oz) and then an auxiliary Nomad fuel tank (also Oz-made) that I can bolt to the rack. This gives me an additional 7.5 litres and a range of about 350km. Good enuff! I still need to get a sump guard.

The piccy was taken 2 weeks ago on my last run. Some awesome scenery and good riding. Found one hill that most of us had to push up for one reason or another. The 250 was running out of steam, whilst the 650's were too heavy and being spat sideways.

I'm off again on Sunday for a day ride. Probably another 500km round trip.

These things is fun .

I'll get back to you.

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Old 02-22-2007, 09:20 PM   #178
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Did you take any pics you might be able to scan and share with us.









Back in the 70's and 80's I canoed the lakes and rivers just S and E of Wawa almost every fall. Would have loved to have done the loop back in the 60's. My MT'ing began with my 175 Kawasaki and some pretty lame camping equipment back in the 70's. Small bikes are great for impromptu camping.


No pictures, unfortunately. We didn't think to bring a camera.

I've canoed the lakes and streams of Lake Superior Provincial Park several times. It's located just south-east from Wawa. Is that the area you're talking about? Fantastic brook trout fishing in the more remote areas.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:22 PM   #179
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Hi guys,

Been lurking on this thread for a while but didn't have much to contribute.

Last November I bought myself a 60th birthday present as I figured I was entering my second childhood. Ended up with a drz250 which are road legal in Australia. Then I set about fixing it up for touring.

Since then I've done two longish trips (about 800-900km each) travelling with people on much bigger bikes. The first trip was all with GS1100's (or newer) whilst the second was with a bunch of guys on 650 singles. On both occassions I was real happy I was on the 250. Could keep up OK, especially when not on the blacktop and didn't use half as much energy.

I haven't made many changes to the bike. A decent set of handguards (barkbusters made in Oz), a Whipps alloy rack (also made in Oz) and then an auxiliary Nomad fuel tank (also Oz-made) that I can bolt to the rack. This gives me an additional 7.5 litres and a range of about 350km. Good enuff! I still need to get a sump guard.

The piccy was taken 2 weeks ago on my last run. Some awesome scenery and good riding. Found one hill that most of us had to push up for one reason or another. The 250 was running out of steam, whilst the 650's were too heavy and being spat sideways.

I'm off again on Sunday for a day ride. Probably another 500km round trip.

These things is fun .

I'll get back to you.

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Wow, I wish I could have one of those.
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:04 AM   #180
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Hi guys,

Been lurking on this thread for a while but didn't have much to contribute.

Last November I bought myself a 60th birthday present as I figured I was entering my second childhood. Ended up with a drz250 which are road legal in Australia. Then I set about fixing it up for touring.
Nice ride there Bruce!

*adds drz to the shortlist of new steeds*
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