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Old 07-01-2013, 07:05 AM   #6661
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Hard bags can have a noticeable effect, on my GS in the region of 10% at highway speed.

Topboxes are very convenient, but can noticeably impair handling.

Hard bags: I absolute love mine, but I do loose MPG and I can tell they are hang on when I am at highway speeds.

Topbox: I sold mine due to the adverse handling characteristics it caused. Great for storage, ruined my stability.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:15 AM   #6662
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Hard bags: I absolute love mine, but I do loose MPG and I can tell they are hang on when I am at highway speeds.

Topbox: I sold mine due to the adverse handling characteristics it caused. Great for storage, ruined my stability.
On this trip - I didn't notice much difference with the E55 top case - except for more resistance in high headwinds at highway speeds. No handling issues either. Then again - I was typically riding at 62 mph or so - so not very fast. I only carried my sleeping bag and air mattress in the case, along with my rain gear. That's it. So the load was quite light too. What is interesting is that I found I could carry considerably MORE with my Ortlieb tailbag (from last year's trip) than with the E55 Maxia on this trip (even though the E55 is supposed to offer more room). The E55 doesn't use space as efficiently as the Ortlieb. But it is much more convenient to use.

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Old 07-02-2013, 04:54 PM   #6663
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...My favorite part is the ride shown in this video.
Enjoy…. http://youtu.be/PnOh51Nf90c

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Old 07-02-2013, 05:08 PM   #6664
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On this trip - I didn't notice much difference with the E55 top case - except for more resistance in high headwinds at highway speeds. No handling issues either. Then again - I was typically riding at 62 mph or so - so not very fast. I only carried my sleeping bag and air mattress in the case, along with my rain gear. That's it. So the load was quite light too. What is interesting is that I found I could carry considerably MORE with my Ortlieb tailbag (from last year's trip) than with the E55 Maxia on this trip (even though the E55 is supposed to offer more room). The E55 doesn't use space as efficiently as the Ortlieb. But it is much more convenient to use.

Mike

Funny, I did the same thing. I use a dry bag and its much more efficient. just takes a little longer rot get in and out of.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:17 PM   #6665
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I got a ride on a friends xt225 and could not believe how easy it was to ride, and how much fun it was.

I have a TU250 for the street, I just need to come up with asmall light dual sport.


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Had a nice Suzuki DR200 traded in at work the other day. After several of us bigger guys riding it we all agreed it was a hoot. I decided to make a video of me a 250lbs, 5'10" guy riding one off road. So if your a bigger guy and looking at a DR200 I think this gives you a pretty good idea how it will work for you. The little DR200 is now our favorite bike to run errands on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P5aKgrRWhU
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:48 PM   #6666
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I have an XT225, and a new one, set up properly, would definitely be my choice for long distance riding. Mine has 30,000 miles on it, and while it has been seriously over maintained, a lot of those miles were either off road or on dirt roads. Don't know if I would trust it to ride across the country on or not. I do not care for any of the newer liquid cooled fuel injected 250s, the DR200 would be my likely choice for a small touring bike. And you can still get one new. I fit fine on the XT, the DR should be about the same size, but wit less displacement, it would likely also have less power. One neat thing about the XT225 is it's load carrying capacity. It's almost 400 pounds. Does anyone know what the load capacity is on a DR200? It would be shown in the owners manual.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:58 PM   #6667
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The owner's manual lists the GVWR as 650 pounds.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #6668
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The owner's manual lists the GVWR as 650 pounds.

Great, thanks. With a wet weight of about 280 pounds, that still leaves 370 pounds for the rider, gear, and cargo. Sounds like plenty.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:36 PM   #6669
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You can tour okay on a DR200. Strong headwinds or hills completely knock you down, though. But if you bend instead of break under adverse conditions, it's fine.








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Old 07-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #6670
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O well... It would seem I couldn't be with out a 250 dual sport.. Sold my
XR250 tornado a few months ago....
So I just bought a used 06 Yamaha TTR250 with 10,500k on it..
Its got about the same power as the XR , but is quite a bit lighter
265lbs wet.. The XR250 Tornado seems a lot more refind than
the TTR...
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:57 PM   #6671
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Might be lighter but it sure looks BIGGER^
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:50 PM   #6672
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Might be lighter but it sure looks BIGGER^
What ever are you on about

yer was a tad on the large side..sorted
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:58 AM   #6673
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Hi all, I thought I'd post a few pictures of my latest adventure on the XT250. Total miles were about 1000. The first leg was Las Vegas - Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes - Lake Tahoe - Reno. We did our best to stay off the 395 to get up there. The main reason for the trip was to go backpacking in Yosemite with my siblings and a couple friends. There is always an excuse for a road trip though! The ride back was well... less fun. Straight through Nevada since I was on a time constraint to get home, but a fantastic trip on the little 250. I used Dirtbagz brackets and Ranger bags with my 65L backpacking bag and some home made straps and buckles. I wouldn't have to bring so much stuff but I had to self sustain for 5 days in the wilderness. My fuel consumption ranged from 56-73 mpg depending on weight, wind, and hills. Low 60s seemed normal for running on open slab.



Filling up in Death Valley



My buddy filling up his pig with a nice shot of gas prices in the middle of nowhere.





Made it to Mammoth Lakes!



Camping at Minaret Falls for the night. No bears to be heard, smelt or seen.



The Devil's Postpile! Pretty cool lava!



Minaret Falls!



Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe



In case you weren't sure...



Our first day in Yosemite was the 8.5 mile hike to the top of El Capitan. Celebratory beers were in order. Hey look, Half Dome!



Camp for the night looking toward Fresno. Ever pitch a tent on a giant slab of granite? No use for stakes, just throw a couple slabs on the corners.



The crew lugging it off the top of El Cap and onward to Yosemite Falls.



The sis and myself at the top of Eagle Peak. (The best view of Yosemite. Shh...)



Why we go backpacking in the first place. The reward.



That John Muir was a wise fellow.



"Hey, I was just up there!"



R&R at Donner Lake after getting back from Yosemite.



The bike dies on the way back to Vegas. 10 miles north of Beatty while 109F. I got rescued by a generous stranger with a truck who saw me pushing the bike to Beatty.



If it wasn't for my smart phone and google I wouldn't know what the code meant. It was a code for a coil failure! Well, I need a tow... Checked the wire on the coil and it had vibrated loose while screamin down the highway. Plugged it back in and was good to go!
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:01 AM   #6674
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Hi all, I thought I'd post a few pictures of my latest adventure on the XT250. Total miles were about 1000. The first leg was Las Vegas - Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes - Lake Tahoe - Reno. We did our best to stay off the 395 to get up there. The main reason for the trip was to go backpacking in Yosemite with my siblings and a couple friends. There is always an excuse for a road trip though! The ride back was well... less fun. Straight through Nevada since I was on a time constraint to get home, but a fantastic trip on the little 250. I used Dirtbagz brackets and Ranger bags with my 65L backpacking bag and some home made straps and buckles. I wouldn't have to bring so much stuff but I had to self sustain for 5 days in the wilderness. My fuel consumption ranged from 56-73 mpg depending on weight, wind, and hills. Low 60s seemed normal for running on open slab.

The bike dies on the way back to Vegas. 10 miles north of Beatty while 109F. I got rescued by a generous stranger with a truck who saw me pushing the bike to Beatty.

If it wasn't for my smart phone and google I wouldn't know what the code meant. It was a code for a coil failure! Well, I need a tow... Checked the wire on the coil and it had vibrated loose while screamin down the highway. Plugged it back in and was good to go!
Great pix's. You got a talent for composition. Ever think of making a slide show, and posting it on You Tube?

Lucky it was only loose wire. Getting parts might be more difficult.


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Old 07-03-2013, 05:47 AM   #6675
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strapping lad what seat cover is on your xt? how well does it work?
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