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Old 07-03-2013, 12:58 AM   #6676
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Talking Just got back!

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   #6677
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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   #6678
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strapping lad what seat cover is on your xt? how well does it work?
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:11 AM   #6679
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Three days and 1200 back-road miles to BYOB on the WR250R (w/ SM wheel-set) with just the Pelican case and a backpack.


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Old 07-03-2013, 08:27 AM   #6680
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Good routs for touring the lower 48

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I think you've hit the nail on the head there. When planning a ride on my KLR or BMW I would often find a few spots I wanted to hit and punch it into the GPS and see where it took me. Every now and again I would have a particular section of road I wanted to ride but otherwise I just took the direct route.

With my 250 I'll spend weeks pouring over google earth trying to connect County Roads, Forest Service Routes, Frontage Roads, Jeep Trails, Two Track, etc into a coherent route to get from point A to point B in the most interesting fashion possible. It's turning into quite the addiction and I am seeing how these TAT, Tour of Idaho, etc trails come into being. You want to get from point A to point B on dirt. You do it. Then see if you can get to point C. And then point D. Before you know it you've crossed a state.
Greetings,
I was trying to hunt down some good routes for a DR200se this late December. The trek would last until the next summer.

I'd leave from Southwestern VA and ride into the south. I'm trying to even avoid 55mph zones.
I thought about taking a non motor bike route, and found this website.http://www.adventurecycling.org/rout...tem/usbrs-101/

Does anyone have any experince with these routes? Do they go off road road for a spell, and if so, would the DR200 be allowed to hit these trails?

I'd like to get into FL for the coldest part of winter, and skirt the gulf states and stay in the south of Texas unitl early spring.

The Mightly DR seems tempting, but if:
1. You do not have time restraints, you do not need to go fast the vast majority of time.

2. the 200 has a better fuel economy and range.

3. the 200 is 88lbs lighter than the DR650.

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I agree, it is really fun to look over maps and plan routes.

Thanks for reading.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:45 AM   #6681
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Google map gets the damn job done

Yeah, with the nice features of google maps, your operational questions are taken care of.

I put in a non motor bike route, and google maps is coming up with some good stuff. It is great to drag and drop the yellow man on the road and see what the type of speeds look like?

This would be an easy way to hand rail to towns/trails/state parks you want to go to!



got to take full advantage of the DR200 strenth's and avoid her faults (high speeds.)
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:08 AM   #6682
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Cool2 Seat cover/ pics

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strapping lad what seat cover is on your xt? how well does it work?
I picked it up at wal-mart for $20. They advertise it as an ATV cover. It is fairly comfortable for me, but I would need a break after more than a couple hours. Your tolerance may vary. Sure beats the stock seat though.

As far as pictures go. I have over 300 I took for this trip and could easily put together a slide show on my photobucket account for all to enjoy. It may take some time to sort through the pictures I want to use.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:56 PM   #6683
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Thanks Rhompin-
The DR250 runs sweet at 55 - 60 and I'm not so comfortable above that - the crosswinds tend to move it a bit.


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Bidda444 I like your dr. I got one a year ago and wanted to convert it to be street legal (not the s version) but shortly after I bought a tu250 and never finished it. I ride 26 miles one way to work on highway 70 mph have you had it at that speed or any one else for that matter know how they do at that speed? I wouldn't be riding it every day just on occasion. Also mine is a 1990 so it's just 2 valves I understand they went to 4 later on, And the horse bumped up a little.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:51 AM   #6684
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Incredibly scenic photos and nice trip report Strapping Lad!!

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Old 07-04-2013, 05:54 AM   #6685
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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.








Nice Klay. That's what it's all about.

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Old 07-04-2013, 08:24 AM   #6686
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http://www.adventurecycling.org/rout...tem/usbrs-101/

Does anyone have any experince with these routes? Do they go off road road for a spell, and if so, would the DR200 be allowed to hit these trails?
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I agree, it is really fun to look over maps and plan routes.

Thanks for reading.
I rode the east coast route on loaded bicycle from Philly to Williamsburg a couple years ago. The route was nearly all backroads with a few bike paths that should be easy to route around with GPS for motoring.

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Old 07-04-2013, 10:32 AM   #6687
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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.

Great photos. Where were they taken?
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:35 AM   #6688
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Great photos. Where were they taken?

I ran out to the badlands of western North Dakota on my 200 back in 2007. (I'm in southern Minnesota) What a lovely trip. I ought to head out on the 200 again.
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:21 AM   #6689
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Ride report in progress. Four days on the Trans-East Trail - South (TetS) starts here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...5#post21788845
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:05 AM   #6690
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So I was hanging around at the Honda dealer on Saturday as usual. Trying to help them sell some of the 250's and 500's that are piling up. I understand these new world bikes a little better than the salesman that work there and usually have pretty good luck engaging window shoppers on the concept. It's been a really bad year for motorcycle sales in the North East USA. We had a very cold spring and June was full of destructive thunder storms and flooding. They have seven CBR250R's and three CBR500R's in stock. I am surprised that they have only sold one 500R so far. I really thought that bike would be a sell out this year. The Kawi dealer has only sold one Ninja300 and has three sitting on the floor. I though this bike would be a sell out as well. Suzuki yanked his franchise as a part of their restructuring agreement.
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A couple teen age guys were shopping dirt bikes back and forth from one side of the store to the other so I rolled the CBR500R out of line and sat down on it to get their attention. The next time they passed, the one kid mumbles "Look at these pus*y bikes" pointing at the Repsol CBR250R on the end.
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I wanted to ask him what street bike he rode. Which is undoubtedly none. They were dressed in polo shirts but driving an old pick up truck. But I didn't want to start an argument and blow the sale of the dirt bike.
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Honda is doing their part with "I just want to ride" banner adds everywhere and even has television spots going for the 250 and the 500's. What more can we do in the USA to change the mindset that anything less than a super sport or 1800cc chopper is a pus*y bike? These kids would rather have nothing than to ride a nice CBR250R that they can afford.
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