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Old 07-15-2013, 12:21 PM   #6751
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I like your list of bikes....

When I look back over the years, I put a lot more miles on smaller bikes then the big ones I have had.

My TU has over 18,000 trouble free miles on it now, that is cross country and back 3 times kind of miles.
And its 8000 more miles then the last TWO big bikes got.




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Agreed 100%.

1. From before we can speak, Americans are bombarded with advertisements everywhere telling them the consumerism story, insisting that you are not successful as a human unless you acquire as much as you can. No sale means no tax, and the government certainly wouldn't like that.

2. Most of those on large bikes are big on talk, small on skill. They need the extra power to compensate for lack of skill in order to not be "the last to arrive".

3. Many own their bikes as an object of possession, to impress. The "look at me, look what I have" syndrome (see #1).

4. You need to experience a large bike to know why small bikes are great. This one is valid - you can't know the disadvantages of a large bike until you have / drive one.

Most of those buying the huge, 700 lb. cruisers are in it for a completely different reason than just about everyone on this site. In that respect, it's a bit of an apples and oranges comparison, but we all cross paths at the dealer. Functional big bikes have their place, but derogatory comments about small bikes from those ignorant about much of motorcycling have no place. Take heart in knowing that if you know the secret about small bikes, your knowledge is evolved further than those that only see value in big bikes.
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:03 PM   #6752
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i bought my wr250r 2012 brand new in sept of last year and i just turned over 14,000 miles on it already with no problems
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:43 PM   #6753
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I just finished a 2000 trip on my Yamaha WR250X. I downsized from a SM610 a year ago. The WR is a great bike for traveling, and to me the best choice for a minimalist adventure rider. I also have a KLX351, which I use for more dirt oriented rides.

I did a ride report on the trip. It can be found here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=903806

Here's a couple of pics:



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Old 07-15-2013, 05:53 PM   #6754
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I just finished a 2000 trip on my Yamaha WR250X. I downsized from a SM610 a year ago. The WR is a great bike for traveling, and to me the best choice for a minimalist adventure rider. I also have a KLX351, which I use for more dirt oriented rides.

I did a ride report on the trip. It can be found here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=903806

Here's a couple of pics:



Looks like a great ride! How does the wr250r compare to the klx351 in the power department? I just picked up a 06 klx250 that I plan on doing the 351 cylinder on.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:32 PM   #6755
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I just finished a 2000 trip on my Yamaha WR250X.
Nice report jckid. I know this is ADVRider, but it's nice to read a report from someone who doesn't think an adventure requires riding a Paris to Dakar level course at 80 mph, and doing heroic mileage on knarly terrain every day. Nice blend of scenery, nostalgia, family, and relaxing.

Good for you. I hope Alaska happens for you two someday.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:45 AM   #6756
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I like the look/specs on the WR's. If it was possible to get one where I live I would probably swap out the KLX250 for it.

I am definitely a proponent of small bikes-my only transportation is the KLX250. However, my last bike was a 96' 1100GS and although it was an enormous rhinoceros of a bike, after 16 years and almost 70k miles the only thing I had to repair other than routine maintenance was a fuel pump. It left me on the side of the road but I was also able to repair it on the side of the road with the factory tool kit.
I have had to make more repairs on my KLX in 8 months...
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:10 AM   #6757
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Using the wr250 is like cheating...
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:49 AM   #6758
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Looks like a great ride! How does the wr250r compare to the klx351 in the power department? I just picked up a 06 klx250 that I plan on doing the 351 cylinder on.
I use my KLX351 more for dirt, so I have it slightly lower geared than stock (1 tooth less on the countersprocket) and I run fairly aggressive MT21 tires on the standard dirt size wheels. I put the 351 kit on it, because when I started thinking about downsizing from my SM610, I thought the KLX would be my do it all bike. The 351 kit made a big difference...it pulls hard...feels like a motorcycle now instead of a moped.

When I travel, my trips are usually 95% paved. I did a few shorter trips on the KLX, and I put the stock countersprocket back on for the trips. It was ok, but not that enjoyable on the road. So that's when I started thinking about the WRX. It's set up with stock gearing, which is slightly higher than the WRR (1 tooth in the rear). The wide supermoto rims/tires make it feel much more stable and smooth.

Overall the WR is a more refined bike. It runs smoother, vibrates less, cruises at higher speeds easier, and the fit and finish is far superior to the KLX. I would say powerwise the bikes are about the same with the KLX being a 351, but they each make power differently. You have to rev the WR to get the power out of it. The 351 feels more torquey down low and pulls harder off the bottom, but over 55mph the WR is worlds better.

For me, I like the KLX better in the dirt and the WR better on the road. But that's because I'm a non-aggressive dirt rider and the ability to tractor the KLX works better for me. And because I'm so light, the KLX suspension works better for me off-road. But I think most average size aggressive riders would prefer the WR off-road. On the pavement, the WR is far superior, but part of that may be because of the supermoto setup vs. the dirt setup of the KLX. If I get down to one bike in the future, it will be the WR, yet I still love to ride the KLX with all it's torque.

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Nice report jckid. I know this is ADVRider, but it's nice to read a report from someone who doesn't think an adventure requires riding a Paris to Dakar level course at 80 mph, and doing heroic mileage on knarly terrain every day. Nice blend of scenery, nostalgia, family, and relaxing.

Good for you. I hope Alaska happens for you two someday.
We always plan on no more than 300 miles a day, and prefer about 250. It gives us time to do other things along the way. Some love pounding out the miles, but we are never in a hurry and always take time to smell the roses!

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Using the wr250 is like cheating...
Kind of! It is a good bike, and has decent power for a 250. I thought when I downsized that it was going to be more challenging traveling on a smaller bike. But really I found it about the same. I only noticed the difference on long steep climbs with a headwind, but I was still able to go faster up the grades than most of the cars and all of the trucks.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:42 AM   #6759
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Wish it was a SAA, but alas, it's double action in 38 Long Colt. I do have a 1st generation SAA in 45 LC but it's too nice to carry. my addiction to antique Colt's gets me in more trouble than my addiction to bikes.

What year is your CT? You doing any cool mods?
Still sounds like a nice revolver. The only antique Colt I have right now is a 1924 Police Positive Special in .38 Special. When I ride, I usually leave that one in the safe and carry a Taurus 85 or Ruger GP100.

My CT is a 1976 frame with a 1970 engine and 1981 XR100 forks, handlebar and front wheel. I just rebuilt the top end of the engine. The carb and footpeg/ kickstand assembly also are from the XR100. The rear wheel is from a CT110 and the sprocket is a dual overlay from a CT200. It's a real junkyard dog. I haven't ridden it yet because I am just finishing the assembly. Hopefully I will take it for its maiden cruise before the end of this month.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:05 AM   #6760
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I just completed my trip report covering my most recent 4000km camping/touring adventure on my 2011 CBR150R across Ontario in late June. You can find it here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=901903

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Old 07-17-2013, 03:43 PM   #6761
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I just completed my trip report covering my most recent 4000km camping/touring adventure on my 2011 CBR150R across Ontario in late June. You can find it here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=901903

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Nice RR, was the Nemo tent 1 person?
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:29 PM   #6762
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Nice RR, was the Nemo tent 1 person?
No It's a 3-person tent. A Nemo Moki. My previous one was a 2-person Nemo Andi. Part of the reason I purchased the Moki was for a little extra room - but mostly for the tall ceiling height. I can sit down on the edge of the cot and change clothes without having to bend my head down!

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Old 07-17-2013, 06:00 PM   #6763
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No It's a 3-person tent. A Nemo Moki. My previous one was a 2-person Nemo Andi. Part of the reason I purchased the Moki was for a little extra room - but mostly for the tall ceiling height. I can sit down on the edge of the cot and change clothes without having to bend my head down!

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I've decided I need a bigger tent for inclusion in my minimalist kit. My head hits the side of the tent when I'm laying on the cot. That additional space is so useful.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #6764
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I've decided I need a bigger tent for inclusion in my minimalist kit. My head hits the side of the tent when I'm laying on the cot. That additional space is so useful.
Klay - if you come up for Feliz's Fall shindig - you can take a look at my tent. I plan to be there with my setup.

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Old 07-17-2013, 06:45 PM   #6765
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Klay - if you come up for Feliz's Fall shindig - you can take a look at my tent. I plan to be there with my setup.

Mike

Yes, I was planning to be there. Not sure if I'm riding a bike or trailering the dirt bike.
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