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Old 08-22-2007, 03:00 PM   #781
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Minimalist or False Economy?

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Speaking of bad heaters, I had a 1970 Toyota Landcruiser. It had a leaky soft top with plenty of duct tape holding it together, and just a little heater box in the back with hoses running to it from the radiator. Basically it was a pretty good hand/foot warmer, not much else. I had a van too, but it broke down and I had to go to Guard drill, about 50 miles away, on a zero degree morning in the 'Cruiser. I put on all my cold weather gear, and still froze my ass off. It was so cold that weekend, they let me sleep in the drill hall so I would'nt have to drive home that Sat. nite. I got so cold headed home on Sunday, I pulled off at an abandoned rest stop off the Interstate, and built a fire to warm up before going on. I literally could'nt drive anymore, my leg was shaking so much, I could'nt push the gas pedal.
I hear ya!
Many years ago I drove my VW Beetle from Ontario to Daytona Beach (for a four-month motorcycle mechanic's course). The course started the first week of January.
The old '67 Bug had no heat. No gas heater and no working heater boxes.
I wore my winter coat, the mandatory Canadian tuque, and a blanket wrapped around EACH leg. Hit a wicked snowstorm just west of Toronto. Cars were sliding into the ditches, left and right. The silly V-dub just laughed at 'em and kept going.
I did stop frequently for brief jogs, just to get the blood flowing again. I don't think I suffered any ill effects, but my girlfriend always said I was never quite the same after that trip. Something about not being "all there".

Ah, memories ...

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Old 08-22-2007, 07:56 PM   #782
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Steve,

Sure hope you take the 200 ... otherwise the ride report (which I look forward to reading) won't be on this MT thread.

BTW, have you got a pic of your spare fuel can system yet?

What's your departure date for the JBR?

Questions, questions ...

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Yes with my full touring setup.
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:14 PM   #783
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Looks like you really have some range with that setup!
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:17 PM   #784
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I have been dumped by my computer 4 times before I could get that pic posted.

On a departure date there is good news, good news, and OK news. I took in a big job Saturday that will delay my departure by about 1-1.5 wks. The best part is that this job was the one that could possibly compress my trip window to a week. Doing it before hand gives me the chance to be a little more open ended on my return. The only concern is that it will push me into the latter half of Sept when anything can happen. Also it opens the door further in taking the 200.


Regarding the pic. I just threw everything on so my setup could be seen. The rightside fuel tank is short the vertical strap and as you can see nothing is strapped down. The medium MotoFizz (extra clothes and personal care items) tailbag looks bigger in the pic than it really is. The drybags hold the sleeping bag and tent. The panniers hold all the heavy stuff like spares, food, cookstove, and tools. The tankbag holds raingear.
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:19 PM   #785
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It looks like you're taking everything including the kitchen sink. Have you put the stuff on a scale to see where you're at?

Being able to take more time is key with the 200.
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:47 PM   #786
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It looks like you're taking everything including the kitchen sink. Have you put the stuff on a scale to see where you're at?

Being able to take more time is key with the 200.


About 110lbs (including pannier weight and fuel) nearly the same as 2 up with my daughter. All the weight is low. Bulk is the biggest issue taking into consideration the possibility of near or subfreezing temps with rain/snow. I'm using alot of cold weather cycling apparel to reduce the bulk. Most of the food is freeze-dried stuff.

I'm really quite self-reliant on the road only needing to stop for fuel and a stretch of the legs.


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Old 08-22-2007, 09:06 PM   #787
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About 110lbs (including pannier weight and fuel) nearly the same as 2 up with my daughter.
I suspect that's a lighter load than my 200lbs plus my camping gear. I hope you can do the James Bay road. That'll be an interesting story.
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Old 08-22-2007, 09:49 PM   #788
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i think you bypassed "minimalist touring" about 50# ago.

really, that's an awesome setup. i hope you get to take the 200. the more that i ride mine, the more i feel comfortable at highway speeds when necessary. i'm looking forward to next year when i will have a chance to pack mine up and go somewhere. anywhere.

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Old 08-22-2007, 10:55 PM   #789
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Just got back from taking my Super Sherpa out for a 6 week ride.

It was FANTASTIC!



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Old 08-22-2007, 10:58 PM   #790
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Six weeks? Where did you go? Are you going to post a ride report?

The smugmug site is asking for a password. Do you have it password-protected?
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:06 PM   #791
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Six weeks? Where did you go? Are you going to post a ride report?

The smugmug site is asking for a password. Do you have it password-protected?
Yes, I am planning to write a ride report. Very soon, really.

I went thru WA, OR, CA, NV, UT, CO, WY, MT.

The smugmug is password protected because I haven't yet filtered out the pics I don't want up (need to protect the guilty) and I'm too much of a spaz to figure out a better way to do it.
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:11 PM   #792
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Yes, I am planning to write a ride report. Very soon, really.


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I went thru WA, OR, CA, NV, UT, CO, WY, MT.
And sometimes people say the little bikes "aren't big enough."
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:14 PM   #793
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I went thru WA, OR, CA, NV, UT, CO, WY, MT.
Idaho too.

The bags I used worked fine and cost me a $20 donation to Baldy, but were a major pain. I'm wondering what bags people are using on these small bikes and who makes the mounting systems.

Also, I need to change the seal on the countershaft sprocket. Anyone know if there's anything tricky to it?

And has anyone stiffened the front suspension on a Sherpa?

Thanks
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:17 PM   #794
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And sometimes people say the little bikes "aren't big enough."
for what?
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:38 PM   #795
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for what?
They just look at a 250 and completely discount it as an adventure/touring bike. I'm willing to bet the smaller size was an advantage more often than it was a disadvantage. Get to work on your ride report, we wanna see!
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