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Old 07-24-2009, 09:27 PM   #16
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A 650 is not a small bike huh?

I was checking out the MadAss 125, similar in size and displacement to a Postie. Only weighs 20 pounds less than my FE570.

Postie? Weighs 40 pounds less.

Has much less travel, clearance and has about 40+ less horsepower. The only thing it really has on my Husaberg is that it gets much better fuel efficiency, but even so I could probably go almost as far on a tank if I tried. Wanna play follow the leader? Try riding a Postie the places I ride my Husaberg. Not gonna happen, even with the low gearing and lighter weight. I used to ride a Postie (before they went to conventional forks), they are okay for putting around, but not much fun for getting anywhere or going long distances.

So yeah, fine, if you want to prove you can do it on a minimal bike, I'll believe you, but I am not getting on a modern highway with one of those, and there are some places I want to go that you would have to go way out of your way to not spend at least a few miles on a busy fast moving highway.

Will I ever get to India, Africa or even S. America on a bike? Probably not. By the time I have both the time and money, I doubt the flesh will be willing. Even if I do get there, I am probably not going anywhere near an urban center in India - if I can help it. That is probably the most dangerous place in the world to ride a bike, including Mt. Everest.
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Old 07-24-2009, 09:55 PM   #17
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How bout a TW600?

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Old 07-24-2009, 09:57 PM   #18
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Anyone see the Pitster Pro Classic 125? Looks like a CT70 with the bigger engine, and street legal.
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:54 AM   #19
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In many other countries, those sub-250 motos may work fine. For riding around at home in the US, some states don't allow anything smaller than a 250-class moto on the highways.

I don't see how going smaller than a 250 really accomplishes anything on a road-going moto. It's not like a 250 can't be almost as light as a 125, and it may be even more efficient with fuel at higher speeds. Problems that I see with the 250s in the US are that they don't offer many to begin with, most of them weigh as much as a 400 anway, the models that offer any performance don't offer any capacity, the models that offer capacity don't offer performance, and most DS bikes aren't appropriately geared with a wide-ratio tranny for dual duty.
I pass cars on the interstate with my cr230l and it handles single track trails with ease.
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Old 07-25-2009, 12:27 PM   #20
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Small adventure bikes

Hey, I saw a picture of a Honda 150cc that sells in Mexico. It looks like a normal dual sport bike with racks etc. They don't sell them around here.

Since I couldn't get anything like the above bike, I just use my Honda CB250 with a rack and other farkles and it's covered 15K miles around Oregon so far. And, it get's over 70 mpg with a 4.2 gallon stock tank. That's about 230 miles before needing reserve position of the petcock.

My DR only gets about 130 miles before reserve tank. It carries a 2 1/2 gallon fuel can on the rear to go any long distances.

Yes, that's snow in the background, and spots of ice on the road. Great fun?

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Old 07-25-2009, 01:15 PM   #21
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I ran into this groups of 20+ bikes last month in Capitol Reef National Park. 90-110 cc seemed to be enough for them. I did noticed that they seemed to be having more fun than most moto tourers that I see. Their smiles were even a little bigger!






More about their tour here:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...-lifetime.html
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Old 07-25-2009, 01:50 PM   #22
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I ran into this groups of 20+ bikes last month in Capitol Reef National Park. 90-110 cc seemed to be enough for them. I did noticed that they seemed to be having more fun than most moto tourers that I see. Their smiles were even a little bigger!






More about their tour here:
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Trail 90 group!! You can still find em in garages and barns if you're lucky. If you do find one, BUY IT regardless of the condition!! They're worth more today (even as basket case junk) than they were brand new!
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:49 PM   #23
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I ran into this groups of 20+ bikes last month in Capitol Reef National Park. 90-110 cc seemed to be enough for them. I did noticed that they seemed to be having more fun than most moto tourers that I see. Their smiles were even a little bigger!






More about their tour here:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/7...-lifetime.html
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:36 PM   #24
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Hi,Ive been following Nathanthepostmans ejournal and its the best thing Ive seen for years.It piss's all over the Boorman & Ewan road show.They carry all the kit that any tart would carry.Having cycled toured all over Europe on abicycle in my late teens you learn to carry what is required.Then in my late 30s got into motorcycling gone through harley's Goldwings Varadeos (1000cc) Deauvilles.Having toured France and Spain on most of these bikes I wanted to go back basics as Nathan has done.So now I own a little 125 XRL Honda and she puts the real fun back into two wheel travel.Never in a rush, easy to work on and if I drop it I pick it up on my own and carry on.She's docile, fun, forgiving, good to ride and cheap to own.The perfect woman I hear you all say, the bike is what I meant.Oh by the way if find a woman like that do tell as they are as common rocking horse shit!
In reality its not the choice of transport be it a bicycle or a Goldwing its about doing the journey and Nathanthepostman has done what most of us dream.It can be said its not the bike that makes the man its the man.Go on challenge yourself and be different dont let a pair of thesbian (albiet a kitchen fitter) tarts influence the true meaning of adventure.Go for it! Inspiration can be found in a book I read 20 years ago written by a solo cyclist Ian Hibbell.
He cycled around the world and had high adventure that most men would have thought impossible in this modern age.Reluclantly, Ian was killed in a hit and run in Greece last year on his cycle aged 71.Like Ted Simon, Ian Hibbell was a pure example of explorer.Does it matter if someone else has been there before aslong as its your first so be it.Nathanthepostman has the essence's of Simon and Hibbell.And Dot, his trusty steed is the silent hero.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:44 PM   #25
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I pass cars on the interstate with my cr230l and it handles single track trails with ease.
That's great. In some places it may not be legal though. At altitude, it probably wouldn't be the norm. My main point being, how would it be any better than a similar bike with 20 more cc?
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:07 AM   #26
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Psst, hey Larry, look here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=201349




I'm not really interested in riding "round the world," but it's fun to fantasize about it. I'd ride a 250. Perfect.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:52 AM   #27
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What about the new Yamaha WR250R? It will run pavement at 65-70 mph all day long, less vibes then my Suzuki 650 V Strom (which was really smooth), has a nice light feel and will go almost anywhere.

Last month I did a 1200 mile trip from Anchorage to Dawson City (Canada) and area. Got home and sold my '07 V Strom and '06 XR650L. It's fun factor is way up there! I could buy any bike but there is nothing out there that fits like the WR250R......



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Old 09-18-2009, 06:10 PM   #28
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Anyone see the Pitster Pro Classic 125? Looks like a CT70 with the bigger engine, and street legal.
I bought one several weeks ago. Having a ball with it.



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Old 09-18-2009, 07:39 PM   #29
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Its your TW 350

The Beta alp 4.0 would be a nice small tourer.It looks like what a TW 350 would look like.Only problem is can't get 'em in the USA.It uses a Suzuki DR 350 engine.
http://www.betamotor.com/en/alp/bikes/alp-4-0-2008
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Old 09-19-2009, 03:38 AM   #30
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DR200 ftw . Weighs similar the small KLX, KL, WR, XR, CRF etc but with a larger fuel tank. It's my 'go anywhere' bike, perfect for exploring unmarked paths.

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