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Old 12-15-2009, 08:17 PM   #211
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Dan - Thanks!

Robo - not gonna lie, I don't remember and I don't feel like digging out the maps right now. Good to know about Catoosa though. Then again, my bike is plated so I'm not sure it would matter. Whats down those little side roads? Awesome dog btw!
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:37 PM   #212
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Back into the hills:


I thought I recognized it.








Catching up on your ride report....this is fantastic.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:11 PM   #213
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What a great story! Thanks for writing it up. Colorado mountain magic. I like those stretches along the Ohio River and through West Virginia, too. I want a WRR now more than ever.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:52 PM   #214
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Thanks for the awesome report! Congratulations on doing it on the WR too!
It looks like a very capable bike, and you set it up really well.
I'd love to have a smaller bike than the KLR for the tighter trails!
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:18 PM   #215
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UTTERLY FANTASTIC,, Really enjoyed your report and all the photos..
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:44 PM   #216
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Where do you get the side rack bar for the R2. That bar that holds the saddle bags ?

I'd appreciate anyone pointing me in the right direction.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:51 PM   #217
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I got it from a user on here, emerson.biguns, who made them. Unfortunately he no longer does.
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:43 PM   #218
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IMS lists a 3.2 gallon tank for the WRF and Clarke lists a 3.6 gallon. The aftermarket tanks usually arent dot approved, so they wouldn't be listed for the R, but the frames might be the same? That would solve your fuel problem. I would only carry a spare 21 inch tube, and a tube patch kit. Chances are you can usually patch a flat tube, without even removing the wheel from the bike, generally. If the tube can't be patched, the 21 inch will fit either wheel in a "pinch". Your axle-nut tire iron and one other is enough to get by-you shouldn't need 4 tire irons. For a dirt bike, a small bicycle tire pump is all you NEED to carry, the CO2 things are nice, but take up space and you probably won't use them anyway (And if you didn't fix the leak they will be gone and your tire will still be flat!). Everything you need for tires can fit in a Moose front fenderbag.

I've used a Thermarest ultralight for about 20 years and it's almost always enough for sleeping and rolls up very small. I still use an old Sierra Designs tent, but a small freestsanding bivy/one-man tent is on my radar.

Otherwise, great trip
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:38 PM   #219
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Other than the "WR250" name and looking like a dirtbike, the off-road only WR250F and the dual purpose WR250R and WR250X share basically nothing. The only aftermarket tank available is the $450 3.6ish gal safari tank.

Glad people are still finding this ride and enjoying it, thanks!
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:38 AM   #220
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I need one !!

I'm going to bear down hard on buying one of these R2 bad boys. I'll soon have a terrific '02 army green almost mint condition KLR for sale.

My only thought now is.........should I buy a new '08 ? Or buy a 2010.

Also...........hey.....Big Dog. You mentioned the chain could eat into the swing arm area if not careful. Could this be a problem to watch for if I were to try and buy a used '08 off craigslist or eBay ? You might not know until you looked at the bike if it had been damaged by to tight of chain right ? What should I look for.

thanks - - -
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:59 AM   #221
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Either choice is great, not much changed between years. Here's a couple good links on the swingarm wear.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...postcount=9212

http://www.bigdogadventures.com/WR250R.htm
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Old 01-14-2010, 12:23 PM   #222
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This thread could become an ADV standard...

from which all others are measured...

I'm impressed with the rider, the bike, and the country travelled.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:43 AM   #223
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Skierd - excellent report. Thanks for the link from over at mine. I don't follow the RRs like I use to. I enjoyed reading it. I also enjoyed seeing the pictures you posted that I managed to NOT take pictures of. Looks like you dumped on the same sand hill I did. That thing is a booger-bear.

Glad you had a great adventure and made it home safe and sound.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:44 AM   #224
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from which all others are measured...

I'm impressed with the rider, the bike, and the country travelled.
Dude, I'm flattered. There are so many awesome reports on this site that I can't feel my little story quite compares to the greats but I'll take the compliment.

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Skierd - excellent report. Thanks for the link from over at mine. I don't follow the RRs like I use to. I enjoyed reading it. I also enjoyed seeing the pictures you posted that I managed to NOT take pictures of. Looks like you dumped on the same sand hill I did. That thing is a booger-bear.

Glad you had a great adventure and made it home safe and sound.
I was worried about that sand hill all the damn way across Oklahoma. Your ride was very helpful in my planning since it was done kinda close to when I left, giving me insight on the trail's conditions for my trip.
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:14 AM   #225
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outstanding

yup,,,that was great reading,,Thanks
Mike B posted this link on the MAD list ,,so I had to read it
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