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Old 10-06-2009, 10:41 PM   #16
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Please tell us more about the mini-GS Yamaha.

How'd it do vis a vis the other bikes?

Good at highway speed?

Fuel economy? Reliability?

Ease and comfort of handling?
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:49 PM   #17
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Love the trip!

I did Winston Salem NC to San Francisco CA on a nighthawk 250 in 2004, I think it was 7 days (6 maybe), I had about $150 and no rain gear, the trip was in May.

The major issue I had was going up the continental divide in Colorado, and Donner Pass in Nevada/California, had to get on the shoulder.


I think the nighthawk is rated at 18 hp, quite a bit less than the little ninjas.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:59 PM   #18
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some pics, pardon my poor photog skills.....






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Old 10-07-2009, 03:55 AM   #19
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Please tell us more about the mini-GS Yamaha.

How'd it do vis a vis the other bikes?

Good at highway speed?

Fuel economy? Reliability?

Ease and comfort of handling?

Bob's WR 250 X ( Mini GS ) was clearly the tool of choice among the 3 of us.
He had pretty much redone the scoot with a larger tank, different than stock gearing, new levers, HID lighting, new horn, Happy Trail bags and a bunch of other stuff.

Charlie and I believed that new Corbin seat or not, his butt was going to be fried within the first 100 miles but i don't think he suffered anymore than we did. He had the real advantage of being able to ride the pegs the way we could not.

On any of the up hill stuff, his little scoot just ran away from the Ninjas.
On the flat stuff, my '08 Ninja pretty much reversed the roles.
In the twisty bits, we were pretty much equal.

He had a further advantage in the seat to peg ratio which made for less knee pain. If i were doing it again and it had to be on a 250, I would be all over Bob's set up.
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:11 AM   #20
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Thanks, Terry, that's good info to have. Got pics of his bike, showing such modifications?

BigDogs thread about using one of those Yamahas on the TAT had some good info, too, and as I recall the bike has a stout alternator that cranks out enough juice for all your heated clothing needs. He said it was good at altitude, and pretty good on the highway.

So, with Bob's mods, seems to me this bike could be a sweet spot in dual sport design.
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:35 AM   #21
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Congrats on knowing how to appreciate life...too bad you weren't able to smell enough of the roses. Would also like to hear more on the WR/ Mini GS..pics pls ?
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Old 10-07-2009, 09:44 AM   #22
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Congrats on knowing how to appreciate life...too bad you weren't able to smell enough of the roses. Would also like to hear more on the WR/ Mini GS..pics pls ?
Hey KHVO... Bob's WR probably sucked up the most fuel of the 3 bikes with Charlie's '07 Ninja doing the best. At times it felt like he was getting 70 mpg.

I think this is the only other reasonably close up pic I have of Bob's WR 250 X.

It's parked in my garage still awaiting the shipping back to Texas.

If i find the energy to drag out the 4 scoots and lawnmower and bicycles in front of it, I'll grab some more detailed shots.

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Old 10-07-2009, 10:20 AM   #23
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Thumb Saw You in Concord, NH

It was good seeing you guys in Concord, NH. I heard the engines pulling into the Holiday Inn and thought, "these guys are much more hardcore than me". Keep on pushing!!
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:48 AM   #24
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That was an excellent adventure for old coots! Way to go.

Next time, stop to smell the roses and take some more great pictures... I really like the black and white affect.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:00 AM   #25
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It was good seeing you guys in Concord, NH. I heard the engines pulling into the Holiday Inn and thought, "these guys are much more hardcore than me". Keep on pushing!!
Good seeing you also. Damn you looked fresh!
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:57 AM   #26
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Hey KHVO... Bob's WR probably sucked up the most fuel of the 3 bikes with Charlie's '07 Ninja doing the best. At times it felt like he was getting 70 mpg.

I think this is the only other reasonably close up pic I have of Bob's WR 250 X.

It's parked in my garage still awaiting the shipping back to Texas.

If i find the energy to drag out the 4 scoots and lawnmower and bicycles in front of it, I'll grab some more detailed shots.

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Pretty spiffy looking 250...
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:40 PM   #27
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Nice to see you over here T.

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Old 10-09-2009, 09:50 PM   #28
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For me, the best parts of the 14 days that it took us to complete the journey were the time I spent with my dear friends and scooting the twisty bits, particularly in Colorado and West Virginia, I must admit that I often felt frustrated at our moving through spectacular beauty at a little less than warp speed and not having any time to stop and smell the pinion and sage along the way.
One could live a worthwhile life by following that advice. Well done sir!

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Old 10-10-2009, 06:39 AM   #29
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One could live a worthwhile life by following that advice. Well done sir!


Hey David... though we have not met, I thought of you often on this little
jaunt and with affection proportionate to the ache in my knees.
Seriously man... you were the inspiration behind 'The Big Stupid' and I am grateful for that.

with appreciation


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Old 10-10-2009, 09:17 AM   #30
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Awesome and succinct ride report.

I am reading this at an outdoor cafe on the beach on Costa Rica, eating mystery meat papusas and drinking duple espressos con leche.

I am seriously considering not shipping my KLR down to South America next year, and just bringing soft bags and buying a 200/250 in a local market and using that. I could buy and write off the whole bike for the price of shipping a 650 to and from.

Very cool endeavor that you three pulled off. I am sure you will hear terms like "inspiration" quite frequently as this thread develops. Whether you meant to or not, you've definitely shown that the spirit of ADV riding is not only for the young or displacement-happy. Ride well, and thanks for sharing!
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