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Old 08-30-2011, 05:58 PM   #1
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Small displacement adventure bike

Well for the last 10 years I have been an bicycle tourer, I rode across the USA in '06. In other words, going slow is no problem for me. I started getting into motorcycles a few years back when I acquired a cool old '76 Elsinore 250 that ruled. Now I've got the touring itch again, and this time I've decided I want to do it on a motorcycle.

The ride I'm planning (for next summer) is about a 5,000 cross country route from oregon to maine, with lots of exploring along the way. I'm now at the stages of selecting a bike, which is where I have my dilemma.

The main thing is, I WANT to go slow. This is the main reason I love bicycle touring, the ability to be a part of the environment you are riding through, not whizzing by at 70mph. One bike that started to interest me after reading nate the postman's awesome thread, was a Honda ct90. The 90 seems perfect for what I need, about 40mph max, and off the charts gas mileage. I just want to make sure I make the right choice before pulling the trigger on one. I would have to say, that the biggest bike I would consider is probably a 200cc.

I will be camping along the way, but I have been ultralight backpacking for quite a long time, so all my camping gear weighs about 10lbs. Throw in some bike tools/panniers/extra food I would think the most I'd ever have loaded on the bike is about 50lbs. I clock in at only 160lbs, so the bike doesnt have to pull much.

Sorry for the long post, just wanting to make sure I make the right decision.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:14 PM   #2
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Yamaha TW200, Suzuki DR200, a plated Honda XR200...maybe a Honda TLR200 Reflex..low seat very basic machine and weights about 190lbs and with facotry gearing will cruise 55+mph all day long

all good bikes..i know your not lookng to go fast but these will have a lot more umph that the 90 just wont have when needed..steep climbs, hills,passes etc etc.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:21 PM   #3
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I'd like to suggest a Suzuki TU250X. It's simple, it's dead reliable, it doesn't go too fast, and the 2011 is $4k brand new.
It sounds JUST like what you're looking for.

http://www.suzukicycles.com/Product%...egory=standard
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:31 PM   #4
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:42 PM   #5
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Suzuki GZ250, Honda Rebel or 250 Nighthawk. The TW200 and DR200 are both excellant small adventure bikes as mentioned above. Honda CRF230L is another. It's a six speed. Yamaha XT250. The DR200 has the biggest fuel tank of these.

Hey, you want a 150cc look at the California Scooter Co. base model.

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Old 08-30-2011, 06:42 PM   #6
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Try here for info on the CT110, a lot of the info will be applicable to the 90.

And the guys who ride them here get the whole slow touring thing, so they won't be trying to convince you to get a "normal" size bike.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:56 PM   #7
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I see you've read about Nathan the Postman's trip from Sidney to London on a Honda CT110 "Postie Bike"

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=460631




But how about DaBinChe's trip from San Jose to the Arctic Circle on a 101cc SYM Symba?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=592359





Or the couple riding around the world on a pair of Symbas?

http://underboningtheworld.blogspot.com/






These bikes are basically Honda Supercubs. There have been over 60,000,000 of these bikes sold. More than any other vehicle in history.
SYM made millions of Supercubs for Honda for 40 years. These motorbikes list for about $2,500 but you can find them used for less. The new 2012 models are just arriving in the US now.


I've taken my Symba for a 400 mile round trip from Portland to Bar Harbor and back. It'll go 63 down hill, 55 on the flat and a big uphill will slow it down to 40. I've been very happy with it so far. I got it at the beginning of the riding season and have 1400 miles on it now.


Another bike that might be of interest is the new SYM Wolf Classic 150:



The first US Wolfs are on a boat on their way from Taiwan and will be available in a few weeks.

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Old 08-30-2011, 07:28 PM   #8
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Wow thanks guys! Some great info here, once I look up some things about these bikes I will post more. Thanks for the links Mainescoot, I'm already reading that Symba one.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:34 PM   #9
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r or x good choice

yamaha wr250r/x, great FI, great brakes, 75-80 mpg, over size forks, over size tires, tough engine
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:55 PM   #10
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There is a Symba listed for sale on the SYM forum right now for $1500

http://symforum.com/index.php?topic=1285.0

Here's a couple of pics of mine:




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Old 08-30-2011, 08:14 PM   #11
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I don't think the venerable Yamaha XT225 Serrow has been mentioned.



It's very reliable and has electric start. Can be setup nicely for what you want to do.





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Old 08-30-2011, 08:16 PM   #12
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http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=178968



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Old 08-30-2011, 08:32 PM   #13
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I've got a trail 90. There are some positives to the bike.

One negative is the seat. Just a few miles and it gets uncomfortable.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:40 PM   #14
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I thoroughly enjoy my Kawi KLR250. Very simplistic, very reliable, 60 to 70 mpg depending on conditions, and can cruise all day at 60mph. Surely meets my requirements for minimalist adventuring.
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:48 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by arkansawyer View Post
I've got a trail 90. There are some positives to the bike.

One negative is the seat. Just a few miles and it gets uncomfortable.
I don't find mine uncomfy. It's pretty big and cushy. Maybe yours is just flattened and needs a re-stuff. Otherwise...

http://www.airhawk.com.au/

I have a few buddies who swear by these things, and they're on 950 Adventures.



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