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Old 08-31-2011, 11:38 AM   #16
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I'm actually really liking the idea of a Ruckus and the Sym at this point. So I think I've narrowed it down to those two and the ct90. Some of those other bikes look rad too, the TW200 is something I had considered before, I like the looks of that bike as well.

The main pros and cons I'm seeing of these are:

Ruckus:
Pros: relatively cheap, reliable, lightweight, easy to acquire, excellent MPG
Cons: Maybe a little too small, I have heard people saying it struggles to go 20 up hills, that might be a problem.

CT90:
Pros: VERY cheap, about 10 of them on craigslist near me for <$1000. Decent MPG
Cons: Most of these are older, 60-70's bikes. While i LOVE old bikes, for a cross country trip, not sure on durability(is natethepostman's a rare bike to make it that far? Most others I see I here of about 10,000 max miles before trouble hits)

TW200:
Pros: Able to keep up on highways if the need be. Best offroad capabilities of all of the choices
Cons: Most expensive to get a decent bike. While still good, least MPG of all considered choices. Not sure on long term durability?

Any thoughts guys?
Thanks!
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:51 PM   #17
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Hi skyzo

You might also want to look at a Kawasaki Super Sherpa. A 250, but solid as a rock!

Don't have one, but have ridden one a couple of times and it's a nice bike.

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Old 08-31-2011, 01:08 PM   #18
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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.
the OP did it on a bicycle. i dont think he cares about ANY seat
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:14 PM   #19
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Thumb Sachs Madass

I thought these were cool:

http://www.moto-scoot.net/sachs_madass_125.php

They have off-road kits high fenders and knobbies!



Pretty nimble!

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Old 08-31-2011, 05:22 PM   #20
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I'm actually really liking the idea of a Ruckus and the Sym at this point. So I think I've narrowed it down to those two and the ct90. Some of those other bikes look rad too, the TW200 is something I had considered before, I like the looks of that bike as well.
Here's so more inspiration regarding the Ruckus (if you want to read a 100+ page thread about a young guy from another country riding a Ruckus across the US): http://totalruckus.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=12143

There s a huge aftermarket for the Ruckus and loads of info on modding it. I think you can squeeze a little more power out of it (although some guys get crazy and spend a fortune squeezing even a little bit more power out of it).

I'd personally go for a 200-250 dual sport just because they are so versatile (TW, Sherpa, KLR250, XT225/250). But even one of those wouldn't give you the same adventure as a sub-150cc moped. But do realize, you can't take some of the smaller mopeds on some highways even if you were inclined to . . .

Anybody recall what those small, fat tire little bikes that looked futuristic were called that were made by Honda(I think)?

EDIT: This is the only pic I could find (the bike in the background - what's it called??)
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:50 PM   #21
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Anybody recall what those small, fat tire little bikes that looked futuristic were called that were made by Honda(I think)?

Honda Cub.





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Old 08-31-2011, 06:00 PM   #22
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I loved reading about Wans adventure. Nevertheless, I think it is dangerous to travel on a bike that can't maintain highway speeds. The Sym Wolf looks perfect. Might get it to replace the Elite 250 that I take with me camping.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:01 PM   #23
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I thought these were cool:

http://www.moto-scoot.net/sachs_madass_125.php

They have off-road kits high fenders and knobbies!

I know of at least one guy who rode one around Australia, said he chose it for its amazingly low fuel usage and had no problems.

A shit load of people use CT110s for big trips around OZ too.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:11 PM   #24
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Honda Cub

Sean
Thanks Sean - My head was about to explode! Somebody on here has one that he painted camo. I think he uses it as a campsite bike - it looks pretty freakin awesome in a Mad Max sort of way.

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Old 08-31-2011, 07:10 PM   #25
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:50 PM   #26
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so the japanese version had a rear disc brake?

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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 08-31-2011, 10:50 PM   #27
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Hi Skyzo,

just buy a Yamaha Serow, whether it be an older 225 or a current 250.

My 250 covered 75,000 miles, over 3 1/2 years without any none accident related mechanical repairs, other than basic servicing and was only replaced when involved in a hit n run accident.

My current 225 is 15 months old and has covered well over 20,000 miles, again without problems.

Both machines have been loaded up with enough kit to stop a camel in it's tracks!





Afterall myself and Lois Pryce can't be wrong can we, with our clan at the HUBB meeting at Ripley this year?



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Old 09-01-2011, 02:39 AM   #28
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:32 AM   #29
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Grab the ct mate.
Good cheap honest fun.
I've done plenty of trail/touring riding on them.
Got a 110 but the 90 can go just as good






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Old 09-01-2011, 04:02 AM   #30
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I would stay away from the TW200 for two reasons: ridiculously small tank and availability of tires.
Other than that it is fun and reliable but the XT225 is a better choice.

I think you'll be happy with a CT110...
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