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Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 58
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Posted By tshelver
Honda XR125L would work fine, a guy on th HUBB...

Honda XR125L would work fine, a guy on th HUBB has already done Mongolia / Europe on one. Honda is now selling these in many parts of the world. In SE Asia I use a Yammie YBR125G old style dual sport...
Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2014, 03:45 PM
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Views: 2,075,022
Posted By tshelver
The Helinox doesn't look much different than my...

The Helinox doesn't look much different than my old W-frame cot from the early 80s, apart from the folding legs.
If you are using it in a lightweight tent, I'd watch floor wear.

Also, at 4.4 lb,...
Forum: Thumpers 12-27-2013, 03:26 AM
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Posted By tshelver
Don't discount Spud's fairing idea too quickly......

Don't discount Spud's fairing idea too quickly...
A good screen and any leg or hand protection goes a long way to retaining core warmth.

I used to run my Husky (and other bikes) well into...
Forum: Thumpers 12-27-2013, 02:57 AM
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Posted By tshelver
Unfortunately, hippohands or similar are likely...

Unfortunately, hippohands or similar are likely your best option. They can't be beat for cold or rain protection.

Likely the DR makes sufficient electrical power for heated gloves, jusr put in a...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 11-12-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 43,865
Views: 2,481,068
Posted By tshelver
That's insulting the KLR... I had a '98...

That's insulting the KLR...

I had a '98 R11GS from new, the reason I'll never own another BMW.

12 weeks (in the middle of the riding season) in the dealer waiting for warranty fixes in 3...
Forum: Asia 11-03-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 1,561
Views: 200,564
Posted By tshelver
If you don't find anyone to go with you, it's...

If you don't find anyone to go with you, it's quite an easy ride to do, especially if you have a GPS.

I did a lot of this in 2006 in a rental car (no GPS) and more in 2012 by bus, and it's really...
Forum: Thumpers 10-28-2013, 12:31 AM
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Posted By tshelver
I'm 6'2, but relatively short legs with a 32"...

I'm 6'2, but relatively short legs with a 32" inseam.

I manage fine on a YBR125G even 2-up. Knees bend a bit but better than my old ZX12R and even the old GTR1000/Concours 1000.

My Chinese...
Forum: Thumpers 10-08-2013, 02:49 PM
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Posted By tshelver
The older 250 held its value very well, seems...

The older 250 held its value very well, seems there is always a market for them for newer riders.
I haven't ridden the 300,but the 250 is more of a standard riding position, I had no problems...
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 7,795
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Posted By tshelver
I've had several flats on both tubed and tubeless...

I've had several flats on both tubed and tubeless tires, including a ripped sidewall on a very good Metzeler on my R11GS tubeless that resulted in the bike being towed (I93 in NH).

The chance of...
Forum: Equipment 09-25-2013, 07:26 AM
Replies: 2,446
Views: 918,297
Posted By tshelver
Another take on the complete toolkit. Photos...

Another take on the complete toolkit. Photos below are all the tools the technician in my local bike dealer owns, and is quite typical of any bike dealer here...
Forum: Thumpers 09-25-2013, 07:15 AM
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Posted By tshelver
I've toured quite a bit on modern versions of the...

I've toured quite a bit on modern versions of the CT90 (Honda Wave and XRM125), and IMHO there are better 125 class bikes out there for the money.
The wheels seem quite weak (broken spokes on a...
Forum: Thumpers 09-24-2013, 05:35 AM
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Posted By tshelver
I've had 7 flats on the bikes in the last 18...

I've had 7 flats on the bikes in the last 18 months, plus 1 on the recumbent trike (pedal).
Joys of riding in the 3rd world.

1 was on a tubeless tire, which I just rode to the vulcanizer.
The...
Forum: Thumpers 09-22-2013, 08:44 AM
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Posted By tshelver
And there you have the reason the importers won't...

And there you have the reason the importers won't bring in the better Chinese machines.
Consumers are just not prepared to pay 80% of the price of a Japanese machine even when it's equivalent or...
Forum: Thumpers 09-22-2013, 08:07 AM
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Posted By tshelver
$3k is a bit expensive, although that's in line...

$3k is a bit expensive, although that's in line with the Honda CRF250L at $4.4k given the relative value and components.
I suspect the US importers are being a little greedy...

Here it's half...
Forum: Thumpers 09-22-2013, 07:57 AM
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Posted By tshelver
You'd have to search to see if there is a...

You'd have to search to see if there is a Zongshen importer. The bike comes in endure and motard versions, in 150cc water-cooled and 200cc air-cooled versions, which are basically identical apart...
Forum: Thumpers 09-22-2013, 07:45 AM
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Posted By tshelver
The bike does very well on dirt roads. Just after...

The bike does very well on dirt roads. Just after I got it we did a trip through the mountains, about 50 miles of dirt much of which was still being built, after a major typhoon came through. Parts...
Forum: Thumpers 09-21-2013, 07:48 PM
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Posted By tshelver
I get just over 30 kpl usually, the motor is a...

I get just over 30 kpl usually, the motor is a Honda 'CBB' clone according to Zongshen, with OHC and balance shaft.
From experience, it's substantially smoother than the other 125 to 150 cc...
Forum: Thumpers 09-21-2013, 07:21 AM
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Posted By tshelver
I thought of doing something like that, but there...

I thought of doing something like that, but there are a few negatives.

First one is that the trike I have is a commercial unit with rear suspension, and adding a gas motor would be really...
Forum: Thumpers 09-21-2013, 05:55 AM
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Posted By tshelver
How to fix a flat tire, the real Adv way....

Not really a tour, although I was carrying around 30lb of soft luggage, mostly my weekly milk and nuts run up into the mountains.
Plus, I was using my 200cc Zongshen, which has 6000 miles on the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-27-2013, 05:39 AM
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Posted By tshelver
Hmm, that's a good idea, following on from your...

Hmm, that's a good idea, following on from your TU: take the 125 out and test it for top speed with 50l bag on the rack, on the seat, the Ortlieb panniers and finally the Radical recumbent bags.. ...
Forum: Thumpers 08-27-2013, 03:40 AM
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Posted By tshelver
Just a quick note on the concept of having it all...

Just a quick note on the concept of having it all behind you for a more aerodynamic profile: a topbox is pretty much anathema for good aerodynamics, as is anything big on the rack. Soft panniers in...
Forum: Thumpers 08-26-2013, 07:42 AM
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Posted By tshelver
Wheels, I have 2 bikes with similar levels of...

Wheels, I have 2 bikes with similar levels of technology to yours, and even more demanding luggage carrying requirements.
One is a modern Chinese 200cc dualsport, and the other is a Yamaha YBR125G...
Forum: Thumpers 08-15-2013, 08:18 PM
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Posted By tshelver
Shouldn't be a problem. My Yamaha YBR125G has...

Shouldn't be a problem. My Yamaha YBR125G has over 20k km on it in 18 months: I was in a different country for most of the first year, otherwise it would be a lot higher.
Most of the mileage was...
Forum: Asia 07-18-2013, 05:27 AM
Replies: 1,561
Views: 200,564
Posted By tshelver
Note there is only one ferry a week between CDO...

Note there is only one ferry a week between CDO and Dumaguete: http://schedule.ph/boat/from/Cagayan-de-Oro/to/Dumaguete

Dapitan is a very pleasant little town, several decent lodging options ...
Forum: Thumpers 07-17-2013, 11:33 PM
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Posted By tshelver
Which is one reason I like the 3rd world choices...

Which is one reason I like the 3rd world choices in bikes. My 200cc Chinese dualsport has sufficient space for a passenger and enough rack behind that for tent and so on. Plus there is a fairly...
Forum: Thumpers 07-17-2013, 07:01 PM
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Views: 2,075,022
Posted By tshelver
I went with a Nemo Losi 3P. Only a about a lb...

I went with a Nemo Losi 3P. Only a about a lb more than the 2P, and has 50 square feet of floor space,, plus over 20 square feet in the 2 vestibules.

Very good airflow as well, have used it in...
Forum: Asia 07-16-2013, 06:13 AM
Replies: 1,561
Views: 200,564
Posted By tshelver
You may want to check the dates a different so...

You may want to check the dates a different so for the CDO/Dumaguete roro.
Another option is to ride to Dapitan and get the ferry to Dumaguete there.

What route are you planning from GenSan to...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 07-15-2013, 06:34 AM
Replies: 43,865
Views: 2,481,068
Posted By tshelver
Well, IIRC I've only ridden with EC, several...

Well, IIRC I've only ridden with EC, several years back in Vermont after a Thanksgiving snowfall, and that crowd didn't move that fast (I was on a ZX12R at the time).

Now I'm riding in a part of...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 07-14-2013, 03:54 AM
Replies: 43,865
Views: 2,481,068
Posted By tshelver
Not if your bike gets 80 mpg... Sent from...

Not if your bike gets 80 mpg...

Sent from my A898 Duo using Tapatalk 2
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2013, 03:15 PM
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Posted By tshelver
I don't have any experience with the older CT,...

I don't have any experience with the older CT, but have quite a bit with the modern variants, on and offroad.
If you are going to do rough roads loaded, a few spare spokes could be useful, I've...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 07-07-2013, 06:16 AM
Replies: 43,865
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Posted By tshelver
It's fairly close from what I read in the news...

It's fairly close from what I read in the news article. The stores that were destroyed IIRC are about 100 yards east of the main road through town and maybe 200 yards from the inn. Those stores are...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 07-07-2013, 06:14 AM
Replies: 43,865
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Posted By tshelver
It's fairly close from what I read in the news...

It's fairly close from what I read in the news article. The stores that were destroyed IIRC are about 100 yards east of the main road through town and maybe 200 yards from the inn. Those stores are...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 07-06-2013, 08:26 PM
Replies: 43,865
Views: 2,481,068
Posted By tshelver
Really bad news. That was one of my favorite...

Really bad news. That was one of my favorite small towns. Used to host a weekend ride to the L'Eau Berge hotel some years back, and used to visit it regularly by bike, sled and car.

Sent from my...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 07-06-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 43,865
Views: 2,481,068
Posted By tshelver
Really bad news. That was one of my favorite...

Really bad news. That was one of my favorite small towns. Used to host a weekend ride to the L'Eau Berge hotel some years back, and used to visit it regularly by bike, sled and car.

Sent from my...
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 23,328
Posted By tshelver
Depends on the subject matter. Too many threads...

Depends on the subject matter. Too many threads cross multiple bikes to be easily classified.

They could be booted to other subforums, but then you are back to bouncing around a bunch of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 07-03-2013, 05:02 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,113
Posted By tshelver
OsmAnd and others will let you download the OSM...

OsmAnd and others will let you download the OSM maps. 10 regional downloads on the free version.

Sent from my A898 Duo using Tapatalk 4 Beta
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 4,125
Views: 672,023
Posted By tshelver
Not the 630, but I commuted my 610 320 miles a...

Not the 630, but I commuted my 610 320 miles a day for a while and often did 300 plus dirt road / multiuse trail days.

The 610 is happy at 75 mph, or even 80+.

A few sensible mods make things...
Forum: Thumpers 07-02-2013, 06:27 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 24,984
Posted By tshelver
I'd test ride one first... Not sure about the new...

I'd test ride one first... Not sure about the new model, but when I test rose one in 2006, the bike really didn't feel happy much over 55.

Then again, that's as much as you need in many countries...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2013, 05:54 AM
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Posted By tshelver
Hard bags can have a noticeable effect, on my GS...

Hard bags can have a noticeable effect, on my GS in the region of 10% at highway speed.

Topboxes are very convenient, but can noticeably impair handling.
Depending on the bike and load, they...
Forum: Thumpers 06-30-2013, 03:23 PM
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Views: 2,075,022
Posted By tshelver
I've been using hand bags since the mid 80s, but...

I've been using hand bags since the mid 80s, but have switched over to soft bags, especially for the smaller bikes.

Seem to be much more crash proof, and put less stress on subframe and so on...
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