Originally Posted by Noprogram
After a long search I finally found an AT and thought I'd post of few pics. They don't come up for sale much over here so when I found a clean low mileage, 97 last year I snapped it up. Since I have a couple of XR600/650 based adventure setups I'd been looking for a something that would be more comfortable with a larger load, reasonable range and road manners as well as capable of doing the back roads of the South Island. I considered other bikes but grew up with Hondas and always liked the look of the XRV even though it's quite an old bike now and heard good stories about them.
The bike came with an Arrows stainless exhaust which has a nice low note to it as well as the original which weighs a ton. Fitted it out with Touratech engine bars, Barkbusters, Heidenau Adventure Scouts, Scottoiler, Ram mount for the GPS and a 3BR USB socket. Threw in a spare fuel pump on board just in case. Tried fitting some ProTaper fat bars with risers but had some clearance issues with the air filter cover and the bend I used was to low. -Any recommendations?
Some pics of a trip through the Rainbow and Molesworth station done over Easter with full camping set up and food for a few days. Beautiful riding and she handled well on the gravel with a GL Great Basin and the smaller Wolfman expedition bag on the tank.
We just did the Rainbow (in the rain, high water in the rivers...) and Molesworth with our bike, 2up, 450kg, full camping and food for two 3 days. Pics at http://blog.rtwbybike.com/?p=237
(skipp to photo 56 (I had to downsample the picts to 400px...limited webspace...)
Just a question, for what you need anything else than the original 23l tank? You can easily go this two with the original tank (fill up in Hanmer Springs).
I am just curious, which country does require a milage of 1000km? Maybe we will pass it one time. I have been to the most of them and didnt run out of gasoline (OK just one time... but was my fault and I could "roll" to the next gasoline station, that was in Germany). Even the oOutback, most parts of Afirca (99% of it, and a extra 10l would be enough to cover this 1%) doesnt require more than the normal tank.
So for me, IMHO, this "Elephant tanks" are to show off, arent they?
I thought a long time b4 our trip to get one of these, but then the pros and cons... and my wife asked me the above question^^ and what should I say....
cheers, GRTS fom the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia... (Still have gasoline in my 23l tank, btw. 1l is 0.40€ here
, but a beer 6€)