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Old 08-06-2012, 04:06 PM   #5266
Rey & Vann
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Overnighter at Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest

Hello all,

This was my first overnight trip on my 09 Super Sherpa. I've done multi-day trips on a couple of other bikes I own, a KLR650 and a DL650A Adventure, so taking off for the overnighter was no big deal, except that the Sherpa is small, low on the displacement scale, and delivers less than 15 hp at the crank, from what I know.

Here she is, loaded and red-to-go:



I knew the bike would be fine mechanically, I bought it new in 2010 for my wife, who wasn't interested in it. I let it sit around for a year, starting it occasionally and giving my granddaughter rides on it. Last year, I decided to use it to run around town, to the hardware store, grocery store, etc. It was comfortable, zippy, and turned out to be real fun! The seat was terrible for longer rides so I replaced the foam and cover with a Seat Concepts kit. What a difference! I was taking longer rides now, up to 6~7 hours... Loads of fun!

I had a TCI rack and Cortech bags set-up on the KLR, and replaced it with HT SU Racks and panniers, so I had the Cortech sitting around, and luckily, a fellow inmate had HT SU racks off a wrecked Sherpa for sale. I put the racks on my Sherpa, along with a new top rack from HT and mounted the Cortech's. Since there was no bottom support for the Cortech bags, I wondered how well they would work. They worked great! Here's a picture from the rear, all thats missing is the "WIDE LOAD" signage!



I didn't intend on Gifford Pinchot Nat'l Forest as my destination until about 1 hour before leaving. Was going to go into the Olympic Nat'l Forest, but I've been there a bunch, and frankly, I needed a change of scenery. I printed the GPNF MVUM, which took forever, but at least I would be legal.

2 hours and 15 minutes after leaving, I was in Randle WA at Fischers Market getting last minute grub. Even though I had already packed enough food on the bike, I had a hankerin' for Idahoan brand instant spuds... Had to settle for Betty Crocker though, and hers ain't so good... Picked up a map and a NW Forest Pass, fueled up across the street, 1.2 gallons/99 miles...

I went in on FR23 and it wasn't long before I came to a gravel road and left the pavement. Came to a trail called 275 Kraus Ridge. Nice looking single track, I thought, why not? The Sherpa is definitely not my KLX250, but this little bike took me right up that trail, handled great in everything but the super sandy spots, and even though I smacked the bags on everything along the way, it did everything I asked it to, and it never complained! I did take video of the trail with my Contour camera, I need to trim it down, and perhaps I'll post it here, later...

Here's the video:




I ended up at North Fork campground, and paid a lot for the spot (18.00). It wasn't till I was bedded down and reading the MVUM carefully that I realized this whole area was okay for dispersed camping. Oh well, had running water at the edge of my site, and a pooper across the road. It was a very nice campground though, and in the end, I would pay the same again.

Here is the site I stayed at:



Here's a list of what I took with me on the trip:

Sleep Cell Sleeping Bag from Costco
Eureka Chrysalis Hammock
A-Lite Monarch Chair
Thermarest Trail Scout Pad
Kolpin 1.5 Gallon Fuel Can
Tire Tools
Mini Air Compressor
Patch Kit
Spare Front Tube
Space Blanket
Sm First Aid
DeLorme GPS with SPOT Communicator
DeLorme Atlas
GPNF MVUM

Variety of food, 2 oranges, 2apples, 4 pkg instant grits, instant coffee, powdered milk, granola bars, instant mashed taters, precooked packet rice, packet aloo muttar, packet chana masala, tuna packet and cookset, tiny butane/propane mix cooker, personal hygiene and butt-wipe and a variety of other odds and ends. Oh yeah, 6 liters of water, water purifier, shorts, tee shirt and flip-flops. Forgot, 1 emergency MRE and a Gerber folding shovel... Geeze!

I know, long list of stuff, but I included it because I was amazed at how much I was able to bring along... I figure I could have stayed out for at least 3 days, and hell, I should have since my bride was cranky when I got home!

Here are the last of the pics:



Tower Mountain




Mount Adams, I think... someone please verify.




Cispus River???




Mount Rainier




Mount Adams.


The Super Sherpa performed flawlessly. I ran as fast as 65 mph on the interstate, but mostly stayed at 40 to 55. She pulled up the hills at WOT carrying the load and my fat 225 geared up butt without skipping a beat, and she ran the trail like a mountain goat! Definitely a GREAT BIKE!

Just about 300 miles on 4.15 gallons of fuel, 72 1/4 miles per gallon. What a cheap weekend!

I had a lot of fun doing this, and am looking forward to doing more. If anyone cares to join in, get in touch. I know it would make my wife happy if I stopped doing this stuff alone!

Cheers!
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:48 PM   #5267
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Rey & Van,

Nice setup you have. I need to find some side racks & get my bikes set up for camping. Who needs an RV???
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:09 PM   #5268
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Nice report Rey. Looks like you packed everything you needed and then some. I'm hoping to do part of Washington's WABDR and you inspire me to get it done with my CRF230L.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:23 PM   #5269
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Well, I've been following this thread since it started (before I was an inmate even) and figured I'd finally subscribe. I inadvertently turned my DR650 into a project bike last weekend and am seriously considering a TW200 for my next faithful companion. I've been jonesing for a small bike since I met Klay on my last big adventure and have always been a fan of TWs. Anyway, nothing to contribute at the moment, just thought I'd say hi!
Know what you mean,I have had my TW for alittle over a year now...............great bike!.Incredible what that 196cc engine can do on road and off..........and yes,the smaller engines tend to like the rpm's alot more than being babied!.The engineers who designed the TW's short stroke engine ( feet per minute of the piston) was well designed and geared.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:11 PM   #5270
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Nice report Rey. Looks like you packed everything you needed and then some. I'm hoping to do part of Washington's WABDR and you inspire me to get it done with my CRF230L.

Lets go giterdun!

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Old 08-07-2012, 07:35 AM   #5271
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recently bought this cherry xr250r

I'm a big time xr fan. (Have a xr400 and xr600) Bought this for my teenage daughter. She no likey- no electric start. What's a dad to do? Yep! Keep it n ride it! The bike had probably less than 300 miles on it, street legal 2002. Came out of a time warp 2002. I put a aftermarket seat, mt43 on it (back tire original and starting to crack) and proceeded to put over 1000 miles on it primarily off road. It's done the nastiest single track, rock scrambles and even some tough hill climbs I was surprised I could pull! I did need to watch my line better because i didn't have power to solve problems though. Also was really impressed in Mammoth on the trails and fire roads...hung tough with faster bikes! All that and 70+ MPG!! ?! Probably one of the best bikes around below 50 mph.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:41 AM   #5272
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Nice report Rey. Looks like you packed everything you needed and then some. I'm hoping to do part of Washington's WABDR and you inspire me to get it done with my CRF230L.
Yes, inspring. Great to read that Rey rode singletrack- I did the same, quite a bit and camped on a peak with my 230L fuly loaded with my cmp.

I will be doing the WABCDR at the end of August/ first of Sept on my CRF230L. I have the TCI windshield, rack on front with a 1.5 gal Kolpin, Giant Loop Great Basin and a dry bag. Suspension set on the stiffest, 15 w in the forks. Seat Concept seat. Nice little ride.

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Old 08-07-2012, 05:10 PM   #5273
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Yes, inspring. Great to read that Rey rode singletrack- I did the same, quite a bit and camped on a peak with my 230L fuly loaded with my cmp.

I will be doing the WABCDR at the end of August/ first of Sept on my CRF230L. I have the TCI windshield, rack on front with a 1.5 gal Kolpin, Giant Loop Great Basin and a dry bag. Suspension set on the stiffest, 15 w in the forks. Seat Concept seat. Nice little ride.
Sounds nice. How about photos of the rig?
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:06 PM   #5274
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Yes, inspring. Great to read that Rey rode singletrack- I did the same, quite a bit and camped on a peak with my 230L fuly loaded with my cmp.

I will be doing the WABCDR at the end of August/ first of Sept on my CRF230L. I have the TCI windshield, rack on front with a 1.5 gal Kolpin, Giant Loop Great Basin and a dry bag. Suspension set on the stiffest, 15 w in the forks. Seat Concept seat. Nice little ride.
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Sounds nice. How about photos of the rig?

I second the request for pictures and a ride report.
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:07 PM   #5275
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Rey & Van,

Nice setup you have. I need to find some side racks & get my bikes set up for camping. Who needs an RV???
Try making your own side racks. I used EMT pipe and bought the pipe bender from Home Depot.
Total cost for first set was just under $50 including the bender.
http://www.powers31.info/Side_Luggage_Frames.htm
http://www.powers31.info/nx250_saddlebags.htm

I made a second set for my KLR650.
http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm ( scroll down on the page. )
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Old 08-07-2012, 06:41 PM   #5276
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larry31,


Those are great. Thanks for the links. I will have to try my hand at bending some pipe.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:18 PM   #5277
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Here is the FB album-

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3&l=6cf5f60778

I have not figured out how to post photos. Apparently I need a hosting service for the images? I tried right clicking on images and it did not work. Doh.
yes pics need to be hosted...
Photo Bucket or Image Shack etc
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:24 PM   #5278
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yes pics need to be hosted...
Photo Bucket or Image Shack etc
Thanks. Will put it on the to-do list so I can post TR of the WABCDR and etc.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:39 AM   #5279
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Here is the FB album-

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3&l=6cf5f60778

I have not figured out how to post photos. Apparently I need a hosting service for the images? I tried right clicking on images and it did not work. Doh.
Facebook is a host. to post a photo hosted on FB:
click on the photo to view it in FB
rt click on the photo and select "copy image location"
come back here to the forum and click on the insert image icon above
remove the http that automatically comes up in the field as the image location already has that
paste the image location
done
I like to first enter, enter, enter a dot so it is easier to grab the posted image with a cursor if people want to quote you without posting the image over again.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:31 AM   #5280
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Brazilian Yamaha XTZ 250 Tenere

Same engine as your XT250, but FI, some plastic, awesome headlights, better rear shock, bigger gas tank (16l, 4.5 gallons?). Highway speed easy at 60mph, top speed around 90mph (two up), 30km/l (65mpg?)




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