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Old 01-28-2013, 08:49 AM   #5986
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Wow, if you tow a trailer, you definitely need an adjustment.

I'm a backpacker too, and I pack the same way on the mighty 250. All you really need is the stuff to sleep warm and dry and be on your way in the morning. That really isnt much. Wolfman expedition bags (19L) on a happy trail rack, gas and tent strapped onto the tail. One change of clothes (do some laundry after several days) and some light shoes or sandals, sleeping bag and big Agnes inflatable pad, my kitchen is a 1qt coffee pot with an alcohol stove inside, food is mountain house dehydrated plus granola bars, dried fruit and jerky. I don't carry food for the whole trip, I grab a meal here and there and buy some groceries now and then. Tent is a 3-man backpacking palace right now, Im thinking about getting a solo tent. Also a 3L camelback on my back. I usually carry an extra quart of water in the saddlebags. The camping gear weighs around 35 to 40 lbs, plus gas and tools. Oh, and I have a small tank bag. Al

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:52 AM   #5987
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It's really hard to complain about the lack of quality when we live in a country that doesn't manufacture anything anymore.
Riiiight.....

We don't manufacture:
Airliners
Boats
Locomotives
Cars
Trucks
Cookware
Handtools
Computer chips
...

I could go on, and on, and on. With the exception of consumer electronics and kitchen gadgets, I can't think of ANYTHING that we "don't manufacture" anymore.

Oh, and we do manufacture motorcycles as well..... the ones built here may not be to your taste, but we build 'em.
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:00 AM   #5988
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Wow, if you tow a trailer, you definitely need an adjustment.

I'm a backpacker too, and I pack the same way on the mighty 250. All you really need is the stuff to sleep warm and dry and be on your way in the morning. That really isnt much. Wolfman expedition bags (19L) on a happy trail rack, gas and tent strapped onto the tail. One change of clothes (do some laundry after several days) and some light shoes or sandals, sleeping bag and big Agnes inflatable pad, my kitchen is a 1qt coffee pot with an alcohol stove inside, food is mountain house dehydrated plus granola bars, dried fruit and jerky. I don't carry food for the whole trip, I grab a meal here and there and buy some groceries now and then. Tent is a 3-man backpacking palace right now, Im thinking about getting a solo tent. Also a 3L camelback on my back. I usually carry an extra quart of water in the saddlebags. The camping gear weighs around 35 to 40 lbs, plus gas and tools. Oh, and I have a small tank bag. Al

Oh, I don't pull the trailer all the time. I've done 2-5 day trips with nothing more than a side bags. The trailer is most useful for extended trips that combine my interests (it's pretty hard to carry 200 pieces of N scale rolling stock on a WR), rolling two-up while camping, grocery shopping, and just having a really convenient place to toss my riding gear when I get somewhere. Thanks folks, I'll take a look at Big Dog's vid.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:44 PM   #5989
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I watched bigdog's video and have some agreements and differences with his way.

One thing he didn't mention, but you could see it, was the compression sack his sleeping bag was in. If you're trying to get everything in a couple wolfman bags, that will make a difference.

I also agree on the thermarest vs big agnes pad. The thermarests just aren't very compact. I switched because I wanted to minimize how much stuff is strapped on outside the bags.

It sounds like he wears the same clothes for weeks. I doubt many people would like that. I always thought I packed light in terms of clothes, but not that light! I like to have a spare shirt and boxers that I wear to bed, they don't take much room. And an extra pair of socks and skivvies won't break the system! It's nice to get out of your sweaty dusty clothes after you set up camp, and you never know when you'll be wet and want to change into something dry at the end of the day. Synthetic pants will be warmer than jeans, dry fast and pack up smaller. Extra pants is one thing I could do without, especially on shorter trips. Or you could substitue some synthetic long johns, especially to sleep in if it's cool.

You can easily make room for a change of clothes by leaving most of the electronics behind. Especially the computer. And you can get tents that pack up really small, too. Sometimes on shorter trips when I don't expect weather or bugs (like in the desert) I'll leave the tent at home and just sleep out on the ground cowboy-style. I'll throw in my 5x10 sil-tarp just in case. It packs up about the size of a bar of soap. That's also handy as a shelter to get out of the rain around camp even if you do have a tent, and doesn't take up near the space that the big plastic tarps do. I don't worry about the bike getting rained on.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:53 PM   #5990
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I watched bigdog's video and have some agreements and differences with his way.

One thing he didn't mention, but you could see it, was the compression sack his sleeping bag was in. If you're trying to get everything in a couple wolfman bags, that will make a difference.

I also agree on the thermarest vs big agnes pad. The thermarests just aren't very compact. I switched because I wanted to minimize how much stuff is strapped on outside the bags.

It sounds like he wears the same clothes for weeks. I doubt many people would like that. I always thought I packed light in terms of clothes, but not that light! I like to have a spare shirt and boxers that I wear to bed, they don't take much room. And an extra pair of socks and skivvies won't break the system! It's nice to get out of your sweaty dusty clothes after you set up camp, and you never know when you'll be wet and want to change into something dry at the end of the day. Synthetic pants will be warmer than jeans, dry fast and pack up smaller. Extra pants is one thing I could do without, especially on shorter trips. Or you could substitue some synthetic long johns, especially to sleep in if it's cool.

You can easily make room for a change of clothes by leaving most of the electronics behind. Especially the computer. And you can get tents that pack up really small, too. Sometimes on shorter trips when I don't expect weather or bugs (like in the desert) I'll leave the tent at home and just sleep out on the ground cowboy-style. I'll throw in my 5x10 sil-tarp just in case. It packs up about the size of a bar of soap. That's also handy as a shelter to get out of the rain around camp even if you do have a tent, and doesn't take up near the space that the big plastic tarps do. I don't worry about the bike getting rained on.
+1 Overall I like bigdogs set up but I know he can cut things to make a bit more room. Ive not went on any bike trips yet but I figure Ill pack the same way I jeep , which is my backpacking kit plus tools and spares



See the back pack , its all I need for a 4 day trip in that bag provided I hit a water source that I can filter once a day theres a tool kit and a few parts that stay in the jeep . Also on the bike Ill double resource stuff like my MSR fuel bottle will be for my dragonfly stove and my emergency reserve . I like to carry only what I think I can hike out of the area .
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:43 PM   #5991
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More cheap mods

I added somemore cheap travel mods. Shown is my Harbor Frieght $15 windshield. Now I added
Tusk brand cheapo soft bags.$16. Created a bracket with a piece of steal $7, drilled and anchored to my tool bag
bolt holes. Also added some cheap Tusk handguards $20(mainly for winter air deflection). Not shown are a pair of
Tusk hand protecting mitts $15 that slip over the controls.

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Old 01-28-2013, 11:25 PM   #5992
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Here's my little machine that could. It's a Honda XR 200 modified to meet my needs for adventure riding. The bike is still undergoing mods as the needs arises ride after ride. Here's my recent ride with the XR. This adventure took 15 hours total with 13 hours total riding time 1 way.



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Old 01-28-2013, 11:39 PM   #5993
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More pics from a previous ride.



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Old 01-28-2013, 11:42 PM   #5994
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That looks great, Carlos. Also I want to thank all the contributors here for all the good commentary lately. I've got my sights set on a TU250 now.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:54 PM   #5995
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More pics from a previous ride.



Beautiful ridin country you have there , I have a friend that is doing research over there and all ways have beautiful back drops to where ever he is at over there .
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:34 AM   #5996
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Can you tell us more about the windshield? Thanks

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I added somemore cheap travel mods. Shown is my Harbor Frieght $15 windshield. Now I added
Tusk brand cheapo soft bags.$16. Created a bracket with a piece of steal $7, drilled and anchored to my tool bag
bolt holes. Also added some cheap Tusk handguards $20(mainly for winter air deflection). Not shown are a pair of
Tusk hand protecting mitts $15 that slip over the controls.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:43 AM   #5997
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Shown is my Harbor Frieght $15 windshield.

Can't find that listed anywhere on their site...
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:20 AM   #5998
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Can't find that listed anywhere on their site...

Its just a clear face shield I think .
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:23 PM   #5999
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How's the XR200 on the road?.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:49 PM   #6000
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Yea its a face shield, like for chopping wood, take the head mount off and flip it upside down.
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