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Old 02-16-2013, 07:29 PM   #6076
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Picked up My new tires, tubes, sprockets and chain for my gz..With gas prices shooting up like they have I'm probably going to get it all on tomorrow..Maybe even sneak a ride in if I can.. Thinking about heading to Hebron access on the north fork river.. Has a old steel bridge there
I'm always looking for good routes to explore. I really like riding the Ozarks (southern Missouri - northern Arkansas).
What road is that bridge on?
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:22 PM   #6077
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Good deal on tank bags and seat pads

http://www.amazon.com/Kwik-SB-6B-Tan...e+atv+tank+bag
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:29 PM   #6078
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tank saddlebags and seat pads on amazon

here is the link to the one's I bought today. 17 bucks each. That is a good deal.
http://www.amazon.com/Coleman-Comfor...cycle+seat+pad

This might help on that uncomfortable seat I have on the ar250l for long rides.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:32 PM   #6079
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here is the other link

here is the link to the tank http://www.amazon.com/Kwik-SB-6B-Tan...e+atv+tank+bagbag's for 17 buck's in case anyone is looking for some.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:57 AM   #6080
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I'm always looking for good routes to explore. I really like riding the Ozarks (southern Missouri - northern Arkansas).
What road is that bridge on?
. It's just off off highway 14 west of West Plains about 15 miles or so you go north on county road 279 a couple of miles and you are there..Beautiful place and some great riding around here..
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:22 AM   #6081
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. It's just off off highway 14 west of West Plains about 15 miles or so you go north on county road 279 a couple of miles and you are there..Beautiful place and some great riding around here..
I've added this route to my prospective ride list.

Thanks
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:35 AM   #6082
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Had to put in another plug for the Chinese bikes. I rode one 2-up around Colombia a few years ago and it worked fine. It's still going strong and I ride it whenever I get back there.
Here's the Ride Report.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:05 AM   #6083
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here is the link to the tank http://www.amazon.com/Kwik-SB-6B-Tan...e+atv+tank+bagbag's for 17 buck's in case anyone is looking for some.
A word of caution. I bought identical ATV tank saddlebags from Princess Auto for my DR200SE. The price was right (I think I paid $15) and they fit the DR's tank just fine. However, the bags are kept on the tank solely by gravity. The first (and last) time I used them I found that above 80 km/h (50 mph) they constantly flapped around in the wind (even with the weight of a full water bottle in one side and some food in the other). I had to keep my knees pressed against the bags to hold them down, which made for a very uncomfortable riding position.

The tank saddlebags are advertised for ATVs and probably are fine in that application. However, for use on a motorcycle some way of securing the bags to the gas tank is needed. If you've got a steel gas tank one option would be to sew magnets into the bags. Another possibility would be to sew on a strap so the bags can be hooked onto the edge of the gas tank.

Bottom line: I don't recommend these bags for motorcycle use. If you can afford them, tank panniers from Aerostich (http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-tank-panniers.html) or Wolfman (http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Tank/tank_panniers.html) look like much better choices.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:32 AM   #6084
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Had to put in another plug for the Chinese bikes. I rode one 2-up around Colombia a few years ago and it worked fine. It's still going strong and I ride it whenever I get back there.
Here's the Ride Report.
Thanks for the reminder. I'm re-reading that great story you wrote up.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:05 PM   #6085
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A simple solution for the cheap flapping ATV bags is to place it over the seat and sit on top of it. The bags will be behind your legs and are not in the way, even if they happen to flap.

They are not "the best" bags, but they do make it possible to carry a few things, and they are about as cheap as anything you'll find.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:06 PM   #6086
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tank bag flap

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A word of caution. I bought identical ATV tank saddlebags from Princess Auto for my DR200SE. The price was right (I think I paid $15) and they fit the DR's tank just fine. However, the bags are kept on the tank solely by gravity. The first (and last) time I used them I found that above 80 km/h (50 mph) they constantly flapped around in the wind (even with the weight of a full water bottle in one side and some food in the other). I had to keep my knees pressed against the bags to hold them down, which made for a very uncomfortable riding position.

The tank saddlebags are advertised for ATVs and probably are fine in that application. However, for use on a motorcycle some way of securing the bags to the gas tank is needed. If you've got a steel gas tank one option would be to sew magnets into the bags. Another possibility would be to sew on a strap so the bags can be hooked onto the edge of the gas tank.

Bottom line: I don't recommend these bags for motorcycle use. If you can afford them, tank panniers from Aerostich (http://www.aerostich.com/aerostich-tank-panniers.html) or Wolfman (http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Tank/tank_panniers.html) look like much better choices.
I solved the flapping problem by stretching a cargo net over the bags, all the way to the bottom, fastened under the tank. Makes a convenient place to quickly slip in or out a pair of gloves or some other small item, under the net I mean. I also slip a map under there, folded to the part I'm using, or clip the heat controller for jacket or gloves onto the net. Once it's on there to hold the bags down, you'll find all kinds of uses.
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Old 02-17-2013, 03:11 PM   #6087
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Had to put in another plug for the Chinese bikes. I rode one 2-up around Colombia a few years ago and it worked fine. It's still going strong and I ride it whenever I get back there.
Here's the Ride Report.
Yeah, I read that whole thread a year ago. Great story. Thanks for posting. I recently rode Ecuador and may do Columbia next winter. Your story influenced me.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:58 PM   #6088
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Yeah, I read that whole thread a year ago. Great story. Thanks for posting. I recently rode Ecuador and may do Columbia next winter. Your story influenced me.
I'd love to ride Ecuador. Maybe next time.

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Thanks for the reminder. I'm re-reading that great story you wrote up.
I really need to get out again and do something worth a write-up.

Last time I rode in Colombia I was on the 1st day of a 1-week ride and wiped out on a little trail in the mountains. My riding partner said I was out for 7 minutes. Broke three ribs. End of the ride!
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:06 PM   #6089
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I solved the flapping problem by stretching a cargo net over the bags, all the way to the bottom, fastened under the tank. Makes a convenient place to quickly slip in or out a pair of gloves or some other small item, under the net I mean. I also slip a map under there, folded to the part I'm using, or clip the heat controller for jacket or gloves onto the net. Once it's on there to hold the bags down, you'll find all kinds of uses.

poppawheelie,

That's a great idea. I have a couple of those bungee nets & knew they'd be handy, but wasn't sure how to put them to use. I will try your tip.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:47 PM   #6090
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I have an XT225. Waiting for it to get warmer in Chicago. Nothing makes winter go slower than having a new bike.
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