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Old 02-14-2013, 09:45 PM   #6076
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Enjoying your RR blog Fabian . Your trip is what it is all about , you had a rough idea what you wanted to see and went forth . Anything can fail and you used it to it fullest , hell some starbucks runners have spent more in farkles than you have in your rig .
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:22 PM   #6077
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I have been lurking for some time now and enjoying all the post on here. I see a lot in common of what I enjoy having to do with motorcycling and I see a lot of people in my own age group too. Like some of you here I am now more interested in a lighter bike and ease of handling. I am 65 and find that I feel more confident on my trusted 250 than I do on my bigger bikes. I have a xr250l I bought new back in 1996 and most of the time it has been a shed queen. I have 1150 miles on it now as an example. I recently took it out aand started getting it all ship shape again, The biggest problem I have always had with that bike is it has ben hard to start. I bought a xr250 carb and that did not help much so went back to the stock carb. I think I finally found two problems that caused the hard starting.The decompression lever has now been deactivated and I have done the accellerator pump fix. Now it starts much easier than before but I still dream of electric start from time to time LOL..
I just ordered a set of luggage from the walmart web site that is pretty reasonable and a tank bag. I installed a new windshield this week as well. My next project will be to research the Rack's available for next month's update.
Thanks for all the good tip's on here.
Have you rejetted the carb/adjusted the pilot screw?.That seems to be a fix for hard starting(jetted too lean perhaps?).
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:35 PM   #6078
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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
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:29 PM   #6079
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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   #6080
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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   #6081
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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   #6082
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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   #6083
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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   #6084
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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.

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Old 02-17-2013, 07:35 AM   #6085
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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   #6086
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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   #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.
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   #6088
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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   #6089
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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   #6090
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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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