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Old 01-07-2013, 06:57 PM   #5821
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Just a quick introduction here.. I'm 50 yrs old in south central missouri.. Yep Great riding both off the beaten path and great backroads..My main ride is a 2006 suzuki gz250 and I also have a 73 honda SL100.. Love this thread here..I take the gz many places maybe IT and I shouldn't be by most peoples standards.. But you know what they say ALL bikes used to be whatever you needed.. No hill climbing or jumping but If I can make it nice and slow and see something new I'll give it a go... I've had the bike have been down many a rough gravel roads and even forest 2 tracks..When I can figure out how to get some pictures off My phone I'll show how I have My bike fixed up..You have to see it to understand LOL.. Am a firm believer in making do with what I have or can get a hold of cheap..That and My budget kind of demands that...Planning a couple at Least weekend trips this spring.. Anyone enjoy close to the Van Buren area let Me know that'll be one of my trips this sping..I have a buddy with a 03 super sherpa and we'd be happy as hell to meet up with others who enjoy small bikes.. Sorry as I look up I notice this post is kind of rambling and disjointed but that kind of describes Me at times..
Welcome. Always great to hear from another small bike convert. Looking forward to seeing photos and reading about some trips on your SL100!!

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Old 01-07-2013, 07:05 PM   #5822
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Just a quick introduction here.....Planning a couple at Least weekend trips this spring.. Anyone enjoy close to the Van Buren area let Me know that'll be one of my trips this sping..,,,,,
You have some great areas to ride. I rode the Swinging Bridges ride 2012, great time. My first adventure, rode from Indiana with camping gear, camped two nights motel one. The planners just defined the start location and published the gps tracks. Filled one motel with riders I think. Great to see all the different bikes, but mostly dual sports.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=758281

Bad photo, but this is bridge out fun:


One of the swinging bridges:


Cows seemed upset that I was sharing their shade tree to fix my second flat. I was riding solo at this point, pretty happy with myself to fix problem without assistance. Hmm, I see I had bottomed the rear shock and bent my license plate useless. I have since mounted the plate to avoid this problem.


Anyway fun ride, and you can get the tracks and ride the route anytime.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:18 PM   #5823
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But, do they think agressive riders will remain satisfied with a "beginner engine"? Or will their concept be wisked away by the established motorcycle companies who will boost the Hp a bit more?
I find it funny you posted that in a thread dedicated to minimalist riding.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:48 PM   #5824
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CRF150R big wheel is designed for 12 year old motocross racers, so the wheelbase and overall geometry is cramped for adult riding.

Awesome powerful engine, but it is for racing and does have similar rebuild requirements to the other new-generation 4-strokes like the CRF250 and 450.

FX has similar geometry to CRF230/250, with lower seat, so it is a fully adult-sized trail/dual/adventure bike.
Hey Mike,

That is one super sexy bike. Any idea what the top speed is on that?

If I ever thought you could legally ride them on mtb singletrack, I'd send you a check for full msrp today! As it is, a street legal expedition version might be tempting. Good luck, & ya need to get a demo van of those puppies out here to the US.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:59 PM   #5825
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I find it funny you posted that in a thread dedicated to minimalist riding.

The thread's title is MInimalist Touring Thread (250cc & under).

I never mentioned shoving a 251cc engine in it.

I was just pointing out that a lot of folks would want a bit more power, and a 2 stroke has a much higher power to weight ratio.

Every single bike specific thread here talks about "squeezing an extra Hp or two" out of whatever bike that group rides. And the same threads all talk about how to shave pounds off of the same bikes...

Btw, the FX site mentions larger engines as options. Right?
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:35 PM   #5826
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The thread's title is MInimalist Touring Thread (250cc & under).

I never mentioned shoving a 251cc engine in it.

I was just pointing out that a lot of folks would want a bit more power, and a 2 stroke has a much higher power to weight ratio.

Every single bike specific thread here talks about "squeezing an extra Hp or two" out of whatever bike that group rides. And the same threads all talk about how to shave pounds off of the same bikes...

Btw, the FX site mentions larger engines as options. Right?
It's just that when I mention to other riders that I have a 250, they usually call it a beginner's bike and tell me I need more horsepower. I thought the same comment from one of us about a smaller bike was ironic, that's all.
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:58 AM   #5827
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Well, maybe not only "boutique" companies are thinking in that direction:


http://www.retrothing.com/2012/02/ya...the-moegi.html
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:21 AM   #5828
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And don't forget the Sachs Madass, a cool minimalist ride that people are actually out riding:



At the bike show last year, there was a touring version with soft luggage.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:49 AM   #5829
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And don't forget the Sachs Madass, a cool minimalist ride that people are actually out riding:



At the bike show last year, there was a touring version with soft luggage.
Being a person willing to try anything, jumped at the opportunity to try one of them. 320 kms, asphalt/dirt 90/10. top speed 91 kms/h. very unstable, as there is no tank to grap onto with your legs, if you let go of one hand, you end up kissing the handlebar. I did to indicate riders behind me of an obstacle, touch the front brake for a minute and I was on the bars!

BTW, anyone wonder why they call them MADASS? After 200 kms I knew the answer
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:06 AM   #5830
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Just a quick introduction here.. I'm 50 yrs old in south central missouri.. Yep Great riding both off the beaten path and great backroads..My main ride is a 2006 suzuki gz250 and I also have a 73 honda SL100.. Love this thread here..I take the gz many places maybe IT and I shouldn't be by most peoples standards.. But you know what they say ALL bikes used to be whatever you needed.. No hill climbing or jumping but If I can make it nice and slow and see something new I'll give it a go... I've had the bike have been down many a rough gravel roads and even forest 2 tracks..When I can figure out how to get some pictures off My phone I'll show how I have My bike fixed up..You have to see it to understand LOL.. Am a firm believer in making do with what I have or can get a hold of cheap..That and My budget kind of demands that...Planning a couple at Least weekend trips this spring.. Anyone enjoy close to the Van Buren area let Me know that'll be one of my trips this sping..I have a buddy with a 03 super sherpa and we'd be happy as hell to meet up with others who enjoy small bikes.. Sorry as I look up I notice this post is kind of rambling and disjointed but that kind of describes Me at times..

OBryan, I too have a GZ [08], of my three bikes I seem to ride it the most. Its my mini tourer, with a Givi 30L on the Suzuki backrest/ rack [cut the backrest off] also has Tourmaster soft saddle bags and if needed a Tourmaster Tank bag. I do enjoy riding with this set up. The trips are more fun with time to see where I been and where I'm going.Glad to see someone else enjoys the merits of this bike. Terry [CMS]
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:13 AM   #5831
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Good to see people enjoying the "lowly" GZ250, which gets a bad rep as only a beginner's bike (it's mostly what is used for MSF classes around here)...

I would love to pick one up for cheap, put on saddlebags and a backrest- then hook up a sidecar and take the whole family out for rides!
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:15 AM   #5832
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Good to see people enjoying the "lowly" GZ250, which gets a bad rep as only a beginner's bike (it's mostly what is used for MSF classes around here)...

I would love to pick one up for cheap, put on saddlebags and a backrest- then hook up a sidecar and take the whole family out for rides!
We had a FSSNOC Thumper Cafe in Gillead Nebraska in 2011. A little guy (I think he was about 6'2") rode his GZ250 up from, I think, Houston, TX. Took the Thumpette (250cc and under) long distance trophy. Seemed to be quite happy with the ride!

If he's on ADvrider hope he chimes in.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:33 AM   #5833
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We had a FSSNOC Thumper Cafe in Gillead Nebraska in 2011. A little guy (I think he was about 6'2") rode his GZ250 up from, I think, Houston, TX. Took the Thumpette (250cc and under) long distance trophy. Seemed to be quite happy with the ride!

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Cool! Houston to Nebraska is a hardcore ride... I hope to have the time to be able to tour like that someday.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:31 PM   #5834
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It's just that when I mention to other riders that I have a 250, they usually call it a beginner's bike and tell me I need more horsepower. I thought the same comment from one of us about a smaller bike was ironic, that's all.

It is ironic.....folks just can't be happy with what they have....always have to 'improve" it.....hmmm,as if the 6---7 figure engineer(s) know anything.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #5835
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