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Old 03-29-2014, 01:20 PM   #1
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A Little Wisdom?

Hey guys, I'm,pretty new and all but hoping for some collective advice? My wife and I (both 37) are planning to take a year or more off to travel around the US in our 29' Airstream towed by an old F250 diesel. I currently ride a V Strom 650 and my wife a Vulcan 500. Getting both in the bed of the truck is a bit tough, but doable. I picked up a Super Sherpa,and love that thing. I'd like to find another small/light bike for her, but she is pretty short and really likes the low Vulcan. We also will be taking our two dogs on the trip so riding is limited to day trips anyway, so range and big luggage not really needed. The Sherpa is a little tall for her. Requirements would be light, low seat and able to run 70 on the highway for a little bit if need be and not be anemic out west. And used and cheap 2-3k. Any suggestions? A TU 250 was a thought. I can post pix of wife if that gets me better response! Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:31 PM   #2
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Read the "Shortypants" thread:

The Sherpa and XT225 are ideal for many short women. A modified CRF150R is even shorter IF you can get it plated.

A lot of this is rider skill - practice, practice, practice.

Small, agile and 70mph are often mutually exclusive.
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:17 PM   #3
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I can post pix of wife if that gets me better response! Thanks in advance.

TW200 as long as you stick to back roads.

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Old 03-29-2014, 04:26 PM   #4
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:19 PM   #5
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Old 04-01-2014, 05:32 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by wiswoodsguy View Post

I'd too look into the Honda. The gas tank is just 2 gallons. But the fuel economy is very good. 120 miles before fill ups would be comfortable. It has a electronic fuel guage to help out with such matters.

It weights more than 300lbs. The seat height is not that big of a deal. The suspension sinks easily.

I doubt you could get one as low as $2,000.
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:49 AM   #7
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i'll second the XT225. my wife is 5'4" and that's her ride, perfect bike for slower paced off-road.

not enough suspension to keep up with the fast guys, but she just waits til someone falls off to catch up.


also, check out GP1152's thread. they've been doing alot of touring with their Airstream and bikes, the pic below is with the street bikes but they have been doing dirt travels in their recent posts.

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Old 04-01-2014, 09:10 AM   #8
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Keep in mind that most bikes in the class you described have lowering kits available for them. I'm thinking KLX250 or the like based on your 70 mph requirement. Good reputation for reliability, been around long enough to have depreciated down into your price range. Good aftermarket support and sales numbers make them quite easy to find on the used market.
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:01 AM   #9
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xt225 or tw200 and be done with it, awesome no-frill bikes for those short and not too short.
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