A few words about a long trip on a small bike (250 cc)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Terrytori, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Mr. Fisherman

    Mr. Fisherman PROUD 2B Riff Raff!

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    Good stuff :thumb

    Maybe you could get Bob to join up here and answer questions about his bike :lol3
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  2. SheWolf

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    Awesome RR!:clap Bob's got that bike modded up pretty good! Sounds like he'd do it again in a heartbeat, he said (if work and family allowed). So the mighty WR proves its worth once again.:deal Thanks Terry!
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  3. armycopter

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    That's really cool. I live about 5 miles from the pier you were standing next to in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

    It looks like you had a blast. I would love to try something like that.
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  4. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Loved reading this thread! Thanks! :thumb
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  5. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    great rr...........
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  6. Reconstructed

    Reconstructed Been here awhile

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    Love these small bike/big ride RR's.

    Man, I've got to do this some day.

    Only 15 years to retirement...better start saving now.:cry
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  7. damasovi

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    and people call me crazy because I want to ride my TOrnado (that I no longer have) to alaska and back to mexico...

    you guys rock!!!

    I hope I still have the desire and friends to do what you did at your age!

    Damasovi
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  8. Anglewood

    Anglewood Has a fake Mustache

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    Thanks for a great report! Who says you need larger displacement for anything other than around town? Good Stuff!

    -Connor
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  9. mikesova

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    I keep coming back to this and feeling the urge to build a "mini GS". :D
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  10. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the great ride report, and +1 on the WR. I'm leaving in the morning for the TAT on mine, and at least 10K miles round trip. Between Big Dog and your report, I'm feeling pretty good about the choice of rides!
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  11. wmax351

    wmax351 Been here awhile

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    Well Said. I have always been fascinated with the vastness and beauty of the US. I try to explain it to the foreign students I am friends with at UC Berkeley, but it is hard. Taiwan doesn't have the space. The idea of being in the middle of a totally flat area of grassland as far as the eye can see is completely foreign, and impossible to truly imagine.
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  12. Ian Robinson

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    Hi Guys, I just came across your ride. great stuff Fabulous pictures. It doesn't seem that long ago when a 250 ( Japanese bike) WAS a big bike. in '67 Yamaha produced a BIG BORE 305cc. (YM1) Oh the memories.

    sore arse is part of the package....
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  13. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    What's interesting is that the reluctant author is telling us NOT to do it on a 250 if we can help it! I crossed the US years ago on Vespa but I took six months to meander, at a time when the double nickel was the speed limit and i was young and obligation free.
    Sometimes I am tempted to think a small bore tour would be fun, and I am forced to wonder at age 54. I have crossed the country several more times and remember my 650 Maxim as perhaps a good compromise, shaft drive fairing and bags included.
    I see not much fun in doing it Goldwing style so perhaps there is a compromise closer to the ideal? A modern 650 single by BMW or Kawasaki? A Tiger 800 or my Bonneville? Not perhaps the Suzuki TU250 of my fantasies? I hope I heard the man who wrote the abbreviated story.
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  14. 8gv

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    If I ever do something like this I want to smell the roses riding 50 mph and under. I know you can ride a bigger bike slow but as long as my but doesn't hurt I'll likely take my two fiddy.:wink:

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  15. Lawrenre

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    So how much did the journey cost? Total??
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  16. fjord

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    Terrytori,

    I previously read your review of the KTM 690 Duke and came across this article today. I just put two and two together that you authored each thread. So, I'm wondering, would you embark on this ride on your Duke? And just curious to know if you still have it? Have your thoughts on it changed?
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  17. swhite

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    great photos. love the b&w!
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  18. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    Fjord.... just had reason to revisit this thread and saw your question.

    If I were to do it again and had to choose between the two scoots, , I would choose the wee Ninja over the Duke 690.

    Although the duke would be way more fun in the serious twisty bits, the ninja is way more comfy after
    several hours and handles the wind better above 65 mph.

    As I am actually contemplating another coast to coast, I believe my ride of choice would be a Road King.
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  19. alekkas

    alekkas Long timer

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    I love this ride. Good on ya.

    So, next up 650's? Maybe the Yamaha for a KLR? Ninja 250's for Versys or Ninja 650's?

    Either way, congratulations on a great ride with great friends.
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  20. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    Holy Sheyit. My wife hates threads like this.

    A bump for the new riders like me.
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