Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by SIKLR250, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. djvx

    djvx Ride Safe!

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    i did a detailed write up either in this thread or the Long Term klx250s thread. As someone pointed out earlier its the Harbor Frieght face shield, it's the better one they sell. I removed the headgear, flipped it upsidedown and used the attachment hardware from the discarded headgear to mount it to the bike. Took like 20 minutes and cost like $15.
  2. djvx

    djvx Ride Safe!

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    See previous post
  3. djvx

    djvx Ride Safe!

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    thought i'd repost
  4. AleXtz

    AleXtz Minimal2 the fulness

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  5. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    The beaches of the state of Oaxaca are amazing. In the early 80's, Puerto Escondido was a little fishing village. You couldn't even find a surfboard for sale then. Luckily Miguel, the local board repairman could hook you up with something to ride. And Zipolite??? Back in the day it was the place to be, hammock living and the best bodysurfing anywhere. Huge waves, sandy bottoms.Almost died there a couple times having too much fun.

    But alas, nothing lasts forever and there are hotels from one end to the other. Still a magical place though.
  6. CMS

    CMS Been here awhile

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    I was there Saturday but some how missed lois, was she there all three days or what ? I'm really bummed I missed her!! CMS
  7. greer

    greer Long timer

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    Very nice, thank you!

    Sarah
  8. Leo.G

    Leo.G Is still learning

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    Hey Pete!

    How are you man? Haven't read of you in a quite a while..
    How's your Tornado and its sidecar?

    I had a little question I wanted to ask you earlier, but I forgot to..
    What kind of riding are you doing to your bike and what gearing are you using?

    Using the standard 13-38 for a mix on and off riding is great, but I get to feel that a taller gearing, with a 14 or 15 teeth front sprocket would be better for the on riding, however, I'm afraid that swap to change the bike's response in off road riding..
    With the standard gearing I can go at 100Km/h (of the speedo) all day long, and I can get about 115 or 120Km/h (again, of the speedo) to pass trucks and slower vehicles. And it has a really nice response off road, I have never got stucked in mud or such things..

    Another user's opinion would be great..
    Greetings!
  9. Jon

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    I think she only did presentations on Saturday and Sunday but was signing and selling books at a booth near the back of the expo center during the day. You probably just avoided her row since she was stuck in between something like a faux leather chap display and a guy selling knock off Smamwows. :evil

    Meeting Lois was the highlight of the show for me! Sorry you missed out. Just noticed you have a TU. that was the other highlight of the show. I really liked it and will pick one up when I find one priced right.
  10. johninlv

    johninlv Adventurer

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    When it comes to efficient light camping gear the ultra light backpacking crowd have it all together.
    These guys are true minimalists.
    How light you might ask.
    My son hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico in 2005 with an average pack weight of 35lbs. This included food, shelter and cooking gear. We are still using the gear and it is not warn out.
    Because I am getting old and lazy we are outfitting a pair of Yamahas for our adventures.
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    Without being a member you can search their web site and get great advice on going light.
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    JohninLV
  11. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    Same here. Not sure I'd buy one, at least right now, but I rented one in Peru, was a great bike at 10,000-14,000 feet.
  12. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Long timer

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    I use the standard gearing.. even with the side car on...
    it will climb anything.. and as you said will sit
    on 100kph all day with no probs... gets 23 to 25km per liter..
    I'm going to put a 14.5L Gillimoto tank on sometime..
  13. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    +1

    Though light weight gear can be expensive, it's just as durable as the heavy/cheap stuff, so once you get it you're pretty much done.
  14. johninlv

    johninlv Adventurer

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    My gear is over 10 years old and no longer cutting edge. Ultra lighters are allways selling off their old (still light) gear to upgrade to the lightist untested stuff. A cheap guy can still find deals on Craig's list and the several web site forums that cater to Light weight hiking crowd.

    John in sunny LV
  15. CMS

    CMS Been here awhile

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    Your right I had no idea she was there and did avoid those areas. Lesson learned ,won't do that again. you will like the TU, I'm on the TU or the GZ most of the time. The TU [IMHO] is the better of the two, its peppy for a 250, very smooth ride, and I like the FI. I met a fellow TU rider from Fla this past summer, at the AMA Museum ,and he rode his from FLA to Ohio [FSSNOC summer meet ] with no problems according to him. Maybe Lois will be at another show this year. Hope to get to see/meet her. I have all her books already. CMS [Terry]:ricky
  16. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    I suppose you're right, never really thought of buying this new stuff used, but I'm not sure why. Thanks for the thought.
  17. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    That's good to hear.
  18. Leo.G

    Leo.G Is still learning

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    Well, It's good to read that. Mine is in the same fuel consumption..
    I'm thinking of getting a one gallon aux tank for it..

    I'm Ok with the range I have with this tank, at least it is right for the places I use to go and also for the ones where I do a little more agressive riding or go on holidays..

    Thanks for the comment!
  19. AleXtz

    AleXtz Minimal2 the fulness

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    You have any pictures by then? Mazunte is 6 km away and they have their own guidelines to build. They are against asphalt, concrete and big buildings in order to preserve the landscape
  20. Rx4Pain

    Rx4Pain Do something... even if it's wrong.

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    Hi guys.

    The video/slide show that me and my buddy put together after our trip From Colorado to Oregon/Washington has been uploaded to You Tube. I would say that we were as minimalist (a rear rack and a small backpack!) as anyone I have seen on this length opf trip, (2100 miles) After a few folks asked to see the video, I figured I would get a You Tube account and post it up.

    Here is the link http://youtu.be/cul6v9N4uDo

    Enjoy!

    Ken