Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    You know, I'm not sure how deep that one is. They're often filled with water, and we never got any Sun in that alcove, you couldn't see the bottom. Wouldn't want to fall in either way, it can be pretty hard getting out of them...

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    This one is considerably more 'user friendly' :)

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  2. Nanabijou

    Nanabijou Been here awhile

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    Good point regarding the "what I can do without" part.

    I've refined my setup over the past couple of years - getting rid of stuff that simply doesn't work for me - while experimenting with other gear. Over time - you realize there are certain items you just can't live without and they become a mainstay in your setup. Obviously, what I can't live without is likely different from what others can't live without.

    With my CBR125R - just like my other bikes - the focus for me is a great night's sleep while camping (I refuse to stay in motels). I've tried many variations. The one that consistently allows me to sleep like I am at home involves....

    1) A camp-time roll-a-cot (only 10 lbs) with my Nemo Cosmo Air insulated mattress (packs small, is insulated, and the built-in foot pump allows me to inflate it in about 30 seconds) on top. And a thick, comfy, warm sleeping bag on top of the mattress. The cot allows me to place my helmet and other gear underneath it - to save space in the tent. And it is a real treat to get dressed while sitting on the edge of the cot - like a bed - in the morning. I often find myself over-sleeping with this setup - because it is just so damn comfortable and cozy - I don't want to get up. And it is always great to face another day of riding when you feel so fresh and rested.

    2) A Nemo Moki single-walled tent. Quick to set up. Lightweight. Completely waterproof. Packs down very small. And I never ever have to fiddle around with a tent fly again (or lose it) - not to mention the extra time it takes to drape it over the tent and peg it down.

    3) Ortlieb dry tailbag and saddles. I wish I would have purchased these the first time around. Now I never have to put on rain covers ever again. All my gear stays dry all the time. I'll never go back.

    4) A waterproof Kriega US20 tankbag that I plan to try out this summer. However, the Icon Urban Tankbag has many pockets, holds all my maps and little items, and easily carries two large drinks and food for the day.

    5) Ortlieb saddles that carry extra clothes, chain wax, tools, sandals, mp3 player with speakers, toiletry travel bag, and various other essentials. That's everything I need.

    You can read about my recent trip here:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=813500&highlight=nanabijou

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  3. 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.
  4. djvx

    djvx Ride Safe!

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    See previous post
  5. djvx

    djvx Ride Safe!

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    thought i'd repost
  6. AleXtz

    AleXtz Minimal2 the fulness

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  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. greer

    greer Long timer

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    Very nice, thank you!

    Sarah
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. johninlv

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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
  13. 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.
  14. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Been here awhile

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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..
  15. 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.
  16. johninlv

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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
  17. CMS

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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
  18. 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.
  19. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    That's good to hear.
  20. 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!