Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    It ended kind of abruptly with an engine that "blew up." Not quite the endorsement of minimalist touring I was looking for.
  2. Yokomo

    Yokomo Gorilla Adventurer

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    I had one and it didn't like to start either. I did some searchin' and found they are very lean. Easy fix. The air/fuel screw has a tab on it so you can't turn it too far. I just dremeled that ear off so I could richen it up. Then you just have to open the carb and raise the needle using 2 little washers. Reinstall and she will kick to life with ease EVERY time.
    Here's a little vid.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMlw6NlgRYA
  3. shipman

    shipman don't sweat minutiae

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    Not exactly, but to me it was more about the sense of adventure and taking things as they come... Just buy a Chinese bike and ride the hell out of it till it breaks! :ricky
  4. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Just read the whole Coulee and enjoyed every word. Thanks for posting. :ricky
  5. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    A Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha scooter wouldn't blow up
  6. John Fabian

    John Fabian Fabe

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    Keep looking & good luck.
  7. John Fabian

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    It was a great ride except for the blazing heat in the Great Plains. Glad you enjoyed the Writeup. -J
  8. John Fabian

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    Maybe not, maybe so. It sucked a valve into the cylinder and spun the timing belt off. The engine had about 28K miles on it. In the best of worlds I should have pulled it all apart before I took off and do a complete tuneup. But I didn't. I just jumped on and drove it across the USA. I'm okay with the outcome. -J
  9. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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    Ya rode, ya had a good time....what else is there?
  10. John Fabian

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    :-) nada
  11. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Not true. I've known of the small Yamaha scooters to blow up when run day after day at speed in hot weather. It's not what there're built for. I think the Chinese 150 did an admirable job considering the strain and 30,000 miles of use. The rider was happy with it.
  12. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    You're correct. :D I have ridden my Zongshen 200GY-2 over 53,000 miles, and it is still running strong. :D

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    I'm not trying to contradict anyone in particular. However, people who bash Chinese motorcycles usually don't have any experience with them whatsoever. :wink:

    Spud :beer
  13. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    Enjoying your RR blog Fabian . Your trip is what it is all about , you had a rough idea what you wanted to see and went forth . Anything can fail and you used it to it fullest , hell some starbucks runners have spent more in farkles than you have in your rig .
  14. frog13

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    Have you rejetted the carb/adjusted the pilot screw?.That seems to be a fix for hard starting(jetted too lean perhaps?).
  15. OBryan

    OBryan Adventurer

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    Picked up My new tires, tubes, sprockets and chain for my gz..With gas prices shooting up like they have I'm probably going to get it all on tomorrow..Maybe even sneak a ride in if I can.. Thinking about heading to Hebron access on the north fork river.. Has a old steel bridge there
  16. Kankujoe

    Kankujoe Adventure Traveller

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    I'm always looking for good routes to explore. I really like riding the Ozarks (southern Missouri - northern Arkansas).
    What road is that bridge on?
  17. Slipinn

    Slipinn DevilDogMarine

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  18. Slipinn

    Slipinn DevilDogMarine

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  19. Slipinn

    Slipinn DevilDogMarine

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  20. OBryan

    OBryan Adventurer

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    . It's just off off highway 14 west of West Plains about 15 miles or so you go north on county road 279 a couple of miles and you are there..Beautiful place and some great riding around here..:D