Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    I've just noticed some stations around here have stickers on their 91 octance stating that there's no ethynol. The price goes up as well. Something like 3.59 for 87, 3.69 for 89, 3.89 for 91.
  2. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    I'm another one who only uses premium fuel (without ethanol - Shell V-Power) in all my gas engines (Honda string trimmer, 2 Honda mowers, 4 fuel-injected motorcycles, and 2 four-stroke carbureted dirtbikes) over the past 5 years, with no additives while stored for the winter. I've yet to see a problem with any of them. Just fill them up when I put them away. They all run great. Now, of course, my personal anecdotal account should never pass for sound scientific evidence (the plural of anecdote is not data) - but I'm still curious to see how this informal exercise turns out in the long-term.

    Mike
  3. dfye55

    dfye55 Been here awhile

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    That's my strategy too. I don't do anything to my mowers/rototiller over winter, and they start every summer... so far. I make a point to ride each of my bikes at least an hour each couple weeks figuring that will help avoid problems.

    The only problem I've had with a fuel system was when I added a Seafoam, I believe it cleaned the gunk out of my tank right into my jets.

    and to quote Nanabijou
    "Now, of course, my personal anecdotal account should never pass for sound scientific evidence "
  4. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    That's great if you are able to. The 3 feet of snow on the ground here does a good job of deterring that plan where I am, and hence, ignoring the bikes while sitting is not the best option.
  5. viper770

    viper770 Been here awhile

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    your not alone my only means of transportation is motorcycles i gave up cars/trucks two years ago so i ride everyday year around rain snow fog extreme cold any thing mother nature throws at me why should i stop riding just cause mother nature is in a bad mood :rofl
  6. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    Is that just your area? Shell's website for V-Power doesn't say anywhere that it doesn't contain ethanol, and that's certainly worth mentioning for true enthusiasts who would check in to such things.
  7. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I stumbled across this website of Chinese bikes, ATVs, UTVs, scooters, and even a boat. Looks like they are a serious company that's planning to compete worldwide, offering vehicles with respectable displacements.

    Website needs some work & only one US source listed.

    http://www.cfmoto.cn/

    I'd like to test ride some of their bikes & quads.
  8. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Nanabijou is in Ontario. Shell V-Power premium gasoline in Canada does not contain ethanol:

    http://www.shell.ca/en/products-ser...-vpower.html?gclid=CNye-9r5mLYCFc9cMgodcSgAdw

    Can't say about your area.
  9. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    Cold ride today? I'm sick of this weather!
  10. viper770

    viper770 Been here awhile

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    yea saturday i went to a fssnoc rally in marquette and got snowed on me and one other showed up on bikes he had a ural with a side car and i rode my wr250r every one else drove there cars :D
  11. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    Yes - jon_l is correct. If you follow the link he included and click on "Frequently Asked Questions" you will see under the heading "Is Shell V-Power Safe For all Vehicles" that the last point "Shell V-Power premium gasoline in Canada does not contain ethanol" confirms what I had mentioned in my posting.

    Mike
  12. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Sharing my latest addition to my little machine.

    Here's my latest addition to the XR 200.

    The need for this vibration/shake/crush/ water proof compact side pannier is to store sensitive and fragile equipment such as tablets, notebooks, beer bottles :freaky etc :d
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    In the photo above, the quick release levers are stored inside to make it theft proof. A pre cut foam and other foam pads will be laid over it to protect fragile stuff that will be stored in it. Here's the photo below.

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  13. bungie4

    bungie4 Frostback

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    This. I've stood and looked at the pumps at the local Shell and I can't see anywhere where it says it doesn't contain ethanol. I know I've read this more than a few times that 91 is ethanol free, but the pumps here explicitly state that the fuel 'may' contain ethanol.

    Wanders off testing his GoogleFu...

    Well okay! Lets make this definitive shall we

    http://www.shell.ca/en/products-services/on-the-road/fuels/shell-vpower.html

    Clilck on the FAQ

    "Shell V-Power premium gasoline in Canada does not contain ethanol"
  14. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    Oh.

    Well, I'd expect as much only because the whole impetus behind going to ethanol was America's corn industry and America's lobbyists. Makes perfect sense Canada wouldn't have shit fuel - it was just a corporate decision.
  15. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Nice rig
  16. Rhompin45

    Rhompin45 Rhompin45

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    Hey viper how does that wr250r do on the street? Will it cruse at high speed say 70? I have heard that its great for off road and some street but not great. and I have also heard that its great for both. I really love the look of them.
  17. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Nice job on taking a good bike and making it better,I am always looking for good side box ideas and you just gave me new concepts.
  18. kbuckey

    kbuckey Long timer

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    I was planning on attending but 500 miles of snow and wind didn't appeal to me much...
  19. Gumbycw

    Gumbycw Adventurer

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    If you don't mind I wilk way in on the wr250r as I have had one for 3 years. They will cruise at 70 all day long with no problems. The seat will start to get you after an hour but the bike will do it just fine.
  20. viper770

    viper770 Been here awhile

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    on the the street it is awsome and on the highway it does great if there no cops around ill cruise all day long at 80 mph and she does not complan most the time it dont even feel like your going 80 and on the dirt even more fun omg i so wish i would have got one of these years ago and i do long trips with it actully i do long trips on it all the time i been on trips with it out to sand dunes national park in colorado and thats of over 700 miles away for me at lest the route i take even does great when i have it loaded down with my camping gear cause its way cheaper to camp out and alot more relaxing but this bike is great it does every thing my klr650 will do just alot better and its it even faster than my klr650 the only thing the klr does better is you can put a ton of stuff on the klr and it has a longer gas range than the wr BUT im going to change that when i put a bigger gas tank on the wr im sorry man im just so in love with this bike does every thing very well i think the seat is comfy i have had my butt on it for over 8 to 13 hours some days and my butt is just fine:rofl