Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    This one is inexpensive, and works well for dual-sport bikes ~300 lbs. or less. I would look elsewhere if you're needing it for anything significantly heavier.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/350-lb-motocross-dirt-bike-stand-66552.html
  2. dfye55

    dfye55 Been here awhile

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    Looking at that design, I'd want 3 people to get it down. One on each side of the bike and one to kick the lever. Is the stand well behaved... can you really get a bike down safely by yourself?
  3. ArmyJoe

    ArmyJoe Long timer

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    I have one of those stands for my WR250R. No problems using it solo.
  4. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    I've never even given it a second thought. Left hand on the handlebar, right hand on the rear rack/fender/whatever, left foot on the lever, release the lock with the left toe and lower it to the ground with the left leg. Easier than it sounds. I store a bike on this stand whenever it's not being used, so I've done this many, many times without incident.
  5. 73Mustang

    73Mustang Been here awhile

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    I never think WR250 is a minimalist bike. It is too bling bling, too high tech, too complicated. To me, minimalist means cheap and simple. And if it breaks, you can usually fix it with a screwdriver and hammer.
  6. dfye55

    dfye55 Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear, I might even buy one myself now. Thx.

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  7. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    The WRR isn't blinged out, nor complicated; it was simply the first modern Japanese dual sport in ages. Almost all new motorcycle designs will be fuel injected, water cooled, etc. to provide the power riders want and lower emissions.

    This thread started with this premise, and the WRR qualifies just as well as a KLR250, Super Sherpa or DR350:

    Welcome to the Minimalist Touring Thread: the place for everyone who is interested in adventure touring on small displacement (250cc and under) thumpers.
  8. 2whlrider

    2whlrider Adventurer

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    +1 Adventure touring on any 250 bike would be about the same. Some modern technology does not change that. Just a matter of what your into.
  9. SAPB

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    Thanks to all who contributed to the lift question. I actually thought I might be able to grab the forks and "wheelie" the bike onto a bucket or some such, but it wasn't happening. I guess that's how the CRF250L got the nickname LRP (Little Red Piggy). Stopped at a local dealer last week who had WT250, and it seemed small by comparison, being air cooled and all. Liquid cooled, more stuff, more weight, by about 30 lbs.
  10. kirkkw

    kirkkw Been here awhile

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    A few months ago on this thread was a discussion of a tire installation tool which I think was being made in Australia but I might be wrong about that.

    It seems the last thread said he was moving his house so the production stopped.

    Does anyone know the story about this?

    There is another thread about a group buy of a similar tool made in Estonia. The group buy is now closed.

    So that brings up the similar tool on this thread.

    :ddog:ddog
  11. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I wanted one too. I wish Harbor Frt would offer them, so they'd be cheap & available locally.

    It's crazy that nobody sells them in the US. I wonder if the design is patented?
  12. SAPB

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    Well, I'm sure HF has "bean counters" too. How many could they sell? We here are generally innovative, I think, compared to cage people. We make "brake snakes" out of used guitar strings and such. Still, someone with a machine shop could use making them into a side business, any takers?
  13. Spud Rider

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    That gentleman was also a regular poster on the China Riders forum, but I haven't seen him post anywhere for quite some time. :(: Indeed, that's a nifty little tool. :nod Nevertheless, I still prefer to change tires using the methods I learned from Jay Clarke. :deal

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BE1qG9iQZlg?feature=player_detailpage" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    Spud :beer
  14. SAPB

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    Great post, as usual Spud. When I did my front, I used the disc rotor to put the tire irons under, last dirt bike I did had drum brakes, so I couldn't do that. Definitely better to learn to do this at home, makes it easier to do it "out there someplace".
  15. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I wish all of my motorcycle tires would wear out at the same time, because the second one is always easier. I can't imagine how easy the 6th, 8th, etc.. would be.

    It's all the "little things" (that you always seem to forget!) which make changing tires easy. :huh


    It's great to have YouTube to refer to after busting knuckles, cussing, and down to your last beer! :freaky

    In the "old days" we just had to go get more beer and keep on cussin' !
  16. SAPB

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    You obviously have too few motorcycles. Or if not enough ride time, let me use em, I'll wear the tires out for you.
  17. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I've got a bunch of em' with worn out back tires....I can make you a good deal! :deal (My wife made me stop drinking & cussing.....so now I just go buy a'nuther bike when they git slick..., But they last twice as long since I kaint ride on Sundys anymor. :cry )

    I really would like to get one of them tire gizmos.
  18. SAPB

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    They are pretty slick, kinda forgot about them.
  19. ALinUTAH

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    I saw a thread somewhere recently about tire changing. They cut the old one off with a hacksaw. Then to mount the new one, they wrapped a half dozen long zipties around the tire, which holds the beads together, and it just slipped right on. -al
  20. Rhompin45

    Rhompin45 Rhompin45

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    Thanks for the wr250r feedback! I realize its only a 250 that's what I have now and I ask a lot out of it but for what it is it does great. I figured this would be a good place to ask. It seems everyone I talk to has this need for big cc bikes. I realize they have there place but I have never had anything fast before and I'm ok with that. Compared to my 92 wrangler with 260000 miles my tu250 seems fast to me anyways. It won't be for a while but I would like to get a dual sport sometime in the future and I like to plan ahead and see my options. I had looked at the klx650 and dr650 also but I eliminated the klx due to weight. The xr650 is nice but I don't like the seat. I wish I could find a wr250 to look at they must not sell many the dealers don't have any around here.