Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. dfye55

    dfye55 Been here awhile

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    The local paper has a 04 dr200 for sale, looked up the spec's and it's tempting. Anyone use a dr200 for touring? What kind of MPG do you get? What kind of luggage system do you use?

    Thanks Oh, shhh... don't tell my wife I'm looking at yet another one!
  2. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I've gone touring on a DR200. If you encounter hills or headwinds, it'll knock your top speed below 55 mph. One time with headwind, I got lower than 40 miles to the gallon. Normally the mileage is 70-80 mpg. It must be said that the winds were really high that day. I use Ortlieb soft luggage.

    It was an adventure. Go for it. Ride the gravel.
  3. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    I have an XT225 (much like the DR200) that I've taken some longer rides on. As Klay says, with headwind and making the bike work hard your mileage will suffer. If I'm pushing it to go 60-65 all the time with our hills here, I can get better mileage with my DR650. If I relax and go 45-55 and enjoy the side roads more, I'll get really good mileage and have more fun anyway.
  4. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    My wife has done several tours on her DR200, 2-3000kms. Pretty much similar to what others have said, she can maintain 60mph on the flats plus a bit more, but will drop to 40-45 on some of our bigger hills. Speed limit for the most part around here is 50-55mph anyway so not a problem. Stay off any interstate type roads. She averages 30km/l which is about 86mpg imperial (Canada), 72mpg US. She can go 300km (186miles) before switching to reserve with about 90km (55miles) left in reserve.

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  5. dfye55

    dfye55 Been here awhile

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    Thanks to all for the great input. I could not find HP for either DR200 or the XT225. But sounds like they are very similar to my tu250's 17 hp

    I think I'd prefer the dual sport for all round use. The tu250 looks great, and fuel injection is nice, but the suspension is not so good. All the tours I have scheduled have off pavement sections.

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  6. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    A DR200 is around 14 hp.
  7. Rhompin45

    Rhompin45 Rhompin45

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    I have a dr250 and a tu250 I feel the same way I want something to do touring on. The dr I have only ridden a couple times up and down the street and decited to make it street legal but I have not finished it. But it feels about the same power. I wish Suzuki would make a dual sport and put that tu250 motor in it that would make a great bike with FI. Also if there are no whoops and it's hard dirt the tu does ok.
  8. CMS

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    Mike, Sorry to reply so late , I do a little touring on the TU and the GZ,no camping as yet on either one. The weather broke and I did a 200+ mile run on the GZ this past week. It is more of a pack mule ,due to accessories avalibilty [Rear racks etc] The Suzuki folks still do not offer even a tail rack for the TU in the US. I read today that Suzuki will be cutting bike dealerships and bikes in the US this year. They already filed bankruptcy on their car market in the US, makes for a unsure feeling on future sales. Quick question, can the bars on the CBR 250 be raised? I like the riding position but would prefer the bars to up just a little. looking forward to reading about your next trip. cms Terry
  9. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    Funny you'd mention raising the bars. I knew I had read something related to this recently.

    http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/03/21/helibars-cbr250r-replacement-bars/

    Mike
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  11. dfye55

    dfye55 Been here awhile

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    I've got enough miles on this custom TU250 rack to know it's got no problems. Simple, built from hack saw, hand drill, file and a few bolts from local hardware store. Most bags will secure to it.

    Let me know if you want more construction details or photos.


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    You're welcome. :D Your XT225 looks great, and the travel trunk looks good mounted on your bike. :nod

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    Here is another nx125 with big time fun. went riding today and it was only 33 degrees but that could not stop me from fun
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    Hey...Is it me or your exhaust is a little lowered?
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    Beemermcr Big, Dumb, Happy!

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    Quick question on the trunk - I ordered a medium and was sure I ordered a matte black, but I got a glossy black. Did you all have any similar choices of matte and glossy, if you recall? I am working with their customer service to sort it out---
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    I ordered a large trunk, and I believe it was only available in matte black.

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  19. PeteC

    PeteC Old Rider

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    Hi. I have a 2012 TU250X I've set up for touring. I'm trying to find a good windshield. I am presently using a Givi shield made for the older Kawasaki Concours. It is pretty good in someways, but noisy & too wide. Before cutting it down to fit I want to first try finding a good universal shield t try first, if possible. I want a polypropylene shield because they are more flexible & less likely to crack. I want the shield to be wide enough to direct the air stream around me, but not so wide it creates a lot of air drag. My moto is set up with only a single seat & need the shield to protect only me & not a passenger. Low amounts of noise from turbulence would be good. I like the Givi's, I think most of them are made from polypropylene. So from what all of you that have installed windshields, what do you think are good choices & which do you not recommend. Thanks in advance for any help. Pete
  20. CMS

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    I have the Givi A660, [17x17] sounds like you want a lager shield than mine. The Givi book I have shows a lot of choices . Real happy with what I have ,good quality too. Mine is on my GZ250, haven't put one on the TU ,yet. CMS