Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I can't wait to hear about that ride. I predict that the DR200 will behave flawlessly. You're right, about the only things that are more likely to go wrong that you couldn't fix on the road are those two electrical units, although they are notoriously reliable. I've heard of the CDI units going out in a DR350, but never the DR200. It could be that the DR200's just aren't ridden enough.

    It's pretty easy to bump-start the 200...have you considered practicing that and then you would eliminate the need for the extra battery? It really is advantageous to reduce your kit to a minimum on such a small bike. Of course, you're a lot lighter than me so you wouldn't have to take it to an extreme in weight-savings like I did on my North Dakota loop.
  2. green hell

    green hell yawning or snarling

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    that looks fabulous!

    i'm going to have to research that. 2500 miles could take quite a while on a 200.

    good luck!
  3. JoMoThumper

    JoMoThumper Los Bombero Caliente

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    Agreed. My first bike was a tweaked out Gixxer 750. Didn't take long to realize I was in over my head on that one. Scary fast! Next was a Sabre 750 b/c I fell for a buddy assuring me I would get bored with anything smaller (I passed on an Ascot for the Sabre). Hated it, too top heavy and horrible brakes. Presently own a KLR250 and there aren't enough hours in the day to ride or enough places to explore. After I finish my acquisition of bags and a rack I'll post some pics.

  4. JoMoThumper

    JoMoThumper Los Bombero Caliente

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    Man, I'm sooo glad mine doesn't look like that. :lol3
    Take the decals off immediately. Still not all that great but definitely better.
    This is what it will look like...

    The tank decal is also gone and the seat is now black as are both fenders. I'm kicking around some different ideas on eliminating the purple frame and then updating the teal plastic.



  5. Outwardbound

    Outwardbound Been here awhile

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    JoMoT: I've finished most of the bike. I'm on the road or I'd add the pics: maybe next week when I'm home. I sandblasted/painted the frame silver. Black front fender, fork boots and side panels (wo the '250' decals). Black seat, cut out to fit my behind more comfortably (see prev. post on that issue). The purple tool kit-bag is gone. I left the tank, shrouds, headlight fairing and rear fender that funky green for the time being. I gotta feeling it'll end up all black 'fore long...This has been a fun and inexpensive project. Now it's time to quit wrenchin' and RIDE the damn thing !
  6. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Do you really need the gas can with you for trips like this? I'd have thought you'd have a little leeway, gas wise, if you topped off in Divide, Florissant or Hartsel on your way out (and back). Or was the gas can just an emergency measure and to offer you the option of not having to go into Buenie to get gas?

    What distance do you get from a full tank - with a full camping load attached?




  7. JDowns

    JDowns Sounds good, let's go!

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    Thought I would share a couple of photos of a trip I took last February to Costa Rica. Rented a Honda XR250L Tornado for 10 days and rode 4000 kilometers all around the country. A really fun trip. A nice lady from Horizons Unlimited put me up for the first night on her couch and took a couple of pictures which she kindly e-mailed me. As I said before, being a minimalist, I don't travel with a camera. Wore my riding gear on the plane, and had a toothbrush, helmet, money, passport, wallet, map and that's about it.

    http://johndowns.smugmug.com/gallery/3042321

    Stayed in inexpensive guest houses and hostels. It was a nice break from the cold weather. Intend to head south again next winter.

    Best,
    John
  8. TomJoad

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    Bought a CT110 that had been sitting for three years. Worked on it most of the winter/spring and took it out today for a test ride. Hit 48mph but the gear pattern was 4 up, not 4 down like the CT90 I bought. Is this correct? It was a bit awkward but fine after I got used to it.
  9. Outwardbound

    Outwardbound Been here awhile

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    Well, here it is. Gone are the Tinky Winky purple frame and fork boots, teal front fender and side panels.
    [​IMG]

    The recountoured seat came out particularly well. FAR more comfortable than the OE. I'm about to do the "Marquis de Sade" seat on the DR now.
    [​IMG]

    This is still a work in progress. As a tank and shrouds come up on ebay I'll probably go for the full repaint. For now however, little kids in my neighborhood have stopped pointing and laughing...
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  10. RLK

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    I don't need it on a short weekender like the Fourmile thing. I would really need it on a long remote day ride like many in CO like to do. Some guys like to spend most of the day more than 60 miles from the nearest fuel station just because they can. My range seems to be 90-100 miles on a 2 gal. tank loaded or not, city, highway and trails. I could stand some work to lean the jetting, i'm obviously too rich but it is easy to start at any temprature and elevation. I had too much stuff packed on that trip but I brought a lot of stuff to share. There was 2 gallons of water in the Mermite can and another .8 Gal in the backpack, just in case. Water is important. If I was going alone i'd trim it down a lot and probably eliminate the Mermite box alltogether. The gas can stays as part of my trail kit.
  11. JoMoThumper

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    OutwardBound,

    Much better. I'm split between a black or silver frame. I like the way it looks on your bike. I think you just tipped the scale for me. As soon as I work out some mechanical issues I'll work on the cosmetics over the summer. No pics until it's done though because my fragile ego can't take the laughing. :D
  12. judjonzz

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    Looks good. I'd leave it. As it is, it's too bad you couldn't keep the full Barbie splendor. Oh well, some guys are just too insecure.
  13. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Got it. Thanks.
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  15. steve gs

    steve gs Been here awhile

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    You know, I never check that forum, that will have to change. Her trip is just my speed.:rofl :rofl :rofl


    Thanks for letting the rest of us know.



    Coop; I sort of liked it the other way. What's Barbie going to ride to the beach now.



    :ricky
  16. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    That seat looks great! You've inspired me to do mine, but the problem will be finding a cheap donor seat for an XR250L. Just not enough of them out there.

    Thanks for the idea!
  17. Klay

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    Cool little Suzuki bikes here

    I sure wish we could get all the neat stuff that is available overseas.
  18. K44rll

    K44rll Been here awhile

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    Ha-ha!! that is my Grey Suzuki RV125, I also have this Japanese spec Suzuki DR250 XC Djebel

    More pics of the 250xc and a Djebel 200 here...
    http://flickr.com/photos/9372334@N05/sets/72157600531478067/

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  19. yater

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    That looks like suzuki's answer to the super sherpa...but a little more hardcore. I'd love to have one of those.
  20. endurotour

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    I think more like there version of a TTR-250, a lot like the white ttr, smae purple rims, round headlight, although i belive the ttr had wider rear plastic to allow for a large-ass tool kit to be mounted up..

    either way sweet rides...