Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. DutchTerror

    DutchTerror Been here awhile

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    This one is pretty low profile, though it is attached with screws through grommets. I suppose you could try to secure it with some locking velcro?

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  2. larry31

    larry31 Back Roads Explorer

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    Sold my 2002 Wing last year. Now I only have "adventure" bikes.
    My oldest is the 1990 Honda NX250. Total cost... $92.40 ( Town Tax, Plate, Insurance. ) Pays to have an antique. State plate only cost $3.50 this year.
    My newest is 2017 Yamaha XT250. Total cost ... $224.00 ( same ) In N.H. town tax is based on book value. Should go down as the years pass.
    All bikes have full insurance coverage, year round. Even $3,000.00 accessory coverage. Helps to have home & auto along with my bike ins.
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  3. Plebeian

    Plebeian Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder

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    The plan would be to fabricate some round, plastic pucks to work with the stock mounting gear. The screws would hold the pucks in place, and the velcro would make the attachment to the screen in those four spots.

    I use some adhesive-backed stuff, 3M I believe, for my truck's soft top and it holds very strong. When removing, it feels like the industrial-grade adhesive is just barely winning the grip battle with the hook and loop.

    It is hard to tell from the pics, does the Screens For Bikes design allow some air to slip in between the screen and cowl? I've read that this is important for relatively quiet air.

    The Mosko R40 fits these bikes like a glove :thumbup
  4. greenboy 667

    greenboy 667 Keep your bloatocycle - I want a PR7!

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    My dirt-bike-gear.com number plate bag seems to improve the air flow around the chest without sending it all up to the brow of my helmet instead, so I'm happy. I'm not real keen on having a windscreen mounted on a fairly light bike at highway speeds where it's not on a sharknose, but is more directly linked to forks and handlebars. And at non-highway speeds who needs one anyway.

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  5. Plebeian

    Plebeian Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder

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    Good point. My high-speed riding tends to be in very open areas and crosswinds are strong.
  6. Plebeian

    Plebeian Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder

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    Number plate, or fender, bags are a no-go in my neck of the woods. A 15 minute ride near dark would result in the zipper being permanently welded shut with bug guts.
    :puke2
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  7. greenboy 667

    greenboy 667 Keep your bloatocycle - I want a PR7!

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    Lots of bugs here as soon as they rally for spring and summer, ne'r a problem anywhere but on my helmet ; }
  8. Plebeian

    Plebeian Scruffy-Looking Nerf Herder

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    I've ridden a bit in Montana. What you lack in quantity you make up for in quality. There are some REALLY hard shelled bugs out that way. Below highway speeds I often have my shield up. Got smacked with some really hard suckers. Minnesota bugs tend to be more squishy.
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  9. DutchTerror

    DutchTerror Been here awhile

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    Yes, the grommets provide for some space between it and number plate to create air flow. I haven't had any issues with head shake or weird forced with cross winds. I don't think it's really big enough to have that kind of impact.
  10. greenboy 667

    greenboy 667 Keep your bloatocycle - I want a PR7!

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    YMMV ; }

    A lot of interaction with stuff like how far back on the swingarm the rear sprocket is, fork position in triple clamps, sag and back height adjustment, tires...
  11. gusthedog

    gusthedog Been here awhile

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    $660 a year for rego on my TTR250 plus about $300 for comprehensive insurance. We have some of the dearest rego fees in the world in Australia

    TTR and Land Rover tragic...
  12. Even Madder Matt

    Even Madder Matt Been here awhile

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    Yeah. I used to have a DR200 with a little windscreen bolted on the headlight fairing, and it got extremely lively at highway speed with gusting crosswinds. Good training to hold on with your legs and keep your weight off the handlebars.
  13. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    DR200 and my KLR650 in Virginia, USA: State Registration (tag) about $30 a year; annual equipment/safety inspection (decal) $12; County personal property tax about $45...for each MC.
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  14. rarepartbuilder

    rarepartbuilder redemption gypsy

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    Hi John
    I have started insurance costs threads on the local Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Canada dual sport forums many times so other unsuspecting or un-aware riders wouldn't be as easily gouged on insurance costs. Many or i should say "some " insurance companies in this part of the world will not insure a bike if you do not have a car on the policy as well ..it seems to be the latest BS trend..

    Anyways...
    "yearly" liability only insurance for a 98 klr 650 and 2012 wr250r = $355 CDN total for "both" bikes { the yamaha is about 2/3 of that total insurance cost}
    Registration due every March is $43.00 CDN "per bike"

    I've never had a bike inspected but a car inspection in N.B. is approx 25.00 a year after taxes .In neighboring Nova Scotia the same 25.00 automobile safety inspection is valid for 2 years...

    Safety inspection on bikes in New Brunswick ....there is none/not required ... which is fine for old farts like us that maintain things... but my heart sinks when i see a high output bike with someone's beautiful young daughter hanging onto her boyfriend at the stop lights.... back tire as bald as a babies ass..:thwak.... i know if this province "were" to require a bike safety check ..it wouldn't be the cure for all bald tires.. but at least there would be one fresh tire a year if a safety was required .

    regards

    Bill
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  15. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short guy

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    In BC, Canada we have insurance run by the province. The previous government would raid the insurance accounts to add to their general revenue accounts. The government changed and they noticed a lot of money was missing from the insurance corporation. They want to raise our rates substantially to fix the problem. A bunch of crooks.
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  16. Touratuff

    Touratuff Young at Heart

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    WOW, thanks all you guys for the feedback, looks like most of us get slammed in the pocket, thought it was just us in NZ.
  17. dadpole

    dadpole n00b

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    The only upsides to NZ costs are ACC (Accident medical costs) are covered and we can (within reason) run someone down and not get sued. :-)
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  18. neppi

    neppi Been here awhile

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    The ACC covers also rider training nowadays! With $20-$50 you get a full day of training (on your skill level, there are five to choose from!) with some awesome peeps and instructors! Going from "back to basics" to advanced, hard core NZ trafic survival skills, e.g. staying alive out there...

    I think the prices go from $3?? to $5??, which of ACC
    covers like 90% or so. Maths - not my thing...
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  19. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    This is a nice looking shield. Is it the light or dark tint option, and how much was it? I was too lazy to fill out the info for a quote and coming from OZ, I'm thinking it might be pricey?
  20. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    Question for you hobbit bikers: I really love the seat on the VanVan - I have been thinking "scrambler" for awhile and the usual scrambler suspects are heavy - vanvan is light, but light on power also. Not really good for 2-up except the seat is plenty generous. What other 250'ish bike has, stock/oem, a generous seat like that for carrying a pillion?