Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. steve gs

    steve gs Been here awhile

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    Put a medium on my 650 and yes an excellant product. Will buy a small for my 200 because the medium is even too wide. Until I fitted the panniers I used the Wolfman Mini-Beta, another fine item.:deal

    There is a 250 Rebel meet and other 250's as well in Florida in a few weeks. This was posted on the Tiddler Touring Society site and can be linked to via

    http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/tiddlertouringsociety/message/31

    if you link through, you can end up at www.rebelcatalog.com check out the trike!!


    On this idea of a rally/raid (one or more?:clap ) we may have to have a western and eastern to get people together initially. Being east of the Mississippi myself maybe Kentucky, W. VA, or other (?) in a great riding area would be the ticket. Include a suggestion in your post and we'll see how this sorts out.


    :ricky
  2. markjenn

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    The big one is that it is a twin, so it's probably got an extra 5-hp over the singles and is much smoother. And it's a a conventional street motorcycle, not a dual-sport, so lower seat height, standard ergos, wider seat. More room for luggage, you might even be able to fit a small set of hardbags.

    Granted, it doesn't have the dirt capability of the dual-sport singles, so not a good choice if you're doing any serious dirt, but I'd think it a much better steet bike than any of the 250cc singles.

    Drum front brake sucks though.

    http://powersports.honda.com/motorc...lName=Nighthawk&ModelYear=2007&ModelId=CB2507

    - Mark
  3. gas_pig70

    gas_pig70 Mmm... mud!

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    Yah, but at least a modern TW200 has a front disc brake.
  4. BikerDave

    BikerDave Greybeard Rider

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    Alot of the china-bikes are EPA compliant now....the Lifan's and Rocketta's come to mind. I'm researching the two now to see what their owners have to say about them. I own several big bikes but no small (<500cc) dual sports so something in the 200-250 class looks like it'd be alot of fun!! Kinda like going back in time...lol!:lol3
  5. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    I agree the drum brake sucks, but for a bike that's going to be on a highway, I'll take 250cc twin over a 200cc single and live with the drum brake.

    Sorry if you're a fan, but I view TW200's as run-around-the-campground bikes, not much more suited to long-distance touring than a Big Rukus.

    - Mark
  6. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I think the whole idea is to take one of those run-around-the-campground bikes on a long-distance gravel/backroad road trip. Kind of like a cross between a bicycle trip and a motorcycle trip. A TW200 would be ideal with it's all terrain wheels.

    I'm fascinated by the idea. I have a DR200 I might use for something like that. Actually I did an overnighter already once in Colorado. Two days of riding with one night spent at 10,000 feet in a tent. I would love to extend the idea and spend a week on the road...even doing something like an all gravel road transit of Nebraska.
  7. gas_pig70

    gas_pig70 Mmm... mud!

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    My thoughts exactly.... go anywhere you want as long as it's not 100mph.

    It seems to work for Harley riders (no offense). Here's a few things that Sportsters and the TW200 have in common.
    1. "It's the ride, not the destination"... 'cause you're taking your sweet time getting there.
    2. Fat rear tires rule!
    3. Small tanks look cool.
    4. Chicks dig it.
    5. Tubes... check. Spokes... check.
    6. Short-legged riders have no fear.
  8. fendermon

    fendermon Been here awhile

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    A new AV rider first! a comparo between a tw and a sportster. :lol3
  9. LoveHateKLR

    LoveHateKLR Slow 'n Easy

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    Hey, I've heard the arguements for and against the Nighthawk 250 and both sides have something to say.

    What about a different angle? Use the Nighthawk 250 as the basis for an ADV touring bike project? The result would be something along the lines of a micro Ulysses.
  10. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    Mark have you been on the yahoo group for the nighthawk.

    I frequent there as well. A lot of good info. I am approaching 30,000 miles on my old 1993 nighthawk. Good rig.
  11. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    I have taken my nighthawk offroad on easy/graded trails. It doesn't do so well due to the POOR quality suspension. Ground clearance is surprisingly good.


    I love mine, but wouldn't do another cross country trip unless I put on highway pegs, it bends my knees up too much, maybe I should add a seat cushion to raid my behind an inch or two.
  12. SIKLR250

    SIKLR250 NYC

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  13. driller

    driller Twist and Go

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    Been thinking about maybe trying to gin up an Eastern gathering mid-late September(have a lot of time to think as there is over a foot of snow today with more to come--BLIZZARD!).:vardy
    If a group from up here doesn't follow through on initial plans for riding the first section of the TAT this fall, I could work the time out.
    West Virginia looks like a good location.
    I plan to do some scouting in the Cannan Valley/Dolly Sods area on the way home from the Eastern rally in Hot Springs, NC this May.
    Just something to "sink your teeth into".:deal :pot
  14. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    I went to a weekend thing in Indianapolis a couple of years ago. 300 miles each way and I took my klr 250. The show was good and by Saturday my buddy had caught up and found me. Anyway, by Sunday night it was getting colder and then it started to snow. No chance to leave in the morning because I had to be at work on Monday, so we took the bike apart and put it inside his jeep cherokee.

    Try that with a goldwing.
  15. entropysedge

    entropysedge chaos watcher

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    I bought a XT225 a year ago after hitting too much sugar sand on my SV650S down in the NJ Pine Barrens. I took it camping several times last year and plan to do so this year as well ... the friends I go camping with all have jeeps or other 4 wheel vehicles; I'm the only motorcyclist, tho' I've been working on them.

    One of the things I have been leary of is putting my soft saddlebags on the XT because of the high exhaust, I saw that some of you have fabricated brackets, however I'm not that talanted with metal; is there anything out there that I could buy that would work? It would be nice to be able to increase the carrying capacity of my XT.

    My XT225 is the first dual-sport that I've owned and other than a few unintentional misadventures, last year is really the first time that I've ridden offroad. Being very short, the XT is a good fit.
  16. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Happy-trail.com makes pannier racks for the XT225.
  17. Cornbread Red

    Cornbread Red Fart's dust

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    One of the things I have been leary of is putting my soft saddlebags on the XT because of the high exhaust, I saw that some of you have fabricated brackets, however I'm not that talanted with metal; is there anything out there that I could buy that would work? It would be nice to be able to increase the carrying capacity of my XT.

    For light duty stuff, like going camping once in a while, you might consider tossing together a PVC pipe dealio to hold the bags away from the pipe. Use cement on the joints, and check it from time to time... -It ain't gonna be 20-year bombproof.

    Chip
  18. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    Chip, that sounds like a great solution, but how would you go about mounting something like that to the bike? I can picture something like two rectangles on either side of the bike with bars connecting them maybe across the top of the seat and under the fender, but how do you keep the whole contraption from slipping right off?

    Bart
  19. Cornbread Red

    Cornbread Red Fart's dust

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    Well, I was assuming you had a rear rack to start with. There's a few racks available for the 225. I use the Load Lord sold by the site owner at www.xt225.com

    A trip to the plumbing dept. at the hardware store will get some metal pipe clamps.. -then it's just some bolts, nuts (use lock washers or Nylock nuts) and you're there.

    Chip
  20. T125

    T125 Slightly Overdressed

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    Could be durn chilly at that altitude in late September, but it sounds great, driller! :clap Keep us posted...