Show off your small bikes (250cc-ish)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by mikesova, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    I'm getting ready to do a small touring trip around Michigan with my new bike, a 1982 Honda CM250. It basically wants to cruise around 55-60. I'm completely ok with that. I don't want to do 80 MPH on the highway, I just don't think that would be fun. I'd just like to see other people's small touring bikes.

    Here she is:

    I've got mine set up on a budget. I bought some Weaver nylon saddle bags for a farm supplement store. I acquired a sissy bar from ebay on the cheap (25$) So now I can attach a mid-size backpack to it. I can also lean my big backpacking pack + sleeping pad up against it too.

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    I just "made" a homemade tank bag out of one of my wife's old purses. It's just a nyon bag that I sewed a welding magnet into.

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    I've got my RAM mount for my street pilot that works really great, I do kind of worry that it gets shaken a little too much, can anyone calm my worries? I also added a 12V outlet to charge it.

    ( When I got the bike it had two mismatched mirrors, I found a pair of like new Harley mirrors on craigslist for 10$, the stems are too small for the metric hole, so I just got some fasteners from the hardware store to mount them)
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    I've been scanning all the threads I can on homemade "farkle". I think it's fun to create functional add-ons. I'm thinking about building a tool tube out of PVC for the front that would mount with u-bolts. Anybody have any other suggestions for things I could add/modify to make the bike more touring friendly?

    edit: 6/30/09

    I made a new farkle for the bike. This was a video camera bag that I bought from a yard sale for $0.50. I cut off what wasnÂ’t needed and sewed on some patches. I used some nylon webbing and buckles to attach them to the forks. It will make a good bag for stuff on this super touring 250 ;)

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  2. cogitate

    cogitate What Marcellus Wallace Looks Like

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    Very cool and creative. Search the site, there have been all kinds of posts regardng PVC tool tubes.

    Hey, what's that red bike in your garage? :ear
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  3. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    That is my 1982 Sachs G3. It's a moped. Here's a better pic of it:

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    It's so fun and handy for around town. Although, lately I've been using the bicycle a little more often as it would be nice to shed a few lbs.
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  4. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    This one will be scooting from Seattle to Halifax in mid September.
    There will be a 40 liter Seal Line waterproof duffel strapped
    to the rear seat. I will wear a 25 liter Seal Line waterproof pack and
    i will take the tank bag you see in the pic.
    Voila... touring scoot . :rofl

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  5. coolteacher

    coolteacher Adventurer

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    Here's mine.

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    ddennis669 Adventurer

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  7. Voidrider

    Voidrider Been here awhile

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    And mine, a '96.

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    Still wanting to get something like a Kawi Sherpa or an NX 250 for exploring trails and such.
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  8. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Little Ninja vs Sand....Ninja Wins!!!
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  9. scorch

    scorch Poser

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    alot of ninjas here


    here is mine.. just crossed the 20,000 mile mark

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  10. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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  11. Centerline

    Centerline USMC 71'-79'

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    '06 Yami TW 200, fun little beastie ....]
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  12. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    So 250 Ninjas are pretty popular, huh? :) How is it riding a Ninja on an extended trip? I guess the 250s are a little more "standardish" and not set up for super racing position? I guess my next bike will be a 250 ninja. I've heard that they are a lot better for power and just as good on gas. I'm really interested in gas mileage.

    I love that TW200, how fast will those go? Can they comfortably cruise at 55 or 60?
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  13. ninjammin

    ninjammin T-Rexin'

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    Here's my 2003 250 on a short winter trip last year.


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    I think this is the only Picture I have with my touring screen on it.

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  14. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Best pic I have of it semi-loaded up:

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  15. ninjammin

    ninjammin T-Rexin'

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    Us ninjettes are DOMINATING this thread. DevilNinjaDog, I love your sig line.


    Grace? She died 30 years ago....
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  16. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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  17. mikesova

    mikesova Michigander

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    I feel like a major outsider rocking the bike that I have. :D

    At least I'm original.
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  18. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Mine has only a little more output than your Honda 250. So I think a 1976 CB360 may fit in this thread:[​IMG]
    More at http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=234167
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  19. Bucho

    Bucho Long timer

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    This is my wife's dualsported TTR125L. Its my preferred bike to ride downtown. Parking is a bitch, and its small enought to hop up on the curb and park in the bicycle racks.
    Its a shame we are selling it...

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  20. mikesova

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