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Discussion in 'Canada' started by Canuman, Oct 7, 2012.
I think we'd need pics of your rack to determine its adequacy.
Something like this:
I personally don't think rack size is so important. Too big a rack just puts extra stress on the subframe and can get hung up in the woods.
Based on that pic I'd say she's a gas
I think the real issue is dealing with limited tank capacity. A small tank is usually what you get on this sort of model, and you have to take steps to deal with it. It usually means stopping more often.
If Anton is rockin' a 400 now, that makes mine the smallest bike. An XT225 would help to enhance my stature in the pack. Aw hell, can anyone scrounge up a Honda 50? Please?
Sounds like you have all of the ingredients for an adventure!
The mighty Honda 50 would do the job and give you massive cred at the same time!
I've ridden the XT 225, and I'm more than certain that it would do the job also.
Now quit yer whining and ride yer 250. If you're really suffering displacement anxiety, I'll bring the KDX200.
Wanting to ride that bike would only give me a bad case of priapism.
I may take my TW200 (196CC)!!! Just to be with a smaller bike but bigger ........
Can we talk about trip now? No more sex, size talk or BS!!!!!! From now on we will talk about our trip!!!!
I was just joking!!!
There's a trip?
I'm for that! I'm just wondering how "big bike friendly" this trip is going to be. I can take my F800GS - which is smaller than my Vee, but even it can be a bit of a challenge in the single track...
I just purchased DRZ400 because of this trip! My plans was to get bigger bike like f800gs but I dont feel its a good choice for a trip. I have TW200 but I believe DRZ400 will be better for it.
From what I can see, there probably won't be a huge amount of real single track on the main routes, although some will likely be thrown in for hoots and giggles.
Trailway, for sure. Gravel roads, certainly. Double track certainly.
I would not want to do it on a Vstrom, either. I consider the Vee or the Wee very good bikes on gravel, but you discover their limits rather quickly when it gets beyond that. I'm not completely familiar with the F800, but I assume it's about the same setup as the F650 with a larger motor.
I can tell you this: I've taken my Vee everywhere that I've taken my F800. But, much prefer the F800 off road. It IS very similar to the F650 twin - the single not so much.
FYI: It's a virtually identical motor except for the state of tune. The 650 and 800 twins are the same displacement.
I was born confused.
I grew up on a farm driving tractors. I ride thumpers off-road. When it gets beyond "whack 'er in first and let 'er pull," I am out of my depth. I am one of those misguided fools who thinks the KLR is a good bike, which should indicate something.
As we well know, the capabilities of most modern bikes far outstrip that of their riders. Very little of what I ride I would consider true single track. Most of it was a road of sorts at some time or another, which isn't hard to imagine given 300+ years of construction in this area.
I do know that every time I step down in weight, things get easier. Trails that demand a lot of concentration on the KLR are far less demanding on the DRZ, and downright simple on the KDX. As my intent is to go relatively slowly and explore, I don't need the capabilities of a larger machine.
Take whatever bike you feel comfortable with.
I had the opposite experience. I had bought a KLX250 and just hated the thing. It was a bit too tall, too narrow, moved around too much and was gutless when on the highway. I found nothing easy with that bike.
But then I tried the DR650 and I immediately started having a great time. It is more stable when a tire hits a rock, not moving as violently and abruptly. I'm way more comfortable on it. And she steps out very nicely with enough throttle.
Its kinda like a cross between a Dakar winner and a Norton Manx, depending on the context
I do find the F650GS twin to be a bit much on gravel. It might be my paranoia about falling and breaking a lot of expensive German bodywork. The DR is made to be dropped....
I just wish I could be there! I'm sure that in the right hands, Sally would do fine. If I had the time to make the trip, I could conjure the fuel capacity. I hope I can catch you on the way back in Nova Scotia. I will be the one speaking english with a bike that looks like it's owned by the Clampets minus the rocking chair. I could possibly resupply food or other provisions when we meet. I could even bring parts, if needed. Ah, the planning that gets us through winter...