Why such big bikes on gravel/ dirt routes?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by ADVNCW, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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  2. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    Not according to this
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    Looks like a fairly good size feller on that little bike.

    He's awful angry for a guy that takes pictures of flowers and buzzes around on gravel roads.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=797538

    :dunno
  3. acesandeights

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    What about a Honda CRF150R with dual sport kit? 185 lbs of Honda fury!
  4. Beardoge

    Beardoge Been here awhile

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    So what about it ?
  5. acesandeights

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    It was a post related to the OP and his needs and whether he had considered a CRF150R. It was a question, not a statement, and posed to the OP (so the answer would not be mine to give). I could have misunderstood your post though and maybe you were just bumping this thread to get a response from the OP as well. Well played, hope that helps.
  6. CodyY

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  7. AWM

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    Soooo,you started a thread asking peoples opinons,then if you dont agree with that opinon,those inmates are giving you crap.:huh

    Sweet!:clapI love these threads.:D

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  9. Sierra Thumper

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    I agree :thumb
  10. Pantah

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    I must say, I don't really understand the hostility in this thread. The OP posted a legitimate question. A question most of us have measured to different conclusions. I responded a few times, addressing issues I have experienced. The OP seems to be dragging the discussion out, but he should!

    When we ride these places solo, it is very personal and dangerous even. We buy special satellite rescue services to help the unknown. Skill levels are very wide among us posters.

    I'd like to see the continuation of this thread and have the know-it-alls fuck off.

    You know who you are, but if you want, I am I am happy to re-post your shit.
  11. acesandeights

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    The OP didn't really come asking a question, though it might seem he did. He made a statement, that the "dog" is the best out there. That's what he really did, under the guise of a question. The OP has enough experience (just listen to him tell you) that he knows what works for him. He doesn't need help choosing a bike, and it really has nothing to do with his post. He's trolling, and he's gotten lots of bites.
  12. CodyY

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  13. Little Bike

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    I'm going to reply to this thread and then run away really fast! :rofl

    I like hearing that people like their little bikes. I started riding in January on a rebel250 and did a 4200 mile trip during July. I wish I had a t-shirt made that said "If you tell me my bike is going to "blow up" you owe me $1.00" I could have financed the entire trip! (I never did figure out what people meant by blow up......) huh. I rode some freeways (including through LA, cruising at 70, no problem) I'm a fatass, the bike is a 250 and I had one of the best solo trips in my life.

    So, after getting caught up in this forum I just bought a xt250. I've never ridden dirt (except on a quad, and that doesn't count!) so I wanted a short bike without too much power to learn on. I've commuted to work on it a few times - it seems to like 65 mph max on the freeway and that's cool, I bought it for touring on 2 lanes and dirt. I know I'm not going to do fast riding on dirt roads and tracks - I like to sightsee too much. :loll But that could always change as I learn! Then maybe I'll look at bigger bikes.....

    I like big bikes too. I haven't had a chance to own one yet (might get a bigger road bike in a few years if finances allow), but my little guy has done everything I've asked of him and I don't feel ready for a heavier bike. One of my friends was royally pissed when I told her about my new bike - "you bought another 250!!" She wanted me to be able to 90 on the freeway during group rides. I don't want to do 90, I don't drive my truck over 80....This is from a woman who has dropped her big street bike about 6 times during parking lot maneuvers since I've known her......

    When I started backpacking my friends and I didn't have money to buy expensive tents and gor-tex jackets - we brought heavy duty trash bags and slept in $5 tube tents. Still had a blast!

    If I had more money would I have bought different bikes? Maybe, don't know, but I do know I've had a lot of fun with what I have. I just really like bikes! Kumbaya!!!!

    btw: The pic with the bike dumped over and everything spread across the road reminded me of a term used in sea kayaking. If you're coming in through surf with a boat loaded for touring and dump it's called a "garage sale"
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    "I had three choices of bike to ride on the CDR. I just bought a Yamaha WR250 and am really enjoying riding it on the K trail and local trails. I love it. I also had my trusty old 02 KLR, which was all ready to go with new tires and oil. Then there was the BMW F800gs
    ...I now believe that taking the WR would have been a serious mistake. 99% of this route is either pavement (not too much) or smooth dirt and gravel. I mean very smooth dirt and gravel. A lot of it will be ridden by a lot of you at 60 mph or more...I took the F8. I love its smooth power and comfort (now that I finally got a good seat on the thing). "

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16763590&postcount=2

    Interesting. Maybe I should take my Chevy Impala:D
  17. what broke now

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    "Interesting. Maybe I should take my Chevy Impala:D"


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  18. Maxacceleration

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    Hello ADV, long time no ride! :evil
    I know where you are coming from with a small bike on technical trails (cliffs lol).
    Your bike is good for our terrain (technical switchbacks). You are capable of a better bike.
    No one bike is going to be right all the time. Get too big a bike and it becomes a struggle, and maybe not fun anymore. Too small a bike and a hundred miles of pavement becomes a nightmare.
    You are almost asking to have TWO bikes. The tight quarters bike and a larger bike for larger country, bigger miles.
    I won't go into brands - each person can do his own homework. :deal
    Oh and ADV, I have a WR you can take a look at and possibly own, with a new unmounted Safari tank. ...I rode Alder Ridge with it. :eek1

    I think I know where ADV is coming from... which fricken bike to choose!
    Cost, dependability, load carrying ability, fuel mileage, fuel type, etc...
    The choices!

    Funny, a couple of years ago I had a Honda 450X. Ya the supreme power monger I thought.
    I could break that tire loose anywhere lol. I blew a lot of hills on that bike by going off course with wheelspin. It helped me understand that a lower power bike can sometimes help out in tough situations.
    Just a thought.
  19. ADVNCW

    ADVNCW Banned

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    Hey Maxacceleration! Nice to hear from you. Maybe we should ride the end of next week! Will be in touch after my current work rotation.

    Right after we emailed last I was a smoke refugee for two weeks traveling mountains and coast with my camp gear on the 230L Adventure. Naches Pass Jeep Trail- the entire trail on the 230L Adventure loaded with my camp- 3 times. Then more beach riding.Was great camping at Govt Meadows and hanging out feeding the starving Crest Trail hikers eggs and bacon:D

    Yea, I thought of your WR250R and wondered if you wanted to part with it. We will be in touch.

    What a discussion! About the time I settle my mind on one motorcycle, more discussion and then other thoughts...I never laid down that wild dinosaur GT750 on the gravel AK Hwy, I could be just as happy on the CDR probably with a street bike...

    You are right about the wheelspin, In the tight and gnarly when I sold the IT490 and started riding the TLR200 Reflex it was amazing to climb stuff on the 200 that I could not make on the nice monster 490! Sort of counterintuitive. I think my 230L with me climbs a little better esp with the D606s, and the rider position is about 4x more comfortable for me than the Reflex! Sold the Reflex to a buddy who is a very athletic 5'6" tall. He was amazed that I rode that little bike around the mountains!

    Bottom line is win-win...I would have fun on the 230L Adventure on the CDR, or have a smoother time on the WR250R :1drink



  20. Murf2

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    Hey ADVNCW, I was looking at a picture of you and your a pretty big fella. If you don't mind me asking, could you give me your vital statistics. Reason I'm asking is, I'm a big fatty and I've been wondering if these small bikes could haul my lard ass around in the higher elevations. What is the combined weight of you and your gears in that pic of your loaded up 230? Thanks for an interesting thread!

    Murf