Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. TDC_ERock

    TDC_ERock Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2007
    Oddometer:
    316
    Location:
    Lowcountry, SC
    I visited Colombia with the family two years ago (random, found a cheap flight from here) and now dreaming of going back to ride there! Really enjoyed our short time there (Cartagena and Minca).
  2. MikeS

    MikeS Fur shur! Vamos! Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,439
    Location:
    South of the Border on the Minnesota Riviera
    If you get off the Pan American Highway, South America riding is stunning, and the people I've met are awesome.

    [​IMG]
    manx16, MYUMPH, Pete-NZ and 7 others like this.
  3. javaman

    javaman Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Oddometer:
    19
    My crude but sturdy minimalist setup. 5L jerry can (+ 11L fuel tank) gives me more than enough range, and the ammo box can fit 1-2 days clothing + basic tools.


    [​IMG]


    Pushing it, I can tie a small tent/swag and sleeping bag as well but that quickly defeats the purpose of ultra-light bike for rough terrains and better served by my fully fledged mule the mighty KLR650 lol

    [​IMG]
    RolyKBiker, MYUMPH, manx16 and 14 others like this.
  4. Pete-NZ

    Pete-NZ Long timer

    Joined:
    May 8, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,291
    700km on a 125 scooter..
    I am back to Thailand next March for 3 weeks and I intend to ride along the
    Thai side of the Mekong river...Laos on the opposite bank... I usually cross the river into Loas and Cambodia... Thailand only lets you have 2 entry's in any 12 month period and this will be my second so I can not leave Thailand this time or I may not be able to re-enter to get back to Bangkok for my return flight home..
    My little Yamaha Mio GT125 has clocked up 16,000kms all over Thailand , loas , Cambodia and Vietnam.. I spend almost half the year living in Khon Kaen, north east Thailand…

    The trip will be a short one this time only 4 days... 200/250km a day that will give my plenty of
    time for detours and look around the towns/villages I stop for the night.. as I want to be back in Khon Kaen for the Songkran when for 3 days the whole of Thailand goes mad... can describe the Songkran 2 ways.... biggest water fight in the world or the biggest wet tee shirt contest in the world...
    One thing's guaranteed... you are going to get wet... very wet but who cares with temps up to 40c...

    .

    The little beast...….
    yamaha 125 1.jpg
    trip.jpg trip2.jpg
    LasseA, td63, Ginger Beard and 10 others like this.
  5. MandrillPie

    MandrillPie CRF250L

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2017
    Oddometer:
    29
    Location:
    Romania
    Ok, this brings back memories of scooters (are they scooters if they have a gear shifter, but no clutch?) in Malaysia for 2 years.

    malaysia-scooter-125.jpg

    And my trusty Honda Wave Alpha 110cc, Langkawi, Malaysia

    malaysia-honda-wave.jpg

    And also memories of offroad scooters in Indonesia's Tana Toraja (that's me pushing a scooter in the mud with the inner tube completely cut in half...)

    indonesia-tana-toraja-scooter.jpg

    And let's not forget (I can't forget, because I'm actively doing this right now), exploring Colombia on a 125cc Yamaha Libero (YBR) and a 150cc Yamaha XTZ :)

    colombia-125-and-150.jpg

    Btw, the Colombia trip is the most minimalist setup we've ever tried in terms of luggage. We've each got a 20L (5.3 gallons?) waterproof bag strapped to the back of the seats and also a small 3kg (6.6lb) backpacks with laptops and electronics.
    TDC_ERock, klaviator, gmax and 11 others like this.
  6. MandrillPie

    MandrillPie CRF250L

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2017
    Oddometer:
    29
    Location:
    Romania
    colombia-luggage-setup.jpg
    klaviator, td63, minkyhead and 9 others like this.
  7. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Oddometer:
    3,309
    Location:
    Hope "I get there", BC, Canada
    I would like to ride a CB125 back to Prince Edward Island again but I was a lot lighter 38 year ago when I did the ride.

    I did ride my 279cc Honda Forza to the Yukon this year. So a 100,000 km scooter is the same as a new 250cc so that I belong in this thread.

    I was basically minimalist, tent, sleeping bag, pad & clothes but I had 3 pair of underwear!
    td63, Pete-NZ, Cyclepath and 2 others like this.
  8. zenking12

    zenking12 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2013
    Oddometer:
    55
    So I have a 2019 Honda monkey 125. I want to take it on a eight day trip from Morgan Hill California to Arizona and back. This will happen probably in April or May and I will log the trip as I go. What do you guys think?

    Attached Files:

  9. zenking12

    zenking12 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2013
    Oddometer:
    55
    Anybody want to go with me?
  10. bymbie

    bymbie Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Oddometer:
    100
    Location:
    British Columbia, Canada
    I think that is an awesome idea!!!
    klaviator likes this.
  11. powderpig

    powderpig Been here awhile Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    Oddometer:
    154
    Location:
    Bend, OR
    Riding bitch on a Monkey would be quite the trip. :imaposer
  12. dancingweasel

    dancingweasel Virtual Tourist

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2008
    Oddometer:
    332
    Location:
    Devon, UK
    I think it's a great idea, but what will you do for luggage? Options are quite limited on the monkey.
  13. Aguaski

    Aguaski Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 2, 2018
    Oddometer:
    150
    Location:
    Phoenix area
    Maybe look into the Green Chile Adv strapping system. You don’t need a rack and very flexible with any dry bags.
    porterrad and Imlime like this.
  14. zenking12

    zenking12 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2013
    Oddometer:
    55
    NO NO you would need to ride your own bike. lol
    powderpig and ChopperCharles like this.
  15. zenking12

    zenking12 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2013
    Oddometer:
    55
    For me that's half the fun. I would take a back pack. tank bag (small one) and make it work. Motels for sure
    klaviator and Ginger Beard like this.
  16. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike EricV

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2011
    Oddometer:
    1,553
    Location:
    Tupelo, MS
    Do it! I keep running into Monkeys all over with travelers. All of them have had big smiles on their faces and are having fun. Ran into a guy on a Grom last summer as he headed up to go over the old Monarch pass road. He had friends waiting for him at the turn off on larger bikes.
    zenking12 and Crash217 like this.
  17. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2008
    Oddometer:
    13,219
    Location:
    FLAT Lander

    Sounds like you'll need to do a ride report.:ricky
  18. gmax

    gmax n00b

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Oddometer:
    9
  19. gmax

    gmax n00b

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2016
    Oddometer:
    9
    Hey MandrillPie, Where in Colombia are you now? Tell us the story of where and how you bought the bikes, costs and itinerary. What a great idea to escape the cold weather and ride somewhere warmer during the cold months. I am planning on riding down there and maybe renting a minimalist Honda XRE. I saw this option for renting on Youtube. Flying into Medellin, Colombia is pretty cheap right now.
  20. MandrillPie

    MandrillPie CRF250L

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2017
    Oddometer:
    29
    Location:
    Romania
    We're headed towards El Cocuy national park, from Bucamaranga. We we thinking of doing a ride report, but it's a pain right now with work and riding and selecting images and videos and all that. Maybe in the next couple of weeks.

    About buying, for us it was quite straightforward because we bought new. Financially it made sense (if you're spending a couple of months here) and the renting options I looked at weren't very enticing. Just do the math and see what works for you in terms of monthly costs (considering that you can also sell the bikes afterwards and get a good chunk of the money back, we're hoping for at least 50%).
    If you're interested in buying new, just go to any large motorcycle dealer in one of the major cities. We ended up with Yamaha in Bogota, and they were nothing but helpful. They'll take care of most of the grunt work for you (for a price, of course) and you'll just have to couch up the money and also make a trip to the RUNT (auto-moto office thing where you register yourself and wait in a queue for a while). But that was about it. We got the motos in like 3 days (Libero 125 for $1650 and XTZ 150 for $2700) and we've been riding them ever since. This included all the necessary papers. We got pulled over by the police 3 times and the papers seemed to be in order :)

    In our case, the math, for example, for a Libero 125 that cost $1600 and you can sell for at least $800, is that you're paying $800 for 4 months which is $200/month for a new motorcycle. I think that's pretty good.

    Itinerary, well, it's not set. We're 1000km in (600mi) and plan to do a healty mix of gravel, dirt and backroads. No highways, if we can help it. Pretty much all over Colombia, north to south, east to west, in daily bits of around 100-150km (60-90mi). That's "the plan", at least.

    Hope this helps!
    Stubanger, td63, tlrmark and 3 others like this.