Minimalist Touring Thread (250cc and under)

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

  1. grcamna1

    grcamna1 Get out there,slow-down and enjoy the ride !

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    A Honda XL185 On/Off enduro.I have the 185 engine(in a slightly modified state)in my 81' CB125S and it's an excellent engine.
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  2. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    Lifan KPM200 is a contender.
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    $2799 + $375 shipping, 17 horsepower water-cooled single with a 6-speed transmission, EFI, inverted forks, and an 80mph top speed.

    Charles.
  3. dp064

    dp064 Been here awhile Supporter

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    If these had been available when I bought my SG250 I would have made a different decision.. really like this bike.
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  4. Woodsparrow

    Woodsparrow Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I'll mark it down to research. There's so many random ancient bikes it's hard to know what to look for.
  5. Woodsparrow

    Woodsparrow Been here awhile

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    That is a damned sharp bike - how is Lifan as a bike company? It's the company that makes the Lifan motors, which are great, right?

    Are there any aftermarket options, for tuning or performance? I was hoping to sort of rattle around a wrench on something, rather than buying a great one off the start.
  6. ChopperCharles

    ChopperCharles Long timer

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    That's a question for the chinariders forum. I do know it's based off the X-Pect and KPR dirt and sport bikes, which have been around for a while. I've seen one with aftermarket exhaust. Yes, they're the same company that make the Lifan motors. This is one hp down from my SSR Buccaneer 250, (with a Lifan-made Virago 250 clone motor in it).... but it has a 6th gear, which I covet greatly. AND it comes with 17" rims front and rear, so tire selection is WAY better.

    Youtube video shows it touching 79mph on the highway. Curious what the speedo error is. It's not redlining at that speed, so a gearing change could eke a few more mph out of it.

    Also, my buccaneer responded VERY nicely to intake and exhaust mods. Especially intake. This bike might as well.

    Charles.
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  7. Outside

    Outside Confused

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    Been away for a while, nice to see this thread still going!

    A recent overnight trip that we took with the KLX250S and CRF250L. Mostly backroads.

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  8. rockt

    rockt Long timer

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    Nice. Which bike do you prefer?
  9. Outside

    Outside Confused

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    Thanks! While I prefer the fuel injection and comfort of the CRF250L, I much prefer the suspension on the KLX. Based on that, the KLX is my favourite of the two.
  10. rockt

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    I've had a CRF and now a KLX and I'd have to agree. The KLX just feels better to me. The fully adjustable suspension is, no doubt, largely responsible for that but I think it's more. Can't put my finger on it, just like the KLX better. CRF is a great bike though.
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  11. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    Hey, where did everybody go? I got a new KTM390 Adventure on Thursday.
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  12. Dirty bike

    Dirty bike EricV

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    Kewl, bandaids and flat repair and you're set! :ricky
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  13. mashrider

    mashrider Been here awhile

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    I just bought a Klx230, I have the rear rack, for my 2 primus fuel bottles, bash plate, and seat concepts seat. I’m liking the 6 speed, and the engine. So far I’m very happy with this bike. I’m going to ride it 1200 miles up to the smoky mountains, and tellaco springs, camping .
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  14. grcamna1

    grcamna1 Get out there,slow-down and enjoy the ride !

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    How do you like the KLX230 ?
    When will you be doing your tour up to the Smokies ?
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  15. grcamna1

    grcamna1 Get out there,slow-down and enjoy the ride !

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    Got any pics Klay ?? :-)
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  16. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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  17. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    I know, it's not quite minimalist, but it still falls outside where most people think of touring bikes.
  18. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    The seat is incredibly good. The suspension and performance are unbelievable.
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  19. grcamna1

    grcamna1 Get out there,slow-down and enjoy the ride !

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    Klay, I like how the tank and seat are positioned on your KTM390.
    I think it's more 'old school UJM' imo.
    I really don't prefer where the rear of the seat behind me rises-up too high or the tank in front.There's plenty of room for luggage on your bike including a tankbag.
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  20. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    The seating position feels like my DR650. I'm happy about that! I'll make the touring accessories work out.
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