Trans America Trail - What bike should I choose?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Made from scratch, Jan 22, 2018.

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Which bike do you think would be best for my Trans America Trail ride?

  1. XT 250

    9.6%
  2. WR 250r

    51.9%
  3. KLX 250

    4.8%
  4. CRF 250L

    4.8%
  5. CRF 250L Rally

    28.8%
  1. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    I agree with this. Having a lot of off road and/or some racing experience builds the skills and confidence to rip through the rough stuff.

    Without that experience, with a fair amount of stuff carried and hundreds, if not thousands, of miles from home, playing it cautiously seems reasonable.

    If you enjoy it enough, you can get a different bike for future trips.
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  2. The Breeze

    The Breeze Been here awhile

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    I stand corrected....didn't realize the XT250 seat height is an inch plus shorter than the DR. That, plus the 60+ lb weight savings is huge for the TAT. Basically the weight of all your gear....
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  3. Made from scratch

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    Yes. That's why it was #2 choice from the start.
  4. oprider

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    In looking for a smaller adventure moto I opted for a used XT250 that fits me at 5'9", 165lbs, 30" inseam. I'm ready to go for under $4000. (Already own all the riding, camping gear/drybags). Will test this out on short trips for a couple months.

    2015 XT250: $3000 (only 1880 miles, EFI, with rear rack, Givi case, Barkbusters, Wolfman tank pocket & harness, skidplate) Thank you immelspin!
    Tax & title transfer $360
    Full tune/oil change: $200 (wanted my local shop to check it out)
    PMR Side Luggage Racks: $104 (like the protection)
    MOTO Saddle Bags Waterproof Ortlieb/Touratech 52L: $260
    Ram mount/Xgrip for cell: $54
    Total: $3978

    Other things to do eventually (which included will still keep cost below just a new XT250 or any other moto):
    Seat Concepts gripper/carbon seat: $175
    Tusk 12v DC Auxiliary Power Plug: $12
    RaceTech fork and rear shock upgrade: ?
    Cyclops Adventure Sports H4 7000 lumen headlight: $75
    Renthal Street Fighter handlebars: $75
    DMO Specialties oversize footpegs: $54
    Diablo Pro Tank Bag: $255

    Now if I could only find a windscreen...so wet on the Olympic Peninsula and south BC it's nice to have a little protection.

    Loaded, I should be under 500lbs with me included. (My KLR650 was nearly that without me!)
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  5. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    Looks like you got it figured out. You might find a cheaper way to find what you want in suspension up grade I spent about $1500 on my KLR. I did ride it on 2 trips with stock suspension.
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  6. Made from scratch

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    I agree with i4bikes. You're going to need suspension. When AT Blizzard did the TAT on his XT 250, he had Cogent Dynamics suspension on it. Without it, you're going to bottom out all over the place on that bike because you're 165 lbs. In doing my research for the XT 250, there's a guy on YouTube going by the handle of NoOnesWatching. He rides an XT 250 that's fairly loaded as his everyday transportation, but he's only 120 lbs. His bike doesn't have a suspension upgrade, and he says his bike bottoms out.
  7. oprider

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    Good advice - thank you both - suspension upgrades will be moved up the list. I have time as the weather is still a little nasty out here!
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  8. 8gv

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  9. AZmon

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    Not sure you understand that with lowering links, you can most probably lower the WR250 to be flat footed. Seems like you’re asking for a lot of advice but are unwilling to take any of it. The WR 250 is da bike.... get on your local Craigslist, or better yet, use adhuntr.com. This will give you ads throughout the country. Bought my last 2 bikes that way. Buy new only if you want to be foolish. You’d be better off getting cash from your cc but pay far less for a bike, than falling for the seemingly cheap financing the dealer offers... then just accelerate your payments.


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  10. oprider

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    Thanks 8gv. I'm going to ride a bit and look at options as needed, but may be able to do suspension upgrade without spending a huge bundle.
  11. Made from scratch

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  12. Made from scratch

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    I was more referring to places like this:




    at 8:16
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  13. oprider

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    Great little film and there's one of those spots! This is like many I bicycled through in the Himalayas of Northern India and where I realized a small motorcycle could go anywhere worth going.
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  14. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    Nice video!

    I believe Sam has removed Nevada from the route in favor of Idaho.

    That’s ok by me. I HATE SAND!
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  15. Socalstrom

    Socalstrom Been here awhile

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    I put a Parabellum screen on mine and it works great. It was like $90.
  16. SATEX

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    I love the Nevada part of the TAT, but to each his own.
  17. Tewster2

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    Ride a bike you can pick up :-)
  18. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority Supporter

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    So what bike did he get and did he actually do this ride LAST SUMMER?? After all this thread is a year old..........
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  19. Addapost

    Addapost Been here awhile

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    He hasn't been on the forum since last May. Hope he's ok.