long trip on lightweight bike

haven

Expedition Leader
#31
More long trips on lightweight bikes

http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...n-xt-225-and-klr-650-do-the-americas.1184975/
Two guys head south of the border, one riding a Yamaha XT225. At this writing they have travelled from Colorado across the Southwest USA, Baja, and mainland Mexico.


http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/renting-my-way-through-asia.1208680/
An American hopscotches across Southeast Asia, renting small displacement Hondas in the countries he visits. Then he flies to China, buys a 250cc Shineray, and continues his journey.


http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...old-weed’-is-having-her-longest-ride.1123180/
A 70 year old woman ships her Honda CRF250 to Colombia by sea, flies down, and rides solo to southern Chile over a four month period. After Chile, she flies to Houston with the motorcycle in the aircraft's cargo hold, and proceeds to ride 1000 miles home to Wisconsin. Illustrated with many photos.


http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...etherlands-chick-on-the-chook-chaser.1124532/
A woman from the Netherlands buys a Yamaha XT250 in Australia, and proceeds to ride all the way home over a nine month period
 
#32
250s: MHO

A couple more for you:

Steph Jeavons on a long RTW with a 250L. Just starting her way up Africa.
quick trip report Antarctica

Leonie and Peter from NL - 110,000km on the same bike
quick trip report

And of course Lois Pryce on her Serow and TT250 - 3rd book recently out on Iran.
quick trip report


I've been trying out a lot of 250s last few years (CRF-L, KLX250 in US; XR Tornados in Morocco; a Chinese 400 too) and after a recent WR250R trip in Morocco
https://www.adventurebikerider.com/forum/25-ride-reports/571813-wr-ing-about-in-morocco.html
I think I've just got them out of my system.
On getting back I couldn't resist a smashed up XSR700 (180kg) with a nice low seat to hopefully scramblerise into a Yamaha 'Desert Sled' ahead of the anticipated T7 which will probably weigh more.

I've always preferred light bikes and unlike a car, lightness is key. For me the ideal travel bike clocks in at 200kg or 450lb, loaded.
These days ~700cc is more than enough enough to get the job done, but until you get out into the Overland Zone (where most bikes are <250cc), I find the comfort and road speed of a 250 can leave you a bit vulnerable at times, with a load and at my weight (210).
Certainly, I feel anything less than a 250 puts you too low in the food chain once carrying an overland load, but on trip longer than any I've done, acclimatisation to a bike's compromises can wind you over.

For me the great benefit is that no normal off-road situation presents an intimidating challenge, as it would on heavier machines, especially as I'm not 18 anymore.

I spread this message everywhere I post ;-) What is needed is a modern electric XR400 or similar. A bit more poke for not much more weight. Jap reliability.
The ≥ 250s announced in the UK end of last year: KLX300; 250 Rally; 250 V-Strom; GS310 – were all disappointingly heavy.
Chinese-engined bikes may fill that niche first. The unique CCM GP450 has been discontinued.


 
#33
I'm not sure anyone mentioned the loco Ed March, C90 all over the world. http://www.c90adventures.co.uk/

I live right at the start of the Carretera Austral in southern Chile and I am amazed at how many folks are riding smaller bikes. They are very common here in Chile and lots of foreigners come and ride all over Chile and tour Patagonia. Its impressive. I have been able to ride a lot of smaller bikes recently and its so much fun.
You can go a lot of places on a small bike, and are less intrusive into small remote town. Good times.
 

haven

Expedition Leader
#34
Here is a fellow from Rhode Island who travels with his wife on a pair of Yamaha TW200s.

In this thread they ship the bikes to Tucson, and travel around the southwest USA.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/me-mrs-trip-we-got-a-thing-going-on.1033329/

More recently, the couple are traveling in Ireland
http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/when-piggies-fly-me-mrs-trip-cross-the-pond.1238672/

Yamaha has made the TW200 for many years. Used examples are inexpensive. So this couple's plan is to buy used, outfit the bikes for touring, ship them to an interesting location, ride around, and then stash the bikes for a return visit.