Show your Thumper!!

Fireman78

Expedition Leader
This thread makes me sad. I sold my 85’ Honda XR350 Thumper many many moons ago whilst being broke as hell while in paramedic school. I have regretted selling her ever since. They just don’t make em’ like that anymore.


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My first adventure moto. Royal Enfield Himalayan


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Sweet! What are your impressions on the Himalayan? I think they look like a super fun, basic, no frills bike at a good price, but I can't tell what their strengths and weaknesses are on and offroad. Can you elaborate? Interstate worthy, or trail worthy? For reference I ride a Kawasaki KLR 650.
 
My first adventure moto. Royal Enfield Himalayan


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Sweet! What are your impressions on the Himalayan? I think they look like a super fun, basic, no frills bike at a good price, but I can't tell what their strengths and weaknesses are on and offroad. Can you elaborate? Interstate worthy, or trail worthy? For reference I ride a Kawasaki KLR 650.
I have really enjoyed it so far. I only have about 500 miles on it so far. I went on a weekend trip with some buddies and one of them has a KLR. The KLR is for sure better on the freeway and a great bike. If you are just on highways the Hima thrives. I have sustained speeds of 70 mph and it probably has a little more, but not much. Off-road the Hima was a little easier for me because you aren’t stretching to touch the ground. A couple advantages of the Hima compared to the KLR are price, size, it comes with a center stand, and you don’t have to switch over to reserve and it automatically starts a reserve trip meter. The KLR’s main advantages are top end speed and more ground clearance. Both are way fun bikes.


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I have really enjoyed it so far. I only have about 500 miles on it so far. I went on a weekend trip with some buddies and one of them has a KLR. The KLR is for sure better on the freeway and a great bike. If you are just on highways the Hima thrives. I have sustained speeds of 70 mph and it probably has a little more, but not much. Off-road the Hima was a little easier for me because you aren’t stretching to touch the ground. A couple advantages of the Hima compared to the KLR are price, size, it comes with a center stand, and you don’t have to switch over to reserve and it automatically starts a reserve trip meter. The KLR’s main advantages are top end speed and more ground clearance. Both are way fun bikes.


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Great pointers, that all makes sense to me! I hear you about being able to touch the ground, the KLR is admittedly a bit to tall for me. I have rarely dumped it while riding off road (while in snowy, muddy ruts), but several times while coming to a stop on uneven ground I have tipped it over while trying to get my footing. Almost like it is in slow motion. I still have the factory seat, and an aftermarket low rise seat would probably do the trick. I am envious of the centerstand, seems like a small detail but it would be quite handy. I will be keeping my eye on the Himalaya, that size and price point is appealing to me!
 
Back in 1979-82 or so I owned my one and only thumper. It was a Dick Mann framed Suzuki DR-370 with Simons Forks and the new (at the time) Fox coil over rear shocks. Handled like a dream but was a bit underpowered but also much lighter than the TT/XR-500's of it's day. For those who don't recognize the name Dick Mann he was a AMA Grand National Champion back in the 60's and one of the best riders to come from America. He had a small frame buisness and built frames for Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki thumpers in the late 70's early 80's. He loved to race his thumpers in Moto-Cross and 40 years ago the only way to do that was to build your own stuff, it was a labor of love for him and he loved to beat up the younger guys on his thumpers. I have a couple old pic's of it buried away in storage but nothing digital so can't post them up unfortunately. It was quite unique looking with a yellow frame and forks, a lot of custom parts and It looked like a RM 250 of it's era.
 
the '06 KLR-650 @ the confluence of the Rio Grande & the Gulf of Mexico ( that'z Old Mexico across the creek and the white vehicle on the right is the Mexican Police )

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@ the end of the pavement on South Padre ( breakers in the surf can be seen over the sand dunes )

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crossing the Rio Grande on the hand drawn Los Ebanos Ferry over into Old Mexico ( great little restaurant just over the rise )

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all on a 3-day loop out of a full hook up base camp set up in Reviera Beach

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