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Which Bike? Comments and Questions on what is the best bike for YOU, for YOUR trip. Note that we believe that ANY bike will do, so please remember that it's all down to PERSONAL OPINION. Technical Questions for all brands go in their own forum.
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Old 27 Jul 2009
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KTM 250 single cam??, they also did a hop up kit upto 300ish cc. EXC was upto '06.... long skirt piston.

I'd avoid the double cam stuff (I have one), they've got short skirt pistons (big bills) and it appears anything from 07 onwards has appalling build quality... the fastners and sub frame on mine are goosed after 90 hours running.

I'm probably swapping back to an '05 model, better made IMO. Never had any of the above issues with my '01 model.

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Another option

Ancient Hondas run nearly forever, and parts are easy to find, and less likely to be nicked. My friend Shona rode her 1979 CM 185 to Mexico and return from Vancouver- 7000 km. Wide seat too. The bike that is...
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less is more

I just starting planning for next spring's big trip. I'm taking my WR250R (not F) on a longwayround (no flaming). I feel I can really talk this one up now as they're hard to come by (for decent money) and now that I've got mine and won't be affected if you all rush out and get one!

I'll post some pics as it takes shape. Still early days but 75mpg is the norm. 70mph easy and comfortable but this all comes with the proviso that it needs a rebuilt seat and an aqualine tank. First valve clearance check is north of 20,000miles. 130kg easily. Love it more than my XT660R.

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Hey Camerman,

Just PM'd you!

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Aluminum topbox

Hey Axelbrit,

Did you get that aluminium topbox for your Derbi that you were talking baout in June on MCN? Would you mind giving me the company details please? I'm looking for one for my Serow.

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