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Offline Blikkies1

Adventurising a XR150L
« on: July 24, 2020, 08:40:30 pm »
Picked up this little guy with only 2100km for my boy to get him started in the adventure game, it's fucking slow but trusting it won't drop him in the sticks - pros & cons + ideas on adv kitting?
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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2020, 09:20:46 pm »
Maybe get some handguards as a start. Helps in the cold to get wind of your hands and also helps not to break levers in a tumble. Then get some kind of box or luggage system going and just do it.
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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2020, 09:23:34 pm »
+1 on some handguards maybe. Some decent tyres. Get a small set of soft luggage like one of those U-shaped bags and maybe a 5L jerry can for some extra range and off he goes.
- you reckon that thing will pop a wheelie? We're about to find out, SLAP that pig!
 
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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2020, 09:29:28 pm »
.......don't forget puncture repair kit, and let him learn how to fix tubes in the sticks !!!

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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2020, 09:53:15 pm »
Wide footpegs... Steel.
Makes for much more confidence on gravel roads  :thumleft:
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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2020, 09:55:52 pm »
At 2100 km it's not close to run in yet.... They only loosen up between 5&6k.
Should be able to make 110 kph and cruise around 90 on a flat.
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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2020, 11:17:32 pm »
These bikes are very capable from the factory, we do 7 day trips mostly gravel, camping only with all luggage on 125ís. It must be one of the cheapest means of travel especially when considering the initial purchase price and economy. I would spend money on the following:
* Tyres - get 80/20 tyres if you are going to do lots of gravel
* Replace the handlebars - stock ones are soft
* Add navigation.
* Hand guards
* Tough tubes
* Soft luggage (tank bag is a must)

The nice thing about these bikes are the weight, low seat height, strong sub frame/rack, lost of point to fasten luggage and a massive range (all stock) so very little to spend really- just stay of the tar and stick to gravel




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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2020, 07:00:03 pm »
These bikes are very capable from the factory, we do 7 day trips mostly gravel, camping only with all luggage on 125ís. It must be one of the cheapest means of travel especially when considering the initial purchase price and economy. I would spend money on the following:
* Tyres - get 80/20 tyres if you are going to do lots of gravel
* Replace the handlebars - stock ones are soft
* Add navigation.
* Hand guards
* Tough tubes
* Soft luggage (tank bag is a must)

The nice thing about these bikes are the weight, low seat height, strong sub frame/rack, lost of point to fasten luggage and a massive range (all stock) so very little to spend really- just stay of the tar and stick to gravel




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Interesting info on the 125's, I never thought it would be a viable option with the luggage and power needed for offroad riding.....
Where did you get the saddle and tank bags from??
 

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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2020, 07:20:14 pm »
These bikes are very capable from the factory, we do 7 day trips mostly gravel, camping only with all luggage on 125ís. It must be one of the cheapest means of travel especially when considering the initial purchase price and economy. I would spend money on the following:
* Tyres - get 80/20 tyres if you are going to do lots of gravel
* Replace the handlebars - stock ones are soft
* Add navigation.
* Hand guards
* Tough tubes
* Soft luggage (tank bag is a must)

The nice thing about these bikes are the weight, low seat height, strong sub frame/rack, lost of point to fasten luggage and a massive range (all stock) so very little to spend really- just stay of the tar and stick to gravel




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Now this is the way to do it. Small bike, cheap to run, easy to maintain, easy to ride in the sticks and if you really end up in a bad place you can just drag the thing out of whatever shitty place it's stuck in.
Another benefit is slow riding is relaxing and gives you time to enjoy the area you are riding through.
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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2020, 07:25:28 pm »
Man I wish him awesome times on that little gem.
I also got my boy a 150 he rode it today for the first time, and cant stop smiling.
I honestly feel there is no better way to travel and hope he makes the most of it, as my best biking memories are from epic trips on small bikes when we were young.
I think the guys that go straight to big bikes miss out on a lot. A small bike is very important in your riding career.
Anyway.
I agree on the tyres and foot pegs. We have a tail pack for the passanger seat and the rear rack looks very handy for a tent etc.
A bashplate and some heavy duty tubes are also needed.
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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2020, 07:58:02 pm »
These bikes are very capable from the factory, we do 7 day trips mostly gravel, camping only with all luggage on 125ís. It must be one of the cheapest means of travel especially when considering the initial purchase price and economy. I would spend money on the following:
* Tyres - get 80/20 tyres if you are going to do lots of gravel
* Replace the handlebars - stock ones are soft
* Add navigation.
* Hand guards
* Tough tubes
* Soft luggage (tank bag is a must)

The nice thing about these bikes are the weight, low seat height, strong sub frame/rack, lost of point to fasten luggage and a massive range (all stock) so very little to spend really- just stay of the tar and stick to gravel




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Interesting info on the 125's, I never thought it would be a viable option with the luggage and power needed for offroad riding.....
Where did you get the saddle and tank bags from??
The tank bag is n modified GS tank bag which I bought on Marketplace for R300 works great. Saddlebags are simple Oxford panniers but I bought some 20l dry bags from Makro which I use inside so the saddlebags stay on the bike during the trip.

These 125ís are used to transport a whole family in places like India and Thailand so they van carry the weight...

Lightweight adventure bikes are underrated... this pic is from last year in Baviaans. Look at those Honda Aces... the nicety of these bike are that nubies can join in so not to difficult to get a nice group together




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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2020, 09:17:55 pm »
Nice small bike trippin' !!

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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2020, 08:09:50 am »
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The tank bag is n modified GS tank bag which I bought on Marketplace for R300 works great. Saddlebags are simple Oxford panniers but I bought some 20l dry bags from Makro which I use inside so the saddlebags stay on the bike during the trip.

These 125ís are used to transport a whole family in places like India and Thailand so they van carry the weight...

Lightweight adventure bikes are underrated... this pic is from last year in Baviaans. Look at those Honda Aces... the nicety of these bike are that nubies can join in so not to difficult to get a nice group together

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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2020, 08:56:21 am »
Interesting info on the 125's, I never thought it would be a viable option with the luggage and power needed for offroad riding.....

I think the thing about the power is a want, not a need. The majority of the riding people do on adv trips can probably be done on cheap chinese scooters as well, in fact it has been done on those.
You need lots of power to ride super fast sure, or to wheelie everywhere, but you don't need lots of power to have an adventure and see places.


Great stuff guys  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

@draf-stap kom nou jong, begin 'n RR thread vir julle trips dat julle die ouens op die groot bikes bietjie kan skaam maak  :deal:
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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2020, 09:12:25 am »
I think the thing about the power is a want, not a need. The majority of the riding people do on adv trips can probably be done on cheap chinese scooters as well, in fact it has been done on those.

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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2020, 09:27:33 am »
Totally agree, it's a mindset. But it's not for everyone.

That is also very true. I encountered this when I bought my current bakkie a 2.5 hilux and got told I'm making the biggest mistake of my life because it is under powered.

I reckon an XR150L as per the OP's post will make a very lekker adventure riding platform, just make sure you're not in a hurry  :ricky:

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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2020, 09:39:07 am »
Not much you can do, change the bars, ad hand guards, buy some spare levers.
 

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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2020, 09:43:33 am »
What kind of power modes and traction control settings does the bike have?

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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2020, 12:31:50 pm »
What kind of power modes and traction control settings does the bike have?

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Power mode is alway set on - ďvery limited to non existentĒ mode
Traction control is in - ďrider assistĒmode


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Re: Adventurising a XR150L
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2020, 02:42:47 pm »
Limp mode must be a bitch