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    Regular readers of the Two Wheels section on ExPo may have noticed my preference for the smaller displacement machines. Maybe it's because I started riding in an era when a 300cc machine was viewed as plenty fast, and the Triumph Daytona 500cc twin was the king of the hill. I spent a summer chuffing around southern England on a 250 cc Triumph Tiger Cub. For whatever reason, I always resonate to stories about travelers who utilize smaller displacement machines. Perhaps it's because their stories often are less about their riding exploits, and more about the people and places they visit.

    Let's use this thread to keep track of websites and posts that describe a long trip on a lightweight machine.

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    ADVrider.com is a great source of information about "epic" trips. Here are a few of the trips I saw this morning that fall into the "long trip on lightweight bike" category:

    Here's a fellow traveling in Thailand and Laos on a rented Honda CRF250L
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...-laos.1081622/

    This guy lived in Chile for 6 months on an exchange program, then took off to ride for 30K around Chile and Argentina. He bought a Honda Tornado XR 250.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...xr250.1066245/

    Rachel and Ed rode the Trans America Trail on Honda C90s. They also rode across Canada -- in winter! Next stop, South America.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...-c90s.1085263/

    This guy rented a 150cc Shineray Mustang (Chinese bike) in UlaanBattar for a couple of weeks' riding in Mongolia
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...er-2014.980181

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    John Downs has done some epic riding on his Super Sherpa.
    Here is a must read for anyone interested in doing a minimalist ride.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...enture.831076/
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    Here's an old favorite. Seattle area native Ken Preston has been traveling in Southeast Asia for more than 10 years, documenting the construction techniques of native boatbuilders. Ken buys a Motorbike, rides for weeks, then sells the machine before he leaves the country. He spends 6 weeks or so in country, then returns home to save up for the next trip. Well written and profusely illustrated with photos, Ken's blog posts also document how quickly Vietnam is becoming a modern nation.

    http://kens-vietnam-adventures.blogspot.com

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    Rachel and Ed are great, been tagging along with them on Facebook.
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    Here's the story of a fellow who flew to Hanoi, bought a 150cc Suzuki, and is touring the country. Pretty interesting read
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...-asia.1083220/

    And here's a weird one: A guy is riding a Honda Ruckus 50 around USA, with plans to go RTW.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...ooter.1050889/

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    Five guys ride 150cc-200cc bikes for 16 days around western India.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...-ride.1091239/

    A fellow from Greece decides to ride RTW on a 200cc two stroke Vespa. At this writing he has been on the road for 6 months.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...vespa.1050153/

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    Here are a few more ride reports on ADVrider.com. None of the machines mentioned are more than 250cc.

    Younger woman riding a 250cc Vespa around USA
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...-vespa.977812/


    A couple rides around Peru on two Keeway 200s, Chinese ADV-style motos
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...motos.1067726/


    Geezer on a KTM 350EXCF travels around Baja
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...tance.1127432/


    Brother and sister rent Honda XR200s, ride around Luzon, Philippines
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...pines.1121161/


    Middle school teacher rides eastern Australia on a 250cc Kawasaki Super Sherpa, then goes riding in Argentina on a 125cc Honda CGL
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...veling.929097/


    Two Americans ride Chinese-made Royal 200cc motos for a month through Ghana, Togo and Ivory Coast
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...voire.1129029/


    The MotoMavericks head out on a two year RTW ride on Yamaha WR250Rs. Now they are in Chile.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?thread...nture.1096260/

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    I did 3 weeks with a CRF250 in Thailand, and ride a 250 here with plans for RTW if the opportunity should arise. Rode a KLR for a bit, but the 250 just does what I need when I need it, though it helps I am not a large guy. I think we will start to see more 250s on longer trips in the future, they make a lot of sense for getting from point A-B.

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    I have done many 100.000km on enduros through europe and africa. I'm now on a 50cc Vespa. I love the light weight! Of course it's not made for highway speeds. But I still take it camping along backroads on Vancouver Island. It's fun seeing people giving you thumbs up and big smiles :-)
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