Motos

Current Motorcycles:

2017 Yamaha XT250: $3,750.00

Our newest bike, this bike replaces the primary duties of The Blue Monster. With a lowered front and rear suspension, low profile light-weight skid plate, and headlight guard; it's the fastest of our bikes. Perfect for high speed pursuits, lane-splitting, and green-laning through the thickest forests.

Upgrades:
Rikizoh Skidplate - $93.66
Zeta Headlight Guard - $68.35
Immix Racing XT250 Cargo Rack - $84.97 - reinforced with side racks from Peru.
Cycra Probend CRM Handguards - $120.56
HySpeed Handlebar 30mm Riser Kit - $20.95
Ram Mount - $46.99
Seat Concepts Comfort Seat - $174.99

Luggage/Safety:
Wolfman Enduro Carry All '12  - $69.99 - 2.75 liters
Giant Loop Motortrek Panniers - $198.55 - 42 liters
Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffle Bag Large - $144.99 - 47 liters
Wolfman Wolf Bottle Holster - $24.99
Pack Animal 20 oz Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle - $32.00 
Rok Straps - $21.11
Kryptonite Keeper Disc Lock  - $33.95
Master Lock Python Cable Lock - $16.14

Total carrying capacity = 91.75 Liters

Front Tire: Dunlop D605 90/90-21
Rear Tire: Dunlop D605 120/80-18

2017 XT250: $1,152.19 in accessories

The Wild Hunt - 2016 Yamaha XT250: $6,163.50




The Wild Hunt has storage options from front to back, and now primarily serves as the bike that carries Zero on our adventures. It has been beaten, bashed, overloaded, sideswiped by a van, and even drowned in a river. But despite all that it still runs strong. With a heavy duty skid plate and tough handguards, it may not be the fastest but it has been ridden over 28,000 miles in 15 countries across two continents, and is still used regularly to escape civilization.

Upgrades:
Ricochet Aluminum Skidplate - $119.95
Immix Racing XT250 Cargo Rack - $84.97 - Cracked in Guatemala, Colombia, reinforced in Peru.
K-Factory Front Guard Carrier - $133.25
Seat Concepts Comfort Seat - $174.99
Cycra Probend CRM Handguards - $120.56
HySpeed Handlebar 30mm Riser Kit - $20.95

Luggage/Safety: 
Giant Loop Zigzag Handlebar Bag - $44.00 - 1.5 liters
Wolfman Enduro Tank Bag - $99.99 - 6 liters
Giant Loop Motortrek Panniers - $198.55 - 42 liters
Wolfman Rollie Bag Medium - $69.99 - 8.5 liters
Kuryakyn Grand Pet Palace - $196.00 - 1 10lb dog
Wolfman Enduro Fender Bag  - $29.99 - Lost on the road in El Salvador
Wolfman Wolf Bottle Holster - $24.99 
Pack Animal 20 oz Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle - $32.00
Wolfman Luggage Tool Roll - $29.99
Enduristan Bottle Holster - $28.00
Primus Fuel Bottle - $19.95 
Ram Mount - $46.99 
Rok Straps - $21.11
Rotopax 1 Gallon Water Pack - $44.74 - Replaced with on body Hydration Packs (see riding gear)
Kryptonite Kryptolok DFS 10 Disc Lock  - $41.62

Total carrying capacity = 58 Liters

Front Tire: Mitas E-07 - 90/90-21
Rear Tire: Mitas E-07 - 130/80-18 (we use a slightly larger than stock tire in the rear)

Previous Tires:

Front:
Dunlop D605 90/90-21 - Original on bike
Shinko E700 300-21 - Bought in San Diego, California
Heidenau K60 Scout 90/90-21 - Bought in Bogota, Colombia
Mitas E-07 - 90/90-21 - Bought in Austin, Texas

Rear:
Dunlop D605 120/80-18 - Original on bike
Shinko  E700 300-18 4.60-18 - Bought in San Diego, California
Heidenau K60 Scout 130/80-18 - Bought in Bogota, Colombia 
Mitas E-07 - 130/80-18 - Bought in Austin, Texas

The Wild Hunt: $1,582.58 in accessories


The Blue Monster - 2016 Yamaha XT250: $6,163.50


Even with the lowest seat height of any dual sport bike on the market, we knew The Blue Monster would need to be lowered for a 5'4" rider to be comfortable on while riding through variable conditions every day. With a lowered front and rear suspension, a heavy duty skid plate, and tough handguards, this bike has been ridden over 28,000 miles in 15 countries across two continents. It has survived several rough crashes, but keeps going. It's glory days may be behind it, but it's still running strong.

Upgrades:
Ricochet Aluminum Skidplate - $119.95
Immix Racing XT250 Cargo Rack - $84.97 - Cracked in Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, reinforced in Peru.
Cycra Probend CRM Handguards - $120.56
HySpeed Handlebar 30mm Riser Kit - $20.95

Luggage/Safety:  
Wolman Day Tripper Enduro Saddle Bags - $138.74 - 12 liters - Replaced with:
Wolfman E-12 Saddle Bags - $172.99 - 25 liters
Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffle Bag Large - $144.99 - 47 liters
Wolfman Rollie Bag Large - $84.99 - 12.5 liters
Rok Straps - $21.11
Rotopax 1.75 Gallon Fuel Pack - $72.87
Kryptonite Kryptolok DFS 10 Disc Lock  - $41.62

Total carrying capacity = 84.50 Liters

Front Tire: Pirelli MT21 - 90/90-21
Rear Tire: Mitas E-07 - 130/80-18 (we use a slightly larger than stock tire in the rear)

Previous Tires:

Front:
Dunlop D605 90/90-21 - Original on bike
Shinko E700 300-21 - Bought in San Diego
Golden Boy SR 244 (Shinko 244) - Bought in Cartagena, Colombia
Pirelli MT21 - 90/90-21 - Bought in Huanuco, Peru
Continental TKC80 - 90/90-21 - Bought in Santiago, Chile
Pirelli MT21 - 90/90-21 - Bought in Monroe, Washington

Rear:
Dunlop D605 120/80-18 - Original on bike
Shinko  E700 300-18 4.60-18 - Bought in San Diego
Heidenau K60 Scout 130/80-18 - Bought in Bogota, Colombia
Mitas E-07 - 130/80-18 - Bought in Austin, Texas

The Blue Monster: $1,023.74 in accessories

Total Motorcycle Cost = $19,835.51

Other Info:

We also carry a number of spare parts including:

Spare front tire tube
Spare rear tire tube
Tire Levers (3)
Oil filters (2)
Motor Oil
Spark Plugs (2)
Chain Lube
Motion Pro Slack Setter
Clutch Lever
Brake Lever
Clutch Cable (2)
WD-40
Spare Fuses

In March of 2016 we sold off our other bikes and purchased two new 2016 Yamaha XT250's. We wanted to get more into off-roading and moto-camping, with the eventual goal of riding to South America on them. We chose these bikes for several reasons:

 1. Weight. With a wet weight of 291 lbs, it's one of the few bikes that Johanna would be able to lift on her own if needed. There are endless debates online regarding bike size and cost, and we determined these were the best for our needs. For an example of this debate, check out this link:
The Debate. Big Vs. Small. Cheap Vs. Expensive

2. Air cooled engine. This equals less weight and no chance of the water pump failing, making the bikes more reliable.

3. Low seat height. The XT250 has one of the lowest seat heights of any bike in its class (31.9 inches). This was a very important factor for Johanna to be as comfortable and confident as possible on the bike since she is only 5'4". Her bike has been slightly lowered as well.

4. 2.6 gallon tank. These bikes have a slightly larger than average tank meaning more fuel capacity than many bikes this size. We've augmented this with a 1.75 gallon rotopax fuel can, giving us an average range of 150 - 216 miles (assuming 60 mpg).

5. Electronic Fuel Injection. Of the 7 bikes we've owned, 2 of them have had a carburetor. And those 2 were always unreliable, and required constant maintenance. Breaking down on the side of the interstate is a terrible experience, and doing it in a foreign country is even less appealing. We've heard all the arguments against EFI, but our own experiences plus the recommendation of several experts on the subject has convinced us this will be much more reliable in the long run. For more on the argument about EFI vs. carbs check out this link:
Adventure Bike Selection - EFI Vs. Carburetor

In the end we purchased identical bikes so that we would be able to share parts in the event of a breakdown, and all maintenance procedures would be identical. While plenty of people may disagree with our decision for a number of reasons, these bikes meet our needs and goals. In the end, it doesn't matter what bike you take, as long as it's the right one for you.


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