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post #1 of 12 Old 08-20-2019, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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XT did fine.

Took a camping trip on the XT last week, my third on this bike. I still love it. Its been awhile since I have been to central Idaho, land of big mountains and wild rivers. I am not a go faster guy but more of a rubber necker. See the sights, read the road side historical markers....bike is perfect except being a tad too tall for us non-off road guys.....
I love this bike so much I am selling the Honda NT 700v and buying a 2015 new Honda VFR 800. The XT is the perfect middle weight touring bike.
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-20-2019, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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More pics. weather was perfect.
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Topo model of central Idaho, At Lolo pass.
Dont count on straightaways.
Dont be in a hurry.
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Nice, I hope to get my Vstrom out that way in this type of landscape . I have almost the same setup with a 35l Motech bag. You seem to have about twice the camping gear up top though. You must have been comfy.

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Great pics - looks like that was a lot of fun.
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Looks like a blast and I still havent figured out what my XT wont do .. well except go fast

However I knew that going in and didnt buy it for that. My last 120 mile highway jaunt showed me it is one damn well behaved bike I could spend the entire day on.

I also have some beautiful scenic riding near by but the Army took all of my camping desire out of me. Before the Army I would go camping all the time .. after the army camping means a crappy motel!!

Good on you .. really looks like an awesome trip. Did you just camp out where the gods brought you or did you stay at a campground. That looks like open ground .. beautiful.

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Nice, I hope to get my Vstrom out that way in this type of landscape . I have almost the same setup with a 35l Motech bag. You seem to have about twice the camping gear up top though. You must have been comfy.
I am trying to loose weight and if you can believe it, I am making progress. The rear bag is untouchable. Tent, bag, air bed, chair, freeze dried food. All backpacking class and all untouchable.
Due to the small panniers, the front bag is mostly untouchable but there is some wiggle room there. And I need something to support my back. You should have seen me when I used two military duffle bags!
Comfort in camp is cool.
(disclaimer: When I go down and camp out at the Reno National air races for 9 days, I WILL look like a refuge but the FJR can take it...!
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I had an NT700v , the vstrom is better in alot of ways. The L twin is smoother and has more power plus a 6th gear. Don't miss the plastic pannier latches! Great post.
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I loved Lolo Pass. I hit the hot springs and had a nice soak up the trail away from the road a bit. Beautiful area.

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