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Long distance travel

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I want to know peoples experiences on long distance traveling on the CBR250. What's the longest trip you taken? Was the ride comfortable? Any issues along the way?
My longest ride was a day trip along a winding road in northern Ontario. AWESOME trail.
Next summer I'm thinking of a cross Canada trip.
Any thoughts?
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I just got back from a 1900km trip on my CRF250M - this bike doesn't have the comfort a CBR offers, like a fairing for less wind drag, a forward seating position which is better for long distance and of course the seat, the seat on the CRF is made for distances of maybe 30 km. But enjoyed myself!
I ran the bike close to top speed, about 90% open throttle, and the speedo showed between 125 and 135km/h; that's pretty good for a CRF which isn't geared for speed plus I'm sitting upright like a sail in the wind. I realized that the fuel mileage was surprisingly poor at this speed, above 4L/100km! Also I had to concentrate a lot, traffic here in Thailand is way slower than elsewhere and several times I came close to a collision with some local yokels who turned right in front of me or pulled out into the road, assuming I'm going 70km/h like most bikes around here.
So I slowed down, went a tank filling (around 180 km) between 110 and 120 and felt way more relaxed and safe. Fuel consumption improved immensely to about 3,6L/100km.
I had the bike for two months and rode it only on weekends, took it on short trips or just rode around. It had 1900km on the clock when I started the trip; now I rode the same amount in one week! Getting on the bike every day and riding it at higher speeds really gave me another feeling for it. I got more used to it, I could handle it better, take it closer to the limit, lean more into turns and so on. I really learned to enjoy the bike and appreciated what it can do.
A CBR is of course better for trips, but there were several situations, like when I hit a real big pothole at 100+ km/h, when I thought: a CBR would have bottomed out and maybe I would have lost control, but the suspension of the 43mm forks saved my bacon! Also leaning into turns at higher speeds I encountered surface problems and I was very glad to have the wide handle bar to keep the front end from flopping around, it would have been much harder to maintain control on a CBR with clip-ons.
On the last day I did 640 km in eight hours and even on a CRF with an upright seating position that was not a problem but I wouldn't do more than that, then it becomes tiring - I'm in my fifties and I'm used to my afternoon nap!


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