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Thought I might post some images of the solo road trips I have been doing on the Honda CBR250R. Nowhere near an epic a trip as the_lucky_owl's voyage to the artic circle but it's interesting to see how varied the conditions we all ride in are!
 

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This one shot thru the windscreen on the mountain road up to the volcanic caldera of Bromo in East Java, was trying to shoot video with camera mounted on handle bars. One day I'll figure out how to edit the stuff and post it. So for time being stills only
 

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At the far end of the trip I spent a couple of nights at the palatial mansion of a wealthy businessman (old sugar money) up in the mountains above Surabaya. Nice to have hot showers and delicious meals and good company after all the dust and rain on the road. Then it was back home. Total kms: 1,100.
 

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Hey Rio thanks for posting, it looks like a nice place to ride and enjoy the 250. I searched for pictures of the rack set up and did not find any. Have you posted close up pictures of the Givi mounting rack? for others who may be considering the cases (myself included)
Thanks.
 

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Very cool trip. What did the horsemen think of your moto. Someone did a nice job of washing your bike at the end.
LOL - mostly I wash it myself. I washed it mid-trip when I was staying at that mansion because I was a bit freaked out about the silicate volcanic ash that had gotten everywhere on the bike after my trip up to the caldera. It was like sand paper.

Didn't take the bike down into the caldera, hitched a ride down in a jeep and left the bike up where I spent the night. The eruption a couple of years ago had spread that fine ash everywhere, plus it was mainly tracks for several kilometers. I find riding the cbr on the dirt for any distance a bit of a chore
 

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these are from very recent day trips through the mountains of Bali, scenes of the volcanoes along the route, and the guy I meet at a iittle roadside coffeestall (called warung) who was on the way to the big town to sell birds he had acquired, including this owlet. and planting rice in the rain
 

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Adventure is about discovering new perspective and you don't have to ride 12,000 miles to do that. I think its great when people leave their comfort zone be it 100 or 100,000 miles :)


Thanks for the topcase/luggage info. I would like to incorporate something like that for my next long distance trip. I loved the pictures and look forward to some day riding in that part of the world.
When I was deciding what big trip to do; east asia was second behind the artic circle. I would love to fly out and buy/rent a small 125 and explore those areas.

Did you keep track of gas/incidental cost? I've been better about it in recent road trips and have found it helps you plan future trips when you have a better budget template to go by :)
 

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Adventure is about discovering new perspective and you don't have to ride 12,000 miles to do that. I think its great when people leave their comfort zone be it 100 or 100,000 miles :)


Thanks for the topcase/luggage info. I would like to incorporate something like that for my next long distance trip. I loved the pictures and look forward to some day riding in that part of the world.
When I was deciding what big trip to do; east asia was second behind the artic circle. I would love to fly out and buy/rent a small 125 and explore those areas.

Did you keep track of gas/incidental cost? I've been better about it in recent road trips and have found it helps you plan future trips when you have a better budget template to go by :)
You are absolutely right about adventure - it's why I got hooked into being a photographer for the last 3 decades!

To tour indonesia is quite feasible, though maybe a 200-250 might be a bit more comfortable. Buying is not cheap (taxes are high), the cbr250r with ABS new here is about $5,500. Having said that if you bought the other types of Honda 250s assembled here it would be almost half the price. You can also rent bikes easily but not sure what the best rental bikes they have here are. But if you go to mainland Southeast Asia I would start in Thailand, and there definitely 250cc and up maybe. Bigger highways etc.

Anyway if you are ever serious about Indonesia - the big islands of Sumatra, Java, and even Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, are all doable, even the smaller ones too, just more boat time :) - let me know.

As to keeping track, the whole trip probably didn't cost me more than $200, and that was spoiling myself one night at a 'fancy' lodge. I also spent two nights free at friends estate. But cheap accommodation is not hard to find.

When I am not traveling for work I am terrible w accounts. I know the logic but somehow...
 

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Good to see the pictures and read the explanations of some unusual countryside.

What people do on their bikes, and where they go, interests me more than how people tart them up and the first wobbles of squids.
 

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Good to see the pictures and read the explanations of some unusual countryside.

What people do on their bikes, and where they go, interests me more than how people tart them up and the first wobbles of squids.
I have to admit that I feel the same way. While there is nothing wrong with an interest in blinging-out ones ride - I'm more interested in reading about adventures. It would be nice to have a trip report section on this forum. I'd likely be spending a lot of time there.

BTW - beautiful photos Rio! :)

Mike
 

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Hey Rio thanks for posting, it looks like a nice place to ride and enjoy the 250. I searched for pictures of the rack set up and did not find any. Have you posted close up pictures of the Givi mounting rack? for others who may be considering the cases (myself included)
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Myself also..really needed the boxes for my stuff..yours looks very nice
 

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Rio,
Great pics !!! Makes me wish I was in a warmer climate ALL THE TIME !!! LOL
Well the only times I have ridden in the western and northern hemispheres hemispheres it has been either late spring or summer. I was on another forum and these guys are all talking about tyre warmers and I had no idea such things existed - after all these decades!!!!

Sometimes here when it gets really hot and I am on a long trip wearing my jacket that has armor built in and i get stuck in traffic I wish it was colder. The jacket is vented but that only helps when you are actually moving!!
 
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