Summer Rides

…. and so we did/ ….et nous l’avons fait!


Les Routes des Grandes Alpes, Aug 2017 with a friend

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Tour de France, Jul 2017 by Chris and Fanny

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Shakedown Cruise, May 2017 by Chris

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… and then comes CHRISSY

There is lots of talk about downsizing adventure bikes.  Meanwhile the moto manufacturers are up-sizing bikes like crazy – Honda’s new Africa Twin 1000, BMW upgraded the venerable 650 with 800, now you can have a 1000 (besides the huge R1200GS).

I found my BMW F650GS Dakar a stunning bike.  Worked like a charm, drove like silk and plenty of power.  Still, the bike, farkles and me were over 320kgs.


So need a new idea.   A 2010 Yamaha WR250R !


It looks much better now that its been cleaned up!  It came with 8475 km, New Dunlop rear tire, broken RH mirror and bent front brake lever and a Yamaha brand skidplate.

With the intent to limit upgrades to remain as stock as possible, yet with an eye to adding some comfort for overlanding the long haul, I have upgraded:

  • Lynx R fairing (with 6 slot fuseblock, double USB+ 12V power, Amp/Volt Meter and GPS holder)
  • TechnoGlobe Gold Heated Hand grips (5 levels)
  • GIVI topbox
  • MITAS E-07 50-50 Tires (Rear 120/80-18, Front 90/90-21) according to forums are cheap yet long-wearing adventure tire
  • Hand guard protection
  • installed 14 tooth JT front sprocket (will convert to a 14/47 with 112 link 520 chain later)
  • Replaced the chain slider

There will be additional upgrades in the near future:

  • IMS 17 litre tank
  • Wolfman Enduro 7 litre tank bag (likely)
  • Side Luggage Racks – MotoRacks?

That’s about it for now.  No need for GPS now with Google Maps and Maps.Me apps on the phone.

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  1. Big Dog – the guy with the right philosophy on upgrades
  2. Henry Martin
  3. ADV Rider post « WR250R building before RTW
  4. ADV Pulse- ‘Adventurizing the Yamaha WR250R on a Budget
  5. Offroad – ‘Yamaha WR250R Tenere Project Bike
  6. WR250R Forum
  8. ADV Rider – Mega Thread
  9. ADV Rider – Threadfest
  10. ADV Rider – Data, Specs and How-tos
  11. Adventure Rider Radio podcasts
  12. Amsterdam to Anywhere – RTW on Honda CRF250L




Fanny imagine un voyage Paris-Vladavostok-Japon-Corée-Asie du Sud-Est. Pas maintenant, mais bientot.  On commence avec FANNY!

Grâce à de bonnes critiques, à de bonnes spécifications, à l’injection de carburant, à la fiabilité présumée de Honda et à la disponibilité des pièces et, plus important encore, une taille correspondant au permis de moto de Fanny … ET ça dépasse 120 km / h et obtient 425 km sur un réservoir!

Motorcycles!  Fanny imagines a trip Paris-Vladavostok-Japan-Korea-SouthEast Asia. Not now, but soon.  Starting with FANNY!

Graced with great reviews, some good specifications, Fuel Injection, presumed Honda reliability and parts availability and  more importantly a size corresponding with Fanny’s motorcycle permit…  AND it goes 120kph and gets 425km on a tank!

2010 Honda XL 125 V Varadero (version 2)


So she is diligently practicing


Upgrades to date:

  • Handguards
  • SW Mototech Crash Protection

Future Upgrades planned:

  • 6 slot Fuseblock for accessories tied to key ‘on’
  • Heated handgrips
  • Rear panier rack
  • Tank Bag
  • Camping equipment


  1. Femme et Varadero et Japan – L’idee