Increased my base weight by around 411 lbs

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  1. CaliforniaCanuck

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    Yup, that's not a typo.

    Since the roads up to the sierras close for winter I figured it would be cool to keep "adventuring" and trade the backpack for panniers and two wheels! :D

    So, 411 lbs wet, plus the panniers and racks and some tools I'm going to be right around 450 lbs base weight :)

    When the season means you can't go light, go heavy!

    Anyone else increasing their base weight like this? :)
     
  2. Skeptiksks

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    I'm looking to do the same thing here soon. Going for a kawasaki KLR 650 for a foray into the adventure/enduro world. I can get a used one, fully loaded, for about the same price as a brand new stock bike. Pretty stoked.
     
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    I spend alot of time on my side by side. I was looking at dual sports, may someday. But I like that I less likely to hurt myself and can bring someone. I have a great deal of street bike experience, but no offroad. I didn't want to learn at my age.
     
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    Now were talkin'.

    Don't waste too much of that on camp until you furnish the whiskey, bacon and steak. Then build around those.

    Should be enough for a fairly comfy 1-2 person weekend:54:
     
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    Oh I use panniers. But then I reread, and you said wheels? Hmmm. Must be pullin' a wagon.

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    You guys are just not nice thanks for blowing my cover.


    lol
     
  8. americanstrat98

    americanstrat98 Wanderer Bushcraft Friend

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    Yep, Fall, late winter, and spring I pack up my dr650 and do lots of over nighters in the Talladega, and Banhead National Forest. One of the best ways to travel if you ask me. It's like heavy back packing except you get to reide to the end of the trail instead of walk.

    In the heat of summer I do cross country trips on it while hobo camping in fields, forests, and around signal towers. Cheapest beds in the west:).

    Never too late to learn off-road.
     
  9. CaliforniaCanuck

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    The goal is very similar actually and the gear is the same so it really is just a heavier base weight.

    More miles covered obviously but that just expands the opportunities.

    Now I want everyone to go out and get their license! :)
     
  10. Guillaume Longval

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    thats the kind of "wheels" you need to pass on closed roads around here in winter..:)

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    This is the last model year for the Kawasaki KLR 650. She's discontinued. Sad, as its one of the best buys for the buck in dual sporting.

    I currently have an Aprilla/BMW 650 and it's great on highway and dirt roads but not a trail bike. I'm thinking of an Suzuki DR 400 or Honda XL650 in the future.
     
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    Sort of... my summer base weight includes around 500 lbs of Polaris Sportsman. :) Blown back and hips mean I can't hike much at all. All my bushcraft is done from motorized travel.

    Winter means my base weight drops some actually, since the snowmobile weighs a bit less than the ATV.

    Congrats on the new "pack mule" ;), I hope you enjoy it!
     
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    40694333-363D-4F0F-9008-AF150E8B17C6.jpeg I don’t always use a motorized vehicle,but when I do...
     
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    My other "pack." IMG_20180701_112133_097.jpg
     
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