2010 Yamaha WR250X Adventure Touring Project Bike - X-Country at 100 + MPG

Discussion in 'Street and Performance Bikes' started by xcel, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Some people get to have all the fun. :D
     
  2. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Wayne, I think I have already mentioned this but you will have a difficult time obtaining non-ethanol gas in Oregon unless you know where to go. There are only a handful of stations selling (premium) E0 in the whole state, and none from the Idaho border until you hit Central Oregon. For that matter, I'm pretty sure Idaho is almost entirely E10 as well. Here are the ONLY E0 stations on or near your route in Oregon:

    • Prineville Reservoir Resort, 19600 SE Juniper Canyon Rd, Prineville. Could be boat-in only, and could be a bit remote, about 15 miles SSE of town. If you're coming in from Post/Paulina on OR 380 it will be about 8 miles off your route BEFORE you hit prineville.
    • Quickway Market, 690 NE Butler Mkt Road, Bend. VERY convenient location on the north end of town. I bought E0 here a month ago and got a spectacular tank out of it.
    • Mathers Market, 38477 McKenzie Hwy, Springfield. About 12 miles east of town.
    • Fuel-N-Go Eugene, 33100 A Van Duyn Rd, Eugene. Sounds like this might be a cardlock location -- which in Oregon (a no-self-serve state) may mean it isn't open to the general public. On the east side of the Coburg exit off I-5 (a couple miles north of town).
    • Noti Market, 22528 Noti Loop Rd, Noti. About 20 miles W of Eugene.
    • ABHI's One Stop Market, 85039 Hwy 101 S, Florence. A couple miles north of the 126/101 junction.
    • Sandlake Grocery, 20960 Sandlake Rd., Cloverdale. This is about 5 miles off US 101 about 20 miles south of Tillamook, should you happen to go that far north on the coast.
    • Quality Gas LLC, 2385 Salem Dallas Hwy, Salem. On OR 22 in West Salem about 2 miles west of downtown.
    • Lincoln Store, 5925 Wallace Rd. NW, Salem. About 10 miles north of West Salem on OR 221.
     
  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Idaho has the sweetest smelling air. I do not know if its potatoes, sage or what it is but it’s just sweet.

    Lava Fields in ID?

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    Tens of miles of them and it looked like it happened just yesterday given nothing grows in it apparently?​

    Dan, I made it to Bend last night in fact and am on absolute fumes so the Quickway Market station sounds like the place to go in a few…

    The place I stayed in Nampa had no Internet Access so am just now going to post a few… The access at the hotel I am currently in sucks too :rolleyes:

    I stopped at Pro Moto Billet in Nampa and received a warm welcome from Ben Gowers, the sales director of a company that made the very pegs I am standing on and the rack my gear is stored on. I met the owner/inventor/engineer and CEO, Lynn Hodges as well as the entire staff. This is a really Great small company and I have over two hours of notes for a full write-up later.

    CleanMPG’s visit to Pro Moto Billet

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    Ben Gowers, PMB’s Sales Director with a marketing guy smile :)

    FE is still up there but once the non-ethanol laced fuel was gone, the big numbers went away as I hit low fuel at just 187.x miles (208 + actual on ~ 2.0 gal) last night on the Jordan Valley, ID garbage gas :(

    "2010 Yamaha WR250X - 100-mpg X-Country Adventure Touring Project Bike FE Details"

    Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7Column8Column9Column10
    Fill LocationDateOdometerTrip A/B*Actual Miles TraveledMiles into Low Fuel*Actual Miles into Low FuelGallons ConsumedMPGNotes
    Boston, MA08/02/20101,9930.00.0NANANANATop off fill ~ 10 miles from downtown Boston.
    Palatine Bridge, NY08/03/20102,223229.8256.4 30.233.72.315110.756Best tank yet!
    Arkport, NY08/03/20102,416193.1215.46.06.72.118101.70Closed Sunoco with Open Pumps.
    Rochester, PA08/05/20102,658242.6270.739.944.52.558105.825Only had 89 Octane??? Tough on and off-road and mountainous ride.
    Ridgeville, OH08/06/20102,862209.5233.729.833.22.35499.278Stronger headwinds the whole way :(
    Gurnee, IL08/06/20103,103235.5262.744.849.92.501105.038Lighter headwinds and worked my @$ off through Chicago again.

    Gurnee, IL08/23/20103,1030.00.0NANANANAOdometer and Trip A/B recorded at Gas Station on 08/06/2010. Bike sat in the garage from previous top off.
    Olewin, IA08/23/20103,322219.4244.78xx.xxx.x2.15113.85Best tank so far! Hardly any wind, temps 75-85F
    Lemar, IA08/24/20103,536213.8238.54xx.xxx.x2.60391.64Worst tank so far. Thru heavy rain and 20mph headwinds.
    Ainsworth, NE08/25/20103,749212.8237.4232.836.62.41598.3115 to 15 mph headwinds and some Off-road. Temps 60 to 95 degrees.
    Lusk, WY08/25/20103,989240.1267.8842.347.22.497107.28Strong side winds, temps 70 to 90 + F, 2500 ft elevation increase.

    Lusk, WY09/23/201040850.00.0 -- -- -- -- Topped off anew for the last segment… Hopefully?
    Buffalo, WY09/24/20104330221.3246.9028.531.82.329106.01Half heavy headwinds/sidewinds, other half tail winds. 50 to 70 degree temps, ~ 300 ft elevation decease.
    Red Lodge, MT09/25/20104549219.0244.3416.818.72.256108.31More heavy head and sidewinds than tailwinds. 50 to 70 degree temps, ~ 1000 ft elevation increase. Filled w/ no ethanol fuel. Watch next tank!
    St. Anthony, iD09/26/20104838288.2321.5462.269.42.642121.70More headwinds than tail winds. Multiple climbs above 8,500’ and falls back to 5000. Net 1,000 ft elevation decrease.
    Mountain Home, ID09/27/20105057219.1244.4516.017.82.104116.18Calm to Moderate headwinds all the way…
    Jordan Valley, ID09/28/20105206148.8166.016NANA1.388119.61Calm to Moderate headwinds all the way and Ethanol laced garbage. Last gas for > 100 miles.

    * Gearing Change from OEM 13/43 to YGTR 14/40 adds 11.57% more actual miles to Odometer/Trip A/B/Low Fuel Distances.

    Cumulative mpg: Total Distance = (3,480.77 miles)/Total Gallons = (32.23 gallons) = 107.998 mpg
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2010
  4. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    Wayne called this morning at about 8:45am PST.
    "It's Finished!" Trip complete.
    A few quotes taken from the chat with Wayne:
    "Oregon, on the MacKenzie path, is one of the most beautiful rides!"
    "Something that Harry needs to experience! - It's as good as the Beartooth!"
    And "Thanks to Dan for his help in mapping out the path through Oregon - it was a great help."

    "2010 Yamaha WR250X - 100-mpg X-Country Adventure Touring Project Bike FE Details"

    Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7Column8Column9Column10
    Fill LocationDateOdometerTrip A/B*Actual Miles TraveledMiles into Low Fuel*Actual Miles into Low FuelGallons ConsumedMPGNotes
    Boston, MA08/02/20101,9930.00.0NANANANATop off fill ~ 10 miles from downtown Boston.
    Palatine Bridge, NY08/03/20102,223229.8256.4 30.233.72.315110.756Best tank yet!
    Arkport, NY08/03/20102,416193.1215.46.06.72.118101.70Closed Sunoco with Open Pumps.
    Rochester, PA08/05/20102,658242.6270.739.944.52.558105.825Only had 89 Octane??? Tough on and off-road and mountainous ride.
    Ridgeville, OH08/06/20102,862209.5233.729.833.22.35499.278Stronger headwinds the whole way :(
    Gurnee, IL08/06/20103,103235.5262.744.849.92.501105.038Lighter headwinds and worked my @$ off through Chicago again.

    Gurnee, IL08/23/20103,1030.00.0NANANANAOdometer and Trip A/B recorded at Gas Station on 08/06/2010. Bike sat in the garage from previous top off.
    Olewin, IA08/23/20103,322219.4244.78xx.xxx.x2.15113.85Best tank so far! Hardly any wind, temps 75-85F
    Lemar, IA08/24/20103,536213.8238.54xx.xxx.x2.60391.64Worst tank so far. Thru heavy rain and 20mph headwinds.
    Ainsworth, NE08/25/20103,749212.8237.4232.836.62.41598.3115 to 15 mph headwinds and some Off-road. Temps 60 to 95 degrees.
    Lusk, WY08/25/20103,989240.1267.8842.347.22.497107.28Strong side winds, temps 70 to 90 + F, 2500 ft elevation increase.

    Lusk, WY09/23/201040850.00.0 -- -- -- -- Topped off anew for the last segment… Hopefully?
    Buffalo, WY09/24/20104330221.3246.9028.531.82.329106.01Half heavy headwinds/sidewinds, other half tail winds. 50 to 70 degree temps, ~ 300 ft elevation decease.
    Red Lodge, MT09/25/20104549219.0244.3416.818.72.256108.31More heavy head and sidewinds than tailwinds. 50 to 70 degree temps, ~ 1000 ft elevation increase. Filled w/ no ethanol fuel. Watch next tank!
    St. Anthony, iD09/26/20104838288.2321.5462.269.42.642121.70More headwinds than tail winds. Multiple climbs above 8,500’ and falls back to 5000. Net 1,000 ft elevation decrease.
    Mountain Home, ID09/27/20105057219.1244.4516.017.82.104116.18Calm to Moderate headwinds all the way…
    Jordan Valley, ID09/28/20105206148.8166.016NANA1.388119.61Calm to Moderate headwinds all the way and Ethanol laced garbage. Last gas for > 100 miles.
    Bend, OR09/29/20105457251.4280.48763.771.12.7103.88Another tank of E10 :(
    Florence, OR09/29/20105618160.6179.18NANA1.524117.57Running on E0, as the FE shows. Trip finished!

    * Gearing Change from OEM 13/43 to YGTR 14/40 adds 11.57% more actual miles to Odometer/Trip A/B/Low Fuel Distances.​
     
  5. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Here's an update. Bear with any typos because I have no "normal" Internet here and am posting from an iPhone.

    We just saw Wayne off a couple of hours ago. He made it to Florence on the Oregon coast Wednesday evening and started up the coast from there. The sea mist became difficult to ride through after nightfall and he spent the night in Newport.

    Yesterday he dipped his wheel in the ocean for the finishing photo-op, then continued up the coast, ending up riding the entire northern half of our coast from Newport to Astoria. He was blessed with exceptional weather, low weekday traffic and a liesurely ride on the twisty coastal highway. From there he came inland and zipped up to Puget Sound on I-5, then taking the ferry to here on Whidbey Island (about 40mi north of Seattle) in the evening. We weren't able to meet up at our home in Portland, but we were fortunate to be able to host him last night at my in-laws' cabin where we are spending a few days. We had a great time chatting about the trip and various other topics and kept him up way too late!

    I regret this last part, not realizing at the time that he needs to be in LA at 5pm tomorrow!
    That's 1200 miles from here, so he's got some serious riding to do. Hope it goes well, but at least he should continue to have spectacular weather.

    - Dan
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2010
  6. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Update: Wayne called me at about 5:30pm on Saturday to let me know that he made it back to Yamaha in LA on time.
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Dan:

    Thanks for updating the thread. I got back home about 11:00 PM last night and then up again at 04:30 AM to complete a DriveSmart America program in Milwaukee today. I got home and went through about 200 E-Mails and should be back on it again in an hour or two… Boy do I have a lot to do to catch up :(

    Wayne
     
  8. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Great trip Wayne.
     
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jud:

    I wish you were with me on this one as it was the best ride... Heck, best all-out effort yet extremely enjoyable trip in my life!

    More Idaho

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    An Idaho sunset about 30-miles from Nampa, ID.​

    After visiting ProMotoBillet in Nampa, I came across this sign just before leaving town… Forgive them for they do not know what they do…

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    No Roundabouts :(

    And this was yet another one of those Garmin – No highways and shortest routes from Nampa to Bend OR :rolleyes:

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    The Canyon was cool as hell but a car would never make it without a bunch of busted parts!

    Wayne
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Welcome to Oregon!

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    With the last few bastions of civilization still in view, I saw the following along the side of the road.

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    Just cows on the side of this OR State Route, right?​

    Take a closer look…

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    Real cowboys driving their herd!​

    After leaving Jordon Valley, OR, you follow a short run on US 95 heading Southwest before heading Northwest on OR 78… Both are about as desolate as you care to get. Other than maybe US 50 or 6 in NV, this desert road was out there with no cars, trucks or bikes for 30 or more minutes between sightings! There were not even power lines or ranches for tens of miles to give you an idea as to how “out there” it really was.

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    OR 78 – Parked in the middle of the straight road and in the middle of nowhere.​

    When you are in the middle of nowhere, a sign, any sign is worth stopping to take a pic of I guess :)

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    PST – Set your watch back an hour.

    Do we really need gas?

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    120 miles of nothing between Burns and Jordon Valley, OR…​

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2010
  11. JusBringIt

    JusBringIt Be Inspired

    Wayne:

    I bet you weren't scared of that 120 mile no-gas sign :)
     
  12. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    "Trust me..." ;)
     
  13. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Groan. :p
     
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Thanks to Dan (Wri Consult’s) scouting report, the WR received its last drink of non-ethanol laced fuel in Bend, OR before we would reach the Pacific. And she needed it too as I was deep deep deep into the low fuel range and on absolute fumes thanks to the E10 forced upon her in Jordan Valley. Although a bit expensive at $3.65 per, when you are at 110 to 120 + mpg while on it, the extra $0.65 per really does not add up to much ;)

    Bend, Oregon

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    Who does not love it when you see a pump stating non-ethanol fuel!​

    Another highlight from the Bend, OR area was when I was able to meet up with Harold and Dave of Giant Loop. They are the ones who made the soft rear bag (the Great Basin) and the tank bag (Fandango) that made this ride easier and much more enjoyable. The rear soft bags helped protect the rear of the bike during the “Antelope incident” in Douglas, WY with not even a scratch to the rear! In addition to the carry everything without knowing its back there, the tank bag carrying all the quick get to items and the ability to be zipped off and carried into the eating establishment of choice was a perfect idea for this trip let alone many others to come…

    Giant Loop Owners

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    Harold and Dave of Giant Loop​

    Harold’s sunset orange BMW F 800 GS was sitting in the Giant Loop shop with its bright orange Great Basin and Fandango tank bag attached and I just knew it wanted to come along to finish out the ride ;)

    Along with Dan’s pre-scouting of the McKenzie pass, Dave said, "You have to ride OR 242 up to the McKenzie pass as the road was brand new asphalt and was like riding on glass." I will have a full Review write-up on the Giant Loop Great Basin and Fandango tank bag later but as a prelude, this trip would not have been possible without hauling all the gear I did and the Giant Loop gear made it a dream.

    And now for something completely different???

    Next up was an interesting stop that has little to do with the Yamaha WR250X Adventure Review but is certainly worth telling people about. That is a small BBQ joint located in the heart of Oregon.

    While in Dallas for the 11 F-150 Press Launch two weeks back, Jeff Johnston, a co-host of Rollin’ On TV out of Eugene, OR and I were talking about the last leg of the 2010 WR 250X’s journey. He said since you will probably be passing through Sisters, OR, you just have to stop by a BBQ joint next to a Shell Station in downtown. He was not sure of the name but it would be impossible to miss.

    Meet Slick’s Que Co. in Sisters, Oregon

    A BBQ place in Oregon? When I first heard of "a BBQ joint in OR", I thought of the old Picante commercial with a bunch of cowboys sitting around the campfire. It goes something like this:

    Cowboy: Hey cook, more Picante sauce.

    Cook hands cowboy a jar of “something”: Here

    Cowboy: Hey, this isn’t Pace Picante sauce?

    Cook in a grumbling tone: What’s the difference!

    Second Cowboy reading the label: This stuff’s made in NY City?

    Group of Cowboy’s stand up in unison: “NY City”!

    A third cowboy says, “Get a rope”

    Levity aside, my first impression was that Slick’s smelled great as I pulled into the parking lot with the smoker strategically placed out in front smoking tomorrow’s BBQ delights. As I pulled off my gear and walked in, my next thought was this really is an authentic Pit based BBQ establishment. The “Real Deal” in no uncertain terms to put it lightly! From the aroma of freshly smoked BBQ fixin’s to the thick picnic tables adorned with paper towels on the roll and even some light country music playing in the background, I knew this had to be good.

    While trying to decide what to order, I was offered a sampling of their finest including Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork and Smoked Turkey Breast. All three were delicious with the Beef Brisket being my choice.

    As I sat down to enjoy the best meal I had in weeks, I snapped a pic of the interior and pulled out my notepad to write down some thoughts on the character of the place. The owner’s wife Kim came over and we struck up a conversation about the BBQ establishment and of course my own X-Country ordeal. And this is what I discovered.

    Kim asked how I heard of Slick’s and I told her about Jeff’s description of this must visit BBQ place. While Central Oregon probably does not conjure up the idea of great BBQ, its owner, Roy Slicker, currently sits on the board of National BBQ Association (yes, there is such a thing) and presides over the largest Western States district. Therefore he has to know what he is doing, right? I can say without hesitation given the taste of the “Que”, he most certainly does!

    Slick’s Que Co – BBQ

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    The mighty WR250X parked in front of Slick’s Que Co.​

    The restaurant was opened in 2009 and has quickly gained a reputation as a “must visit” place in central OR. One of the secret’s to Slick’s Que success is the founder’s absolute attention to detail. While I have little to offer as I am the last person on earth that could be described as a food critic (I have a hard enough time doing that with bikes, cars and trucks let alone my penchant for McDonald's and Burger King :rolleyes:), according to Slick’s, their BBQ is a “St. Louis-Texi-Memph” style mix served with simple sides and a drink in a Texas Southern Tradition.

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    Slick’s Interior​

    What really impressed me however was Kim’s description of Roy’s search to find the best “wood” to smoke the BBQ with. Roy travels as far away as Louisiana to pick up pecan wood which adds a slight "buttery flavor" to the meats being smoked. He also picks up apple wood from Washington State to add a slightly "sweet flavor". Quoting one of the menu boards slogans, “It’s like a rodeo in your mouth” was as true a saying as I have ever come across in my 48-years behind the dinner plate.

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    Kim Slicker of Slick’s Que Co.​

    Another story was while Roy was on the road (possibly in Louisiana again) when he came across one of the best bread pudding’s ever created. He asked the cook for the recipe and the cook said give me 4-hours of your time and you have a deal. After 4-hours behind the stove, Roy walked away with a recipe that truly is the “best bread pudding” I have ever eaten!

    While I could write for another hour about Slick’s, if you have the opportunity to visit, a person you have to ask about is “Charlie”. Let us just say “Charlie” adds a little more than character to the place. Along with the family dog, “Charlie” is Roy’s constant road companion and provides laughter to all that have met him. Trust me; he will surely bring a smile to your face as well :)

    All in, "Damn that was good" is an understatement!

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2010
  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    After the little sampling of BBQ, is anyone ready to hear about Oregon?

    Wyoming provided a warm yet rustic appeal from its citizenry to its landscape. This included my close contact with the people in both Douglas and Glenrock as well as Yellowstone’s beauty which simply cannot be described in pictures or words.

    Montana offered a more rugged perspective given the off-road miles ridden and the beautiful Mountain passes of the Beartooth.

    Idaho offered a sense of entrepreneurship with ProMotoBillet’s excellent forward looking motorcycle and ATV products to Nampa, Idaho’s vibrant downtown and surrounding area.

    And then we have Oregon. Following Dan’s suggestion to head south on US 95 into the Oregon desert, and back up towards Burns on OR 78, across US 20 to Bend, onto Sisters and up OR 242 through the McKenzie pass, following OR 126 to the Pacific coastal town of Florence, OR and afterwards, riding the 101 while following the Pacific Coast from Florence to Astoria proved to be a highlight of the crossing.

    There is something about riding a motorcycle that cannot be described in words but only imagined by those that do not ride. Garth’s earlier post put it best when he said the following:
    Oregon was like the crescendo of the challenge ride with so many different topographies, microclimates, and overwhelming additions to the senses that can only be experienced by hiking, cycling or riding a motorcycle. Again, words will never be able to describe the sights, sounds, aromas’s and feel of what the state of Oregon has to offer unless you were to get out and as Dan would be inclined to say given his employment with Nike, “Just do it”!

    The last leg, the final segment, the home stretch of the of 2010 Yamaha WR250X X-Country ride…

    While I do not believe I have mentioned it previously, with temps in the mid-90’s, the Oregon desert’s sage was filling the air with a sweet aroma that surpassed even Idaho’s sugary smell. The quote above from Garth again comes to mind as the Hepa and carbon filtered air and environment we call the car will never allow in what cannot be described in words. The Oregon desert and Sister’s Slick’s Que Co BBQ was just the first of a multitude of overwhelming scents that was experienced while riding the 2010 Yamaha WR250X across the state.

    Has anyone ever felt they were in the right place, at the right time and on the right mode of transportation to enjoy whatever vista was about to be unveiled? I felt this exact sensation when the WR250X began the climb to Oregon’s McKenzie Pass immediately after leaving Sisters, OR. It was late in the season as the pass will be closed in just another two or three weeks, very few people were on the route given the tourist season is over, the unseasonably warm temperatures made the ride that much more enjoyable and the panorama that was passed by was truly spectacular.

    Oregon's McKenzie Pass

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    Parked on an almost empty OR 242 while enjoying the sights and smells of the Redwood forest during
    the climb to the 5,000 + foot summit of McKenzie pass. The wood scent was stunning!

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    Parked amongst the Lava fields near the peak of McKenzie Pass.

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    Two of the three Sisters and just a small portion of the lava fields they produced!​

    Wayne
     
  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    After leaving the McKenzie pass with the 3,000’ climb behind me and over 5,000’ of elevation to fall from, the ride allowed ~ 15-miles worth of FAS based silent running while traversing switch back after switch back on my way West towards Eugene and the Pacific Coast. The 100 mpg run was all but guaranteed and all I had to make sure I did not ride off a cliff while enjoying the scenery, get hit by a cage on the last leg to the coast or heaven forbid get to know one of the larger indigenous species on a personal basis as I did in Wyoming :rolleyes:

    The McKenzie River

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    You do not see one of these everyday! I did not really concern myself with the “No Parking” sign
    given the light traffic in late September ;)

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    Following the McKenzie River for tens of miles… The leaves were changing colors
    with many drifting down from their perches to the roadway ahead and behind.​

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2010
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    And the final run to the Coast… While there was not much left other than to get through Eugene, OR as the sun began to set, a sense of accomplishment that the challenge set forth was a "Done Deal" began to be felt. The goal proved to be not only surmountable (I had my doubts after that 91 mpg tank in Iowa :rolleyes:) but the Yamaha WR250X bested my own expectations given the 102.x mpg it allowed over two tanks while being ridden to some of the more scenic areas of both Chicago and Milwaukee during our initial review ride.

    As I rode through Eugene with a euphoric sense of accomplishment, another sense began to invade my psyche. That being that the hardest but best ride or drive of my life was nearing its conclusion. The only thing left to do was ride the last 50 or so miles to the coast, fill up and calculate the final tally.

    Final Fill of the 2010 Yamaha WR250X 100 mpg X-Country Challenge Ride – Florence, OR.

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    Final fill in Florence, OR - 179.2 miles after 11.57% offset on 1.524 gallons of fuel = 117.6 mpg.

    "2010 Yamaha WR250X - 100-mpg X-Country Adventure Touring Project Bike FE Details"

    Column1Column2Column3Column4Column5Column6Column7Column8Column9Column10
    Fill LocationDateOdometerTrip A/B*Actual Miles TraveledMiles into Low Fuel*Actual Miles into Low FuelGallons ConsumedMPGNotes
    Boston, MA08/02/20101,9930.00.0NANANANATop off fill ~ 10 miles from downtown Boston.
    Palatine Bridge, NY08/03/20102,223229.8256.4 30.233.72.315110.756Best tank yet!
    Arkport, NY08/03/20102,416193.1215.46.06.72.118101.70Closed Sunoco with Open Pumps.
    Rochester, PA08/05/20102,658242.6270.739.944.52.558105.825Only had 89 Octane??? Tough on and off-road and mountainous ride.
    Ridgeville, OH08/06/20102,862209.5233.729.833.22.35499.278Stronger headwinds the whole way :(
    Gurnee, IL08/06/20103,103235.5262.744.849.92.501105.038Lighter headwinds and worked my @$ off through Chicago again.

    Gurnee, IL08/23/20103,1030.00.0NANANANAOdometer and Trip A/B recorded at Gas Station on 08/06/2010. Bike sat in the garage from previous top off.
    Olewin, IA08/23/20103,322219.4244.78xx.xxx.x2.15113.85Best tank so far! Hardly any wind, temps 75-85F
    Lemar, IA08/24/20103,536213.8238.54xx.xxx.x2.60391.64Worst tank so far. Thru heavy rain and 20mph headwinds.
    Ainsworth, NE08/25/20103,749212.8237.4232.836.62.41598.3115 to 15 mph headwinds and some Off-road. Temps 60 to 95 degrees.
    Lusk, WY08/25/20103,989240.1267.8842.347.22.497107.28Strong side winds, temps 70 to 90 + F, 2500 ft elevation increase.

    Lusk, WY09/23/201040850.00.0NANANANATopped off anew for the last segment… Hopefully?
    Buffalo, WY09/24/20104330221.3246.9028.531.82.329106.01Half heavy headwinds/sidewinds, other half tail winds. 50 to 70 degree temps, ~ 300 ft elevation decease.
    Red Lodge, MT09/25/20104549219.0244.3416.818.72.256108.31More heavy head and sidewinds than tailwinds. 50 to 70 degree temps, ~ 1000 ft elevation increase. Filled w/ no ethanol fuel. Watch next tank!
    St. Anthony, iD09/26/20104838288.2321.5462.269.42.642121.70More headwinds than tail winds. Multiple climbs above 8,500’ and falls back to 5000. Net 1,000 ft elevation decrease.
    Mountain Home, ID09/27/20105057219.1244.4516.017.82.104116.18Calm to Moderate headwinds all the way…
    Jordan Valley, ID09/28/20105206148.8166.016NANA1.388119.61Calm to Moderate headwinds all the way and Ethanol laced garbage. Last gas for > 100 miles.
    Bend, OR09/29/20105457251.4280.48763.771.12.700103.88Mostly desert ride with slight head and side winds and temps in the 90’s. Just filled with the good E0 stuff too.
    Florence, OR09/29/20105618160.6179.181NANA1.524117.573It is finished with an ~ 2,000’ descent out of Central Oregon to the Pacific Coast.

    * Gearing Change from OEM 13/43 to YGTR 14/40 adds 11.57% more actual miles to Odometer/Trip A/B/Low Fuel Distances.

    Cumulative mpg: Total Distance = (3,940.438 miles)/Total Gallons = (36.454 gallons) = 108.093 mpg

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2010
  18. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    4k miles on a 250! WOW! Great Job!
     
  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Ricardo:

    As you wrote, 120 miles did not bother me much but I was already over 150-miles in on the tank and not sure how far to an open gas station? I filled up in Jordan Valley early just in case ;)

    Andrew and Sean, “I should have trusted the CleanMPG Force” as I would have had possibly 5-miles to spare when I arrived in Burns, OR. Or maybe not :D

    Mike, I can only thank you and the rest of the guys for keeping the place alive and well while I was out having the time of my life and working harder and longer than I ever have before. Thank you all.

    Now that the WR250X has reached the Pacific coast, what’s next?

    After the Florence fill, I turned my attention northwards with a bit more relaxed riding style as the X-Country goals (100 + mpg and making it from Coast to Coast while loosely paralleling US 20) had been met. I still wanted to snap a pic of the US 20 Western most terminus which was in Newport 50-miles to my north, still wanted to get the WR250X onto a beach somewhere and snap a pic of it in the Pacific and then take a little ride up to Seattle to see Dan (Wri Consult), Garth (Beatr911) and a UK Times reporter if any of them were available and then ride back down the coast towards LA to drop my trusted steed back off at Yamaha’s HQ in Cypress, CA where her own journey began just a few months prior.

    Immediately heading north along the Oregon Coast on US 101, the fog was growing thick. I reached Newport but by the time I did, the fog was so thick it was all but raining and I could not keep my shield clear. Riding with my shield up for the last 3-miles was the best I could do to keep the road in sight so I was essentially out of action and had to stop for the night. Not being able to see the Pacific anyway, it was probably for the best but it set me behind yet another day just as the looping of Yellowstone added a day to my travels…

    I took some pics of the WR250X parked at the corner of the US 20 and US 101 junction that night but the pics were not really discernable...

    2010 WR250X and US 20 - The Beginning and the End

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    US 20 West in Boston, MA.

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    US 20 East in Newport, OR.​

    Looking back, it did not seem that long of a ride but I had two breaks (collar bone included ;)) to get across.

    While I was looking for a beach to snap a pic of the WR250X in the ocean, I was also looking for beachgoers that could possibly snap a pic of me and the WR at the water’s edge just as the woman did when we left on the Adventure Ride in Hull, MA just outside Boston, MA. Fortunately, I came across a somewhat populated public beach in Rockaway, OR and there was an older gentleman and his wife that not only were helpful in taking some pics but had a large rock that I could use to get the bike to stand on its own kickstand in the soft wet sand.

    The Beginning and the End

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    The Beginning - Parked in the Atlantic Ocean in Hull, MA.

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    The End - Parked in the Pacific Ocean in Rockaway, OR.

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    An unknown creature was seen coming out of the Atlantic Ocean this past August…

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    The same unknown creature was seen entering the Pacific Ocean late last week :D

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2010
  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Goals continued to be met and now all there is left is the ride to a destination and the sightseeing… And once again, pictures and words cannot describe the beauty of the rugged but beautiful Oregon coast.

    After finding a place in downtown Newport the night before, I had a pleasant sleep and waited until the fog burned off the next morning in order to see what beauty the Oregon’s Pacific Coast would provide… And boy oh boy was the ride and the view out of this world! Curve after coastline curve and a new view of the Pacific appeared with each turn of the bars.

    The Pacific along Oregon’s Coast

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    Just one of hundreds of overlooks and a straight out look into the deep blue Pacific.

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    Looking back at the Oregon Coast… What a view!​

    Wayne
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2010

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