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Dr. Frazier: Adventure with Character Photo Gallery
Robin Thomas from Darwin, Australia had been riding motorcycles for 48 years before stepping off a BMW F650GS three years earlier to tour Southeast Asia on a well-used Australian postal service 2006 Honda CT110 (Honda Cub Trail).
See Dr. Frazier's adventuring kin in the Dr. Frazier: Adventure with Character photo gallery.
Top speed of Thomas’s “Postie” was just less than 50 mph, with a tail wind, downhill.
Definitely a motorcycle with character, this Africa Twin was as wide as some cars, but had more weight than I wanted to be dragging through the jungle tracks where the owner was headed.
Thomas spent $600 to upgrade the motorcycle in Thailand from 7.8 hp to 16 hp by having a local expert bump it up to 125cc, which included a new engine, exhaust, carburetor and oil cooler.
Sasha Herman, from New York, flew into Malaysia with a small wad of cash and bought a 2009 Kawasaki KLX150 for $2,000.00 for adventuring in Southeast Asia.
Herman and the KLX150 were headed to Cambodia and Laos and hoped the small displacement bike would also be allowed into Vietnam.
British adventurer Geoff Thomas chose a 110cc Tiger Retro, manufactured in Thailand, to explore.
Thomas outfitted his Tiger Retro with bird cages for panniers, an inexpensive option to standard touring equipment. Top speed was about 50 mph, before Thomas affixed the adventure touring panniers.
In wet weather Thomas would pack his belongings in plastic bags before storing them in his “adventure panniers.”
The manufacturer of the 110cc Tiger Retro claimed it was not a copy of a Honda C90 Super Cub, but a “faithful reproduction.”
One of my favorite adventure characters was Pat Parker from Fort Worth, Texas, who had logged over 9,000 miles on his $300.00, 49cc Jonway. That’s all his travel gear and he had been traveling for nearly two weeks.
Some characters add character to their adventure motorcycles by taking everything with them, including the lawn chair from their front yard, something not possible on the smaller motorcycles.
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