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10.000km Review of Honda CRF250L

Season 5: Destination Unknown

28 June 2021

So many of you have asked me to create a review video of Savannah. Now that I have reached the 10.000km milestone, it is time to evaluate how she has been doing. But instead of a video, I decided to write a blog, and here it is! 

Why a Honda CRF250L?

Let’s first talk about my choice for the Honda CRF250L as the bike to explore Africa with. Upon my arrival in South Africa, I was extremely eager to hit the road and start filming after being in lockdown for so many months. This meant that I gave myself very little time to search for a motorcycle. I just went to the biggest second hand motorcycle dealer in Johannesburg and looked for the cheapest bike they had. It was Savannah. 

Besides being the cheapest bike, the CRF250L had a few other characteristics that made me decide this bike was going to be my partner for Southern Africa. I knew the bike had a good reputation in terms of reliability, it’s a Honda after all. Spare parts and maintenance work would be relatively cheap and the bike was designed for off-roading. Something I was planning to do a lot on this trip! 

With only 145 kilograms, it is such a light bike that it is easy to handle and to pick-up in case of a fall. A bike like this one would give me the confidence to choose for more difficult mountain routes and technical terrain. And I have to say, after 10.000 kilometers, Savannah was definitely the right choice!

What did I put the bike through? 

When I bought Savannah, she was already 8 years old and had 23.500 kilometers on the odometer. Within a few months, I added another 10,000 kilometers to that, riding with her on tarmac, dirt roads, muddy roads, and lots and lots of sandy roads. The majority of the mileage was on unpaved terrain, of which some could perhaps even be qualified as hard enduro. I am thinking of Sani pass in South Africa for instance, or a remote part of the Fish River canyon in Namibia.

Being quite lucky with the weather, I had virtually no riding in the rain, but I did experience gale force winds coming from virtually any direction. The small weight of the bike was a slight disadvantage in the latter conditions. When the wind was strong,Savannah and I were unintentionally dancing all over the road.

Aftermarket upgrades

Because I wanted to leave Johannesburg as quickly as possible, so I could start exploring and filming again, I hardly did any aftermarket upgrades to Savannah. Under normal circumstances, I love to add aftermarket parts to my motorcycles to make them better and more personalised. But, in South Africa aftermarket accessories are not readily available like in Europe for example. And importing them takes months, I now know. 

The only accessory that I initially got in Johannesburg were some hand guards to protect my levers. When I reached Cape Town after about 5000 kilometers of riding, I had some crash guards installed too. I would have loved to get a better bash plate too if it had been available in South Africa, but that wasn’t the case unfortunately. 

Exhaust 

I love a good sound on a motorcycle. That’s the reason that my first bike, a Ducati Monster 796 had an aftermarket, double Acrapovic exhaust system. My first Royal Enfield Himalayan got a loud aftermarket pipe that I found in India, and my Honda CB500x Ronin was also given an Acrapovic for her birthday. The stock exhaust of the CRF250L is just as disappointing as the stock exhaust of many motorcycles. This time, I didn’t have the time to replace it for something with a bit more grunt. In the past few months, I’ve been making my way through Southern Africa on a lawn mower in that regard!

Fuel tank challenge

The most important aftermarket part for the Honda CRF250L is a larger fuel tank, especially when you want to use the bike for touring. The stock tank only holds a disappointing 7.7 liters and I would have loved to upgrade it to a 12.5 liters tank. I ordered one on a South African webshop but they were still waiting for it to come from Europe. Four months later, they still hadn’t received the fuel tank… 

With no other good options around, I decided to buy two extra fuel bladders from Desert Fox, each holding 3 liters. So far it’s been sufficient. Even in Namibia, where fuel stations are sometimes far apart, I never ran out of fuel. 

The fuel bladders are a bit of a hassle to work with though. The plastic screw of the cap doesn’t fit easily and tends to get stuck. The extension with which you can pour the petrol in your own tank doesn’t fit properly either. The result is that fuelling up the tank from the bladders always becomes a messy affair with petrol leaking all over the place. It is the way it is, and I just dealt with it, but my advice would be to somehow get your hands on a bigger tank! 

Fuel efficiency 

As for the range or fuel efficiency of this motorcycle, it can’t be pinpointed exactly. Like with any bike, it all depends on your speed, the terrain and the weather conditions such as headwinds. Roughly said, I managed 30 kilometers to the liter, riding extremely economically at a constant speed of maximal 60 kilometers per hour and without wind. Riding 110 kilometers per hour on a highway and the fuel efficiency would quickly drop to under 20 kilometers per liter. I guess the average would be about 25 kilometres to the liter, which is quite good. 

Horsepower

Now let’s talk about power. The little Honda has 22 horsepower. That is not a lot! But don’t forget she only weighs 145 kilograms. Compare this to the Royal Enfield Himalayan, that only has 2.5 horsepower more, but weighs 40 kilograms more too! That makes the Honda in fact feel more powerful and a lot more capable than the Enfield. 

But before I judge and compare these motorcycles any further, it’s always good to go back to what the bike was designed for in the first place. The CRF250L was designed as a trail bike, an offroad bike to take into the woods on the weekends and blast over some single trails! It was never meant to be a touring bike, let alone a round-the-world-bike. 

But for the purpose it was built for, taking it off tarmac, this bike is simply fantastic. The long suspension travel allowed me to ride rough terrain without shaking up my kidneys too much, the large ground clearance ensured I never grounded the bike on a rock and the low-speed throttle response in combination with a smooth low-end torque gave me the confidence to tackle terrifying terrain. More than once, I realised that with this motorcycle I could ride terrains I know I could have never conquered with the Enfield. Even though this bike is a fair bit taller than the Himalayan, I can still easily put my feet down with my 1.68 meters length and relatively short legs. 

Seat 

Besides the small tank, another well known complaint about the Honda CRF250L is the rock hard seat. Many riders change it for a more comfortable aftermarket seat. I can definitely tell the seat is on the harder side of the spectrum, but I guess that after riding thousands of kilometers in the past two years and doing 300, 400 or up to 700 kilometer per day, my body has probably adapted in such a way that the seat didn’t bother me. In fact, the shape fits me very well and it’s made of a much more durable material than that of other bikes. 

Tires 

When I bought Savannah, she came with a set of Kenda tyres. Until this day I am not sure which type of Kenda, but my guess would be the K270. I am in doubt because the thread on the front tyre looks slightly different from K270 tires that I could find online. These tyres performed pretty good under most circumstances, but were already quite worn after 5,000 kilometers. That’s why I decided to look for a set of tires with a good all-round, all-terrain reputation, but also last for quite some time. The African continent doesn’t have the reputation of easily available tires everywhere, so it pays off to look for long-lasting tyres in this corner of the world. 

I decided to get the Mitas E07+ tyres and so far, these tyres have been quite amazing. They perform well on tar and are very offroad capable too. Exactly what you should expect from good dual purpose tires. So far they are still in excellent shape after 5.000 kilometers and I have good hope to be able to get 10.000km out of them. The only downside is that because they are made for tubeless wheels and of a hard compound, the side walls are quite stiff, especially when the tyre is new. This makes it difficult to change them, or change a tube when you get a flat tyre. 

Air filter and oil change

Another important factor for choosing a bike is maintenance. Especially when you want to use the bike on a daily basis and for longer distances. How easy is it to do the basic maintenance yourself and what are the maintenance intervals?

Let’s start with the air filter. Like a good dual purpose motorcycle, the air filter is very easy to reach and changing it is just a matter of unscrewing five screws. The air filter is made from paper, so you can’t just wash it out and put it back. The filter is relatively bulky to bring with you as a spare, but not as bulky as the ones for the Himalayan. 

The official interval for an oil change is an impressive 12.000 kilometers. Way to go Honda! But as I tend to abuse my motorcycles quite a bit, I like to change the oil a bit earlier. But that’s my own choice. 

Things I had to replace

Let’s not forget that I bought my CRF250L as a second-hand bike with 23.500km on the clock. I have no idea how the bike was treated in the 8 years before I purchased her. That does make a review of this motorcycle a bit trickier than when I would have bought a brand-new motorcycle.

Since I have had Savannah, I had to replace the steering head bearings as they were starting to fail. I was aware that this was likely to happen. With the Himalayan’s Basanti and Dhanno, I had to replace them every 7000-8000 kilometers. It’s a known weak spot of the Himalayan, so I was used to keeping a close eye on this. With Savannah, I had them replaced when she reached the 30.000 kilometers milestone. When you ride solely on tarmac, you might never have to change the steering head bearings, but when you do a lot of off-roading like me, it’s one of those parts that tends to wear quickly. 

When Savannah received her new tires, the wheel bearings also showed some signs of wear. So instead of waiting for them to fail, I chose to immediately replace them as well. 

Another part that failed, at a mileage of almost 35.000 kilometers, was one of the fork seals. Given the fact that I rode hundreds of kilometers bashing the bike on corrugated roads, this was another thing bound to happen. Fork seals are a common part that need replacing on off road motorcycles. 

Honda CRF250L, CB500x or an Himalayan? 

Many people ask me which bike, of the ones that I have ridden, I prefer. Let me start by saying that each bike has its own qualities and my preference for a bike also depends on the type of adventure I undertake.

That being said, I definitely missed the power of the Honda CB500x on my journey through Southern Africa. The CB500x has more than double the power of that of the CRF. The Himalayan has about the same power as the CRF250L, but is much heavier and feels more sluggish than little Savannah. 

For the terrain that I have been riding in South Africa and Namibia, I think the CRF250L was the absolute best choice out of the three. A lot of the terrain, I wouldn’t have been able to tackle with the Himalayan or with the stock CB500x. The only real downside to the CRF250L for long distance touring is the small tank. I am convinced that with an aftermarket petrol tank upgrade, this little bike is a surprisingly good round-the-world companion.

So far, I am really happy with the ‘peppy’ character of this CRF250L for my travels through Southern Africa. I am ready for the next 10.000 kilometers together!

You can read more stories about my travels with Savannah via this link

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Memories are how, after graduation, I evaded the draft to Vietnam by signing up with an engineering company to survey Himalayan roads on the back of a Royal Enfield.
Great memories and thank you.

ronaldsmith  | 

Hi Noraly. Big Fan, here in the States. I watched a stupid video from some guy who explained how much you make on Youtube. Mostly a garbage video but he did mention that you had a team of riders following you doing the video editing for you. I know it's crap but thought I'd mention it. I did watch a dutch team video interviewing you back in Holland where you explained and showed us just how you do the editing. I believe them.
Best wishes and ride on... - Jymbo - Cleveland, Ohio USA

Jymbo  | 

The new 300 improves on the 250 days n terms of power (10%), torque (20%), about 3l more fuel and an upgraded suspension while reducing the weight a bit.

I’m considering a small capacity bike like this to start doing a few green-roads when the opportunity presents.

Ride on !

Joeboy69  | 

Hi, Noraly. I've loved every bike I've owned. Also the ones I've borrowed. But they are getting progressively smaller. My Ducati Scrambler is just about perfect for me (except for parts and service). Cheers and thanks for sharing your travels!

aldntn  | 

I just logged todays and eager to learn more from you, so that when you come to Kenya you open my start of the tour journey from all the the world but first I tour my country before proceeding.

ZAQ  | 

What about a camel tank, Noraly? Would that work for you?

Dude  | 

Hi Noraly,
I was looking forward to your review about Savannah, which I found super interesting, especially when you compare it to the other bikes you've ridden.
We have been with you since you left New Delhi in late 2018 and it is with pleasure that I see how you have matured as a biker, as an adventurer, and the way you deal with adversity is truly inspiring.
Another interesting point is how your videos evolved. What a difference between the first videos with Basanti and the ones from now, with a fantastic soundtrack.
Just see Eps. 45 of season 5, "Namib Desert" (one of my favorites), to finally understand why you chose places where I thought “why the hell did she choose to ride there…”.
After almost 30 years without riding a motorcycle, I opted for a Royal Enfield Himalayan, whose interest you've sparked in me. Although I haven't driven a CRF 250L yet, I tend to agree with you on your conclusions when you compare the Himy to Honda.
We are looking forward to the next vídeos. Always drive on the safe side.
Cheers from Portugal

João AzSilva  | 

I don't think I would compare the sound of Savannah's voice to that of a lawnmower.
A sewing machine, maybe.
;-)

Bill Foster  | 

Given the terrain and distance travelled I think Savannah is doing very well. Keep the videos coming.
Dave.

Dave Marriott  | 

Interesting and detailed review. From what gathered around the internet small bikes in general do indeed tend to perform better than larger bikes for these kind of tours. If you maintain it regularly it will never let you down. The lack of electronic parts also decreases the chance of a breakdown so you made the right choice! =)

Nath0187  | 

Hi Noraly,
it would be interesting to compare the prices of the 3 bikes ( new ) as well.
All the best and enjoy Namibia,

Philippe

Phil's Foot Print  | 

Hi Noraly,
I think you are better off "putting up" with the sound of Savannah's stock exhaust. An aftermarket system would require changes to the fuel side to keep things in balance. If you were to have problems further along your journey fixes would be easier with the factory version of Savannah as not everyone has the knowledge nor equipment to deal with modified fuel systems. Even basic workshops seem to be few and far between where you are.

Really enjoying your taking us along and getting to see places and things I will never see in person. Your geology lessons are great too.

250srock  | 

Hi Doublediamond, I wrote a blog about how to budget (and plan) your own motorcycle adventure. Might be a good read if you want to know how much a trip will cost. Here is the link: https://www.itchyboots.com/blog/bikers-guide/budgeting-your-next-motorcycle-trip-what-to-keep-in-mind

Noraly  | 

The Honda 250 was a very good choice for what you are doing. I now it's too late but quite often fork seals can be cleaned (temporary fix) with a simple plastic tool called Seal Mate. But you can DIY by cutting one from thin plastic such as an old goggle lens. There are many vids on YouTube about them. Really enjoying all your vids since day 1. Best on YouTube! Ride safe and "Stay Rubber Side Down"! ;)

Curtis M  | 

You often reduce the air pressure in your tires for sift sand. What pressure do you set them at?

Louis  | 

Yes, I reduce my tyre pressure a bit when there is deep, soft sand. The pressure depends on the total weight of bike + luggage that you're dealing with, so it's some trial and error until you find something that works for you :)

Noraly  | 

thank you for the comprehensive review. A good choice! Did you ever thought about a custom made / hand made aluminium engine protection plate? From my RSA (1 month long time ago...) experiences, and I bet its the same in Namibia, as labour seems quite cheap, I could imagine that asking a welder for a 3-5mm plate seems legit :)

ChristianM  | 

HI Noraly,
If Savannah wears out, you may want to consider the CRF 300L which also has good ratings. There is an ADV version that may be more appropriate for your riding style. It would give you a little more power and a larger fuel tank. Thanks for your evaluation.
Bruce B.

Bruce B  | 

Hi Noraly, My first bike was a RE back in 1961, this SA series is particular nostalgic to me as I lived in SA {Joburg) area in the early 70's and traveled a lot of the routes you have taken. When you stay at hotels etc and when work is done on the bikes do you think you could tell us the cost involved,
Cheers Doublediamond

Doublediamond  | 

Noraly,
I truly like your approach to bike choice. Analytic and thought thru. The fact that you use the bike for what its made for is what more people should do. Less is more, is the phrase. Don't look only to high horse power or high price, high-end bikes. Just a determined populair brand is not always the right choice.
That ballhead bearings has to be changed more often, is just a cause of the way (roads) you travel. That doesn't make a bike poor quality. You have to imagine all the load off the weight and road (bumpy) to two little bearings surfaces, often not more than a couple of square milimeters.
But please stay safe and keep up the good (hard) work. Our family is always waiting for your next video.
(Vid s5-45 is amazing in Namib desert)
Best regards,
Berry

BPL  | 

Hello Noraly,
It was very interesting to read your reviews of your various bikes. If, as you say, the seat on Savannah is harder than the ones on the Himalayans, then it must indeed be a device of torture! I'm a Himalayan owner, and I had to have the set re-profiled and re-covered as I couldn't stand the original one for more than about 30 minutes at a stretch.
Loving the videos, stay safe!
Perry W

Perry W  | 

Beste Noraly,
Het is iedere keer weer genieten van je video's, ik mag ook graag off-road rijden, op de XT 500, XT 600E of de BMW R80 G/S, voor het grote avontuur zou ik de XT 600 E nemen, 45 pk en droog 150kg, 15 liter tank, fijne machine maar zeldzaam in Nederland, hier in Frankrijk zijn er genoeg te koop met weinig kilometers voor rond de €2000, zou ook wel iets voor jou zijn! Als ik nu een nieuwe motor zou kopen , de CRF 300L!

Groeten,en geniet van je avonturen,
Arnout

Arnout  | 

Meid, prachtig hoe je dit allemaal doet, je bent echt te bewonderen, nou ik hou van je en hoe je de dingen allemaal aanpakt. Hoop nog een hele tijd te kunnen genieten van jouw avonturen.
Succes
Dirk uit Antwerpen

Dirk Roadking  | 

Noraly,
I am 1.62 meters but don’t believe I could touch on a CRF250F. I believe my inseam is 78.75 cm. Does the weight of your luggage compress the suspension enough to allow your feet to touch? I purchased a Himalayan based on your reviews of Basanti and Dhanno and love the ride/seat height. However, it has already fallen in my garage and I could not pick it up (too low to get under and use the back against the seat lift). I have Givi engine guards to install, which should give me a little better angle if it falls on a ride but I am still concerned about being able to pick it up if I’m traveling alone. Do you think the Honda would serve me better than the Himalayan, despite the Honda’s extra height? It has been a real challenge for me to find a bike that would travel both tar and dirt that I can actually straddle comfortably with my short stature. I’m in the US so believe I could get a larger tank for the CRF. Thank you for your time, if you’re able to answer.

Gramas Ride  | 

Hi Gramas Ride, I always find it difficult to give advice. What works for me, may not work for you. Take it step-by-step and test your guards first and see if you can pick up your bike then. Maybe your mechanic can also give a suggestion? Enjoy your rides!

Noraly  | 

Thankyou for the review on the the bikes you have ridden. Good to see the the smaller machine is the most capable and it does'nt need to be a large machine to go places . It would be good to see the manafacturers keep up ,and increase their focus on sensible, light weight capable machines !
Thankyou for bringing your exsperiences into or lives .

MDB500  | 

Thanks fr yr kind and detailed explanation about your trips.

Really, driving through sandy roads gets you very tired, and kind of nervous, while risking to slide and loose control.
Or you do it fast an leave the control to the front wheel, with soft touches, or you go slow, and take a longer trip.
¿How to decide? Being shure that you fill secure. No more...
And great bike to do it: big front wheel, light weight, and when slidding a bit, give more gas and let the wheel to enrute again.
Of course, beautifull theory.
I drive a Yamaha Super Tenere 1.200 cc, very heavy, but great power. Stand on the pedals, gives, somo more sustentability, but one gests tired soon. So, then... just stop for a while.
On difficult spots, one should go with decission. Doing it kind of scared, conduces to an inminent fall.
Here in Chile, the pandemic situation and very strict rules, has kept us at home, more than what we would like, but not much to do about. We had planned, with my group, a trip to the Ruta Libertadores, the international pass to Mendoza, Argentina, very beautifull ride, but now we are in te snow season, so postponed.
I also had to change o rings in front suspension. In this bike, equiped with inverted suspenssion is more risky due to the fact that the leak, goes into the caliper and you lost break efficiency.
Very interesting country Namidia, and how kind everybody looks, owners of hostals, gas station attendance, etc.
Well, keep on Noraly Drive safetly and take care
Rgds
Guillermo

juan guillermo  | 

Nice job on your review of the Honda CRF250L. Keep up the good work on your videos! Be safe!
Tom

TCBronson  | 

First thought is: A trip around the world roughly is consuming the entire life expectancy of a motorcycle, mainly by wearing out its engine. I wonder what mileage one can ultimately expect from a 250cc Honda. Around 66K mls/ 100K Km seems due for actually completing a trip once around our planet. This seems to be asking a lot from the wee single to me!

Second thought: Someone mentioned Kinga and her BMW F800 here. Watching Kingas videos and comparing the stress the BMW gives here off-road, I wonder if the bike isn't too heavy for her in such situations and if she wouldn't be better off with a much lighter motorfietsje. I found her trip up Sani pass rather telling. She had all her stuff on her Chili, which of course makes a huge difference when going up such a "road", but the road wasn't washed out by torrential rainfalls when she was there, which helped her a lot. She dropped her Chili shortly before the steepest incline, about where Noraly stopped for a short break to catch breath and show the landscape I guess. I notice in Kinga's videos that she drops Chili fairly often anyway! Weight vs. rider's strength-issue?

Third thought: Ummm… No, can't think that far today, I'm afraid. Caught the dumbs yesterday. o.0

Zweispurmopped  | 

I can't imagine climbing Sani Pass on any larger bike, let alone trying to squeeze through that tiny opening in the fence several episodes ago (the one where you had to sort of wedge Savannah through), and, between impromptu beach riding and all the deep sand you have encountered, I think the jury has decided you made the perfect choice of riding companion. I have only owned large dual sport/adventure bikes and often realize I would struggle, and probably fail, at getting through some of the areas you have tackled. I am so happy for your great success with Itchy Boots and cannot wait to see how this saga unfolds.

Bsmukler  | 

Excellent insights on your mount. It seems with a large fuel tank and a proper bash plate you would have perfection for this adventure. I am born and raised in the eastern United States and have been on a motorcycle adventure for 50 years. It has been a pleasure to get to know you through your vlog and I suspect I can speak for all your followers by saying you have become family. The quality of your video production is excellent! You've come along way baby! My wife and I are always looking forward to the next posting. Be safe and watch your back. God bless you.

AgtSenior  | 

Hi Noraly!
Excellent review. I think Savannah was the perfect choice for your African adventures. As you stated the smaller tank seems to be the main issue but the fuel bladders are a good work-around that allow you increased range. If you were on Ronin I don’t think the extra weight (Ronin ~ 196Kg vs Savannah ~144Kg = 42Kg difference) would be any fun at all in the sand.
Waiting for your review of the new Revit Sand 4 Jacket. I know it’s not super-hot there yet but how is the ventilation on the jacket? I’m looking at this for my next jacket. I’m in Houston Texas and it’s basically like riding in a steam room so jacket ventilation is critical for riding here.
Ride Safe,
Jamie

Jamie_S  | 

Can I say "dear" noraly?
I have been following you for some time on your fantastic travels in which I seem to be sitting behind you on your fantastic travel companions, your motorcycles.
You convey wonderful emotions and enthusiasm and willpower ... you are an inspiration.
Courage, keep it up and make us dream ...

Gianluca Momoli  | 

You made the right choice....especially when traveling in a place like Africa. Honda's are 99% bullet proof and almost anyone can fix one. I'm sorry to hear that you were unable to install a few of your favorite after market accessories....the pipe would have given you a little more HP. However, you seem to love it and it loves you....LOL

Hazmat911CA  | 

Hi Niraly
Many thanks for this good review,I really enjoyed reading it
Thanks for all your great video ,you give me motivation to ride more and more 🙂
Ride safe (waiting for future vidéo)
Thierry

Thierry  | 

Thank you for your great videos of the amazing world that we live in. Such beauty and adventure! Ride safe.

Rickrides  | 

Hi Noraly,
I have followed you since day one and what I see is how far you have come in the production of your videos. Initially I thought they were very good but compared to now there is no comparison. Very professional and first class work. The drone vids have gone from great to absolutely spectacular with excellent accompanying music. Good on you!
As an aging biker myself I am very impressed with what you take on and how you handle difficult and sometimes dangerous situations. Keep it up.

Leeward

Leeward  | 

People often dismiss small capacity bikes as viable options. I hired a CRF250 in Vietnam and had a ball. It did the ride easily and was much easier on the real tough stuff like parts of the Ho Chi Minh trail where the trail was overgrown and fallen trees were obstructing the trail. I am considering the new 300 Honda.

Justdrew  | 

Hi Noraly, Nice read. It's nice you can have a lot of faith in the Honda, especially when your travelling for thousands of miles in the middle of nowhere. Stay Safe.

Les moore  | 

Hi Noraly, thank you for your review of Savannah, it was very interesting, I enjoyed reading it, but I am no longer a rider as I am too old and my wife is not in very good health, she needs constant care and attention, but I am still a biker at heart, that is something that never leaves you, thank you for all your videos I enjoy every one of them immensely. X

Alf  | 

love the way you thought it out on picking Savannah. great job and great comparison to all three bikes. i so agree that each bike has its place all depending on where you ride. i only ride tarmac or real good dirt road so am so admiring of you tackling the off road stiff just to see and share something interesting. thanks for all the geologic information for us technical people.

Delmas  | 

Secret to your success with motos. Give the bike a rad name. Love it for what it does well. Upgrade what you can. Put some serious miles on it. Give it some tlc once and a while. Keep the focus on the ride and route. Share what you and the bike experience with all of us. Win win all around. :) 24,000 miles on my CRF 250 L between me and my daughter Lily who rides it now.

secondcreekrider  | 

Great job picking little Savannah for your African travels Noraly. Too many listen to advertising words: Adventure, Titanium, Platinum, Horse power, and many others.
I'm not going to ask about flats because of all the flack you received from fixing Dhanno's in South America, but your comment was 100% true.
I hope you get your larger fuel tank and better bash plate sooner than a lot more later than it has been.
What adventures Savannah has taken you on so far.

Mike - P.  | 

Hiya Noraly. Great to get my first 'personal' e-mail.
I have watched your vids from the start and love them all. Now my wife always asks "has Itchy put another vid up yet". Having been a motorcyclist for 60 odd yers I appreciate all the problems you tackle on your bike's. Your little Honda seems a super machine. I competed on bikes for many years before going back on the road and started my touring, only in Europe on the bike but Australia with a camper van. My current bike, 1996 GS is now starting to get a bit heavy! Maybe an age thing! so to see what you do on Savannah has given me fresh ideas. Proud to being a support to you as you give us all so much pleasure. Long may you continue

Jim Payne  | 

Hi Noraly,
I was quite surprised by your choice. Especially compared with Kinga "on her bike" BMW. But watching your videos and seeing where are you riding, it was right choice. I remeber one moment when you came to closed gate and you had to push Savanah through the gap. You wouldn´t be able to do that with with BMW, or any of your previous bikes. Also Sani pass, that was absolutely amazing and also terrifying for me. But you and Savanah did great. Hat off :-)
I´m looking forward to you next videos and stay safe. Greetings from Slovakia!
Miloš

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