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zx10r-Alan

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Trying the dark side
« on: September 30, 2015, 10:05:30 PM »

I haven't had an off-road bike for 20 years, but now we live in 'the sticks', it feels like I should have one in the garage, so I'm currently negotiating hard to buy an old XT600. Does anyone else have a mixture of bikes, or is everyone just into road/track bikes?
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michael4012

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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2015, 10:58:01 AM »

im thinking about a early tiger 800 for everyday and winter roads :icon_thumright:
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zx10r-Alan

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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2015, 12:04:39 PM »

Well a deal has been done. Its a '92 XT600, 16,000km from new, 19 months ITV (MOT), new tyres & exhaust, needs new grips and has a small dent in the tank and a small crack in the plastic side panel, but for €800 or £630, I feel I've got a bargain.
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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2015, 02:06:57 PM »

Well a deal has been done. Its a '92 XT600, 16,000km from new, 19 months ITV (MOT), new tyres & exhaust, needs new grips and has a small dent in the tank and a small crack in the plastic side panel, but for €800 or £630, I feel I've got a bargain.
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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2015, 02:45:32 PM »

Have a CRF450R - full fat but made road legal.
Bought it after the series of nasty winters we had.
£60 for a full set of plastics, unbreakable everything fitted, etc.
With the original wheels and two sets of offroad tyres its am absolute hoot when its crap, 10mins and its ready for green lane fun.
As it is its ready for 50'ish miles of on road smiles with Talon/Excel 17" wheels and tyres that'll do 20+k.
It'll only do 80mph but its on one wheel the whole time.
Would keep it but the new house means only two bikes and the 10R and the 14R win on that count.
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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2015, 08:34:42 PM »

I have a very wide selection of bikes. I was brought up riding off road, trials, enduro and MX.
 I have a 1994 KX250 MX, a 1992 Honda CRM250 enduro, BSA C15 trials, Triumph Tiger Cub trials and road bike and a BSA A7 SS road bike. Riding off road has immeasurably helped my road riding, throttle control, balance and being able to slide a bike off road means you don't panic as much when it happens on road or track.
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zx10r-Alan

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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2015, 10:12:01 PM »

I completely agree that riding off-road helps you on-road and on-track. Aged 9, I was given an MOT failed bike, no brakes, bald tyres, but I still used to race around the fields, slipping and sliding around, and like you say, when it happens on the road, you just react instantly and calmly.
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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2015, 11:41:05 PM »

Enduro is the future. Got a KTM stroker for Enduro Hare and Hounds stuff. Practice days are about £40. Tyres last for ages and you use buggerall petrol. Mud is softer than tarmac too. The R1 has only ventured out on track once this year (and that was a Brands GP freebie) but the KTM is out every weekend. Enduro is like motocross but for the more mature rider. :lol: Does wonders for your road riding too.
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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2015, 09:58:50 PM »

Mighty xr400 for me, great bike, best bit is its air cooled, so no radiators to break. Had a go on a well sorted wr426, Christ that was fast and so controllable.
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zx10r-Alan

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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2015, 10:02:18 PM »

Well so far i'm loving the XT and its getting more use than the ninja, though thats mainly due to living on a farm miles from anywhere.
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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2015, 10:24:59 PM »

 :headbang:

I'd love to find, buy a cheap Mx and use it to get bike fit..er over winter on it. Got a mxtrackin Slough, near me and been watching mainly, looks good fun. 

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Re: Trying the dark side
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2015, 09:37:16 AM »

Define "cheap"
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