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Forum: 2 smokers 05-22-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,155
Posted By Bud Tugly
Their biggest distinction was that leading-link...

Their biggest distinction was that leading-link front suspension. Under hard use of the front brake the front end would actually rise rather than dive like "normal" telescoping forks. I never owned...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-23-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,425
Posted By Bud Tugly
I had a KE125 that I used for commuting back in...

I had a KE125 that I used for commuting back in the 1970's (mine was actually called a KS125 but it was identical to the later KE's). I had a 30 mile round trip ride on secondary roads where I ran...
Forum: 2 smokers 03-19-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
Posted By Bud Tugly
I had the 1972 version and it appeared to be...

I had the 1972 version and it appeared to be identical except for the paint scheme. It was a lot of fun on curvy back roads and will make a nice commuter. Looks like you've got great advice here...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-09-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 18,996
Posted By Bud Tugly
Some folks like big power in a bike because it...

Some folks like big power in a bike because it makes for relaxed freeway cruising with plenty of reserve and some love to wring big bikes out on the track, but there is no way to ride one at anything...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-09-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 18,996
Posted By Bud Tugly
Massive power in the hands of a skilled and...

Massive power in the hands of a skilled and experienced rider is one thing, but put that in the hands of a new rider and we all know there will likely be trouble. Besides sudden death or huge...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-07-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 401
Views: 18,996
Posted By Bud Tugly
So much of this depends on where you ride, and...

So much of this depends on where you ride, and that's why we'll never all agree. If you live where there's a lot of high speed multi-lane roads and your off-roading consists of mostly gravel roads...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-05-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 18,996
Posted By Bud Tugly
Back in the 70's I had a 125 Kawasaki that topped...

Back in the 70's I had a 125 Kawasaki that topped out at a little over 70mph and I rode at 60mph commuting on 2-lane roads. Later I had a 250 Yamaha twin that would hit 90mph and could cruise all...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 02-03-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 401
Views: 18,996
Posted By Bud Tugly
My definition of the ideal adventure bike would...

My definition of the ideal adventure bike would be the smallest bike (in weight and power) that can safely keep up with traffic on the fastest road you plan to travel on. Obviously the answer will...
Forum: Americas 01-31-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 10,308
Posted By Bud Tugly
Back when I was still in my teens I rode a 50cc...

Back when I was still in my teens I rode a 50cc Honda around Lake Superior. My top speed was only 45mph and I slowed to 25 or less on the steepest grades but made the entire 1200 miles in great...
Forum: 2 smokers 01-20-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,845
Posted By Bud Tugly
Never owned one of these but I had the Kawasaki...

Never owned one of these but I had the Kawasaki equivalent (1974 KS125) and it topped out at just over 70 indicated. I used it on a 30 mile highway commute and ran it at 55-60 mph all the way with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-07-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,560
Posted By Bud Tugly
Great book! I read it many years ago and it gave...

Great book! I read it many years ago and it gave me the gumption to make a career change which gave me less money but much more satisfaction since I had far more time to do the things that were...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-09-2013, 10:43 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 68,492
Posted By Bud Tugly
And in 1974 bought one of these and had tons of...

And in 1974 bought one of these and had tons of fun playing in the woods with it:

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Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 12-09-2013, 10:25 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 68,492
Posted By Bud Tugly
This is a 1965 Bultaco Campera 175 that I rode in...

This is a 1965 Bultaco Campera 175 that I rode in several actual enduroes way back then. I always thought the Japanese based their enduro models of the late 60's on these Spanish and other European...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-20-2013, 01:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,623
Posted By Bud Tugly
Anybody remember Ed Herfelder?

He wrote an absolutely hilarious column for Cycle Magazine called "The Duct Tapes" all about the foibles of enduro riding many moons ago. As I recall he rode a Bultaco Matador and he's the guy I...
Forum: 2 smokers 10-20-2013, 01:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,107
Posted By Bud Tugly
"Super Hunky" is a legend! I had a subscription...

"Super Hunky" is a legend! I had a subscription to Dirt Bike Magazine back when he was writing for them. He didn't mince words, and he'd tell you everything that was right and wrong about a bike in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-19-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 18,153
Posted By Bud Tugly
I guess the Cub has to be #1 since so many of...

I guess the Cub has to be #1 since so many of them have been made, but their introduction just made the big boys smile since they were so tiny. When the mid-60's CB's came out it proved Japan could...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 18,153
Posted By Bud Tugly
A vote for the mid-1960's Honda CB250/305 models...

A vote for the mid-1960's Honda CB250/305 models as the bikes that ushered in the Japanese revolution and led to the demise of the entire British motorcycle industry. They started easily, didn't...
Forum: 2 smokers 07-20-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,444
Posted By Bud Tugly
No experience with the Suzuki, but I had a 1974...

No experience with the Suzuki, but I had a 1974 KS125 Kawasaki enduro that I used to run at 55-60 mph while commuting 30 miles to school years ago. It held up to it just fine, even with standard...
Forum: 2 smokers 06-23-2013, 01:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,343
Posted By Bud Tugly
Depends on your definition of "touring". For...

Depends on your definition of "touring". For interstate highways I'd go with the Suzuki 500 Titan. Basically 2/3 of a Water Buffalo with plenty of power for anything.

If you can stick to 2...
Forum: Day Trippin' 05-28-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 960
Posted By Bud Tugly
Nice pictures and all but I gotta correct you on...

Nice pictures and all but I gotta correct you on one point. Manistee and Cadillac are in SOUTHWEST Michigan from my perspective, not northern. More than half of the land area of the state are north...
Forum: Old's Cool 02-20-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,167
Posted By Bud Tugly
Regarding the questions posed by the OP, the...

Regarding the questions posed by the OP, the CL350 is capable of sustained cruising at 60-70 mph and traveling on mild off-road like gravel and dirt roads but it's not for rough single track. ...
Forum: Thumpers 01-15-2013, 10:29 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,705
Posted By Bud Tugly
Excellent thread, and many good points made on...

Excellent thread, and many good points made on both sides of the issue. Hey, if you use a dual-purpose bike mostly on the street and rarely venture off-road other than a few rides down a smooth...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-14-2013, 12:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,174
Posted By Bud Tugly
The Brit singles and twins were major forces in...

The Brit singles and twins were major forces in road and dirt racing up through the early 60's but by the mid to late 60's they were getting routinely smoked by the European 2-stokes. Bultaco, CZ,...
Forum: Old's Cool 01-13-2013, 12:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,174
Posted By Bud Tugly
They were just about the slowest 250's on the...

They were just about the slowest 250's on the market in their day, so making one into some pseudo-racer is rather pathetic. The European and Japanese 2-stokes had already sounded a death knell to...
Forum: Road warriors 01-13-2013, 03:54 AM
Replies: 1,635
Views: 157,307
Posted By Bud Tugly
For better or worse, bikes are becoming more...

For better or worse, bikes are becoming more car-llike. Just push the magic button and away you go and it runs reliably for many thousands of miles with nothing more than routine maintenence. Fuel...
Forum: Road warriors 01-11-2013, 11:43 PM
Replies: 1,635
Views: 157,307
Posted By Bud Tugly
It's cool to see the 250-500cc segment starting...

It's cool to see the 250-500cc segment starting to fill back in with new models. This was once a very popular size of bike and has been neglected for a while.

These bikes, in both on and off...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-08-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,474
Posted By Bud Tugly
I had a CT90 back in the 70's and it worked great...

I had a CT90 back in the 70's and it worked great for exploring out by the cabin. Problem is that it would have to be plated to be legal to drive into the village and then the drivers would all have...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-07-2013, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,474
Posted By Bud Tugly
There are an awful lot of 2-track back roads...

There are an awful lot of 2-track back roads around there, and I think a conventional 2-wheeler would work better on them.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-07-2013, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,474
Posted By Bud Tugly
Scooter for my cabin

I have a cabin on a remote lake in the middle of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and am thinking of getting a scooter to keep out there. The cabin is 12 miles from a tiny village that has a bar and a gas...
Forum: Ride reports 12-28-2012, 09:37 AM
Replies: 642
Views: 348,035
Posted By Bud Tugly
Great adventure, Raphael! I did something...

Great adventure, Raphael! I did something similar 45 years ago when I was 16 on a Honda 50, although my trip was only 1200 miles. Here's a link to the report:
...
Forum: Thumpers 10-30-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 574
Posted By Bud Tugly
Cool little bike. I had a 1974 model KS 125 and...

Cool little bike. I had a 1974 model KS 125 and the rotary valve engine put out a nice wide torque range for a 2-stroke. You may be surprised how capable they are, especially on tight woods trails.
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2012, 04:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,980
Posted By Bud Tugly
Unless you're dead set on getting a Yamaha, there...

Unless you're dead set on getting a Yamaha, there are two other bikes in the 250 class you might want to consider. Kawasaki makes the KLX250, which has a carburetor and is water cooled with...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-23-2012, 04:29 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,902
Posted By Bud Tugly
My vote is for the Swiss army knife of...

My vote is for the Swiss army knife of motorcycles - the DR650. It can do everything from tight single track to RTW trips and is simple and extremely reliable. It's far from the best bike at...
Forum: 2 smokers 07-29-2012, 03:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,637
Posted By Bud Tugly
Abdelhub - Gotta love those old Greeves, and...

Abdelhub - Gotta love those old Greeves, and they'd certainly get the job done. I remember them well, and about the nicest anyone said about their appearance was "cobbly".

Rpage11 - A good...
Forum: 2 smokers 07-18-2012, 12:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,632
Posted By Bud Tugly
A fun little bike for playing in the woods or...

A fun little bike for playing in the woods or running around town. They were Suzuki's answer to the Honda Trail 90, but had better suspension (for the day) and more power. That dual range...
Forum: 2 smokers 07-16-2012, 11:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,637
Posted By Bud Tugly
Back in my early days of riding I had a 175cc...

Back in my early days of riding I had a 175cc Bultaco Campera and a 125cc Kawasaki KS 125. Both were terrific bikes for the deep woods. They barely weighed 200 ;bs so were easy to pick up and...
Forum: 2 smokers 07-16-2012, 07:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,637
Posted By Bud Tugly
Perfect fit except street legal would be nice for...

Perfect fit except street legal would be nice for connecting trails.
Forum: 2 smokers 07-16-2012, 06:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,637
Posted By Bud Tugly
The ideal deep woods play bike

I live in the deep Michigan woods and would like to discuss the ideal play bike for these conditions, which are similar for many others in the northern Midwest, the north-east, much of eastern...
Forum: Ride reports 06-12-2012, 05:42 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 32,662
Posted By Bud Tugly
You have to follow your own conscience on this,...

You have to follow your own conscience on this, but I'm a grandfather to 5 children. If I had been yours and knew that you would have to sell your bike and abandon your trip to attend my funeral I...
Forum: Ride reports 06-11-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 42,077
Posted By Bud Tugly
I did the same trip way back in 1966 when I was...

I did the same trip way back in 1966 when I was 16 years old on a 50cc Honda. Thankfully traffic was pretty light back in those days. Here's a link to my trip report:
...
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