Originally Posted by BigOhio
, watching you on the 690 brought back no-so-fond memories and made me remember why I have a 450 now. Not nearly as much fun getting to the riding, but that thing would wear my butt out on the trails.
Today was an experiment for me. I wanted to see how the 690 would be on the trail. I figured Wayne would be a good place since the trails are wider and more flowing. Also, I had just ridden my 250f at Wayne a few weeks ago and I would have that as a comparison.
You are right, it wore me out. Not surprisingly it wore me out way faster than the 250. The 690 is heavier and has so much more power. It also has a very limited turning radius. This is the one that bit me on the last get off before I headed home.
So the experiment taught me what the bike is capable of, which is quite a bit to be honest. However, I think I will continue to use the 690 for gravel road exploration duty and my 250f for trail riding.