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Old 12-17-2012, 09:57 AM   #529
DrKayak
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Location: Shingle Springs CA
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Some of you guys have drank too much of the orange Kool-Aid.

It's fun to get all excited about a new bike but you have to asks yourself - do I really have the technical single track available to justify a Free Ride as my dirt bike?

Of all the trail available in NorCal. I would say 5% is Free Ride teritory. The rest would be more fun on a 350exc/f. Unless you are a very timid rider and always goes slow. Then the Honda may be just as good for you at 1/2 the price.

The forks are off a 85SX - kids bike. They may work execlent on the slow technical stuff but take a 200lb dude in the whoops on then and the performance will be very Honda like.

As to comparing prices to a trials bike -- You can get a NEW GasGas for $5,500 While $1,000 less than a 35exc/f = $9,500 for a Free Ride in CA.

The Free Ride will be plated in the U.S. It's the only way they will sell any.

I have money and love trials 10x more than ripping down easy stuff on my 450exc... still I don't see dropping $10k on a Free Ride. Even thougn it would be perfect on my favorite 5%.
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