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Old 02-23-2015, 04:59 PM   #1
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Location: Tahoe Sierra
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Moved from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Sierra. Recently purchased a lightly used 2013 Yamaha XT 250 for the trails. Have a 2014 Ninja 650 ABS for the two lane twisty roads around here.

Looking forward to the Rubicon when the snow, what little there is, melts from the higher sections.
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Old 02-23-2015, 05:11 PM   #2
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Welcome. The Santa Cruz Mountains are awesome for street, but now you'll have much more to explore. That is a nice stable of bikes for your new area.

Have you done much exploring of the paved roads up there? I live a bit south of you, and love the passes. Hwy 50, 88/89, 4, 108, and even 120 for a fee.

I have heard the Rubicon is rough for dirt bikes, and more appropriate for rock crawlers. I imagine it can be done, though. Also check out the roads around Downieville just over the Sierra from you.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:17 PM   #3
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I have been through Downieville on the Ninja and have seen plenty of off road bikes. Even though the XT 250 is classified as a dual sport, it is not much fun to ride on the street. I have a carrier for the back of the pickup to take it places further from home.

Some years ago I did part of the Rubicon in my FJ40, which I no longer own. Not bad as far as I went. I plan to explore it some this summer to see how far I can get.

Some years ago I rode a Husky CR 400 and it was a super bike. The XT 250 is pretty weak by comparison so will give it a summer but am already thinking of trading to something with a bit more oomph. Perhaps an adventure bike. Who knows? One can dream.
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