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Old 02-03-2015, 03:24 PM   #1
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Trials bike for commuting to work

I want something close to a trials bike for commuting to work. My commute is about 6-8 miles at relatively low speeds (below 80km/h). I want something that's light, is awesomely suspended, has to have fun-levels of power, and should be happy jumping up and down from park benches. A near-conventional seat would be nice. It doesn't need any storage space, it'll be used for short rides only.

Is there something out there for me?
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
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Maybe something like... (If in US: assuming you can convert an off road only bike to street legal in your location) Outside US I wouldn't know...

Gas Gas Randonne:


OSSA Explorer:


Sherco x-ride:
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:44 PM   #3
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I want something close to a trials bike for commuting to work. My commute is about 6-8 miles at relatively low speeds (below 80km/h). I want something that's light, is awesomely suspended, has to have fun-levels of power, and should be happy jumping up and down from park benches. A near-conventional seat would be nice. It doesn't need any storage space, it'll be used for short rides only.

Is there something out there for me?
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Old 02-03-2015, 09:14 PM   #4
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Thanks.

I found a Gas Gas importer within a few hours of my home. There appears to be only one Ossa importer in Canada, and they're way out east in Ontario.
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:10 AM   #5
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Thanks.

I found a Gas Gas importer within a few hours of my home. There appears to be only one Ossa importer in Canada, and they're way out east in Ontario.
Have you considered Beta Alp 200? Not a true trials bike, but close/
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Old 02-04-2015, 03:49 AM   #6
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any KTM 250 two stroke dirtbike
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Old 02-04-2015, 04:03 AM   #7
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any KTM 250 two stroke dirtbike
I have to agree. My old 250 exc was pretty fun for trials in around. I had down geared it substantialy, put a trials tire on, and found it good. With the low gearing it wound out around 50mph. About 220lbs, with nice long travel for big drops. Even better, their are many more ktm smokers than trials bikes in the world.
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That GG 4t has no power. KTM Freeride.
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Old 02-04-2015, 04:29 AM   #9
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...jumping up and down from park benches...


What a way to promote trials specifically and motorcycling in general as you commute to work.
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:46 AM   #10
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What a way to promote trials specifically and motorcycling in general as you commute to work.
I was thinking of asking about street-legal tanks but had a change of heart. Plus, artillery is either expensive or time-consuming to make.

The Gas Gas Randonne is currently not imported to Canada, so even if I had one I couldn't ride it on the road.

Maybe it'll be a KTM for me.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:20 PM   #11
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Which province are you in? Can you street legal plate bikes that are not on the Transport Canada approved bikes for street legal? Not in BC anyways.


If you can street legal plate any old bike, then there are some options:

- OSSA Explorer (as already said). There are dealers in most provinces. If you phone Carrier Centre (the distributor) they probably have a used one or new old stock. Shipping is not too expensive. I got mine from Calgary and it cost $100 to ship it. The OSSA explorer is 100% trials bike with a seat. 162lbs stock.

- Scorpa 125 long ride. Basically the same as the GasGas Randonee. I had one for a short period of time. Uses a Chinese TTR type motor, but not the same. So don't plan on a big bore kit. Rides like a trials bike. Light, cable clutch, enough guts to do stuff, but not like a two stroke 250 GG. 150-160lbs stock. You can gets these from your local scorpa/sherco dealer. Personally I would take the OSSA explorer any day.

- Beta trials bike of any kind with a long range seat tank. You get a real trials bike with a mediocre seat. Believe me the seat is a PIA after a little while of road riding.

- KTM Freeride 250R - $10k. Fun, light for an enduro. NOT a trials bike- no matter what anyone says. But more nimble and lighter and a full size enduro. 200lbs stock. Some KTM shops out east might still have one or two from the initial pre-order.

- KTM 200 - full size enduro. 220lbs stock. It is an enduro and not a trials bike. So jumping up on park benches will take a pit of practise.

Good luck. I have owned all of these bikes, except the 200. My goal was different. I wanted the ultimate single track machine. Itried all of the above and then some. I found it does not exists, so now I own a GG 250 Raga for trials competition and LDT, KTM freeride for woods racing and a KTM 350 excf for everything else.
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:00 AM   #12
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$10K for a Freeride? Or, is that $10K Canadian? Still......
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