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Old 03-19-2011, 11:01 AM   #61
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Great thread, thanks for starting it. I have over 100,000 miles on Yamaha 250s, riding mostly to and in NM and CO.



I finally gave up on the 250 because it was barely making it over 12,000' passes in CO and I hated the chain. Bought a 650 shaft drive, which is really heavy for me but should last longer because I was riding long days at full throttle on the 250 (one 500 mile day in 9 hours slabbing through the midwest--that poor little bike!)

The 650:


My solution to the kickstart vs magic start button dilemma with vintage bikes was to get a BMW conversion R69S frame 75/5 engine:


I ride solo and besides being short, I'm old and have some old injuries (not all from riding bikes ) which would make it impossible to get onto a high bike or handle one with a high center of gravity. I also have sever osteoporosis so my doctors think I shouldn't ride at all. Not planning to break a hip falling out of the rocking chair, though. I'm riding 2 wheels for as long as I can, and looking at 3 after that.

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Old 03-19-2011, 11:07 AM   #62
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Thanks for the reply. I'll see if I can talk her into trying it out. Is there a thread on "How to get the 'ole lady to ride"?
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:40 AM   #63
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The Underkill chronicles (I gotta ride that one sometime! anyone else have someone 'launch' and then catch them? fun times!)
My girlfriend rides my raised DR650 on occasion, it is hilarious. We do the launch and catch routine as well. She always comes back giggling insanely and babbling about power, acceleration etc. It must be a shock to go from a TTR125 to a 650. It is fun to watch and once she's rolling she does great.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:21 PM   #64
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By the title I thought you needed women. Clearly I was mistaken. However in the future if you find you are actually short a few woman I would be more than happy to donate my wife...











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Old 03-19-2011, 03:54 PM   #65
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I ride solo and besides being short, I'm old and have some old injuries (not all from riding bikes ) which would make it impossible to get onto a high bike or handle one with a high center of gravity. I also have sever osteoporosis so my doctors think I shouldn't ride at all. Not planning to break a hip falling out of the rocking chair, though. I'm riding 2 wheels for as long as I can, and looking at 3 after that.

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Old 03-19-2011, 04:34 PM   #66
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My girlfriend rides my raised DR650 on occasion, it is hilarious. We do the launch and catch routine as well. She always comes back giggling insanely and babbling about power, acceleration etc. It must be a shock to go from a TTR125 to a 650. It is fun to watch and once she's rolling she does great.
you're tellin me! Just got to ride the boy's new 690 enduro R... dammit i want one!!!
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:09 PM   #67
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By the title I thought you needed women. Clearly I was mistaken. However in the future if you find you are actually short a few woman I would be more than happy to donate my wife...











Wow.. Brave man...
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:36 PM   #68
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:18 PM   #69
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So, those of you who had the suspension travel shortened, what parts were replaced and what was the cost? Did any of you and your friends do the work to put in travel limiters on the shocks or forks where possible? More detail on this would make this thread a great reference for shortening travel to lower bikes for shorter riders. At that point it should be a "stickie" post.

I know most flat trackers riding the MX bikes will shorten travel, whether having it done by a specialist or by their own skills. I have done a few fork reworks on standard non-cartridge forks (seal replacement) and did a shock rebuild on an old CR250. Both could have had the travel shortened significantly and easily with spacers inside the shock to shorten the travel, current method on the budget flat track bikes - not everyone can afford Penske or WP shocks. I wondered if anyone in this post did it themselves. If not, what did it cost to have it done.

The spacer set up has to be the least expensive way to go, provided the bike has a rebuildable shock. DRzs mostly do have them.
I had mine done by Jeff Slavens here in Colorado Springs. Mostly because he was local and if it didn't work I wanted to be able to take in back to him. When I bought the bike I budgeted around $1000 for the lowering and it was right around $900.

$alty, I know. But now I have a bike I love and a suspension that I can swap out to bike #5 that I will be picking up tomorrow!
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:22 PM   #70
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I'm 5'3" and have the lower 09 model. I have very little foam left, suspension softened as much as i think I can safely go, and still have to scoot off the seat to get a foot down. I'm used to it, so it's ok for me, but I think unless you just want a new KLX for yourself I wouldnt bother. If the woman is new to riding, learning to ride on a bike that looks to be too tall for her, in singletrack (which I really hate anyway, trees hurt!) is just begging her to not like it. I'd get her a much smaller, much lighter (little bit o weight loss makes a huge difference) TTR125 or similar dirtbike and let her learn on that. They're cheap as hell, so if she doesnt like it, you can easily unload it and not be out much money. and if she does like it, she can pick out whatever bike she wants! That's my vote anyway.

Reference pic. I'm tippy toes on both sides. This is with regular boots, not motocross boots where I can't flex my ankle as much. Havent ridden the bike with the good boots yet...
Nice!

Our friend CJ Rider (aka the evil leprechaun) got a KLX last year. She's our hero at 4'10", I know she got the lowering link and maybe cut down the seat. I took it for a spin and it fit me perfect, nice smooth ride too. They are really nice bikes.
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:50 PM   #71
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I ride solo and besides being short, I'm old and have some old injuries (not all from riding bikes ) which would make it impossible to get onto a high bike or handle one with a high center of gravity. I also have sever osteoporosis so my doctors think I shouldn't ride at all. Not planning to break a hip falling out of the rocking chair, though. I'm riding 2 wheels for as long as I can, and looking at 3 after that.

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Old 03-19-2011, 09:14 PM   #72
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I ride solo and besides being short, I'm old and have some old injuries (not all from riding bikes ) which would make it impossible to get onto a high bike or handle one with a high center of gravity. I also have sever osteoporosis so my doctors think I shouldn't ride at all. Not planning to break a hip falling out of the rocking chair, though. I'm riding 2 wheels for as long as I can, and looking at 3 after that.

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Old 03-20-2011, 05:52 AM   #73
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It's not just you Kenny61

I though this was a thread about dating Truckin'Thumper.

my bad..


Ok, I guess it's time to change the name of this thread!


Any suggestions?
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:28 AM   #74
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Great thread, RR.
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Old 03-20-2011, 08:43 AM   #75
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Great idea for a thread, RegionRiley! Since the title is “this is what we ride,” prolly should start there, eh?

For reference, Katie is normal sized and I’m the short one here:


As I type this up, I realize that maybe us RFS folk may generally need to take more “baby steps” than most folks to find a bike that works for us. Here’s what’s passed through our garage:

DUAL SPORT BIKES THAT I LIKE

Suz DR650
-Great for long distance road trips
-Wears me out when we go “exploring” on narrow or technical trails
-Completed my first Iron Butt ride on this bike: 1000 miles of dirt in 24 hours
-Great to have all that four stroke power up at 13,114ft


Kaw KLX250
-Great for “exploring”
-Must work hard to keep up on highway pavement, but doable
-Completed my second endurance ride on this bike: 50 mtn passes in 50 hours

STREET BIKES THAT DIDN’T WORK

Buell Blast
-Fits “mini me” like a glove and is great fun going downhill
-Has a tough time going uphill where I live at 8,465ft

Ducati Monster
-Beautiful bike
-Has the turning radius of a London double-decker bus, which is not so good in a parking lot if you cannot touch the ground

DIRT BIKES THAT I OUTGREW

Hon XR100
-Small, unintimidating, and pretty cheap
-A little tough to kick start, but a good beginner bike

Yam TTR125L
-Small, unintimidating, and pretty cheap, easier to kick start
-A good beginner bike, but not much of a step up from the XR100

GG Pampera
-Odd ergonomics and odd components
-Construction not quite as tough as Japanese models

Kaw KX100
-Decent suspension, really lightweight, and could kick start with my hand
-Tough for steep or technical hill climbs


DIRT BIKES THAT I LIKE TODAY

KTM105
-Oh yeah, this bike has all the benefits of the KX, but better suspension, power, ergonomics, and components such as a hydraulic clutch


Service Honda 250 (CRX250 engine shoved into a CR85 frame)
-All the power in a small size with an electric starter
-Expensive a little odd ergonomics


GG TXT200Pro
-Helps to learn tech skills


OK, that’s all I got other than some great friends:


I also just realized that I don’t have very many pics of RegionRiley and Bonnie Abbzug, so we gotta DO something about that since the weather’s getting nice and the snow’s starting to clear from the trails, eh!
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