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Old 05-17-2015, 05:58 PM   #1
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Heavier bikes

I don't know, I have tried for few weeks lighter bikes and while they can be fun for some time they don't give me that much satisfaction as bigger, heavier machines. Especially off-road riding gives me more rewarding experience when I am able to tame those beasts in dirt. Anyway my next bike will be rather heavier then lighter contrary to what I thought not so long ago so it's good motivation to stay in shape when I get older.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:15 PM   #2
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it's good motivation to stay in shape when I get older.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:18 PM   #3
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Meh. I understand what you're saying, and since I'm unable to keep off the dirt, all my bikes have seen dirt duty including an antique sportster, an EX500, and a CM450E

While I do get some satisfaction from finessing a big bike like the XT600 or Sportster through some dirt trails, you can't beat a lithe little 250-350 class bike in the dirt. My NX250 feels like a mountain bicycle after getting off my XT600, no comparison.

Although if I had to keep only one bike, it'd probably be one considered heavy for dirt use, like my XT600. You can always finesse a heavier bike on the dirt, but you can't always use a small, light bike safely on the street.
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:28 PM   #4
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:51 PM   #5
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Heavy will break bones.
Its not the work of riding a heavy bike in the dirt, its the helicopter ride at the end, its expensive!
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:57 PM   #6
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Especially off-road riding gives me more rewarding experience when I am able to tame those beasts in dirt.
First, what about defining "off-road" and "dirt"?

If you mean off tarseal and on to "dirt" (ie gravel) roads and tracks, well: so what?

If you mean true offroad, then you're biting off a real argument, troll-fashion, as is your wont.
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Old 05-17-2015, 11:50 PM   #7
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:42 AM   #8
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If I could ride as well as those guys, I'd get a big bike too. They probably don't spend as much time picking up their bikes as I do.

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Old 05-18-2015, 02:21 AM   #9
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Yeah, well, if you could ride as well as Birchy does, then I could understand. He could ride road bikes on that stuff.

However, the ST is just on formed tracks - not "offroad" in my lexicon. People in my country (Chris Birch's) do ride road bikes on that sort of track (and our State Highway One is just like it).
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:36 AM   #10
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I like a bit heavier bike off pavement - to a degree. It always sucks more to pick one up though, and unless one is speaking of a heavier "dirt" bike, repairs required as a result of riding off-road are more likely to occur and generally much more expensive to fix.

I suspect for most folks it depends on what type of riding they are doing. Me? I'm not doing anything crazy, therefore I'll trade some agility for stability. I much prefer my 525 over my 250X as an example. Heck, I even enjoy taking big bikes off pavement to plod along if the terrain is suitable.

Chris Birch and those like him are a rare breed. Exceptional skills, a support staff, and most likely not having to pay for repairs - makes for exiting videos! ;)
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:04 AM   #11
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a big bike like the XT600 or Sportster
huh?
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:35 AM   #12
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huh?
The XT600 is a pig for hardcore off-road, the Sporty is a pig for absolutely anything, including gravel trails.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:42 AM   #13
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Scrambles

Before my time really, people rode Sportsters in scrambles, and lot of other big bikes.
People on smaller two strokes loved beating them.
Story comes from a guy rode an Adler at the time. I hen a DKW or NSU I think.
In the 70s a cousin had a CZ 380 with laid down aftermarket shocks. Which qualified as big and heavy.
Enjoy yourselves.
The only "problem" with big heavy is it can bite you. Hard.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:51 AM   #14
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I was always quite comfortable on single track with my XL600 Honda. It wasn't really heavy compared to some of the big adventure bikes, but the 2-stroke guys always did a double take...especially on Pismo Dunes. The paddle tire combined with the 600 thumper was pretty bad ass.
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Old 05-22-2015, 11:54 PM   #15
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To each his/her own...

I tend to prefer smaller bikes, especially offroad.
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