Best thumper for dirt trail exploring?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Guy Jinbaiquerre, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Hans_Krugger

    Hans_Krugger Rock Jock

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    I recommend the Yamaha XT250. Its got an appropriate seat hieght, is light, highly reliable and performs very well. It is street legal and 70 mph is not a problem, yet it still has the torque for getting down and dirty. These little Yam Thumpers are a standard - tried and true. They are a good value for the money. I bought a new 2009 this summer for $3,999.

    I generally ride backroads, some steep trails and abandoned rail lines. I also ride golf courses and my nieghbor lawns. Man the XT250 is perfect for rutting up a golf green with donuts. I also use mine when hunting yard gnomes. That baby can plow down day lillies like a Sherman tank. Its also the perfect size for playing Cat Polo. It corners as tight as most cats and its low enough that you use a regular croquet mallet . It also takes curbs well - really handy for out running the cops.

    Most of all, the Yamaha XT250 is a chick magent. Babes go ga-ga over it. Everytime I pull up next to a traffic light, soccor moms, hot cougars, super models and gorgeous mature women flash me, shout out their phone numbers and beg for a ride. Its not me. It is the XT 250. Buy one. It will change your life. It changed mine.
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  2. Poacher Bob

    Poacher Bob Persona non grata

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    None of that shit happened to me! Oh, i had a XT 225...:cry
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  3. lobolator

    lobolator Been here awhile

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    Dual Baja style, FRAME mounted headlights pointing wherever the bike is going not the bars, 3.7 gallons of gas and a reasonable seat height!!!! If my KLX had all that it would be damn near perfect, for a 250.
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  4. ReferJohn

    ReferJohn 3RD Generation Rider

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  5. ntm1973

    ntm1973 Been here awhile

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    How much luggage do you want to carry exploring hard trails? I would recommend against a back pack, it's to easy to get hurt if you fall with one on. If you want to carry luggage, you may want to figure that out before you get set on a bike. Some of the bikes mentioned in this thread are better at accomodating luggage than others. Yea, almost anything can be made to work (if you throw enough $$$ at it) but some have more aftermarket support.

    I have a klx250s that I enjoy and can make work camping with wolfman enduro bags but I would have to go the giant loop if I was camping on a more regular basis or in colder temps/at altitude that requires more gear.

    The wr250r has a lot of luggage options but if "feels" taller than the klx250 and most other bikes in the class.

    The xt225 is a great little bike and easy to work on with good aftermarket support, the xt250 doesn't have the same level of aftermarket support ......yet.

    The crf250l might be good but is too new to have any aftermarket support.
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