Do you have a smaller trail/enduro bike?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Blink74, May 22, 2012.

  1. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I am firmly in the small bike realm, tw200 for the sand and swamps around here (its great) and a tu250 for street touring.

    Its hard to imagine a bike going through stuff better then a TW...
    I have ridden the TW through stuff I likely could not get through on foot...
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  2. hugemoth

    hugemoth Long timer

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    Springtime here in Central Oregon we have a lot of downed trees that I can lift the 175 lb bike over or drag it under. Couldn't do that with my 200. Guess I'm getting old.


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  3. Bucho

    Bucho Long timer

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    Something like this...
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  4. dashmoto

    dashmoto Serial Tinkerer

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    Used to have smaller bikes for racing - DR-ZE, and then a GasGas EC300. They only came out of the garage once a month to go racing. Thought I'd use them for trail-riding too, but always found myself taking the Tenere instead because I didn't have to put it in a van, or worry about fuel all the time, or service it every time I rode it.

    So I got rid of the small bikes and started racing the Tenere instead :D

    This is from a UK/Euro POV, where most of our trails would allow a 4x4 through, not much single-track. I've not really come across anything impassible by a sufficiently determined rider on a 650, but I've ridden plenty that was boring as hell on a 300cc stroker. It's all about the challenge :D
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  5. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    When I was younger, I had a friend who liked to go tough places more then anything else, while I was more of a high speed guy.
    It did not seem like much fun getting a bike through a swamp, or making a trail through dense woods on a 100F day.
    He would go through water up to the seat then have to drain the water out of our engines, ride right into a bottomless mud hole, lift the bike over 100 trees, etc.

    Its mostly flat in South Jersey, so on the TW I can go around almost anything I cant go over or through.
    Only water over the seat stops me, but YOU could don scuba gear and carry the bike across I guess!

    If you could only find a way to put a TW rear tire on that thing!



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  6. p3ga

    p3ga Rounding Error

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    Oh, absolutely, get yourself a 200-300cc two stroke or a 250-450cc four stroke and have fun. Heck, on those days when my son wants to ride trails (as opposed to the mx track), I'll grab the TTR125L pit bike & flog it around, always coming back with a big, stupid grin on my face. Even though at 6'4" and 230 I look like an ape humping a football......
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  7. ktrout01

    ktrout01 Been here awhile

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    I started riding again after a 20+ year hiatus. I started back with a very lightly used 1989 TW200 and after about a year picked up a Triumph Bonneville for longer rides and commuting. Even though I now have a BMW F650GS I still have the TW200 to fool around with and play in the dirt. It's still alot of fun and I'll probably hang onto it for quite a while. My wife naturally doesn't understand the need for more than one motorcycle.
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  8. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Three bike system.

    I used to have a street plated GasGas 200EC for woods, a V-Strom 1000 for roads (including dirt roads), and DRZ-400S to split the difference. Guess what? I rode the DRZ the most. Actually sold it to make me ride the GasGas more, plus the DRZ was worn out.

    Now I might get another DRZ, unless I go for one of those newfangled KTM 350 EXC-Fs at 1.5+ times the price. I am breaking too much stuff on my F650GS.
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  9. Bravo21

    Bravo21 Been here awhile

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    I learned to ride on a TW-200 at the MSF course. I loved that little bike and thought I wanted one but decided to find a more traditional enduro with longer legs, one that I could even tour on. I landed on an '03 KL250 Super Sherpa. Great dual purpose bike that I took on a 1,500 mile trip to the Canadian Rockies, smiling the entire time. I've since bought a DL650 V-strom for touring but kept the Sherpa for trail riding. It's a ton of fun to get on after riding the V-strom on my daily commute.

    Two bikes is definitely the way to go, IMO.
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  10. Blink74

    Blink74 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all of the replies. Last night I bought a 05 wr450f. I'm going to get it plated for the street.
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  11. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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  12. mji294

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    990 Adventure and a street legal KDX200 for the tight off road stuff :D
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  13. Hurricane Bob

    Hurricane Bob Long timer

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    Plated? :freaky

    Did you get that elusive RI plate, or did you go another route?




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  14. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Perfect Tri-fecta...for now :evil

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    All street legal and plated....

    Considering selling the 650 and 250 and maybe getting a 450-500 EXC :D More room in the garage that way...
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  15. Kurt Franz

    Kurt Franz Adventurer

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    I am surprised that no one has mentioned the venerable KDX200. I have a 2004 which is bone stock and street legal. Best bike in my opinion for trail riding, and the plates are great for getting there.
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  16. isdt BMW

    isdt BMW willserv@aol.com

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    I got a dr350se for trail riding as my 57 r-50isdt has no real offroad suspension. I am building a R-75 ISDT replica, with Husky wr front forks, making it look like the 73 bikes that Herbert Schek rode in the six days.
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  17. Dan-M

    Dan-M Long timer

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    I have a Husky TE250. Excellent single track woods bike. Light, enough power and street legal.
    Not good if you have to travel a long way on the street to get to the trails though. Pretty buzzy above 50mph; tops out at about 75mph.
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  18. BerndM

    BerndM Shiftless One

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    Had a 2006 R1200GS. Decided I wasn't brave enough to ride it off pavement. :cry

    Sold it and bought a 2005 R1200RT which I LOVE!!!

    For my dirt riding, I found a great 1986 Kawasaki KLR-250. PERFECT for off pavement!! :clap:clap
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  19. orangebear

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    i was looking at getting a ttr 450 or 350 for offroad / road use. as no way can it be worse then a klr650 as that bike was utter shite and was pointless to take off road
    but thinking of getting a thumper 160cc for going in the wood as they are tiny and fast
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