On the subject of choosing the right bike for the TAT trip.

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Yermo, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Mk5mike

    Mk5mike Been here awhile

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    How about something like a crf250l resprung for more weight ? You could do the whole trip I think before it would need anything except maybe an oil change.
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  2. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    they're just bikes.

    Keep clean oil in them, clean filters, and check the valve lash from time to time. For a recreational rider, they stay put pretty well. If you ride hard, fast, and continuous.... you'll need to do it more often.
    It's not rocket science, they're really well made and as tough as anything out there.
    I'd take my 310 to Baja tomorrow and do 1300 miles of offroad without a second thought, knowing I prepared it well before the trip

    Remember when the KTM RFS came out more than a decade ago.... "ready to race", holds a liter of oil, race interval maintenance looked scary.
    People wrung their hands over their "high maintenance"...and they turned out to be XR bulletproof.
    Many folks (myself included) prefer the RFS to any of it's successors. I've had two and they've been indestructible.
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  3. jwnsc

    jwnsc Hang in there.

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    The new Terra has 6.2K mile service intervals, but the TE630, seems to me to be a better TAT mount, and has more aftermarket support.
    Are they still making them?
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  4. Beer_me

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    That is on my short list for consideration, but I will probably only go with it if no good used WR250R's or Husky TE250/310's pop up between now and however long my patience holds out. :wink: Reviews are pretty universally good for it but also pretty vanilla -- they're all of the "First Ride" variety with no good head-to-head comparisons. All that said, I keep getting hung up on the fact that the 250L's weight is listed at 312lbs, which brings us back to larryboy's point:
    Then again, if you throw enough money at whatever machine you choose, you can build it to be what you "need," as http://bestdualsportbikes.com apparently did with the 250L as reviewed here:
    http://www.dirtbikemagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=news&mod=News&mid=9A02E3B96F2A415ABC72CB5F516B4C10&tier=3&nid=7D5CA9B9EB7447B4B933371B89BB148F

    Decisions, decisions.

    PS. No, Husky no longer makes the TE630.
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  5. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    The WR250R is a great choice.


    Sadly, a one-year bike but an excellent one and a great choice for the TAT that you could ride back when you get to the Oregon coast.
    There are a couple in the Flea Market.

    I occasionally wish I hadn't sold mine.

    [​IMG]
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  6. Beer_me

    Beer_me JY

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    When I asked the question about maintenance intervals on the Husky, I now realize I was mistakenly looking at the *racing* intervals. The street use table looks like what I would expect. I've found a low mileage 2011 TE250 for sale; might just have to snag it this weekend. FYI, the TE250 is somewhere between 230 and 240lbs dry. That's what I'm talking about!

    PS. Good looking "world-beater" TE630.
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  7. Deacon66

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    You might want to look at Husqvarna. Several options, all are relatively light. The TE310 is just under 250lbs, but storage would be limited. Some of their bigger displacement bikes are still very light and when properly uncorked are really powerful. KTM doesn't suck either. Good luck.
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  8. Deacon66

    Deacon66 Been here awhile

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    sorry didn't see previous messages. looks like you are already looking at Husky.
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  9. Deacon66

    Deacon66 Been here awhile

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    I have a TE250 and LOVE the bike. Lot more power than many other 250's (need to uncork it, but worth the effort.)
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  10. Beer_me

    Beer_me JY

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    I'm all set to drive about 200 miles one-way on Sunday to pick up a low mileage 2011 TE250. The guy put a really understated ad on CL but upon talking to him, sounds like he's done a ton of trick stuff. Can't wait.

    Deacon66, what's the longest ride you've put in on your TE250? I'm not *that* concerned about comfort because I know there'll be a certain amount of breaking-in to do to my body no matter what, but if the seat is absolutely rock hard, I reckon I'll look into having Fisher saddlebags do their thing to it. Curious about what other stuff you might recommend ... I suppose there's a TE250 thread around here I ought to read. OK, found it ... "only" 15 pages? I'll knock it out tonight. :1drink
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