looking for a unicorn

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Shanco, May 13, 2019.

  1. Shanco

    Shanco Live Free and Ride Hard!

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    I’m looking for what might be a unicorn, a bike around 300# very capable off-road (mountains of Colorado) but able to Two up around town.

    What is my best option?

    The scenario is I just got a camper van which I want a bike on the back for when the wife and I are travelling around. However when she isn’t on the back I want to be able to boot around the trails and take a trip with the boys to Colorado to explore. I have a 2016 Bmw Rs1200 and a K1200. I plan to trade the RS for something of road capable and keep the K1200 for touring.
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  2. dpike

    dpike BeeKeeper Supporter

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    the yamaha xt250 is under 300#. i've had my wife on the back on mine for a little bit and its ok for tooling around.
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  3. greasyfatman

    greasyfatman Long timer

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    Screenshot_20190509-214703_Samsung Internet.jpg Xr650r kind of a pigasus not a unicorn.
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  4. dravnx

    dravnx Been here awhile

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    The Busch's during the Mexican 1000. They came in 3rd overall. Pretty amazing.
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  5. MotoChris521

    MotoChris521 motominded

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  6. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    Is that that couple from Colorado? If it is, they ride better two up than 95% of folks on here one up. The guy looks too big to be them, but if it is I have been passed on some gnarly stuff by them like I was standing still.
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  7. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Long timer Supporter

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    I love riding with Kevin and Michelle. They will ride gnarly singletrack, not quickly but they make it through where other people struggle. Then we get out on the open stuff and I can’t keep up.

    A little video of mine from last summer.

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  8. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Long timer Supporter

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    To answer your question. For Colorado, I’d recommend the KTM350/500 or the Honda CRF450L. All will be ok for 2up around town and good for mountain riding. Beta has some decent offerings too.

    The WR250R fits in there but the altitude really hurts the power of the little 250.
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  9. MotoChris521

    MotoChris521 motominded

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    Do any of these bikes have provisions for a passenger ?
    I'm guessing no.
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  10. Yinzer Moto

    Yinzer Moto Long timer Supporter

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    The aftermarket has that covered.
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  11. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Not sure it’s for sale though. 0D2E1810-405D-461E-9A58-4FBBC8D81DDF.jpeg
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  12. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    That was my first thought as welll. I had a TTR250 that I plated and I loved that bike, never should have sold it. So I've been keeping my eyes open for a deal on an XT250.
    I just missed one last year, a local dealer had a 2016 with a few hundred miles on it for $3,000. I had to "liquidate assets" and by the time I was ready a few weeks later, I had just missed it.
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  13. 1Gopokes1

    1Gopokes1 Long timer

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  14. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    Plus ya always have someone to help push in the really crappy stuff!
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  15. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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  16. SRG

    SRG Long timer

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    The bike you are describing is a KTM 690E.
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  17. riceaterslc

    riceaterslc Urinal Cake Engineer

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    How capable of an off roader are you looking for? The XT will be lacking if you think it’ll handle like a serious woods bike. My ex rode an XT. She weighed about 110 with gear and would bottom out the suspension of fire roads. The bike isn’t what I would call light and you'll feel every ounce. Good luck with your search, it’s truly a unicorn.
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  18. Houstrom46

    Houstrom46 Been here awhile

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    Slightly over the 300# mark, but a Suzuki DRZ400 might be the ticket at 319#
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