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Old 03-08-2011, 12:39 AM   #8
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Bike Choice Part 3 - GoPro Videos

While I was thinking about different bikes, I started looking at GoPro videos of friends riding. One day, I was watching a helmet cam video of a guy who is much better rider than I riding a KX 250 in the woods. The thing that jumped out was how much time he spent off the throttle. I attributed this to the bike being fast fast, and the trail not memorized. Pin it, coast, change direction, wait, pin it. Very seldom is the rider on the throttle in mid or even late corner.

I decided I wanted a slower, smaller bike. I like to set bikes up my way, and can't leave them alone. I wanted a project, something I could plate, which ruled out many of the newer 250 4T small-oil, high rev bikes. I narrowed it down to this list:

KTM400
WR400F
XR400R
XR250R

I was leaning toward the WR, but saw something in an old DIRT BIKE magazines from 1999. The January 1999 issue had an article, a comparison test of 4 XRs done at Scott Summers ranch. Summers and 6 other riders compared a stock XR250R, stock XR400R, a modified XR280R, and a modded XR440R at his ranch, a 4.5 mile loop, riders with mixed experience. Reprint of their lap times:

Name..............XR250R.........XR280R.......XR40 0R........XR440R
Summers.........9:42.43........9:14.02.......9:17.81.......9:22.95
C.Smith..........10:08.98......10:07.03.....10:09.22......10:20.75
Larocco..........10:40.84.......9:48.50......10:03.62......9:55:17
Ziegfelder.......11:42.69.......10:59.28.....11:17.97......11:14.27
Michaels.........10:53.42.......10:43.28......10:44.34......10:43.18
Parlin.............10:18.00.......10:08.16......10 :06.27.......9:59.67
Jones.............13:39.30.......12:55.84.....12:54.56......12:57.58

This does not prove that a 250 is fast, but it does prove that it does not suck. An XR400 is not fast, but I would have guessed the 440 would have smoked them all. Nope. If I had to guess, I figure the 250 kept up for two reasons, first, because it has a tiny wheelbase (a full 3" shorter than a CRF, which is huge) and because it was slower, people were able to over-ride it, whereas the other bikes were more demanding. I still preferred a WR or XR400, but started looking at XR250Rs harder. When I called my friend from the beginning of the thread, and could not pass it up. XR250R it is.

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