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Old 05-11-2013, 01:02 AM   #170
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Originally Posted by Padmei View Post
That looks really really good koko. I love the small tanks on these bikes for some reason & no side covers - less is more kinda thing. And the white forks too. very cool.

I think you should lose the crash bars too but that's just me.

Now I apologise if I sound like a stuck record however every time someone mentions off road in a airhead thread all I can hear is lots of clattering of bash plates & centre stands. After riding the DRZ the other week on a trail ride I couldn't even imagine taking an airhead over the same terrain. Maybe I need to take Schmidt over the Maunga again to reassure myself they can do it
Those crash bars will go, they are useless. I just haven't gotten around to fitting my new side stand.

By off-road I mean Dusty Butt-like riding. Yes, there is a bit of clattering, but the new front suspension is pretty good and soaks up the harder hits well.

Still, what the bike can do is more limited by my riding skills. I can scare myself on easier terrain, where with a 250 I would be a lot braver. I remember how easy it was to ride through the Woodhill sand sections on a 250 while doing the same thing on the R80 was sweat inducing.

Since I don't do competitive riding, it doesn't really matter that my bike is not state-of-the-art, it's all about having fun and riding a bike that I really like.

People on chook chaser type bikes are on a different planet to me. While I know that it isn't true, I always imagine that these guys would probably struggle as much or more, if they were riding my bike.
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