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Old 12-28-2012, 07:54 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by big-t View Post
Exactly,speed is the divining factor.I have taken the Terra thru several sections of washed out rutted two track on the side of some W Va mountains with no problems,it feels light,well balanced and is easy to control with its butter smooth throttle,in fact my personal opinion is its easier to ride thru the rough than my WRR.

HOWEVER.....The suspension/weight will not allow the same speeds as I ride the WRR.Not a problem for me,I get older every day and don't need to go that fast....
I couldn't agree more; my concern when thinking about weight is more related to those tricky situations you may encounter in difficult sections; after many tyring days, in the middle of nowhere...

I am not of the "blasting" kind, and even less so when adventure travelling, where I would tend to take an extra safety margin in all situations..

However I've have had so far some pretty big bikes like the current 990 KTM, previously a 12GSA. Africa Twin... and whilst excellent bikes that you can ride almost everywhere, the effort it requires to do so is quite higher than with a lighter bike.

Particularly, when trying to wrest your bike trough mud and sand I've noticed that even a few Kg or pounds made a difference for me, but I've never been in the 150kg league... those beasts where all well over 200, and even 300 when fully loaded!

That's maybe why I'm a bit paranoic about weight, after suffering it so much...
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