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Old 05-17-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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I'm going big to small

I got into bikes a year ago with a 650 cruiser that I got on a trade and then got an old Tiger 900. I learned on the cruiser and took the test and got my M.

I still have the Tiger (big, tall, heavy, but very cool). I sold the cruiser and got a Super Sherpa 250.

It's so fun and light. It's like motorcycling is fun now! Ok so I'm enjoying the Sherpa a lot and later will move back up in cc's like a normal person.

Guess it's true it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.

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Old 05-17-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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yes, i found this out meself a few years back.
i hope to never go back to a portly over-wired over-cylindered street machine. riding a 350 & its more than enough power
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:57 PM   #3
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Small dual sports are fun in the dirt, they are lighter then big dual sports.
But small street bikes are also fun, the ninja 250/300, the cbr250, the TU250, light, nimble, easy to ride, and you get to ride like its a road race without getting in too much trouble or risking death.
The smaller bikes are also very good in the rain.
Cheap to buy, 70-80 mpg, cheap tires, cheap insurance.
Less overtime to pay for the huge bike means more riding time...
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:05 PM   #4
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I'm with ya. I went from a 955i Tiger to a 250 trail bike, then up to a 400 for the added torque on the trail (similar size and weight bike as a 250). If some torque is good, more is better... and too much is just right.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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As long as its not 400 pounds...

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I'm with ya. I went from a 955i Tiger to a 250 trail bike, then up to a 400 for the added torque on the trail (similar size and weight bike as a 250). If some torque is good, more is better... and too much is just right.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:44 PM   #6
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Amen!

I'm with ya. I had my "dream" bike back in the U.S.--an 1100GS weighing in at meager 550lbs.!
Now I zip through the jungle on a KLX250 and am loving it. It feels like a motorized bicycle in comparison!
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Old 05-18-2013, 04:48 AM   #7
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Always the raging battle

I've been riding about 50 years now. I've swung back and forth over the years way more times than I care to mention. If I had a big bike I'd want a smaller one. I'd get smaller and then riding opportunities would arise that I'd want a bigger bike to eat up the miles. I've got a 1000 sport touring bike and a 125cc dirt bike in the garage. You'd think I should be happy but sadly no; I've got my eye on the CRF250. With it I could.........

And the saga continues!
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:00 AM   #8
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After a few years on the xr650r I ended up with a 08 wr450f at work. It was ok for a minute, but I found the xrr way more comfy (fun) to ride despite the 60-70lbs extra weight.
Then I got the wr suspension worked buy Fineline and it is a new machine; it feels like it should have from the get go; 60-70lbs lighter.

Then I got the wife a crf250 and I almost kept it for myself because it is so fun to ride in the tight stuff. It goes anywhere easily.

A guy really needs more than one bike.
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:25 AM   #9
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We have three street bikes in the Barn. My two, the Uly and M2, then my wife's Blast. For commuting, I find myself riding the wife's bike more and more. The lighter weight, the easier reach to the ground and tighter turning radius is appreciated. Plus I think it's cool grabbing the tail section and walking the bike around. It does get better gas mileage but not much, 50+mpg versus 40+mpg, plus it runs on cheaper gas, so it does save some money. The tires do not last as long though, getting less than half the mileage of the bigger two.

Would I want to travel on it? I do not know. I have the Ventura rack with two 40 liters bags, plus smaller soft saddlebags which give it storage potential, but do not know if I would appreciate the advantages of the smaller bike on a long haul. I think the perfect stable is the one with choices. Heck, the Blast is not the smallest bike in the barn, there is always the Z50. I wonder if they make a Ventrura rack to fit that?
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:35 AM   #10
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As long as its not 400 pounds...
No, it's not a KLR.
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