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Old 07-08-2013, 07:54 AM   #6706
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you guys must have seen this

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Old 07-08-2013, 08:01 AM   #6707
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The only times I wish I had more power is when Im getting aggressive on a dirt road or on a long steep run on the hwy . Im really glad I started on a 250 and if possible I will keep if I ever do get a bigger bike for two up, the 250 is just to handy to get rid of.
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Old 07-08-2013, 08:21 AM   #6708
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I can see younger guys wanting a bigger dual sport.
Dirt riding is different, and power is nice and fun.
The only problem is that the bike gets heavy with more power and the same reliability/service times.

It also depends on what you do with the bike.
I want something small and light, as my dirt riding is local, my bones break easy, and I ride solo.
Some big KTM would be a LOT of fun, but its not a good idea for what I do.
An xt225, dr200 or a bike like those makes a lot more sense for me.

For a dual sport, I think a 350 or 400 is a good power to weight ratio for a Japanese bike.
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:39 PM   #6709
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It's funny I hear it all the time "when you gonna get a bigger bike?" When I explain the my KLR650 is as big as Im getting and the next 1 will be smaller than its always the why?I sent a link to a buddy of mine the other day and it was Big Dog's WR250 page I mentioned that most of the big bike people we know only ride a limited amount of miles a year on their BIG BIKES, so I guess 1000cc or more does not always mean your actually going to really ride, their choice!
I had a similar discussion a few weeks ago up at Deals Gap. When a Harley rider commented on my bike, I asked, "Who has more street cred? The guy that trailers his bike to Tail of the Dragon or they guy that rode his 250cc dual sport 700 miles to get here?"
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:55 PM   #6710
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Hebron access

Had a bit of fun yesterday..Me an the bud figured we would take a short ride. Ended up at what we call steel bridge (hebron access) Hot as blazes and we'd both forgot swim shorts of course...No problem wallet out and boots off and dive in LOL..Don't ask for pics of that..I'm smart enough to not to do that... Ended up puttin about a nice 60 relaxing miles on for the day..bout 4 of em on gravel..Glad I got those new tires for the gz.. They are Awesome on gravel and damned good on pavement...
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:57 PM   #6711
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Pics of steel bridge (hebron access)

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Old 07-09-2013, 12:07 AM   #6712
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Living in Las Vegas your typical rider is what you'd expect. Ridiculous sport bikes or cruisers, but in the last year or so the popularity of the smaller 250-400cc bikes have been more apparent. This is certainly not a riders city but my XT250 does the job getting around traffic in the city and then popping off to some light trails. I've seen 1 or 2 TU250s (Which I thought were the coolest thing even before I was riding) but most small bikes are either dual sports or Ninjas.

Having owned a few other bikes up to 900cc, the only benefit I see is highway riding. I do miss my '78 XS650 though... I will pickup one of those again when I can. Love the stupid simplicity of the dead reliable Yamahas.
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:25 AM   #6713
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:49 AM   #6714
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I live in Vietnam, and because of engine restrictions on licenses, it is very difficult to get anything larger than 175cc. So most people have a 125 or 150 bike, or they settle for a scooter. I've got a 150 "cruiser", that is Chinese - so it is a bit cheaply built. The plastic parts, thin metal, glitchy electronics are not so nice; but the designers have coaxed every ounce of power they could out of the engine. Mechanically it is very solid, and I drove it from Hanoi to Hoi An - 10040Km - with no mechanical problems. I'd love a Honda or a Yamaha, but for what I paid - it's a real hoot.

Here I am in North Vietnam, Mai Chao


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Old 07-09-2013, 07:34 AM   #6715
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Cool pics! Nice to see a GZ250 actually getting ridden!

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Old 07-09-2013, 07:48 AM   #6716
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Living in Las Vegas your typical rider is what you'd expect. Ridiculous sport bikes or cruisers, but in the last year or so the popularity of the smaller 250-400cc bikes have been more apparent. This is certainly not a riders city but my XT250 does the job getting around traffic in the city and then popping off to some light trails. I've seen 1 or 2 TU250s (Which I thought were the coolest thing even before I was riding) but most small bikes are either dual sports or Ninjas.

Having owned a few other bikes up to 900cc, the only benefit I see is highway riding. I do miss my '78 XS650 though... I will pickup one of those again when I can. Love the stupid simplicity of the dead reliable Yamahas.
I did a XS650 as a Bobber project once,that was the simplest,toughest bike I've seen,the motor had bottom bearing issues and still ran good,and the motor was really straight forward to rebuild
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:32 PM   #6717
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Cool pics! Nice to see a GZ250 actually getting ridden!
I know what you mean... Seems every used GZ I see advertised only has a few hundred miles a year.. Good for ME though I got this one in the Fall of 09 after a left turner took care of my other one.. This one a 2006 only had 344 miles on it when I bought it.. I'd say that was a shame but worked out good for me..LOL
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:03 PM   #6718
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im sorry but Big Dog's my hero 8lives
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:13 PM   #6719
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im sorry but Big Dog's my hero 8lives
He's my hero too!!!Been spending a lot of time on his WR site!
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:48 AM   #6720
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i really like your bar gaurds/rack. what is it called? where can i get one?

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Spent my first full day playing around the local area on my new ctx200. I was quite pleased and looking forward to some bigger stints on this smiles per miles bike.



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