650R - Michigan trails - my impression



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  • Dutch

Posted October 13, 2001 - 02:58 PM

#21

I agree - what we experienced around Indian River on Thursday was impressive. From the blinding fast 4th and 5th gear winding roller coaster trails to the tight steep up and down first and second gear single lines - I was impressed. I'm looking forward to exploring this area more. The way the weather is looking though it may be on snowmobiles.

  • Dirtnut

Posted October 15, 2001 - 02:03 AM

#22

Well I got out Saturday. It was excellent untill I got rained on. I mean it poored, I got soaked. The tails were a little slimy. That is ok though they were a lot of fun. I rode mostly the A loop. It is a little tight in spots. I will not be able to play hooky Wednesday. Oh well maybe next time. You guys have fun.

  • BAD_BOB

Posted October 20, 2001 - 05:11 PM

#23

Originally posted by adamwagar:
Hey Dirt Nuts, My WR250F with very low hours is for sale. Give me $2000 and your monster,if it's perfect,and maybe we'll talk.
Adam


BADBOB says you'll get hurt on a 650 You better keep you girl bike.

  • adamwagar

Posted October 20, 2001 - 06:36 PM

#24

Bad Bob... Bobby? Bobby Rock? Is that you?

  • adamwagar

Posted October 20, 2001 - 06:43 PM

#25

If that is you then you got a short memory. Seems to my recollection I kicked your smokey mountain butt the last time we raced. You better go see Ray for some pointers.

  • Dutch

Posted October 21, 2001 - 01:24 AM

#26

I seem to remember the one rider who had the most mud on his face - you don't get that dirty riding up front!!

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  • Jackpiner

Posted October 23, 2001 - 06:46 PM

#27

Originally posted by adamwagar:
Hey Dirt Nuts, My WR250F with very low hours is for sale. Give me $2000 and your monster,if it's perfect,and maybe we'll talk.
Adam



  • Jackpiner

Posted October 23, 2001 - 06:53 PM

#28

I usually ride in the Manistee National forest area.

Can you tell me specifically how to get to the Tomahawk trail you are talking about?

I am still riding my 1973 175CC Jackpiner, (I finished the 500 mi Jackpine enduro on it a couple of times, but it is geting hard to find parts, and I was thinking about a Honda XR)

I would like to find some different trails to ride....

Jackpiner

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  • Dutch

Posted October 24, 2001 - 12:26 AM

#29

Hello Jackpiner -
this is the place to go for trail info, plus they are a wonderful organization to support. http://www.cycleconservationclub.org/
If you go to any DNR office they have detailed maps and can help you find trails.
See you on the trails.

  • Jackpiner

Posted October 25, 2001 - 08:18 PM

#30

Originally posted by Dutch:
Hello Jackpiner -
this is the place to go for trail info, plus they are a wonderful organization to support. http://www.cycleconservationclub.org/
If you go to any DNR office they have detailed maps and can help you find trails.
See you on the trails.


Thanks, I printed an application for the CCC of Michigan, and I am going to join.
That site leads to a lot of information.
When my sons were just kids, we used ot go to Whiskey Creek to ride (it was jusr for motorcycles then)....
That started us riding in the area. Now this year my grandkids are old enough to ride, and it looks as if we are all getting back into dirt riding...

I missed it... I have been riding street bikes since 1989 (Harleys), I thought I was too old to ride in the woods, until last weekend when we all went back to Manistee and rode the "O" trail with the kids. I guess you never forget!

Thanks again for the information....

On another subject!

I am looking for opinions on what are good newer model years (used) dirt bikes to ride in the type of trails and woods in Michigan.

Something that complies with all the regulations.....

All input will be appreciated.
Dual sport?
Or Honda XR400, XR250, Yamaha WR400???
Suzuki?
Bigger or smaller?

I think I want to change to a 4 stroke.

I am 6 ft & about 200lbs....

I have run enduros with both Husky WR390 & the Penton 175.....

I always seemed to do better on the Penton 175...

I am 59 years old....

all opinions appreciated...

Jackpiner

  • adamwagar

Posted October 27, 2001 - 07:47 AM

#31

Hey Jackpiner, you and Dutch are about the same vintage and he rides a 650R. The 650 is way too big for single lining. Get yourself a KTM EXC any size and you'll be happy. The 400 even has electric start. Being a Harley guy you can appreciate a small company taking on the Japs and building a better mousetrapp.
Adam
WR250F

  • Dutch

Posted October 27, 2001 - 12:58 PM

#32

Jackpiner - what my pal Adam says about KTM's is true if money is no object. They are wonderful machines with quality components,(bars, chains, sprockets, etc.). But it is hard to beat a XR250-400 for Michigan woods riding. The lesson I've learned,(one of them anyway), is that smaller is better most of the time. I'm building the 650R to give a good "woopin" to a group of pals in Tennesee. The gravel fire roads in the mountians there are just too much fun. For Nothern Michigan a XR250-400 or a Yamaha WR250-400 is the best bang for the buck. Some day Adam will grow up and see the light - all he see's now is my tail light.





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