Monthly Poll: Riding Experience
Posted October 08, 2006 - 05:39 AM
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Posted October 10, 2006 - 06:46 AM
Had a 1995 Kawasaki KLX-650C dual sport through college, up until about 2 months ago. Only took the KLX trail riding a couple times a year for the last few years cause it was just too heavy
Got a 2006 WR 450F about 6 weeks ago, and been on trails and / or a track everyweekend since
Posted October 10, 2006 - 07:14 AM
Posted October 10, 2006 - 07:31 AM
Got my SL70 in 1971 on my 10th birthday, got a Hodaka Ratty Rat in 1975, got a YZ125 in 1978, RM250 in '82 -
no bike from '83 til '88,
another RM250 from 1988 to 1992 (rode that one straight into the ground - gave it away to some random guy who put a 2nd-over bore into it and got a good four months of riding before it blew completely)
I rode nearly daily, certainly every weekend, racing whenever possible during those years shown above. (As expected, the older I got the less time I had to ride)
Large "no-bike" gap (1992-2006)
Picked up my WR400 in April of this year for a birthday present to me for surviving 45 years.
That more-or-less adds up to 15 very solid years of riding. Mostly very fast trails (my riding partner for several years was the Open Intermediate Number One in District 37 Desert at one point) for several thousand miles and countless MX laps, plus many actual races.
Have ridden the WR400 seriously 3 or 4 times (blasting through the gears on an open field doesn't really count in my eyes) over the summer- it's all coming back to me - sweet!
Posted October 10, 2006 - 07:39 AM
Posted October 10, 2006 - 08:55 AM
I really hate counting years, or summers. I was too little to ride what people rode back then. No little bikes, at least not on dirt, so I just hang out and made friends with the riders. Eventually I grew up enough and became a known quantity and helped alot with tuning and repairs so I got a ride on a Bultaco Frontera 370, that was the enduro version, the Pursang was the MX. Blue all the way to the steel swingarm and shocks.
Later a YZ125, the first with aluminum Triangle monoshock (under the seat, that was a good seat).
Eventually I worked to make enough and have an 81 RM125.
Stayed with 2 strokes and hated the idea of having someday to switch to a 4stroke and couldn't find anything wrong with KTM300s in the late 90s.
But I thought I missed something and tried an 04 WR450.
PIG! PIG! I bet it could make a good flat tracker but this is not a dirt bike!
I'll sell it soon to a kid that wants to look like an enduro or MX champion who ride bikes that look like this.
Posted October 10, 2006 - 06:25 PM
Posted October 13, 2006 - 10:55 AM
Posted October 13, 2006 - 10:56 AM
Just found the thumper talk web site this week and there are some great articles. I had always rode 2 strokes, now have a yz400f.
Posted October 26, 2006 - 09:44 AM
WITH 1 OR 2 YEARS OFF OVER THE YEARS
2006 WR450F - FIRST 4 STROKE OFF ROAD - NICE !
Posted October 28, 2006 - 12:23 PM
Posted October 30, 2006 - 03:37 PM
I missed a few years to school work and university.......