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so i did some dirt riding...

boy did i learn my lesson. knowing what i know now changed my whole perspective on a dirt bike choice. spent the whole day on a sherpa 250cc two-stroke trails bike doing trails, no tricks. it was light and very managable. did a short stint on a KTM 200XC and i was happy to take the trials machine back.

as i was getting more comfortable i was pushing the less aggressive tires on the trials bike a bit, and that probably was a good thing to keep me from over doing it.

thanks again for everyones advice and input. i can see clearly now.







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Old 06-03-2007, 11:31 AM
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yea, those big bikes are a lot to handle!
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That's a Scorpa 250! Sherco's have Sherco motors, not Yamaha!

We'll do one more session and you ride the 200 the whole time. You're ready for that. Then it's the 525, that will open your eyes in the trail!

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...But a KTM 200XC is about the easiest to ride and lightest of all the full size bikes. You might want to give the KTM or another full sized bike another try since it will handle way different if you can actually sit down comfortably once in a while. A trials bike is fun to ride but not a real good example of what to expect with a regular size dirt bike.

Yeah, now were talking. Nice 525 Bolter
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oops..i kept thinking scorpa...goes to show i was concentrating on the riding not the machine

feeling pretty good so far. ankle is feeling better and the arms are just real red and raw. tara was way impressed too...well, not really.

i am definitely not a two-stroke guy...i like knowing that i have some idea of what is going on inside the engine with a four stroke.

have a jersey and some under jersey armor to order so i have some protection.

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We'll do one more session and you ride the 200 the whole time. You're ready for that. Then it's the 525, that will open your eyes in the trail!


hard to tell thats a 4 stroke... it goes Bling Bling Bling bling bling, just like a smoker...



You guys should come to AR. this Sunday, one of the best enduros for miles around...

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Re: so i did some dirt riding...

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boy did i learn my lesson. knowing what i know now changed my whole perspective on a dirt bike choice. spent the whole day on a sherpa 250cc two-stroke trails bike doing trails, no tricks. it was light and very managable. did a short stint on a KTM 200XC and i was happy to take the trials machine back.

as i was getting more comfortable i was pushing the less aggressive tires on the trials bike a bit, and that probably was a good thing to keep me from over doing it.

thanks again for everyones advice and input. i can see clearly now.


Glad you are are having some fun out on the trails, The 200 ktm will give you a better experience than the trials bike once you begin to get up to speed... Don't be afraid to steer it with the back wheel. Look forward to seeing more ride stories from you, and hopefully any bumps and bruises will be kept to a minimum... get plenty of body armor!!
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i am definitely not a two-stroke guy...i like knowing that i have some idea of what is going on inside the engine with a four stroke.



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That because you haven't ridden a 2 stroke dirt bike. Trials bikes and other bikes are not near the same feeling. The Scorpa doesn't have the power valve the normal YZ250 engine has, and it has more flywheel weight. It's like a little tractor.

Now the 200, it is like a chain saw. Easy going down low. lugs, pulls, then get it up on the pipe and hang on. Burst of power and with the XC close ratio tranny, it rips

The 525 EXC, just raw solid pull from off idle all the way up. Way fun on top out in the open stuff. Wider 5 and 6th, good for about 90 with my gearing. 2nd/3rd pulls in the woods perfect.

4 strokes you'll work alittle harder in the woods, especially big ones. The 200, you will just dance through the woods. Way different. Once you ride the 200 and cruise the loop on that, then we'll try the 525 and see how much of a 4stroke guy you are in the woods
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piece of mind is more of a reason to have the 4 stroke and being able to plate it and run it on the street. i have vision of holing a piston or siezing an engine if i had a 2 stroke. i know i have a ways to get in ability and comfort level, no rush either way. gotta figure out finances anyways.

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that's a VERY trick 525, 'bolter....way cool and I have mega-moto envy.
I just picked up an XR250L to replace my 380 KTM (it's a motard now and tall gearing/stick tires just about mellow it out enough to survive on.
I'm already wanting more power from the XR...I NEED a big 4-stroke kaytoom!!
Any time you want to come out to the PacNW (where the trails go above the treeline) let me know. We'd have a blast going into the Mt. St. Helens Red Zone...hehehehe.
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I ride a 250exc and it is without a doubt the near perfect dirt bike for riding my little corner of the world. Its as close to a 4 stroke as you can get....lots o' low end, not too loud yet it starts on the second kick! So true about steering with the back wheel.... with a little practice it will make you giggle. I have never felt so confident on a motorcycle than when I ride the EXC.

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