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Supermoto and off-road / Re: Gas Gas 250 Pampera....Maestro del carril verde
« Last post by Radar on September 21, 2018, 12:29:30 AM »
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European / Re: KTM 1290 - Brief Review
« Last post by Radar on September 21, 2018, 12:27:46 AM »
Not convinced by the styling on these things but nice to know it handles and goes well. That 10k depreciation in 3 years would probably give me a more elevated heart rate than riding the thing though...

It is a chunk of change isn't it??!!!
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Supermoto and off-road / Re: DR350 joins the stable
« Last post by Radar on September 21, 2018, 12:12:42 AM »
Looks great, really looking forward to seeing it. Outs me in mind of Toggsy's Honda that you liked so much.

Are you going back to Adventure Ride in Shropshire with it?
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Supermoto and off-road / Re: DR350 joins the stable
« Last post by elessimo on September 17, 2018, 09:08:07 PM »
Awesome stuff, the engine in those is bullet proof as well! :)

Hoping so!
The exhaust started popping a bit when the engine warmed up, so I'll have to remind myself how to adjust the carb jets to make it run leaner....
Long time since I used an old-style fuelling system    ;D
First ride out on it will be Wednesday evening to the Gamekeeper pub at Five Acres - very close so I'll have to find a long way round    8)
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Supermoto and off-road / Re: DR350 joins the stable
« Last post by HippoDrones on September 17, 2018, 06:31:01 AM »
Awesome stuff, the engine in those is bullet proof as well! :)
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Supermoto and off-road / DR350 joins the stable
« Last post by elessimo on September 17, 2018, 12:13:46 AM »
My first ride after a 25 year layoff from biking was from the Black Country to Lydbrook, Forest of Dean, in January 2014 on my just-bought TDM900: the tail-end of a hurricane struck just as I left Radar's place in Kiddy where I'd popped in for a cuppa - it took nearly 4 hours to get back to the Forest as I dodged flying branches, swerving lorries, ninja hoardings, uprooted bushes and wind-borne ponds. I was shit-scared for the entire ride.



Then last month I rode from St Petrox in Pembrokeshire to Lydbrook in absolutely torrential rain. It felt as if I was driving a Tiger tank: my Knox clothing kept me dry and warm while the Explorer was unwavering, massive and powerful. With only a Kriega tailpack as luggage I filtered through 3 miles of dual carriageway tailback then flew through the rural A-roads, as if on rails through the saturated countryside. My most enjoyable wet ride ever - huge grin-factor!



Today I collected my new 20-year-old DR350 from Clee Hill, near Ludlow. Covered in cloud, with visibility sometimes down to two metres, rain slashing down and the back-roads broken up and greasy, at least this time I had my recent Bolivian ripio experience to draw upon. The big knobblies, no doubt brilliant on green lanes, squirmed and slithered over white lines, shiny tarmac, rough tarmac and manhole covers; there was no protection from wind and rain, and the slim single felt twitchy and unstable.
But at Bromyard the rain stopped and the roads started drying. Although still a tad skittish, I became used to the lack of mass, the relatively feeble front brake and the occasional vibes. Soon I was chucking the 130kg Suzi around, revelling in the bark of that torquey single cylinder and the different connection with the road - more vulnerable, but more intense.





It reminded me of my favourite ever bike: the 350cc Triumph 3TA that I really learnt to ride on in the late 1970s. With its' top speed of about 75mph, poor handling (it would weave violently when cornering), houdini rocker covers and dirty gold paint job it was no match for the new generation of Japanese rockets starting to make an impact. But I loved it: riding on full throttle, glorying in the twin cylinder roar, hanging on as it bucked around country bends, willing it to stop as I grabbed and stamped on the brakes, almost too late yet again.



So although I love the power and handling of the Explorer (and its' capacity to load up pillion, panniers and top box with no loss of either), it is a big, expensive brute. I'd moved toward power and complexity as I'd climbed up the motorcycle technology ladder: after the 3TA came an A10 Road Rocket, Z650, XJ900 and the TDM900 (amongst others), culminating in the big 1215cc Tiger. But this DR350 is a kind of return to my roots: simple, relatively cheap and great, great fun.

So I'll never be first to the pub on any ride out, but I bet I'm having as much fun as anyone on their techno-marvels.   8).


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Track days / Re: Silverstone GP circuit track day, days after GP washout
« Last post by HippoDrones on September 12, 2018, 05:18:56 PM »
I'm hoping to get back into off road riding, in two minds about the best route to go atm.... but have the Dirt Bike Show to go to later in the year which may help me decide! :)
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BikeMeet Cafe / Re: Why three vehicles is a minimum....
« Last post by HippoDrones on September 12, 2018, 05:15:47 PM »
Vans rock... (but when they do, don't come knocking!) :D
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European / Re: KTM 1290 - Brief Review
« Last post by imperialdata on September 12, 2018, 04:46:53 PM »
Not convinced by the styling on these things but nice to know it handles and goes well. That 10k depreciation in 3 years would probably give me a more elevated heart rate than riding the thing though...
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Supermoto and off-road / Re: Gas Gas 250 Pampera....Maestro del carril verde
« Last post by imperialdata on September 12, 2018, 04:44:01 PM »
Looks like great fun!
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