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I found a bit of footage from Sundays dirt ride
...Looks like a LOT of Fun!

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...Looks like a LOT of Fun!

It was! A good mix of open and tricky areas

Only issue was I had a BACA meeting so had to leave earlier than normal, spent the morning on the family loop helping the kids and didn't get enough time on the main loop, but still enjoyed the day, Going to miss the next dirt ride in that series as I have a road ride on, then the next 2 are Feb/March and it wont look green then, already drier than normal

A few other off road rides not in that series to do too, Busy time of the year for bike riding when you do both off road on on


My Bike before and after , Any day spent on the bike is a good day
VT1100C Shadow (1993)
VT750 Aero
TRX300 (Hunting Quad)
DRZ400E (my dirt bike)

For the kids to use
XR250
Rm80/Honda125 (1972 TL engine )
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...When you have a choice, and that choice is the Best of both worlds.. Of course you're gonna be busy! .. I did a lot of dirt riding when I was a kid, just beginning to get my sea legs back and this new adv bike has got me hankering for the more technical stuff.. Looking at the KTM 350 XCF.. Maybe.. for later next year.. We'll see.. Have to earn it first.

My sister is heading over there for a few weeks, soon.. Not sure where yet, I have a chat arranged with her for Sunday, I'm sure I'll find out then.. Looks like beautiful country out there.

So, I hope you have room for another couple of Pommies!

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Andy just got himself a 350exc 6 days and loves it, not as brutal as his worked CRF450 but still deceptively fast, but not hold on the the handle bar out of control fast, his 14yr old son just got a new KTM250 and did well using the ECM mapping switch on the milder setting (More money than me )


My Bike before and after , Any day spent on the bike is a good day
VT1100C Shadow (1993)
VT750 Aero
TRX300 (Hunting Quad)
DRZ400E (my dirt bike)

For the kids to use
XR250
Rm80/Honda125 (1972 TL engine )
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Andy just got himself a 350exc 6 days and loves it, not as brutal as his worked CRF450 but still deceptively fast, but not hold on the the handle bar out of control fast, his 14yr old son just got a new KTM250 and did well using the ECM mapping switch on the milder setting (More money than me )
Sounds like the bike for me.. More than enough to get the job done, and not quite enough to kill me too quickly

What drags you through that dirt?

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Sounds like the bike for me.. More than enough to get the job done, and not quite enough to kill me too quickly

What drags you through that dirt?

My bike is an older 2002 DRZ400, been tricked up a bit, but its no light weight bike but it also is low maintenance. Also have an older XR250 as a spare bike. I ride my brothers RMX450 at times but it will kill me if I keep using that....so so easy to go fast and soaks up the rough stuff..... until one day I will come around the corner too hot and have no where to go

Gets big air way to easy too.... lands soft enough as long as it not in to a tree or the likes


My Bike before and after , Any day spent on the bike is a good day
VT1100C Shadow (1993)
VT750 Aero
TRX300 (Hunting Quad)
DRZ400E (my dirt bike)

For the kids to use
XR250
Rm80/Honda125 (1972 TL engine )
GN250
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.. Yeah.. They can get away from you pretty-quick. Happened to me, back in the day.. Since then, I always swore I wouldn't get too wild in the dirt again. The Tiger was the compromise.. I figure it will get me just about half-way into serious trouble - if I'm lucky.. But the tricky stuff is so much fun I'm suprised they haven't made it illegal yet, and the Tiger is a heavy machine to throw around. Great adventure bike.. It's not a dirt bike though..

The DRZ, like you say, a heavier bike, but pretty-much bulletproof. I'm suprised it handles that kinda terrain as well as it does.. Just like with anything though, it's as much rider as machine..

Too heavy for me to handle on that level of terrain.. I'm working hard to redevelop, as well as to develop new skills, but I just don't have the skillset to wrangle a beast like that in those types of conditions.. Looking for a lighter machine with just enough of everything going for it..

Took a long break from riding in the dirt.. Just a LOT of fun.. So, taking it slow, trying not to kill myself, while enjoying every minute of it.

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The DRZ will handle anything I throw at it...just the weight makes it harder work....still lighter than the XR600 I had....and the DRZ has an electric start so I am getting lazy

Its sort of like a tractor chugging up the hills.... I get a kick out of passing brand new bikes getting stuck trying power it up instead of using the torque


My Bike before and after , Any day spent on the bike is a good day
VT1100C Shadow (1993)
VT750 Aero
TRX300 (Hunting Quad)
DRZ400E (my dirt bike)

For the kids to use
XR250
Rm80/Honda125 (1972 TL engine )
GN250
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This weekend we had our club Christmas bash, started with a Saturday ride but being a Saturday morning ride lots were working so a low turnout for that, but they caught up with us at the Kingsgate for the meal and band

Its Summer here but we had light rain and low cloud so lots of the scenery photo's didn't happen, or the pics at the stops etc but here are a few pics that I did take


A great lookout point..... well it would be if we weren't in clouds



Kawhia







Now I am not normally one to take pic's of food, I ordered a Fish and chip meal, it was a little pricey but figured it was a feed for one so ordered my son some Wedges as well

What we got could easily have fed the both of us without the wedges! the photo does not do justice to the size of the plate..... it was longer than the helmet!



I went across the road to see if the locals wanted some....



Yup they scrapped over it





Showers starting to clear so saddle up time



Some people got better parking than others





a couple of short snippets of the band playing





My Bike before and after , Any day spent on the bike is a good day
VT1100C Shadow (1993)
VT750 Aero
TRX300 (Hunting Quad)
DRZ400E (my dirt bike)

For the kids to use
XR250
Rm80/Honda125 (1972 TL engine )
GN250
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Love it when you do an over night stay and the accommodation allows you to park the bikes in the court yard

a few picks from an overnight run to Celebrate BACA Auckland becoming an official chapter, not many Scenery pic's on this trip



















My Bike before and after , Any day spent on the bike is a good day
VT1100C Shadow (1993)
VT750 Aero
TRX300 (Hunting Quad)
DRZ400E (my dirt bike)

For the kids to use
XR250
Rm80/Honda125 (1972 TL engine )
GN250
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