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Dirt Bike. July 1985. Honda XR600R test.

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as was mentioned it was a good desert sled. Too much whompum for woods riding. I rode a beginers enduro (my first one) where a fellow was on a XR600R - he would charge like a madman - then crash - as I putted by on my XR250. He did this throughout the race, until the end when once again charging a fast section of whoops, the bike began to swap ends and finally tucked and threw him soundly off- while the bike continued to flip over and over. This was right at the finish and seen by everyone, The ambulance was dispatched.

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I had that magazine issue back then, and I remember the test.

A few months later, they had an article (ads, basically) about what mods they made to the bike that one of the editors (Tom Webb, if I recall) planned to and did ride in one of the Baja races that year.

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Memories of helping people pick them up and assisting them start the beasts !

As usual, the early bugs were ironed out, and the bike matured into a true classic.

Dave R

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