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  1. I had taken almost a large break, 20+ years, from riding dirt bikes. Wanted one during the entire break. Using the logic that people break collar bones and twist knees I was able to convince my wife it was not a big deals- wasn’t too hard since she rode as a young teenager. Less than two months after I got my shiney new bike my brother-in-law was killed trail riding. He had all the gear on. Don’t know what happened wasn’t there, but it was a head injury. No one saw it happen. About 6 months later a friends son was killed riding private property when a cable was installed across a road. Death is serious, and occurred within a few hours and minutes of the preceding injuries. Prior to that shitty year I knew of no one killed on a dirt bike. Raced a couple GP events a few years ago and a friend who’s skills/speed expectations were poorly aligned ate shit hard. Rode around the taped off crash scene hoping it wasn’t him the emts were attending- it was. He spent a week in the hospital a three hour drive from his wife and young kids. So it does happen and can be quite serious. During my hiatus from dirt bikes I spent much of it mountain biking which is the same skill set reading terrain; I’m old, careful, don’t think I’m any better than I am and ride accordingly. I hope my luck continues. Tne closest I’ve come to serious injury recently has been loading the bike into the truck.
  2. Is the Husky issue, and ramifications of said failure the same as the Harley deal? https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/harley-davidson-to-recall-nearly-178k-bikes-to-fix-clutches/2018/10/30/39119050-dc54-11e8-8bac-bfe01fcdc3a6_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1aeccea30d69
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    Suntop Trail: I'm taking it back

    Tiger was awesome. I lived on the plateau and could get there almost entirely on trails from my house... which is gone. Had to poach a few neighborhood roads and cross 90 at Highpoint way. Taking most of the day and eating lunch at Poopoo pt (as unappetizing as it sounds) was the best of times. Never got to the other side hwy 18. Good times.
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    Bishop 3 Day Dualsport Ride

    I’m heading up there for it. Need to hook up with a pathfinder/partners though.
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    Full Review of the 2019 Honda CRF450L Dual Sport

    Thank you very much for the great sacrifice you’ve made for the TT group. While in the area, did you by any chance hit up Nike? Seriously, thank you for the information. It’s particularly helpful since I’m going to be making a purchase soon, and wasn’t going to wait until this bike came out... then a house remodel started. We’re similar physically and chronologically so that makes your review meaningful as well. It sounds like a bike I should be considering, but I’m still looking more hardcore dirt; so that still leaves me with the eurotrash. Regardless I do see one in my future, even if it’s down the road a bit. It would be great to have one right now too. Side note: I would’ve purchased a white eurotrash bike Friday had the dealer not played the car dealer game bs with a time wasting joke of an offer that took 15 minutes for them to compute. Idiots.
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    Clarke Tank vs IMF Tank??

    Reviving an ancient thread in hopes of updated info. I'm looking at a Clarke 3.9 for a 400s. The IMS 3.2; it seems like the cost of the tank isn't worth a couple hundred dollars when I could just carry external fuel for the few times it's required. Read a bunch of stuff for and against Clarke, IMS, and Acerbis. Acerbis is out- don't like the plastic on their handguards. Anyone running the Yamaha fuel petcock with the 3.9 gallon clarke tank?
  7. DRZ400 is the 2000 version of the 1990 xr400. Should add that I'm not a fanboy of any brand. I have 5 Hondas (one's a car) and a KDX200. I need to get rid of a couple, but kids in transition is the story there. If you like the green color there's also the Kawasaki KLX400 the made for a few years in the early 2000's... it's a green DRZ. The other thing is they're still making the DRZ should you need parts, and have been making the same bike for almost 20 years. Doesn't really matter what you get, you'll have fun with your Dad.
  8. I misspoke earlier, there is an area where the drz is great: With more street oriented tires (even 21/18s) it absolutely shreds tight twisty roads, the tighter and closer the turns the better. There’s a reason they make a Motard version. I’m fortunate to live in an area with an abundance of canyon/mountain roads and it’s a blast. See numerous DRZs and seldom if ever any 250s.
  9. For the purpose you described in the first post; it will be fine. I’ve only had mine on single track trails a couple times with my kids and it works. I have a Honda 450x that’s way better off road at a faster pace. With the the kids the drz keeps it more challenging for me, and the mirrors and horn come in real handy to keep an eye on things.
  10. I have a drz400. I never wanted a drz400. I got a great deal on a used one. It”s a great bike. It’s certainly not great at anything in particular, but it’s a great bike. I”m the same size/weight as you, and I wouldn’t go the 250 route. You can buy 2 or 3 new DRZs for the price of a new KTMs; same ratio for used. KTMs are nice, I want one... when I can stomach forking over the cash. I’m getting close, but I’m keeping the drz when I cave for the KTM.
  11. Yes it is. I’m in the market for that segment of bike. I’m really close to purchase and want to make the right choice. Given that it’s based on the new 450x, I would assume it’s closely aligned with that bike with the added emissions/dmv bs. I am not in the market for a drz replacement. I have a drz. I have a 450x. New bike would replace the 450x function- dirt bike, except with a plate. If it does lean towards the drz end, then we’re stuck with the eurotrash bikes: no competition and priced accordingly.
  12. I meant to the event, perhaps from a vehicle parked 2 miles down the road.. I would never want anyone to experience that kind of pain.
  13. May i suggest you show up on a FE501 so you’ll be able to make an accurate and direct comparison for us. I need to pull the trigger before my wife spends all our money on a house remodel so i need to know... soon.
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    Cant decide: DRZ400S or DRZ400SM?

    I’m cheap. The S is a WAY better value than the SM in any measure at those prices. I use my S exactly as you describe and it’s fine. I also live close to some awesome twisty roads and it’s more than fine there too... at least until I put more dirt oriented tires on it. I also believe in value. Would I pay $2,300 more for my crf450x if I was looking for a dirt bike? Hell yeah! It’s a way better bike for dirt- no comparison. The difference in price for a couple items on the same bike... S all the way. Keep in mind many of the responses are from people who take ‘tarding more serious. If you want a streetbike, there are many better choices. Paying 50% more for the same bike is crazy.
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    2019 Honda CRF450L Dual Sport has been announced!

    Got an ‘05 450x for $6,200 out the door in Sept of ‘05. List was much greater. Competition in this segment is a good thing and long over due.