I think the Yamaha's are great bikes too. If I were to buy one it would be one of those two bikes. Find a couple clean ones nearby and check them out. For me, I prefer the ergonomics of the Honda by a large margin but that's what I'm used to.
yea the hybrid swap isnt cheap or easy. you would basically be building a bike. you would have to get a kx roller, cut all the mounts off the frame, weld mounts on for the kdx engine, custom pipe brackets, machining to the engine cases, re paint etc. they are purpose built bike mainly for nasty single track, and are just a cheap alternative to an xc for those that can fabricate.
take turbofans advice, except id go for the yamaha over the hondur.
and some helmet cam, i cut my friend off on a bypass that only my bike can clear (peg height), so he took it as a challenge and pushed me to race speeds. helmet cam never do it justice though. thta trail is so whopped out, braking bumps, and marbly. we ride on decomposing granite and it isnt like riding on marbles, it is riding on marbles. sound is off too.
I thought I broke my femur. It hut bad but I was able to ride away. I sheared his ball joints and bend his bumper. He had sandals and no helmet. I went back there months later and I'm still gun shy of flying down narrow trails. I'll bet another 5km/hr for each of us and snap. Drink milk and do some squats here and there.
Considering that lots of us drive modified cars and are aggressive I find that bikes are what that type of person leans to. It's more of a challenge and a reward and fits our demographics more than ATV's. While we do own some sport and ute atv's the bikes are my love and the connection to the machine on the trail is one I feel much stronger than on a quad. Anyone can jump on an atv and ride but a big bore bike demands some respect.
Considering that lots of us drive modified cars and are aggressive I find that bikes are what that type of person leans to. It's more of a challenge and a reward and fits our demographics more than ATV's. .
we are going to get along great lol, i have always made that same observation. riding a dirt bike in technical offroad takes skill and lots of work/dedication. i find they tend to attract a more intelligent type of person who is goal oriented. where as the quatards, as we call them around here, seem to be the flip flop wearing, no helmet, just want an excuse to go drink beer type.
i dont know of any other motorsport in which you are so connected with your machine. with dirt bikes you are part of the vehicle dynamics and handling package, theres nothing else like it.
that crash was nuts, it happened so quick, like always i guess. i like how he just stays seated, and has a puzzled look on his face. another reason i prefer single track.
and on the first "vertical" video, it looks like you didnt commit, that tends to be my issue with those sort of things.
that is the exact reason why my primary steed is my hybrid. its a 125 chassis, with a built, torquey 200 motor. that bike weighs 205lbs. its kind of like the Miata of dirt bikes. I can just toss a 220 top end on it when I want, and I have a low end torque pipe and a high end screamer pipe I can switch between. all the racing around here has a 200 class I run in, but it is a very small class. just a few 144s ad some 200xc's.
Lets see a picture of the aforementioned bike.
Fireindc - get the best boots you can afford. Toes, ankles etc take a beating on a bike. I'd say its more important than a really nice Kevlar helmet but not better than any helmet at all. I've never broken a foot but sprained an ankle bad and blew off a buckle on a stump that was almost a broken foot.
x2 on good boots. If I had been wearing my boots in '05 when I came up short on that little jump, I wouldn't have shattered my ankle, causing 3 surgeries and constant ankle pain for the rest of my life.
WEAR GOOD BOOTS *and a helmet* EVERY TIME YOU RIDE THE DAMN BIKE.
this is what it looked like when he was done with it. he reod it for a year and sold me the roller. he built an 03 to replace it, sold that, then got into other hobbies.
ive ridden the **** out of this bike and have rebuilt the chassis a few times. this is her 2 rebuilds ago, still looks about the same. i hate these graphics but they were cheap and are nothing more than plastic protectors to me.
this was my dash, before i tossed it doing wfo in 5th gear over sand woops. i made my own maps of all the single track trail groups i ride, color coded for difficulty level. i really want another one but garmin discontinued them.
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Sean, that's gold country you're riding in. If I still had a metal detector specific for nugget shooting I'd be paying you a visit for a few days, lol.
yes it is, and silver, asbestos, zinc, copper etc. i have a huge list of all the mines ever recorded in az, with an associated kml file that shows their location on google earth. they all have an id number you can look up on usgs or azgs and get all kinds of data, including how much of what type of ore has been pulled out. this stuff fascinates me.
there is a bar literally in the middle of nowhere in the desert near a town called bagdad, which is about 40 miles away and the closest thing there is to said bar. it whats left of what i would assume was a failed mining town. this is the church front next to the bar that doesnt serve cheese and never has or will.
Yes, I also used to have a usgs book with all of California's mine coordinates and other pertinent data since I used to be heavy into nugget shooting. AZ has been hit heavily with deep seeking minelab detectors, and so the usual, easy to get to spots are pretty dried out. One has to head out deep into the mountains to find virgin territory. Your biking trails looks like they can take you there. That would be a fun trip if I ever had the time.
Btw, those last set of pics are awesome! I'd love to just do some coin shooting around those old buildings.