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  2. How many years have you been riding for ? 36, 7 year break in the 90's when I bought a house. What was your very first bike ? Yamaha DT 175 What is your (favorite) current bike ? 2019 Sherco 300 SEF-R. Got a few others in the shed too. Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? ( if yes, what is it ? ) Yes. Any 80's watercooled Jap MXer. 1986 YZ 250 S with gold rims would be a fav. Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? 4 for go, 2 for show Where was your favorite forum ride ? Mick's 2019 RCH Neerim 2+ What is your favorite forum memory ? Reading about bike build ups, what have you done to your bike, ride reports How many years have you been a forum member for ? Almost 10, only active since 2018 Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? Yes What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ? Not changing too much from the current format. Like minded people getting out for a ride enjoying this awesome sport at all levels. Lately it has great seeing some of the more experienced riderZ putting up rides and passing on some knowledge and skills.
  3. To get the sm up with the E model you would need fc39 carbie E model head gasket E model cams $$$$. Much esayer to change the rims on the E model. Plus there's plenty of E model for sale. I run a 44t rear sprocket on my road tyre set up 47 sprocket for dirt.
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  5. Thank you very much, this is a really helpful reply and a great way to look at it. Definitely another point for the E.
  6. E and SM have different carbies AFAIK, the SM is smoother for road, the E has a pumper and is more responsive. The E onroad will be better than the SM offroad. Remembering what its like to be 18, I would get the E, learn to ride offroad. Get a ton of experience driving first, then decide if you really want to mix your riding around cars and all the morons in them, or just enjoy offroad. If yes the E will still do the job on and off road. If no you will be stuck trying to turn the SM into the E or have to sell it.
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  8. Yes,long term this is alot easier and you are more likely to go riding more. Swapping tyres all the time on and off rims will soon wear you out and it won't happen. Swapping just wheels is alot quicker if you can afford the extra expense.
  9. Thanks, I am assuming it is difficult and expensive to change the sprockets? I see myself using the bike 80% on the road and 20% off road so my concern with the SM is it won't be good enough to handle the off road without spending lots of money. But then I want the E to be able to do 110-120 kmh if I want to ride to a trail further out.
  10. Thank you, I've also heard that the E is as fast if not faster on the road when you modify both bikes.
  11. Thank you for your help, did the SM have any mods done to it and would you think it would ride well on the beach?
  12. Thanks for your help, I am slowly leaning towards the E so would you recommend a spare set of rims for road riding and then on the weekend swap the off road rims back on.?
  13. How many years have you been riding for? 17yrs What was your very first bike? honda c50 What is your current bike ? Drz400, Honda crm250ar Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? ( if yes, what is it ? ) honda c50 Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? I like both but love the sound and smell of 2 stroke. Where was your favorite forum ride ? Riles Cobaw ride What is your favorite forum memory ? Riders Tallarook ride and camping swimming in the dam and having the best camping food ever. How many years have you been a forum member for ? 3yrs Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? Yes quite a few in a short time on here. What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ? More rides over warrnambool way or at least closer to warrnambool.
  14. How many years have you been riding for ? 10 What was your very first bike ? 2009 TE310 Husky What is your current bike ? 2014 TE300, 2011 TE449 and 2019 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 twin. Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? ( if yes, what is it ? ) No, but I'm looking for a 25+ year old project bike (air cooled BMW R or K, or Japanese 4 cylinder) to turn into a Scrambler. Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? 2 stroke for enduro and 4 stroke for the high country. Where was your favorite forum ride ?The annual multi level ride at Mt Disappointment. What is your favorite forum memory ? It's "the vibe" of the whole thing. The people you meet, riding new tracks, having a laugh and being laughed at... How many years have you been a forum member for ? 7-8 years Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? Plenty. What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ? More rides, more multi-day rides, maybe leading some training days to help others safely improve their skills, shed days where mates bring their bikes over to repair and maintain them followed by a BBQ and a few bevvies. When this COVID thing is under control over I'm going to Gough's Bay for a week!
  15. How many years have you been riding for ? 12 years What was your very first bike ? 2004 YZ450F What is your current bike ? 2020 350EXCF Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? ( if yes, what is it ? ) Husaberg 2012 FE570 Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? I’m a Non Carby 2t & Fi 4t person Where was your favorite forum ride ? Habs 2017 3 days Goughs Bay ride What is your favorite forum memory ? Goughs Bay Rides & the Grand Final Eve rides How many years have you been a forum member for ? 6 years Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? Many good friendships What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ? More rides posted- all lvls
  16. How many years have you been riding for ? 9 years, 30 year break, past 6 years, total 15 years What was your very first bike ? Daytona 60 What is your current bike ? Beta 300 mongrel - part xtrainer part RR, Suzuki rmx 250, Honda 900 RR Fireblade, Suzuki RM125B. Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? ( if yes, what is it ? ) Too many Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? Never counted Where was your favorite forum ride ? A very wet Creswick ride What is your favorite forum memory ? Many fond memories How many years have you been a forum member for ? 6 years Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? Many great friendships made via forum What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ? More riding, no politics
  17. Q- How many years have you been riding for ? A- 2.5years Q- What was your very first bike ? A- Husky 250 Q- What is your current bike ? A - YZF250FX Q- Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? ( if yes, what is it ? ) A - nope Q- Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? A- 4 stroke... but really keen to give a 2 stroke a go! Q-Where was your favorite forum ride ? A - must say step up ride Dissa.... must also say it’s my only ride so far. Q- What is your favorite forum memory ? A - always the kindness of everyone! (I know I can get super annoying) Q- How many years have you been a forum member for ? A- few months Q - Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? A- ABSOLUTELY I have!! Can’t wait to make more! Q- What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ? A - Hmmm.... don’t think I’ve been on it long enough to work this one out... I’ll get back to you! [emoji2957] Love your work! [emoji854]
  18. How many years have you been riding for ? Started at age 4 What was your very first bike ? JZ50 What is your current bike ? CR500 and KTM300 Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? ( if yes, what is it ?) CR80 86 model Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? 2 smoker Where was your favorite forum ride ? Can't name just one, if any high country What is your favorite forum memory ? All the annual weekenders How many years have you been a forum member for ? 10 years Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? Yes, they are all family What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ? New members
  19. How many years have you been riding for ? Didn’t ride for 20 years back riding for 10 What was your very first bike ? YZ 80 J What is your current bike ? Ktm 300,Ktm350,YZ80J Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? ( if yes, what is it ? ) Yes YZ80J Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? 2 stroke Where was your favorite forum ride ? This years grand final eve ride and the annual weekenders What is your favorite forum memory ? All the annual weekenders and camping weekend How many years have you been a forum member for ? 10 Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? Yes plenty What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ? More rides and mingling
  20. Actually be nice to see heaps of forum members give this one a crack Simply copy and paste the questions, and type your answers beside How many years have you been riding for ? What was your very first bike ? What is your current bike ? Do you have a childhood bike you would like to buy and restore ? ( if yes, what is it ? ) Are you a 2 stroke or 4 stroke person ? Where was your favorite forum ride ? What is your favorite forum memory ? How many years have you been a forum member for ? Have you made any/many good friendships via the forum ? What would you like to see as part of the forum in the future ?
  21. The SM is great fun to ride on the road but lacks top speed because of the gearbox and sprocket limitation. Top speed may be a fraction higher on the e but its because of the taller tyre not the motor. Its no good for the tighter trails / off road unless you're a really, really, really good rider. I don't think it lacks engine performance compared to the e if you derestrict it and run a sports pipe. Its got a better front brake (320mm) and better quality suspension than the e but is set up for the road (I think it may run a bit less travel than the e too) Of the two I'd go the e if you're going to use it off road and run road going knobby tyres like the Dunlop d606 (they work fine on the road, are good off road, last well but are noisy). If I wanted to do more on road I'd go the sm and relace the front to a 19 and run adventure bike tyres which would still be OK for easier off road riding and great on the road.
  22. As the topic goes, While we are all locked away at home, lets get some viewing happening..... Show us some riding pics out the front of Country Pubs Cheers
  23. Every tpi is a warranty job if you count oil leaks
  24. Get the E model there's alot of work to do to the sm model to get it up as powerful as the E. Get spare rims heaps about I got some for $350.
  25. I know of 1 only reported 2020 Beta supposed bearing failure being a French guy called Simon. Post links to any other failures you know of. Meanwhile about 1 in 20 TPIs are warranty jobs LOL
  26. You might have to do a bit more research! Now I don't know either bike well but I would've thought the SM would've been set up with firmer suspension as well to suit road riding more. I would go with the E and do what cluffie suggested and get a separate set of rims to put your dirt tyres on will be so much easier than actually swapping tyres! Goodluck with your decision and hope to see you out on the trails sometime!
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