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  1. hey Happy trails. I guess you name probably describes the kind of riding you want to do...but over the next year or so do you want to ride fire trails/flowing single. OR L3 sweaty single's with thick mud & rocky hills? Whats your weigh & height? Essentially your thinking to get away from the MX bike is spot on.(I had a cr250, it was harsh) You rode the 450SX, its also a MX bike, stay away form anything MX or version of bikes from the MX line..... Yamaha FX or KTM XC XC-f. Get a trail/ Enduro ride. exc exc-f wr.....etc KTM 250 exc-f you mentioned., Ask when the Valves were last checked. One telling point is if it starts immediately. A lot of good suggestions in this thread.
  2. at 14 stick with a 2stroke. You'll be able to ride the bike rather than it riding you. more fun!
  3. Hey bud. Dont buy a Mx bike. As mentioned above a 200 is good. I ride a 150xcw, it’s super easy to learn on. Decent torque. Very forgiving. The best hard enduro guys talk about being able to riding slow, balance is key Hit me up if you’re ever in Melbourne good luck
  4. Cheers Buzz for another Great day at dissa. We went on some tight trails I haven't seen before- Cheer to Brownballs! Big thanks to Crusty for capturing some of the fun….Sorry we didn’t video you Crusty, I need to take the time to video some moments, there always fun to watch!
  5. I was trying to get an ideal of how the 81's work in Aust' condition, the threads helpful. I'm getting a deal from a dealer on some 110/100 18 for $95. If anyone would like one or tow I'd be happy to grab extra. Cheers.
  6. I've been riding with Bubalu a lot recently - every single ride you step it up. Pretty cool how you & that beta get through the tough stuff.... Thank for the pic's, I should have taken the time to grab a couple...always fun to see.
  7. in the rain thats punishment, I know how Marginal Rd just keeps winding…..Well at least you were ‘flying' in your element on the tracks before you peeled off.
  8. Yeah it was warmish when pushing but a little shivery when flowing… Certainly were not hot. Wish you were there Cruiser!
  9. its good your as hard on yourself as you are on others..
  10. Winter conditions in February made for a good change. A solid rain set in around noon. Most of us had well seasoned summer tires on. The ride had some challenging stuff & took more energy than recent summer rides have. Much appreciated Liam for making it & sharing some of his trail knowledge. Also was cool watching Liam ride - quite simply next level. Good to have SimonJ along, been awhile, glad it wasn’t a walk in the park, whether he admits it or not he always enjoys a massive ride. One best parts of the day is chasing Gypsy, our speeds are similar so always fun. Gypsy's front washed out on one of those slippery roots on a corner - it was great how he tucked and rolled, popped straight up and back into it. My rigid body doesn’t tuck & roll so well anymore.. ahhh. Oh & a shoutout to the Sage Cluffie - On the last ride he suggested I try rotating my Carby to reduce the loading up…who would thought that would work...
  11. I think you can blame your bald rear tire.......Gypsy's pushing up the mother of slick hills was pretty impressive determination.
  12. Good subject! Its always a good thing to cleanup the trail’s. I’ll just go a little off topic, can I ask if you guys think there would be any benefit to working with the Department of Environment? When the recent election was happening there were some conversations that if the proposed 'Great national forest' was to go ahead we could loose the right to ride at Diss, Toolangi,,Dindi all the way up to Eldon In the State's we had a group called Stewards of sequoia, there was also some clubs that worked with their local Head ranger & manage to keep some really good trails open all year by maintaining them. Also the Sierra club got the petrol tax dollars the dirt bikes use assigned to trail maintenance Dirtriderz (& some other clubs) have enough members to have a regional voice. It would be Clean up, prevent erosion on the trails & get some things sorted like: -A permit for under 18 year olds to ride in the bush, something like a rec license. -Recognitions for trails that aren’t on a , it would be good if these trails were legit for insurance. Anyway no big deal, thought I’d ask. Like I wrote, I'd hate something radical to occur resulting in closures with big fines….
  13. you know secretly Gypsy's been dying to jump on one of those Italian machine.