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  1. I believe the Honda XR100/CRF100 and CRF125 and Suzuki DR-Z125 are comparable to the TTR and KLX There are also a couple chinese pit bike brands like SSR and pitster that might be an option. That size seems to be pretty popular as they are still cheap mini bikes but are big enough for adults to ride. Check out OMRL (Ohio mini racing league) if you want to see adults racing these types of bikes on gocart tracks 😆 Ofcourse that probably means they are even harder to find these days 🙁
  2. I guess I didnt get the joke. Still think you have to be obtuse to misinterpret it 🤷‍♂️
  3. My 4H club did that at the county fair a few times. City folk love that kind of stuff 😀
  4. Just watched the hi-lights on Utube this morning. Looked like a pretty competitive race then the rain started and everything was up ended. It was interesting watching some of the riders on rain tires slice through the pack on slicks on the last lap. Still slicks won the race so I'm not sure it was a good decision.
  5. Yea, that was an impressive misread of the original post. Given Bubba is not riding the track, I'm pretty sure he doesn't care about the pavement 😆
  6. Heated gloves are warmer and more comfortable but heated grips are sooooo convenient. Heated grips are a requirement for me now on any bike.
  7. If this is a good deal compared to online prices thats insane. I bought and sold my for less than that when I first started riding, and that seems like forever ago. I guess they hold their value. Great machines. GLWS
  8. I'm guessing they were "racing". The biker got super lucky.
  9. CJ74, your not helping your argument. Most of the conservative members of this forum, including myself, think your an idiot. Just because some conspiracy nut on FB post a meme does not make it true. Masks reduce the spread of respiratory infections, covid, common cold, flu, doesnt matter. Better masks are more effective but any masks help. Same as wearing a bandana reduces the dust you inhale but wearing better masks reduces it more or eliminates it. If both the asymptomatic person shedding the virus and person that could be infected are wearing masks it reduces the chance much more than one alone. However I do think the risks with this disease are overblown and shutting down the economy was an overreaction with a bigger impact than Covid by itself will have. That does not mean Covid is not a highly infective disease with a greater chance of death than the usual season virus, just that it not as bad as the media is making it out.
  10. Im going to guess the Cleveland IMS is no more IMS was already struggling and looking at reducing, lack of large venue in the area will likely kill it locally.
  11. I didnt really notice Biden signs until after the conventions. Trump signs were numerous before that. It seems many of the signs, especially Trump ones, are very large and in many cases "creative". I'm not as pessimistic as vf1000 but I think its going to be ugly leading up to and likely after the election. If Trump wins riots will be worse. If Biden wins ammo and gun hoarding will go into overdrive. This election may see an even bigger divide between rural and urban in the voting.
  12. Nice DRZ 😀 Mine has been abused a little more. 😆 Welcome to OR
  13. Why a Grom and not something like a TW200 or DR200 etc.? I mean I get the cool factor of an adventurized Grom but from a practical perspective and small dual sport is going to be better on dirt and pavement. That said if you do an ADV Grom build keep us posted, I will definitely be following.
  14. Looks like you got all the parts necessary for respect at the Starbucks. 🤣 So are you going to get it dirty? I'm amazed what people spend to allow their very expensive very large motorcycles survive and off road trip. My buddy and his dad that did part of the TAT with me last year had all the goodies on their GSAs. I'm pretty sure they spent alot more for the extras than I did for my bike new and the upgrades I did. With the right rider the bikes are very capable but it is not cheap taking them off road.
  15. When its stilling on a shelf you can see it. I guess it allows one to eliminate one variable when trying to figure out why your bike wont start. For some of us a battery check is a quick seat pop, or toolless panel access. Granted a dashboard volt meter will tell you something is wrong with your charging system preventing most wont start problems.
  16. The DRZ400 or WR250R is a way better trail bike than a KLR. They will do the 200 mile highway to get there, buts it not a fun ride. Definitely less comfortable than the KLR on the highway. Both can be easily lowered though I would think he could learn on the normal height which provides better suspension and ground clearance. Personally I think a KLR is a poor choice for starting to ride offroad. That extra weight really is a handful and increases the chance for injuries when you try to save drops. The smaller 250 or 200cc bikes like XT225 or DR200 will be easier to ride offroad but will struggle to keep pace with a KLR on the highway. You would have to take a more sedate pace, which is not a bad thing. Their offroad speed would also be closer to the KLR unlike the DRZ or WR which have much better suspension and are capable of a much quicker offroad pace.
  17. Inside the windscreen works. I did that on my vstrom. Pulling it out of the tank bag is also reasonable if you dont use it daily. Just make sure you have it out and visible before entering the gates. According to one toll worker who had to help me the reader is as you enter the gate, and wont pick up the transponder once you are sitting at the booth. Luckily this was at a nearly empty entrance so I was not holding up anyone. Since then I have it out approaching the gate and it has always worked.
  18. Thats exactly why I got a DRZ. The Vstrom is fine on the highway and good on gravel, but its a handful when it gets a little tough. The DRZ I can easily pick up and makes tough roads easy. Gravel is fun. It will do highway but that is no fun on a dual sport. Really I should have both and ADV and a dual sport but funds and garage space is lacking.
  19. CBBaron

    WTF is this?

    And how kids treat their toys. 🙄 Thats actually a pretty lowend cheap derailleur but it is easily damaged when you throw the bike on the ground. In our day we road single speed coaster brake bikes at that age so the gearing was mostly bomb proof. Now days they are trying to sell kids mini versions of the high-end bikes so there is much more to go wrong. I am constantly fixing the neighbor kids bikes from the expected abuse they put them through.
  20. demoranch is very childish but he does have some interesting weapons on his channel And those big bore air guns have similar ballistics to handgun rounds, so serious weapons, I also was surprised.
  21. Suppressed air rifles are not a firearm and dont require any special paperwork. https://www.airgundepot.com/airforce-texan-ss.html Not cheap, and still not legal to use in the city, but stealthy and deadly 😀
  22. I'll tell you that bike is wicked fast, but your road riding buddies would hate you, they'd get almost no draft trying to ride behind you.
  23. Just a few flakes, but there were definitely snow flakes outside this morning. ☹️ I may want to join you sometime for a MTB ride once I get a few rides under my belt this season.
  24. Wow getting all fancy with Ti I'm off the blood thinners and ready to get outside and I look out the window this morning and see snow ☹️ I've been putting plenty of miles on Zwift in the basement which is a decent way to stay in shape, but it not like a real ride outside.
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