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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2019, 07:53:31 am »
A TTR like CUZZY's above is a good option, if you can find one.

No-one mentioning a KTM 520 or 525?

After selling my faithful 650R I was looking for a bike that was light, could comfortably run at 100km/h, powerful enough to keep a smile on my face and came with a happy button.

I have had my KTM 520 for nearly 6 months now and I can honestly say I couldn't be happier with it.

I have done about 10 day trips on it so far, ranging in length from 200 to 400 km, and the bike has handled everything thrown at it with ease.

For the amount of money you pay for one of these you will not get better value.

Doing Ben 10 Challenge on it this weekend, will report back how it handled.

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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2019, 08:44:39 am »
Awesome stuff guys  :thumleft:

Thanks for all the replies.

And special thanks to @grego for the PM regarding the DT175

I gooied it into the post not to really compare it to the others. It's more of a inner 16 year old laaitie from 20 years ago that wanted a DT more than anything else on earth, but couldn't get it at the time.

It's more ascertaining whether a DT can be realistically used by an overweight 36 year old from a starting point about a 150kms away to do stuff like Baviaans side entry, Grootrivierpoort & the Ben10   :ricky:

@CUZZY , yep that TTR250 is my absolute 1st choic for my needs. Will be on the lookout  :thumleft:

@JonW , I follow the threads on 500s & 525s being kitted for touring with great interest. I think that if the bug bites with htis whole 250cc thing then somenting like that can be a viable upgrade. I have no experience with the enduro machines. I think at this stage I'll rather try and pass finding a Katoom like yours within my budget, because I might only find some neglected ones for now. There is one KTM on my list of "bike I have to have owned in my life" ... a blue 950/990 Adventure with orange seat  :thumleft:
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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2019, 09:14:33 am »
I have a TTR250 and a DRZ 400, not sure how to compare the two. The DRZ is a beast next to a 250! Great suspension much more power. The drawback is no 6th gear!
 

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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2019, 09:55:18 am »
Lem if you can get a nice XR 400 put that on your list too.Tough as an anvil.
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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #45 on: January 10, 2019, 09:59:23 am »
Lem if you can get a nice XR 400 put that on your list too.Tough as an anvil.

ek laaik hulle kwaai, dankie Chris  :thumleft:
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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2019, 10:05:54 am »
Lem if you can get a nice XR 400 put that on your list too.Tough as an anvil.

ek laaik hulle kwaai, dankie Chris  :thumleft:
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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #47 on: January 10, 2019, 10:12:58 am »
Hi Lem

As jy my TTR wil kom ry, laat weet.  Hy is glad nie te koop nie.   :ricky:
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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #48 on: January 10, 2019, 11:58:21 am »
Lem if you can get a nice XR 400 put that on your list too.Tough as an anvil.


https://www.gumtree.co.za/a-motorcycles-scooters/ceres/honda-xr-400-r/1003820739690911188067209

There is also a very nice DRZ in the for sale section by user FC Prinsloo

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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #49 on: January 10, 2019, 12:09:32 pm »
It's horses for courses when choosing a bike.
But never underestimate the new Honda CRF 250 Rally. Rear suspension fix cost me R1 600 by superfoxi.
It can do amazing things if ridden properly offroad. Ask some of the big boys we ride with.
Only drawback is getting home in a wind on the tar.
Have to be happy with 100 to 105km/h.
On a 10 day Southern Namibia trip one rider was on a CRF250. Over 4 000km and he was never more than 10mins behind the big boys.
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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #50 on: January 10, 2019, 12:21:50 pm »
It's horses for courses when choosing a bike.
But never underestimate the new Honda CRF 250 Rally. Rear suspension fix cost me R1 600 by superfoxi.
It can do amazing things if ridden properly offroad. Ask some of the big boys we ride with.
Only drawback is getting home in a wind on the tar.
Have to be happy with 100 to 105km/h.
On a 10 day Southern Namibia trip one rider was on a CRF250. Over 4 000km and he was never more than 10mins behind the big boys.
And did some of them fall.
If money was no object I would say that the new CRF250 Rally might well be the perfect bike for my current

needs.

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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #51 on: January 10, 2019, 01:46:33 pm »
It's horses for courses when choosing a bike.
But never underestimate the new Honda CRF 250 Rally. Rear suspension fix cost me R1 600 by superfoxi.
It can do amazing things if ridden properly offroad. Ask some of the big boys we ride with.
Only drawback is getting home in a wind on the tar.
Have to be happy with 100 to 105km/h.
On a 10 day Southern Namibia trip one rider was on a CRF250. Over 4 000km and he was never more than 10mins behind the big boys.
And did some of them fall.

I Robin

Yes, I absolutely want to emulate what you guys are doing on your 250 Rallies.

I know I can walk into the Honda dealership and by means of bank finance ride out there with one today still...

It just goes against my grain of being the responsible daddy of the house to purchase a toy with debt while all our other daily drivers & trailers were paid in cash. When I sold the 1150GS I bought a lovely camping trailer which is now the family toy.

So that is why I'm looking at spending much less for the occasional rides the 250 will have to do and to rather have it paid off from the beginning.

That way...if the shit hits the fan in my commission enviroment or I suddenly need cash then one of the toys or daily drivers simply can be flogged  :thumleft:
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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #52 on: January 10, 2019, 02:44:54 pm »
For what you are after a well looked after TTR250 or Tornado would be the ticket.
 

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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #53 on: January 10, 2019, 03:25:19 pm »
For what you are after a well looked after TTR250 or Tornado would be the ticket.

I think both of them will suit me well and I reckon I'd be able to sell either one in a few years for close to what they cost me  :thumleft:

Both are also not really intimidating and I can even teach my wife to ride on either one  :thumleft:
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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #54 on: January 10, 2019, 07:39:30 pm »
@KiLRoy has a very nice XR400 and he once mentioned that it could be for sale
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Re: Talk to me about lightweight DS options on a budget
« Reply #55 on: January 10, 2019, 08:13:14 pm »
Ai Lem, die antwoord is natuurlik n 690! :)

Maar aangesien jy aandring sou ek s die DRZ400 gaan net reg wees.