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Back in the saddle #152735 01/09/22 06:14 PM
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My dad took me out to Woodstock when I was 12 or 13 to buy a Benelli 50. Later a group of us took turns with a Rupp Roadster, Honda CT and SL 70, a Yamaha 125, and a Hodaka Combat Wombat. My Rickman 125 was a beast! Still later it was on to my Honda CMT 400 which sold my wife on me. I took a bunch of spins on my friends Kawi 1000 and marveled at the power. Sold the bike in '82 and haven't twisted a throttle until the other day when I rolled my '22 XT250 off the Black Widow carrier by myself. How it didn't fall and get smashed I'll never know. She's sitting safely in my shed. I visit just to sit on her, wait for winter to end, and be a kid again. Looking forward to this forum. Cheers - Jim


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Re: Back in the saddle [Re: JimJ] #152736 01/09/22 07:35 PM
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Hi Jim - Welcome to the site as a new USER. Enjoy and ride safely. Slow time of year in winter climates for riding now.

Rupp brings back memories of mini-bikes we rode as kids. Sounds like you've had a long history with bikes. You'll enjoy the new purchase. As for carriers, that bike is light enough to be transported on a rear carrier rack which some here have done. We did mostly trail riding and always transported the bikes as close to trail heads as possible. Two of them fit inside a Ford E250 van.

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Two bikes strapped down in van. Needed to install cleats for the cinch down straps.

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Folding aluminum ramp worked well.

Still have the van w/326k miles on it. Bikes went to 15k before being retired. 15 years of exploring in 19 states and wonderful memories. Those bikes provided unparalleled reliable access to many a remote area. We just don't bounce of the ground as well as we once did. Post on! smile


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Re: Back in the saddle [Re: JimJ] #152737 01/09/22 07:59 PM
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2006 XT225, UNI filter, ProTaper bars, MSR handguards, SS front brake line, Shinko 241's.
Re: Back in the saddle [Re: JimJ] #152738 01/09/22 11:37 PM
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Welcome Jim! Enjoy your new XT once riding weather is with us again, keep us posted as the adventure continues, and ride safely always!..


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Re: Back in the saddle [Re: JimJ] #152740 01/10/22 06:04 PM
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Thanks riders! Tech issue #1, battery tender junior on order. Leave in bike or bring battery in? Gets pretty cold up here.


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If the bike definitely won't be ridden till spring, I'd bring the battery in. My bike is on a tender in the garage and I rode it last Sat.


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Re: Back in the saddle [Re: JimJ] #152756 01/14/22 01:08 AM
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Welcome Jim. I started riding off road at age 8, in 1967 on a Bultaco Lobito 100. I also got a Briggs powered mini bike when I was about 10. Got my license and a Suzuki GT380 at 16. Been riding ever since, both on and off road. I have several disabilities, mainly of the orthopedic kind. I actually have to stand on something to get on and off my XT225. I built something I can carry with me.


The above is my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
1994/2001 custom built XT225 with a ton of aftermarket parts.




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