New Bikes, New 12 months, New Me!



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HELLO LATTE!

Meet my new journey, Latte.

Ever since I rode this bike 2 years in the past at DC Grime Camp, I fell in love with it instantly.

yamaha xt250 dc dirt camp short

July 2021 on my tremendous buddy Marjorie’s XT250 (additionally earlier than working at REVIT) at DC Grime Camp throughout an Journey Bike Class

It was light-weight, straightforward to journey and tremendous comfy. Sadly I don’t have any pics of me sitting down on the bike, solely standing up! 🙂 🙂

IS IT TOO SMALL?

No. Completely not. Sure, I’ve nearly 20 years of bike expertise underneath my belt however I’m completely positively new to twin sport using and I’d be fooling myself to assume that I might simply conquer a mid measurement 750cc ADV bike to be taught on.

After I took the Journey class with DC Grime Camp, using this bike felt pretty straightforward since my bike is 400lbs! So leaping on a sub 300lb bike felt tremendous straightforward. After all, studying some ADV abilities was difficult however I’m so glad I had a little bit bike like this to attempt issues on.

For me personally, right here is my intention with a twin sport motorbike (which GREATLY impacts an people’ bike selection)

  • Brief, day journeys, presumably overnights with minimal freeway / freeway using (max half-hour if potential)

  • 80% offroad / 20% on street targeted using (thus the necessity for a smaller bike total)

  • Construct AS MUCH confidence as potential whereas I enhance abilities

  • Speed up my studying / abilities in order that I can grasp this small bike to the place an improve goes to really feel simpler, much less intimidating and really feel extra assured

Doesn’t everybody wish to grow to be tremendous proficient and extremely expert at motorcycling prior to later? For me that occurs quickest after I’m on a motorcycle that’s smaller, simpler to handle and tremendous comfy.

If my expertise degree on the filth had been a lot greater, say 10+ years of filth using possibly, AND I needed to do lengthy distance, 50% onroad, 50% offroad kind using then after all a bigger displacement bike could be vital. I’ve by no means heard anybody say “Oh no, I don’t wish to get actually good at this shortly, I need it to take months / years to get higher and really feel assured”.

I even have a rear hitch service on the Jeep, so I could take it locations to go using. However I’m not planning something pavement targeted except I’m using on the road with my Triumph to do a pavement targeted journey.

So there you’ve it, my little 250 goes to be excellent for me and my using wants. At all times, all the time write down what your wants are for a brand new to you motorbike, if you wish to be as sure as potential that you’re making the perfect selection. I additionally know that if I want to maneuver onto a distinct bike, I can simply promote Latte and get it to another person in a short time. So I’m not frightened about that.

Keep in mind, bikes are like kleenex! There’s all the time one other one ready! They’re additionally like courting, you aren’t essentially going to marry the primary individual you meet, proper? 🙂

TALLNESS

However I can let you know that sure, it’s a bit tall however keep in mind, taller and lighter. Please revisit my quick tricks to perceive how that does work if you’re 5’2”! I additionally modified my boots like this ==>

That didn’t give me flat footing, however it didn’t have to as a result of for me, I’ve been One Footing my bikes because the very starting, even after I was using a taller scooter.

The XT was my little dream twin sport bike, tremendous succesful after I did the BDR journey and I knew I needed to have that bike!

I checked out many others together with:

  • Kawasaki KLX250 and KLX300

  • Suzuki DR200S

  • Yamaha TW200

  • Honda CRF250 and CRF300

However it all the time got here again to the XT250. Largely for the truth that I already rode it, and it simply felt proper. You realize that feeling? If you meet the love of your life, or the right pair of sneakers or the right motorbike? I additionally learn a lot of critiques of the XT250 towards these different rides and the XT all the time gained.

There are additionally a lot of upgrades and elements out there and I can’t wait to start out accumulating elements! However for now, it’s going to remain inventory apart from correct twin sport tires:

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Dunlop D650 Tires on Latte

UPGRADES

The one improve for now are correct 50/50 tires : Dunlop D605’s .

PROTIP for PARTS SHOPPING:
If you find yourself looking for bike elements, you possibly can ALWAYS go to the manufacture web site as a result of they may normally have a motorcycle / half finder to enter your bike into their web site and see what matches / is suitable!

This bike got here from a native motorbike college outsider of Denver so it had pavement targeted tires and I want one thing only a bit knobbier that may also deal with ~30 min of freeway using to the mountains (I LOVE DENVER).

Additionally, tire looking for offroad bikes are a complete factor. Sizing isn’t regular metric normally (e.g. 120/70/17) like on my road bike, so it’s possible you’ll have to translate sizes. Seize your homeowners handbook (or obtain one), LOOK UP your beneficial sizes after which go from there. There are additionally a lot of tire measurement translation sources on varied web site, however in the event you simply scroll to the underside of this web page for the Dunlops, checkout the helpful chart!

metric tire sizes dualsport motorcycles

Taking a look at twin sport tires was tremendous complicated for me till I discovered translations like this that advised me what my measurement was in width (inches) and metric so I might perceive the translations from metric to common inches.

In order that’s the place I’m at for now, I’ll be posting one other one quickly concerning the gear I’m going to put on and why I selected it so keep tuned!