What Bike to buy

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by Mobaan, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. Mobaan

    Mobaan Member

    Hi Guys ,I am new here on this board ,however not so new to Thailand . I am approx. 6 month per year in SEA -mostly Thailand-based in Udon Thani.
    I do ride a Honda Phantom ,but want to buy an offroad bike to have some fun in the mountains. Yes, we do have hills /mountains around here-maybe not as high as around Ching Mai ,but nevertheless. Further the Loie Region is only about 120 km away and there are some real mountains.
    Anyway ,the Phantom does not take the hills lightly ,I burn out my clutches too quickly. I weigh about 220# and have driven Bajas ,but mainly on flat land. The 250cc seem to me sufficient,but are they really in the mountains ,perhaps even with a little rider on the backseat?Would a 400 cc be more advisable?
    Any first hand experience /advise out there??
     
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  3. BobS

    BobS Ol'Timer

    If you want a true offroad bike, you will have trouble finding anything bigger than a 250.

    Power should be fine for you and luggage, or you and a small passenger. Not really big enough for two-up touring with gear.

    My first tour in Laos was on a 250, mostly on road. It pulled fine up in the mountains. Max speed was about 120 kph on the flats.

    BobS

    "The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right."
     
  4. Mobaan

    Mobaan Member

    Along the same line -to expand the question a bit : what do you all think about the Honda Africa Twin-where would a bike like that really be approprite? For my zipping around the local mountains it migth be a little heavy -I think . Never driven one ,only seen and admired from the distance.
     
  5. BobS

    BobS Ol'Timer

    Before David Unkovich tells you how wonderful the Africa Twin is, I will tell you that I find them a bit tall and top heavy.

    But, my legs are a bit shorter than David's. Try riding one before you buy it.

    I ride TDMs. More of a road bike than the AT, and much shorter seat height.

    Check out some of David's photos on this thread:
    http://board.gt-rider.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=524

    It will show you some of the "roads" that were done with an AT and a TDM. It will also show how well an AT fits in a truck when it breaks down.

    BobS

    "The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right."
     
  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Juergen
    The right bike is the one you feel most comfortable on & enjoy riding the most. Everyone has his or her own favourite.
    I love my Africa Twin – reliable, economical & sort of goes anywhere – depending on your riding ability. The weight & height is a problem for smaller weaker guys.
    The AT is becoming a cult bike since they stopped producing them a year ago, with prices going up & the bike becoming well sought after – a couple of the GT Riders have two each!
    It is also one of the most popular RTW (round the world) bikes, so it aint bad at all.

    But if you’re over in Loei why don’t you take a look at
    Ozzyboy’s Honda XL600/500 for sale in Chiang Khan
    http://board.gt-rider.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=623
    this might do for a start.

    Davidfl
    Keep The Power On
     

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