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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:05 pm 
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Inspired by the recent story of enduro legend Archie Macmillan riding a $300 Honda XL185 in Canada's extreme enduro.... it's all about the rider not the bike! You can blame your knobbies, or the colour of your riding gear, or your brand of bike - but most of the time it's easier just to start working on your riding skills instead. :biggrin:

Our DR650 features heavily in this vid as many asked to see the big bushpig on our harder enduro tracks - we were all surprised at how capable the big girl was!



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:18 pm 
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Nah.... according to lot of folks on here as long as you spend 4 to 5 thousand dollars on DR farkles you'll be an better rider.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:52 pm 
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Great video, and I much agree. Now, somethings matter if waaaay off base, but mostly a good rider on a decent bike will always spank a mediocre rider on the best equipment. Put him on supermoto slicks in an ice race or a Goldwing in EnduroX and you are a bit too much space between bike and discipline for a rider to make up. But otherwise skill is very much the most important thing.

I often try and remind myself that. Decent suspension, terrain specific tires, and just ride the damn thing. The DR has taught me that weight/power/travel isn't quite as important as I used to always think.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:52 pm 
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Great video! Smiled my whole way through it. Knowing, of course, everything he said is right.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:03 pm 
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Love the narration!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:37 pm 
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It also goes the other way...

If you don't have enough skill... well, just buy a ktm :rofl:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:00 am 
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adam728 wrote:
....I often try and remind myself that. Decent suspension, terrain specific tires, and just ride the damn thing. The DR has taught me that weight/power/travel isn't quite as important as I used to always think.


so true adam... even though the suspension and the original tyres were truly horrendous i could still punt the big girl around our enduro loop at a reasonable speed. but it was a lot scarier lol.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:45 am 
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I wish I could ride like that! :dirol:

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:43 pm 
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Loved that video. I agree 100%.

I've ridden an V-Strom 650 with 75%/25% tires (Metzler Tourance... loved those tires) on some gnarly trails that most would have thought a V-Strom couldn't handle.

And I am by no means skilled off road.

My father-in-law rides a Honda Valk (like 900lbs!!!) on rutted Florida sugar sand dirt roads to get to his house... If you've ever ridden on sugar sand, you'll know how tough that is.

I'll try to find photos of it, but a long time ago someone posted on ADVrider images of her father or grandfather and others riding harleys on trails like those in the 40's. Could you imagine?!? You think the bushpig is heavy...

Here's a link with the photos....take a peak:

http://chiangraities.com/index.php?topic=1440.0


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:48 pm 
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Here's a preview from the link I posted above...

True adventure riders:

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