I love the SV650 (great engine and handling), but it's a much heavier and larger bike. The VTR250 was bought mainly for my girlfriend, beginner rider.^^^^^
Forgive me, but "honey, somebody shrunk the SV..."
I couldn't help myself.
nice bikes: light and reliable. But after having ridden a couple of single cylinders years ago (for about 60.000 Km) and a KTM690 recently, I no longer wish to have one for road use. I feel that twins (parallel or V) have the nicest torque curve.any Honda SLR650 or a modded venerable DR650 for the task?
the XSR is a terrible bike to ride real off-road. It does OK on not sealed roads since it's still less than 200Kg but suspension is limited to 130mm. For real off-road (4WD tracks) a longer suspension bike that is still light is best but often those bikes are lame on long pavement sections. If one just wants to play in the dirt: enduro bike on a trailer, and forget road riding.@gnarlydog australia me has concluded that anything north of 180-190 kg fully full is just getting too heavy to be real fun on the comfiest of dirt roads, it starts needing too much attention! - in m43 style lightness not power is paramount ! - and some bikes however capable at the proper hands are just no constant fun in real easy-going life, a mountain week on an E750 some 23 years ago convinced me about this, oh that Ducati high rpm singing still echoes in my ears wish I had a camera back then when a friend jumping around a DR800 was registering at the nearby seismographers printouts...
by the way, how do the XSR bros cope with planted rocks in the dirt road’s bed?
if one is not after super powerful bikes there are several offerings that accommodate for shorter riders. If a sport bike is desired Ducati makes one of the smallest ones (low seats). But if lower one is needed still I am afraid a cruiser might be the only option (disclosure: I don't like them)I do struggle a bit with many sport/modern standard bikes because of my short inseam. I was a triumph dealership and was trying to throw my leg over a 33 inch seat eight to the dismay of the salesperson. After failing twice, I asked him if it cam with a step stool.
I have a Road King, but we also bought one of the new Honda Rebels. It has the same 500 cc parallel twin as the CBR just detuned a bit for more low end torque. It’s a fun bike, especially for $7k new.if one is not after super powerful bikes there are several offerings that accommodate for shorter riders. If a sport bike is desired Ducati makes one of the smallest ones (low seats). But if lower one is needed still I am afraid a cruiser might be the only option (disclosure: I don't like them)
I am sure this was not happening only in the greek MX championship races in the old days:After failing twice, I asked him if it cam with a step stool.