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I'm so bummed that I ended up selling my little DR :( but such is life. This video sure brings back some of the great memories, though -- and proves that you don't need fancy equipment to get out and kick some ass on a snotty trail! I can confirm that hundreds of hours of this kind of riding won't kill it -- what an indestructible little beast!



p.s. Mine wouldn't have had those silly clutch issues, because I'm on top of that sort of thing! But I definitely have to give this guy props for clearly using the bike to it's full potential and then some! Awesome rider and video :)
 

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I raced Hare Scrambles on a Suzuki TS-185. It was so much fun to pass guys on full race bikes with my little trail popper. Not to brag but at Budds Creek I passed the entire field on the first lap and was doing very well until the crank bearings let go. Still finished in the top 10.
 

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I understand his mental attitude very well. Your on this under powered turkey trial bike that no one expects much from. It feels so fricking good to blow bye these clowns on their top tier race bikes and leave them in your dust. The fact that he used his horn to pass was priceless.
 

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I raced Hare Scrambles on a Suzuki TS-185. It was so much fun to pass guys on full race bikes with my little trail popper. Not to brag but at Budds Creek I passed the entire field on the first lap and was doing very well until the crank bearings let go. Still finished in the top 10.

Very nice Xracer! :) These are definitely cases-in-point for the "slow bike fast" mantra LOL: enter a race on a bike like this and keep it pretty much 100% throttle the entire time! ;)
 

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Got that right! Plus the fact I'd been riding it since 1974 pretty much every day after school and work I knew just how it handled and what it took to keep moving forward. Got to tell you when my friends started yelling that I was in first place on my cheap little trail bike it was the best feeling ever.
 

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May I ask,
What was the average speed of that rider, on that bike, on that run? It looked like he was doing 50-60 mph.
Scott
 

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Got that right! Plus the fact I'd been riding it since 1974 pretty much every day after school and work I knew just how it handled and what it took to keep moving forward. Got to tell you when my friends started yelling that I was in first place on my cheap little trail bike it was the best feeling ever.
Oh yea, I know exactly what you mean. Knowing exactly what your bike can and can't do / knowing exactly where the limits are, and knowing how it's going to react to various inputs (e.g. how much throttle it needs at any given speed/RPM/gear combo for varying terrain/obstacles, how fast the back end will come around with a certain body angle and brake application, how quick the brakes will slow you down enough for that next corner on different surfaces, etc.). One other interesting thing that I found with the DR in particular was that only a few pounds seemed to make a massive difference in handling and overall performance. I took off the sub frame and all the stuff that attached to it (license plate + bracket, lights/turn signals, passenger grab handles, etc.) one time out in the desert because the sub frame broke. I rode the bike that way the next morning and it felt like a different machine!
 

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Hey KJ7687
Thanks for posting this :love_heart:

Charlie
Of course :) It really appealed to me because of my experience on the DR for so many thousands of miles, and because I often rode mine the same way. I could actually "feel" what the bike was doing, like when he lugged the motor along that one sand corner in second gear and put up the "air cooled two valve single torque beast" text or whatever it was LOL (in all honesty, it actually was really torquey at really low RPM -- FOR what it was...it would lug along but just didn't want to accelerate from low revs -- plenty of torque relatively speaking, just no horsepower until the mid-range). Or when he hit the whoops at speed and was practically getting launched into orbit, or the extra hard hits a couple times where the suspension bottomed out on rough spots... I can even judge how hard the bike is accelerating and how much throttle input is being applied just based on the apparent speed and sound of the motor. As I said, the video brings back some great memories for me!
 

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May I ask,
What was the average speed of that rider, on that bike, on that run? It looked like he was doing 50-60 mph.
Scott
I'm not sure about average speed (if you count the sections where he went quite a bit slower), but he was definitely doing 60 or just over at a couple of the long smooth sections -- pinned in top gear, the bike won't do much more than that in sand. I would say he was probably in the lower mid range of third gear (around 20 mph) in some of the more technical parts like in the riverbed. So average speed for the whole race...maybe 45 mph? Hard to judge since a lot of it was cut...
 

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that bike couldn't have been stock. i have a dr200 ( for sale ) and it doesn't do what that bike was doing
 

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You have to wear a flannel shirt to get all the extra horsepower!:D
Riders should take wearing flannel shirts very seriously. It works. I can attest to those who wear flannel "have" the extra horsepower.
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Wearing flannel works so well I encourage my entire family to wear flannel for the extra power. I think (not proven) you get even more power when you roll up your sleeves on a flannel shirt.
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I mean really, you can get extra power out of any 200, not just DR200's!
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