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Upt'North said :-
Talking of motorcycle oddities, no not you Ed, what about this little beaut.
Has anyone ever seen a bike with two prop stands before? Great feature for off road.
Upt'North.
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23/11/2020 05:30:15 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
The linked article mentions a "dual range" which I am guessing means a hi-lo selector separate to the regular gears, and that's on his vintage 90. I rather like that idea. It's a simple, elegant solution offering the best of both worlds without adding too much complexity.

I'm sure Mr Soady's mahusive 4by4 caravan pulling behemoth will have such a system but personally I've never heard of them on motorcycles until today. We live and learn.
23/11/2020 07:10:07 UTC
Henrik said :-
KLX300 2021
https://www.advpulse.com/adv-news/2021-kawasaki-klx300-unveiled/?fbclid=IwAR1Z5x...
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23/11/2020 07:40:24 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Cor! And rumours abound that Honda are putting the CBR300 motor in the CRF250L too. I wonder if we'll get these models though? Here in the UK going off road is difficult save for motocross tracks where a full blown race style "crosser" is preferred. As such road legal dual-sports motorcycles aren't big sellers.
24/11/2020 08:56:50 UTC
Bob said :-
KLX300 - I've read the specs and Kawasaki should be politicians. All that stuff about KLX300R derived cam timing, high compression ratio etc.. That is all exactly the same as the KLX250.
All they've basically done is shove the 300cc cylinder off the KLX300 onto a KLX250 and remapped it.
It sounds like I'm being negative, I'm not, this is a good thing - Kawasaki have obviously been reading the ADV forums and seen that virtually everyone in the USA that buys a KLX250 then buys a 300cc big bore kit and a power commander or EJK fuel controller and they've done it as a factory job which comes with the benefits of warranty, reliability, and generally being done properly.
As for UK availability, no ABS, only up to Euro 4 emissions compliance (you need fly by wire throttle for Euro 5) - so it won't be available here.
24/11/2020 02:43:02 UTC
Henrik said :-
CRF300L + Rally
https://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/crf300l-crf300-rally-unveiled-thailand/?fbcli...
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24/11/2020 07:49:30 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Oh Henrik, you tease you! Both the 250 versions made it here to the UK so I'm hoping the 300s will too. I'd be close to actually spending money if... ahem... Honda or an aftermarket business made a decent sized tank (15l would do) and tubeless rims. Those features would just be too much for me to resist.
25/11/2020 10:18:47 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Look, never mind 2 prop stands they manage with none at all.
25/11/2020 04:30:43 UTC
Bob said :-
The CRF should come here.
Euro 5 and ABS already on the 250....
25/11/2020 07:30:58 UTC
Henrik said :-
The CRF300 Rally got 12.8 Liters ,.. must be possible to fit the L-model ,.. given you can grab it as a spare somehow

For the Old CRF250L the was a auxilary rear-tank available ,.. maybe it could be made to fit

Rally model makes no sense at the price would likely be compareable to KTM 390 Adventure ,. with lots more grunt and HK
25/11/2020 10:43:20 UTC
Henrik said :-
The CRF300 Rally got 12.8 Liters ,.. must be possible to fit the L-model ,.. given you can grab it as a spare somehow

For the Old CRF250L the was a auxilary rear-tank available ,.. maybe it could be made to fit

Rally model makes no sense at the price would likely be compareable to KTM 390 Adventure ,. with lots more grunt and HK
25/11/2020 10:43:22 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
12.8 litres on the Rally isn't too bad Henrik, and to be honest I believe the "L" is slightly better off road than the Rally but both bikes are far more capable than I am brave so that would be fine.

KTM's list price for the 390 adventure is £5,500, the 250 rally (no price on the 300 as yet) is listed as £5,650. I'm quite surprised the 390 is cheaper. I know the 390 gets some pretty good reviews but I'm not convinced about KTM ownership. Any bike where the digital dash starts up with "ready to race" probably wasn't aimed at people like myself.
26/11/2020 08:40:07 UTC
KiwiJeff said :-
With regard to the Kawasaki Stockman dual sidestands are standard for farm bikes in New Zealand, means you can get off either side for gates and stock. Bike in picture should have a sheep or two tied to the front carrier and a sheepdog perched on the back! Great site enjoyed the chat and technical articles for a couple of years.
28/11/2020 09:51:54 UTC
Upt'North said :-
KiwiJeff,
You still down unda Jeff in New Zealand? If so I'm envious that you're now into your riding season unlike in dear old Blighty.
I and others obviously request, nay demand said picture of the Stockman.
Is this a road legal bike down unda or just for farm use, I'd guess road legal?
Plus,how do the sheep and dogs stay on when you live upside down.
Upt'North. Too far north at the moment, Brrrrrrrr.


28/11/2020 10:42:24 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Thanks KiwiJeff. I did work out the dual side stands would make life a lot easier, particularly in hilly terrain and if you're on and off the bike all the time. It suggests the Stockman was specifically designed for working rather than pleasure, the word Stockman alludes to livestock?

Fear not Upt', for 'twill be the shortest day in less than 4 weeks and from then on in the days draw out. Slowly. Coldly. If we're ever allowed out we may, possibly, perhaps be able to enjoy those 2 brief hours of British Summer. Heck we might even get abroad, subject to lorry queues, International Driving Permits, insurance regulations, border checks and proof of vaccination(s).
29/11/2020 08:10:31 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Are you trying to cheer me up on this very November'ish day?
Upt'North.
30/11/2020 09:00:01 UTC
Upt'North said :-
You were saying Ed......
TT 2021 cancelled.
Upt'North.

30/11/2020 02:51:06 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Me? Cheer you up Upt'? Never, you know me better than that. I wasn't planning on going to the TT but I know a lot of folks who'll be gutted about it.
30/11/2020 04:17:49 UTC
KiwiJeff said :-
Still down under Upt'North but have lived in Blighty some years ago so know why you park your bike up in winter! Had four days of cold torrential rain visiting Wigan relatives in November two years ago so while it is cold where you are Ren doesnt have it easy where he has to ride around you know! We don't really have a "riding season" as we can ride all year round I actually prefer winter as you don't overheat with all the gear on! The Stockman is mostly used on farms but can be registered for the road. Can't source a suitable loaded Stockman picture for you yet but working on it.
01/12/2020 10:52:15 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Jeff, if that's OK.
You weren't unlucky when you got 4 days of rain in Wigan, it rains everyday in Wigan. It even rains when the sun's out for that two hours a year.
And as for our Ed, bless him, he doesn't deserve it easy. He's a very naughty boy, said in a Monty Python'esque way.
Don't mean it Ed, you're our leader, hoorah.
Upt'North.
01/12/2020 01:08:05 UTC

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