Join Date: Apr 2002
Sportbike: KTM, GasGas, Sherco
Years Riding: Lost too many brain cells to remember
How you found us: Duh!
The latest addition finding ways to get slower
I've been interested in trials for a while now to gain more skills. I had only had a chance to ride one for about 5 minutes or so at a local riding spot. Then last weekend the opportunity arose to spend some decent time on a Sherco 125 which was fantastic and had me fully convinced I wanted a trials bike. So the search began. I looked at the shercos and others that were fully dedicated competition trials bikes. Then I ran a crossed the gas gas tax randonne 200. The basic design and air cooled motor were appealing to me for a variety of reasons. First and foremost I have enough maintenance to do with the KTM and I'm just not a big fan of 2 strokes. I've had them I love the weight of them but I just personally don't like the jetting and tuning aspect of them. More power to those of you that can do this. Just not for me.
So I found this gas gas TX 200 Randonne thing. I liked the idea that my wife and son could both ride it either as a trials bike or as a trail bike. So now that I have it what's it like? Well first of all it is not a competition trials bike. It is good at what it's intended for though.
What I really was worried about and was pleasantly surprised by was how well this bike wheelies. No not to show off but for practical purposes like getting over logs and such. This is a skill I've never been able to acquire and already broke the license plate holder off my KTM trying to learn. This bike is very much like a true trials bike in that sense. Just compress the suspension and on rebound a small blip of throttle and the front wheel comes right up.
It's definitely a bit more difficult than the Sherco to do the really slow speed turns. But I'm confident that this will only force me to gain better balance and control. So for my level it works great as a trials bike and is teaching me what I want to learn.
Now for the trail bike aspect. The shifter in my opinion is just the right distance to facilitate both forms of riding. Just far enough away to stay out of your way for trials riding but closer than the Sherco. This makes trail riding easier since you are shifting more. With the seat attached you can get your weight over the front end like you would on an enduro or MX bike. The seat is tall enough to ride comfortably but low enough to accommodate even the shortest of riders. My wife is 5'2" and fits easily yet at 5'11" for me it doesn't feel too cramped.
Brakes are good and miles better than the TTR's we've had in the past. Now add in the fact that it comes plated and is relatively cheap. In my opinion it's a nice little package that is tough to beat. That is if you can find one. I got lucky and a dealer within 2hrs of me had one in stock. But for anyone that is in the market for a cheap extremely versatile bike that can be ridden across disciplines I'd highly recommend this thing. Plus the durability of air cooled motors is just a huge plus in my opinion.
I love my high powered and high maintenance KTM but this little bike is a nice addition and good fun for riders of all ages, sizes and experience levels.