Green Lane -bike suggestions

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Vass, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Vass

    Vass Guest

    ok winter is fast approaching
    and I have an inkling for having a go at this green lane lark
    Would prefer to have the bike road legal, so after a days running in the
    mud, I can just drop onto the A3
    and trundle home (via jetwash)
    Can the FOAK suggest a bike suitable for a 6 foot, 16 stone stature?
    ebay links appreciated
    budget <£ 1000 if at all poss ?
    '02 YZF-R1 (WIP)
    Vass, Oct 25, 2006
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    WavyDavy Guest


    What you need to do first is find out if you like green laning with a well
    known (on here) firm who offer that kind of thing in France...... :)


    Dave, about to fly to the UK. Do I need a jumper or two?
    WavyDavy, Oct 25, 2006
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    Ace Guest

    Heh. AAMOI, how do you determine the legality of off-road routes in
    your area? I'm not familiar with the laws here, but are some classes
    of rideable tracks marked on the normal blue maps?
    I imagine so. It's been around 17-18 max over this side of France, so
    I imagine it much colder in England.

    ..'_/_|_\_'. Ace (brucedotrogers a.t rochedotcom)
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    Ace, Oct 25, 2006
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    Eddie Guest

    The "Winter's arrived..." thread was on Monday.
    Eddie, Oct 25, 2006
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    Vass Guest

    Absolutly loads of tracks all ok for bikes in Surrey/Hampshire
    And if I don't like it, I just sell the bike.. simple
    Vass, Oct 25, 2006
  6. The Maps we were using we O/S style, showing Roads, Tracks/Trails,
    Footpaths and Bridleways. Footpaths are a no-no, the rest were mostly
    fair games except otherwise marked.

    I'm sure it's a little more complex than that, but didn't seem to be.
    DoetNietComputeren, Oct 25, 2006
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    Ken Guest

    Replies from spamming fuckwits aside, £1000 bike is likely to more trouble
    than its worth, and would probably need quite a bit of work if you wanted to
    use off-road on a regular basis!

    As to choice of machine if you are able to afford a more sensible price, you
    must decide whether or not you want the bike to work better on or off road.

    If you are after a good compromise between the 2, with excellent
    reliability, and easy parts, then XR400's can be had for reasonable money.

    However if you are more interested in road bias machine then DRZ Suzuki is
    good, but can be unreliable if been well not looked after.

    Finally if you are looking for out and out enduro spec machine, the KTM 200
    or KDX220 is a good choice.

    Sensible budget for this type of bike has to be around £2k, unless you are
    very lucky, or dont mind having to do work. Saying that though there are
    plenty on here which are sure to disagree, and will try and impress with
    their (lack of) knowledge regards off-road riding in general.

    Ken, Oct 25, 2006
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    Ken Guest

    A lot of lanes in Hants have been closed to vehicular access, after idiot
    usage by 4WD twats, and trail riders, using fulll blown race bikes, riding
    in large groups.

    Best to check whats still open by contacting your local TRF rep. Remember
    that if you get pigged while riding off-road illegally, the twats can take
    your bike and crush it, if they so desire!

    Ken, Oct 25, 2006
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    Adie Guest

    it aint that cold though. going out in an evening I've been wearing a
    long sleeved tshirt and denim jacket.

    however, you will need a brolly cos its wetter than a wet thing.
    (replace spam with nickname to reply)

    keeper of the ukrm faq for my sins

    ZX9R E1

    Adie, Oct 25, 2006
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    SteveJ Guest

    You'll not get anything for less than 1K, nothing worthwhile anyhow -
    you're realistically looking at closer to 1.2 - 1.5K as the entry level
    for a reasonable machine. At this sort of money I'd steer clear of
    anything even vaguelt exotic so stick with the products of the Japanese
    factories - they've all been pretty good for the last 10-15 years. A
    4-stroke in the 350-400 bracket is probably ideal and will be fine for
    a gentleman of your stature, or a 200/250 stroker. Anything much
    bigger isn't really necessary and gets to be a pain when you've got to
    pick it up out of the pick for the ninth time that day.

    I'd think seriously about an XT350 - a bit limited for serious off
    roading but well up to green laning and a really nice reliable bike -
    getting a bit long in the tooth though so finding an unabused example
    might be hard.

    Better would be the DR350 but try for an later electric start bike as
    the kick starter version can be a pain to start when it's hot. These
    are really good - a bit slow on the road but good enough and very
    capable as a basic off roader. Not much goes wrong with these provided
    they're not abused horribly. The later DR-Z is a very good bike, much
    better than the 350 but probably a bit out of your ideal price range as
    anything worthwhile will be closer to 2K. Honda's XR range is all
    good. All these will be fine for both offroad and road use. I'm not
    keen on the Kawasaki KL series but they'd do the job.

    The noise from strokers seems to annoy hikers more than that from 4
    strokes, which is either good or bad depending on your viewpoint, but
    the KMX200 is a good buy, or pretty much any of the DT series.
    SteveJ, Oct 25, 2006
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    gez Guest

    Shut up you know-nothing ****.
    gez, Oct 25, 2006
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    SteveJ Guest

    That said, I know of a KLR250 going in Guildford for around about that
    sort of cash. Not the world's greatest off road bike by a fairly long
    way but it'd probably be alright as a green laner.
    SteveJ, Oct 25, 2006
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    David Thomas Guest

    Royal Enfield Bullet Trails, you should be able to get one for about
    £800.... ahh sorry just spotted the "worth riding" bit, as you were.
    David Thomas, Oct 25, 2006
  14. In, Champ belched forth and ejected the following:
    You are ken AICMFF yawns.
    Whinging Courier, Oct 25, 2006
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    Ken Guest

    Check it out eggsucker..............100% correct!

    Ken, Oct 25, 2006
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    Ken Guest

    In, Champ belched forth and ejected the following:
    You are ken AICMFF yawns.

    CBR1000 GS450 XT660X
    BOMB#14 ibW#40 LotR#0 BOTAFOT#157 BotM#3

    Anyone who owns the shite listed at the end of your posts, would seem to
    know about as much about bikes, as TOG knows about changing gear box

    Ken, Oct 25, 2006
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    wessie Guest


    sorry about that, I've got a cold

    Oi. SteveH, you haven't mentioned that bike recently. Has it fallen to bits
    yet? Waiting for an unobtanium spare part? Done 6000 miles on it or have
    you just stuck it in the garage to keep the VFR company?
    wessie, Oct 25, 2006
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    Ken Guest

    Its almost certainly broken down and waiting for parts!

    Ken, Oct 25, 2006
  19. Vass

    Vass Guest

    Perfect advice, thanks Steve
    will up the budget and look around for a 350 - 400cc
    ta muchly
    Vass, Oct 26, 2006
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    Vass Guest

    read and understood
    Vass, Oct 26, 2006
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