Good TET bikes but why ?

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Re: Good TET bikes but why ?

Post by Nomad » Thu May 10, 2018 12:54 pm

i'd say my KTM 690, well I would as it's what i've got

Lynx fairing with HID dip beam (so I can still travel after dark)
Protection in the form of Cycra handguards, G-IT Bash Plate, Rally Raid Products billet brake pedal (to resist bending)
Extra Fuel due to Rally Raid Products Evo 1 tanks (22 litres in total)
Touratech pannier frames and panniers (I prefer soft panniers but they came with the bike)
G-IT rear rack
Currently has Metzeller Sahara tyres which to be honest are less than ideal

My 690 somewhere very close to the TET near Buxton

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Although to be honest so far I've only ridden the TET in the Peak district on my 450EXC Rally bike, which is perfect for day trips:

My 450 possibly close to the TET in Portugal (I have no idea where I actually was when this picture was taken on the Tour of Portugal in 2016)

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Re: Good TET bikes but why ?

Post by dibbs » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:20 pm

Hi Nomad
What mods did you need to turn your 450 into a rally/adventure bike?
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Re: Good TET bikes but why ?

Post by Meetchee » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:24 pm

Hi guys,
this year I'm going to ride the TET from Italy to Greece on a little CRF 250 L but before telling you about this bike, I need to tell you about my previous bikes because that influenced my choice now. I started riding when I was 14 years old, I competed trials then enduro in Belgium for about ten years. Then I bought a Suzuki DR650SE, a great bike which would be perfect for the TET I think. I travelled long distances with this bike, I was very happy with the engine but I had some reliabilility problems with it. I think I would have bought the same bike if it was still for sale in Belgium, but it wasn't. So 5 years ago I bought a KTM 690 enduro, great bike but its defaults - too high, stalls easily, doesn't turn and way too powerful- forced me to sell it and find another bike. I was looking for a bike which could tackle little singletracks we have here in Belgium and travel long distances. This little CRF could do it, Honda quality, little maintenance low fuel consumption, so I bought it brand new for 4000 euros. It can ride everywhere, fast trails or hard single tracks, it perfectly fills my needs because I wanted a light bike (I usually travel on my own) with nearly no maintenance and no special and expensive preparation. I know I'm like an ET here because a lot of people now ride with big bikes probably because they think a little bike can't do long distances.
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Re: Good TET bikes but why ?

Post by Staubteufelchen » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:55 am

Hi Meetchee,
that's a good bike, if you don't have to be the fastet.
For nearly the same reasons, I still rely on old aircooled 350 enduros.
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Re: Good TET bikes but why ?

Post by Meetchee » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:44 pm

Hi Staubteufelchen,
I partially agree with you because being the fastest is first a question of technique, it's not only a question of power, on tecnichal trails I can ride faster with the Honda than with the 690 I previously had. Why? Simply because you can easily master the power on the Honda and also because 23HP is largely enough where I ride in the Ardennes in Belgium, a very technical terrain in general, lots of tight singletracks with slippery stones and a lot of mud, too...
I also remember when I was young, I used to buy a cheap bike between the race seasons, I once had an XR 125 and my friends who rode top enduro bikes ( in the 1980's) were all kidding me, but not for long simply because they couldn't follow me!
But now is a different time, I bought the Honda 250 first because you can ride for a long time without any maintenance. And I don't care about going fast or not, when you ride 4500 km in a row, you've got to be careful. Check out the video I made when I crossed Spain from north to south and back : https://youtu.be/1-jJCXv0WmI
By the way, what's your bike?
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