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6/19/2014 8:47 AM

What's your take on owning multiple bikes?

I have had 1 bike at a time all my life. I'd ride it for a year or 3 then sell it and buy something different. Back in 2012 I built a YZ144 project bike that I love, but 125's wear out fast, so I built a YZ250AF to ride on so I can keep the 144 longer and ride something different whenever I feel like it. I enjoy riding both bikes, but sometimes I feel like riding a 450. Thinking about selling one of the bikes to pay for it, but I really like both and spent so much time and money on them that I can't see myself getting rid of them. I can't really afford a third bike at the moment. I don't like 250F's much so I figure that if I had all 3 I'd be set for a while. But I thought the same when I built the 250, so...

First world problems, I know.

Anybody owns many bikes so they don't feel like trading so often?

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6/19/2014 9:11 AM

I race a 250f and a 450. I feel like the 450 helps me on my 250.

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6/19/2014 9:15 AM

Anthony Siracuse wrote:

I race a 250f and a 450. I feel like the 450 helps me on my 250.

i figured it would be the opposite, the 250 would help you keep your momentum up in corners and help with line selection when riding the 450. I noticed a huge improvement in my riding after getting off a 125 and getting on a 250 2 stroke

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6/19/2014 9:16 AM

I honestly think the perfect combo is a 125 and 250 2 stroke or 125 and 450

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6/19/2014 9:20 AM

I'm staying out of this one....laughing

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6/19/2014 9:33 AM

Holy crap thats a nice collection also is that top one your garage or basement if garage impressive.shocked

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6/19/2014 9:40 AM

I like how the bikes take priority over the cars!

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6/19/2014 9:44 AM

I think Newman needs to quit posting pics of his collection because every time I see it I want to start one of my own and I know I wouldn't be allowed as it would lead to divorce court.laughing

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6/19/2014 9:47 AM

newmann wrote:

I'm staying out of this one....laughing

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Actually if like to hear you on this. But only about the bikes you actually ride!

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6/19/2014 9:47 AM

newmann wrote:

I'm staying out of this one....laughing

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maybe ride them, instead of posting pics lol.

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6/19/2014 9:49 AM

The more the merrier!

I'm down to 1 right now but have typically had 2-3. Can't wait to buy another sometime this fall... But anyway, since you never get back what you put into them, I can totally identify with what you said. You spend your time and money getting them dialed in only to sell them and start it all over again - very frustrating. If you can afford it, keep them all.

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6/19/2014 9:50 AM

Newmann how are you staying out of this one? ;/

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6/19/2014 9:54 AM

CRF505 wrote:

The more the merrier!

I'm down to 1 right now but have typically had 2-3. Can't wait to buy another sometime this fall... ...more

That's exactly how I feel about putting time, money and passion in the bikes only to sell them after 1 or 2 seasons because I have a new project in my head. I thought keeping two bikes would make me not want to change bikes as soon, but it didn't seem to work. Since I bought this house with a garage I seem to enjoy tweaking/modding/tuning my bikes more than actually riding them...

I just bought a new travel trailer and am in the process of remodeling the house, so a third (and fourth, as I'm also considering getting a pit bike to ride at a friend's house nearby) are out of reach at the moment. I guess I'll have to be patient and hope my kids will enjoy riding so I can live my newfound passion working on their bikes...

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6/19/2014 10:03 AM

Don't you guys think this:
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Would look great parked next to those two? :
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6/19/2014 10:07 AM

Anthony Siracuse wrote:

I race a 250f and a 450. I feel like the 450 helps me on my 250.

twosmoke30 wrote:

i figured it would be the opposite, the 250 would help you keep your momentum up in corners and help with line selection when ...more

I agree w/ Anthony. I've had 250f/450 and felt the 450 made me faster. I would think to myself, "I hit that double on my 450 and I hit this corner that fast on my 450, so why can't I do it on my 250f too?" I certainly think the 450 made me faster. I believe I pushed myself to do things that I otherwise wouldn't have if I rode just the 250F.

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6/19/2014 10:13 AM

Currently I have just 1 06 RM250…. There was a time I had 3 RM250'S, 2 06's abd a 01. Before that I had 2 honda crf250's. In the future I plan on owning EVERY last gen Japanese 250 2 stroke and a few others.

Personally i LOVE having multiple bikes. My setup or reasoning was to have a bike strictly setup for the track i.e. stiff suspension & brutal hard hitting power, then I would have the same bike/model possibly a year or two variation and the other nine would be for the hills or desert which I could set up to be softer and depending on where I would go riding would dictate which bike I was taking with me, that way I wouldnt have to mess with my settings and didn't wear out parts and tires on my track bike by riding in the hills

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6/19/2014 10:23 AM

Having two bikes just means more $$$.$$ for up keep, that said.....two is better than one. Nothing over 199 cc's works for me!

My stable has a GasGas EC200Photo

The other ride is a YZ125 both are super fun....

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6/19/2014 10:26 AM

I own the trifecta (125/250/500). Each has their purpose.

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1998 Honda Z50
1994 Honda CR125
1996 Honda CR250
2000 Honda CR500

6/19/2014 10:28 AM

newmann wrote:

I'm staying out of this one....laughing

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Nice collection !
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6/19/2014 10:28 AM

I can't imagine owning only one bike - currently have 17 in the stable (just trimmed down from 19).

(Hi everybody, my name is Mr Bean and I'm a bike-a-holic.) cool

Look at it like this - it's MUCH cheaper than trying to afford 19 women. shocked

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6/19/2014 10:32 AM

Sheriff245 wrote:

Don't you guys think this:
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Would look great parked next to those two? :
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Yup. (Even thought it is already looking great!)

To tease, a super light YZ super mini 105/112 from Loretta with tricks to make it higher will still be missing smile
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6/19/2014 10:36 AM

I had one for a long time then I bought a 125 project bike. Now that I have 2, I can't imagine going back.

Damn Newmann, that is a sweet collection.

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6/19/2014 10:43 AM

I have a CRF450 to race and a CR250 2 stroke to mess around on. I'm trying to learn to ride the 2 stroke faster with hopes of it making me have more skill on the 450.

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Recovering JS7, PED, 2-stroke vs 4-stroke, Alessi, thread poster....

6/19/2014 10:50 AM

Anthony Siracuse wrote:

I race a 250f and a 450. I feel like the 450 helps me on my 250.

twosmoke30 wrote:

i figured it would be the opposite, the 250 would help you keep your momentum up in corners and help with line selection when ...more

CRF505 wrote:

I agree w/ Anthony. I've had 250f/450 and felt the 450 made me faster. I would think to myself, "I hit that double on my 450 ...more

My logic is... I rail on my 450, so I feel more comfortable on my 250 which allows me to ring the hell out of my 250.

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6/19/2014 10:51 AM

I have two just because its cost alot to get to the races sign up for them so i would hate to have to pack it up and go home because of a bike failure. I have a yz45o and yz250f it also allows me to have more class options because some of the fair races dont have so many classes.

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6/19/2014 10:52 AM

I have a CRF 450R and a YZ 125. Best combination in my opinion. The thing I like most about having 2 bikes is that I usually drive 1.5 hours to go ride. It's nice to have a back up bike if you have a mechanical issue. I would hate to spend all that time and gas money and not be able to ride much.

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6/19/2014 10:56 AM

When I was racing when I was younger it made sense to keep the previous years bike as a practice machine to save the wear and tear on the new race bike. The value of the bikes drops pretty fast when they're used, but a two year old bike is worth about as much as a one year old bike on the used market so it made sense to keep them an extra year and get the extra use out them.

It didn't hurt to practice on a 125 and race a 250 either.

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Empty a bag of skittles into the toilet and then flush. It's like watching a five second long nascar race.

6/19/2014 10:56 AM

I have to many - but then this is an addictionsilly

500 cc Dual Sport, 300cc 2 stroke for offroad, big bore race bike for MX, trials bike for fun, road bikes (2)........my dream was to have a bike for any mood that comes up!

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Germany 1975 250 CZ Centerport, laydown shocks, mikuni with reed valve, Marzocchi forks with me as the motopilot

6/19/2014 10:59 AM

Tim507 wrote:

I have to many - but then this is an addictionsilly

500 cc Dual Sport, 300cc 2 stroke for offroad, big bore race bike for MX, ...more

See, I knew I had a brother I was separated from at birth! laughing

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6/19/2014 11:06 AM

05 Crf450 ,4 sale and soon replaced with a 15.
2002 xr100 restored fun for my little track at house
2002 yz 250 like new. Out of storage ready for action.
BBR crf 50 fun
Chinese 125 junk
I want to get on a 2 stroke again and the yz has 20 hours on it. Just raced Fl. Series on it and got on a 4stroker and put that in storage. It will be nice to have if my air forks go out from what I hear as well.

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I don't have to be as smart as you hope to be some day anymore. wink