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    Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 07:37
Morning All

I have (for my sins) agreed to have a go at green lane riding with my stepson so need a bike as the Breva 1100 wont cut the mustardWink

So here's the issue 
1) Never done it before
2) Have short (29" ISL) legs Cry
3) 12 1/2 stone
4) Not in the first flush of yout'

So the KTM 300 EXEC my SS rides is out of the question!

I've been looking for Yamaha TW125s (I just like the style) but any marque would work

So what do the team recommend that is short, not too leery, is road legal and light to pick up as I anticipate it being on its side a lot at the beginning

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Tris 

PS - if any one has something suitable to sell please feel free to PM me


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A Landover?😉 
Sorry, couldn't resist, not helpful I know.
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Mhhhh 

A light weight with Rover V8 and coil suspension - that was an itch that never got scratched as a young man Wink
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Well good luck with the search. I did scratch that itch, no V8 unfortunately, but the lightweight air portable Landy in off road competitions. I never won any, third place was the best I managed.Confused
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Sep 2019 at 18:55
You could try one of those off road quad bikes.Wink

Saves having to put the stabilisers on a two wheeler off road. LOL

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It's quite a while since I have been in the Green Laning scene, but if you can find a nice one, a Yamaha Serrow would tick most of your boxes.
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Originally posted by Motty Motty wrote:

It's quite a while since I have been in the Green Laning scene, but if you can find a nice one, a Yamaha Serrow would tick most of your boxes.
. Good call . 
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Originally posted by Tris Tris wrote:

Morning All


I've been looking for Yamaha TW125s (I just like the style) but any marque would work




Suzuki  van van ?      Honda Xr 125( alhough the seat height may be too tall.)    Or something like a jap import FTR 223  ( not sure about the offroad ability of any of the above though... and yes  , Ftr does translate as  flat tracker.
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Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

You could try one of those off road quad bikes.Wink

Saves having to put the stabilisers on a two wheeler off road. LOL

Ducks behind parapet.


The problem with that plan is that after months of looking for the right one, the "kneeling" bike trailer I got will only carry one bike and I need to trailer it as SS lives 130 miles away!

Keep the options coming people  they're much appreciated
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote c13pep Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2019 at 09:41
Try the Derbi Senda 125, although again it`s quite tall but extremely light and it`s quite cheap compared to its 50cc stablemate (its also 4 stroke unlike the 2 stroke 50)

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Couple of freinds joined the local TRF, they love every minute.

Only issue I have with some is the noise, when you are out walking the dog on a local common, to get one or more with loud exhausts go by.

Must admit I was looking to see what electric offroaders were around myself.
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Depends a lot on your budget and how serious you are.

Serow or Beta Alp at the cheaper end.  KTM Freeride if you're flush.

I went from CCM404 (brilliant bike but too tall) to Serow (real workhorse but actually too low - pegs kept grounding out in ruts) and have now settled on a Gasgas Pampera. Very light, small but hard to find and kickstart only 2 stroke.


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Anything cheap so if you bin it you haven't lost too much!

Have you tried the Mobility Shop, Brian?Tongue
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Just  spotted this on Fleabay. Wrong end of the country I know and it needs a little work but they are good little bikes in the Serow mould and I've seen guys keep up with the fast boys on them. Spanish made like my Gasgas and similarly Trials bike based. LDT guys love them.

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Thanks chaps and the dirty deal was done over the week end



That in all its splendor is 700 quids worth of 2003 Yamaha TW125 with 11 months MOT. It may not be my "forever bike" but it will do to start with

So, if you're out and about and you come across a purple bike with at older chap with short legs lying under it please pick me up Big smile

If said apparition is accompanied  by a tall young man with an orange bike who is laughing and saying "I'll pick you up once I have sent this picture to Mum", feel free to join in the hilarity ClapClap
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