At last. I have finally gotten round
to creating a couple of pages dedicated to my "Off Road" adventures.
I have been riding off road for a long time now, but usually just on my old Honda 125, but after having a brief blast through the dirt on my friend Andy's TTR 250, I decided that to get the most out of the off road environment, I would need to get something with a bit more grunt and better suspension so that I could use my skills to better effect.
Enter my TTR 250. I bought this in November `98 from a local dealer, fellow racer and fellow Ron Haslam Race School Instructor, and have been having great fun on it ever since.
This TTR 250 is actually a Japanese "Grey Imported" bike, but it is available in the U.K. through the normal dealership channels. At the time of writing, I have had no problems with the bike, touch wood nothing will go wrong with it, so have not needed to find out how easy or difficult getting parts for it is, but Andy used his to compete in his local Enduro Championships, as a novice and won the title at his first attempt, and he has never had any trouble getting parts for his U.K. version of the bike from the UK Yamaha Importer, Mitsui.
I never used to take my off road riding too seriously, so most of the time it is purely for training to keep myself fit, gaining a better knowledge of controlling a bike in slippery conditions and most of all, for fun. But having said that, I am starting to take it a bit more serious these days as I have just bought a WR400 and am starting to put together a sort of "Off-Road" tour package, riding through some of the Central Highlands more scenic areas, and some old drovers trails as well. As soon as I have something more concrete sorted out, you will see it here first.
Below are a few pictures of my TTR, but I have since found out that there are actually quite a few variations of the same bike. Mine is the "Open Enduro" bike, but another friend has recently bought one called the "Raid". I think they are essentially the same motorcycle, but with different "Add On" packages to suit individual tastes.
For a bigger image size, just click the thumbnail you want.