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Hi everyone!

It's been way too many years since my last dual-sport thumper, a WR250R - previously had TE/SM610, DR650, DRZ400e, MZ 660 Baghira SM, DR200SE, XT350 (in Cape Town, South Africa) and XT225 Serow, with various sport and touring bikes in between.
Was riding moto-trials last few years, and had a knee injury before that so had to sell the Husky and WR-R.

1st dual-sport was a '93 KDX200 I made road legal - decided crashing off road will cost less after writing off my Aprilia RS125 and then a Ninja 600.
Z50 Monkey bike was my favourite as a teen, riding everywhere around Knysna on the Garden Route.

Really loving the TTR250 Raid. Completely standard and nearly immaculate for age. Wanted something light and low enough to handle by myself in tricky situations.

Short ride today to see how it behaves - Onamalutu (gravel roads and mountains), Rarangi (shingle beach and adjacent pine forest trails), Wairau (braided river-bed), and Wairau Diversion Reserve (sand) at the top of the sparsely populated South Island, and back home in time for the MotoGP.

Running 18-57 gearing and tops out at 133kmh on the digital dash, 119kmh into a stiff headwind (NZ speed limit is 100kmh though) - satisfied with that but suppose there's always the option of a 325cc kit in the future...

Wearing Dunlop D605 front and rear - which were all over the place in deep soft sand, but that's due to a rusty rider and fear of reinjuring a weakened knee. Believe I'd struggle in that soft sand on my plated 300exc as well at the moment.

Just needs bashplate, rim-locks, new rear tyre, handguards and a few little issues sorted out before I take on the Rainbow, Molesworth and other must-do adventure rides nearby.

Other current (operational) bikes are 1982 Suzuki TS185ER, 2007 300exc, 2003 YFS200 Blaster (with everything rebuilt and upgraded by the previous owner - was the 1st one to take in into the mud!), ATC110 trike, OSET 20" electric trials for my young sisters though I ride it just as much.

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Aleksey



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Good one, NZ is great so plenty of fun to be had, RE D605's are rubbish in sand, I rode both my TTR & WRR in sand & it was hard work so now I have D606's on the TTR & MT21's on the WRR.

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Welcome, Aleksey, from the Northern hemisphere.

Your bike looks a good example of the Raid models.

Very smart and none too common either.

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Welcome to the forum!

What a cracking Raid you got there - luvverly biggrin

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Very very sweet Raid

Can I ask about the gearing, as I have never heard of anyone running a 18/57 and not sure where you would find such sprockets, can you please shed some light, I am just genuinely interested.

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18/57T and a 428 chain is the standard Raid setup Steve wink

When they wear out most Raid owners swap over to the OE gearing and 520 O ring chain.

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Thanks guys, I'm very pleased with it.

Will change to smaller sprockets front and back when these wear out, suppose one advantage of a large front is there's less stress/wear on the chain.

Went well past midnight fitting new bash plate, oil/filters and luggage in order to ride today - had to buy Irwin bolt extraction tool to remove the old sump bung as the previous owner rounded it off completely.

B&B bash plate took just 3 days to arrive from AU. Went on easy enough, just had to file a bit off otherwise gear lever touches the alloy when shifting down.

Took a loop around Port Underwood and Picton today, trying out the same luggage I used on the Serow 7 years ago - an old canvas (with aluminium frame) NZ made tramping pack.
Works perfectly, attaches with metal hooks from tie-downs that slide over the grab-handles, and 2 15cm long pieces of thick bungee cord. Takes a minute to take on/off. Has enough movement to allow the whole pack to give some extra room when shifting backwards on steep descents, and it always stays well secured.
Light, cheap and can still swing my leg over it.

Removed the little screen as it was creating turbulence/noise - that leaves me with 5 mounting points for crews to perhaps make a small rack on top of the headlight... 

Sheep-skin seat cover or AirHawk ready to fit for long rides.
XR400 22L translucent tank, handguards, better tyres to still get and then we are ready for summer!



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Excellent result!

Lovely photos - thanks for sharing wink

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18/57T and a 428 chain is the standard Raid setup Steve wink

When they wear out most Raid owners swap over to the OE gearing and 520 O ring chain.

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By those roads / places you are in Blenhiem ?
I lived there till 4 years ago...
lots of good riding around the Malb district..
molesworth & rainbow will be open soon
is a 400km round trip from Blen..

here====> www.remotemoto.com/

 

tyres for ADV riding .. most of the ground is quite hard &

nobs can't penatrate it so you have to put rubber

on the ground.... 

i use shinko 700s......





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Hi Peter,

I've got those rides on my radar, and yes, Josh of remotemoto does a great job there - time to get some mototokens!

Made a dash for Mt Patriarch yesterday, but the ttr needs to be re-jetted. Had serious loss of power and it started spluttering to a point where I couldn't go on. Was in the clouds so could not tell how far from the summit I was, guess around 1500m elevation.

I'm in Renwick which is better for riding - can hop on my trials, trike, quad or enduro bike straight out the garage and be on the trails 2min down the road - its common here, even local policeman with his son ride their unregistered dirtbikes to/from Omaka or Wairau river trails! Work from home so can shoot out almost any time.

Planning on moving next year though, somewhere between Cambridge and Taupo where there seems to be good access to riding, boating and skiing as well, in addition to easy access to a number of major cities. A bit lacking Marlb is in terms of major attractions/events.
Was in Chch before, for a few more years after the damn quakes.

 



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Made a dash for Mt Patriarch yesterday, but the ttr needs to be re-jetted. Had serious loss of power and it started spluttering to a point where I couldn't go on. Was in the clouds so could not tell how far from the summit I was, guess around 1500m elevation. 


Is the issue that the TTR runs too rich at altitude? If so, is a quick fix to try running with the airbox lid off?

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Hi Brian,
Yes, from the reading I've done since, it needs to be leaned out, so moving the clip away from the pointy end of the needle... have read about removing airbox lid as well. Will try the needle at home, and then the airbox on the trail if it's not enough.

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looks like you got as far as you can ride up Mt Patriarch....
another 2 hours if yer want to walk/climb...



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