XT250 – 17HP of Fun and Utility

dv11This being the busy mid-season, I’m either at work or at the track most days leaving very little time to ride on the street. And when I have had a chance to commute on a bike to work, I’ve not been in the mood to ride a sport bike. So…to change things up a bit I have started to ride my little 250cc, 17hp Yamaha dual dirt and street bike to work and for errands. Its strange with such narrow-knobby tires, small motor and limited brakes this bike is still incredibly fun and fast to ride. Faster than any car on the road under 50 miles per hour. Likely due to how light it is, feels like a mountain bike with an engine. And best of all it gets 73 miles per gallon pretty much all the time. Goes to show, its not always the expensive things that are the best values or the most fun.

For kicks, I painted the bike black to make it look like a Harley kind of. With a small motor it can get loud at high revolutions so I would rather folks think its a loud obnoxious Harley than a Japanese dirt bike.

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XT250 – 17HP of Fun and Utility

Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley

I just returned from a 4×4 trip to the Mojave desert in Southern California.  More pics to come…. One of the many highlights of the trip was that I hitched my dirt bike to the back of our truck as a plan B if we got stuck out in the desert.

At sunset on two evenings I was able to take it for a ride down old Stovepiple Wells road, which is a super sandy, dead straight, eight mile sand track that leads out to an old stovepipe from the 49er gold rush.

After going several miles into the desert I found myself riding over snakes on the track every 30 to 40 yards…and with the sun setting quickly…no flashlight, gps, cell, and with no one having a clue where I was…or was going….

I thought I would stop and take a few pictures of this beautiful desert and enjoy the moment.

 

 

 

Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley