1999 Yamaha TTR250
Now this bike has me in fits of laughter every time I ride her. If I had to anthropomorphize this bike it'd be a 13 year old boy just given the keys to a speedboat. I guess that's a bit weird, but it's too late I ate the delete key.
I had help choosing this bike and I have to say it was a great choice. I wanted to try some off roading after the obligatory introduction in the Brecons with Simon Pavey. I can't recommend the BMW off road school enough, they are wizards! But the 1200 GS is a heavy bike and I wouldn't care to drop my own (if I had one) but this sturdy off roader is just a pleasure to throw around the countryside.
My first outing I came off six times. I broke both the clutch and the brake handles, I think that's rather impressive. No? Bugger. But it's the ruts you see, I just can't get on with them.
Sure, I know, 'look further ahead', 'don't look down', 'stop texting' are all familiar sayings to me but try as I might it's flipping hard to follow instructions when you're hurtling along and every goddam branch and twig is throwing itself at you. Not to mention roots. And don't get me started on Fords. My one and only foray into a Ford ended in disaster. I do believe the current that day was the strongest since time began. And on that subject, did you know that time is affected by the mass of an object? So the closer to the object the slower time goes. If you stand on a mountain your time is running faster than at ground level. I love special and general relativity because they lead to questions relating to the future and free will. Look out for my video on the subject. Or just google it, I'm really not fussed.
But the bike! Yes, absolute blast. Enjoyed whizzing around Wales on the Taffy Dakar in May and only fell the once. I call that a result...