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post #31 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-24-2016, 05:57 PM
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Actually, because of the width of the 500X seat, my CRF230L is "lower" for getting feet on the ground, etc., even though the seat height is 32 inches.


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post #32 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-18-2017, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Have not been on here in sometime -- just thought I would give a little update since I now have 38,500 miles on this bike.

Opinion has not changed much. I love it on the street, OK on good or reasonable gravel roads. Just a bit too heavy and tall even with the 1 inch lowering.

Think I should have gone 2 inches with the lowering kit. Then would likely have to make an adjustment on side and center stand (shorten them). I did not have to change the length of the stands for a 1 inch lowering Just watch where you park when using side stand and take a little extra effort to get on center stand).

They call it adventure bike, I am not sure what adventure means to them. To me it is too heavy for really rough conditions. It is a lot to pick up at if you drop it in certain conditions (I worry myself when I get in real tight situations).

I mostly ride street and some decent gravel roads (all OK), have gotten in a couple tight situations with only one get off. Get off was in a mud puddle about 8 or 10 inches deep water with the bike laying on it's side. Not sure I could have picked it up by myself. Buddy who made it thru the puddle before me (he got squirrely coming out of the puddle and I tried a slightly different path exit) jumped in to help me. We ended up a muddy mess (especially me whole left side of body went under dirty muddy water).

We should have never gone thru that puddle, but had been thru several streams and hated to think about going back. Buddy said he was going on and made it. So, I went and almost made it, went down right before front wheel made the edge. Lesson learned, to me it ain't that kind of bike.

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