Adventure Jim Posted July 4, 2021 Share Posted July 4, 2021 Been lurking on this forum for a year now. Debating on bikes for most of that time, and put money down on a T7 back in April. Just got it yesterday, only had a few hours to ride, but wow, what a fun bike! Sold my DRZ400SM with a set of dirt wheels since it was a bit lacking on long trips. Rented an Africa Twin and some KTM's which were nice. I almost pulled the trigger on the AT, because the wife could go with me. The deciding factors were that the AT was a bit too heavy for me in the dirt, and my wife has only ridden with me a few times a year. Also, I can still rent the AT, or KTM whenever I want. The Husky/KTM 990 thread was helpful, as well as the T7 vs AT here and on ADV Rider. My other bikes are a VFR1200, RC51, (1993 and 1990) VFR750's - Sold are the DRZ400SM, and SV650 Race Bike. Yes, I like V4's and twins, especially with gear driven cams! My street and track skills are pretty high, I can hold my own in A Group on a good day against all but the best riders. I only get passed on the street once every two years by someone who is usually an absolute nut. My off road skills are not even close to that level. Bought my first DRZ40S brand new in 2012, and finally started dirt riding in 2013. I never knew I was going to crash so much . Luckily the off road crashes were all at relatively low speed. I spent the first year or two at motorcycle parks, then got bored and started riding for adventure, and some moto-camping. In 2018 I sold the 2012 DRZ400S, and bought the 2006 DRZ400SM, along with some dirt wheels. Around that time I was also taking riding classes, going to the track, and rode everyday for almost 3 years just to improve my riding. The SM taught me a lot too, especially how fast you can actually ride on less than 40hp. I still have access to the DRZ if needed ( sold to my riding buddy), but am looking forward to the T7 since I won't have to take it in the back of the truck, or try to avoid freeways at all costs, and stop for gas every 60 miles. Anyway, looking forward to setting it up to my liking and getting out there on some adventures! 8 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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