So where was I ? Oh yeah, trying to figure out what to do about my motorcycle situation.
It seems to me since my problem is with the weight of the motorcycle which is made worse by the height of the motorcycle the problem can be solved by removing weight and lowering the height. Unfortunately I've already lowered the motorcycle about as low as it will go without seriously affecting the suspension.
since the wr450 is already considered a fairly light motorcycle for its size the factory has done a pretty good job of making it lighter without getting into very expensive high-tech metals and things like that. So lightning it further could get fairly costly and you would probably have to spend a lot of money to get 25 pounds off the motorcycle and most of that would come from removing the electric starter which I wouldn't be too thrilled with because it's a fairly hard starting engine.
So the most logical thing would be to get a smaller, lighter motorcycle, a little girly motorcycle that may look kind of silly but at least it would put the fun back in trail riding, and fun is what I'm after. And since I would be trading down to a lesser motorcycle the financial hit shouldn't be too bad.
I looked around on the Internet at all the different motorcycles and found just what I knew I was going to find, that most trail bikes are not exactly light. And that's the reason I ended up with the Yamaha WR450 because it only weighed 270 pounds and a lot of others weighed almost 300 and just losing 20 or 30 pounds off of the bike I've got now didn't seem like that was going to be enough weight to make a difference. I needed something that was substantially lighter but still had enough power to make it fun for me to ride, and it's hard to find something like that so I had to think out-of-the-box and go where I've never gone before in the motorcycle world.
I have owned or ridden a lot of motorcycles. It would probably be easier for me to tell you which ones I haven't ridden than which ones I have. But there is a type of motorcycle that I've never ridden before, in fact I've only ever seen one in person mainly because they didn't interest me in the least because there a weird contraption called a trials bike, not trails, but trials.
Trials is a competition that's not very popular in America, but is the cat's pajamas in Europe. For the average young person in Europe a trials bike will more than likely be their first motorcycle, but most people in America have never even heard of them.
It's kind of a goofy looking thing and it doesn't even have a seat, I mean come on, who would ride a motorcycle without a seat? And its designed for one thing only and that is to ride over things that no other motorcycle could ever get over. And to do that it has to be low and light, how light? A heavy one will weigh about 160 pounds. And therein lies its charm.
Looking on the Internet at motorcycles the other day I just accidentally stumbled onto a trials bike that comes with a seat and that started me thinking about the possibilities of making a trials bike into a trail bike and it turns out it's surprisingly easy. For the most part it needs a seat, a bigger gas tank, and a couple more teeth on the primary sprocket because they're geared really low.
Looking into it deeper I found an Italian company called Beta that takes their trials bike and puts a seat and a small gas tank on it so you can use it on the trails and you can buy it like that from the dealer.
Even though this might not be the perfect solution to my problem, because trials bikes do have some other weird things about them that will take some getting used to, but it would be a fairly powerful 300 cc motorcycle, that has a seat height of 32 inches, my Yamaha started at 38 and is now 34. It weighs about 160 pounds and that is more than 100 pounds less than my Yamaha weighs, and you can get them with a two-stroke engine which I much prefer Since there much lighter than a four stroke and way easier to work on.
It seems that there's a possibility here that may solve my problem but I haven't even seen one in person in this century. So at the moment I'm planning on going back to Phoenix early next week and staying at Ben Avery's gun range again for maybe a week and see what I can find poking around at the local motorcycle shops. I would at least like to get on one of the weird critters just to see what it feels like.
I normally would've put a link in here to take you to see some trials riders and their motorcycles but unfortunately I've barely got enough data left on my phone to post this and I wont get anymore until tomorrow. But if you're interested Google up the world's champion trial rider Toni Bou and you will see a man that can defy the laws of gravity, physics, and common sense all at the same time and without a seat.