Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: southern Arizona, USA
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Power to do what? Can you describe your riding needs? 7,000 feet; are you in Flagstaff?
I use a 223 cc bike for some things, but have not crossed any high ranges on it; I'm old and I don't play that hard in the dirt any more.
I think that the 400cc twins are just about a perfect town and country street bike, but I needed enduro ergonomics so bought a 471 cc twin road bike that has those ergos. It makes 400-450 mile days enjoyable even for someone in their mid 70s. It easily handles passes in the 10500 foot range.
I rode my old carbureted NX250 up to Flagstaff several times to visit my son. It had no problems climbing up to get on the plateau.
John: '09CRF230L (Li'l Red Piglet), '89NX250 (sold)
Propelled by Penguin Power
Nekkid motorcycles feel faster
1st bike: a gently used 1958 Matchless 250 thumper
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