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Training and Touring with Xpower in Romania

December 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

It is mid April and almost 9 months to the day when I find myself back in Romania. We are in the mountains outside of Sibiu and I am parked precariously along a steep, mountainside trail with a small group of riders that have come here to train for the 2015 Red Bull Romaniacs (RBR). Towering pines have defied gravity and rooted in to the thin mountain soils, providing me something to lean my handlebar against while we listen to TC.P xpower (TCP) guide Paul Fratila instruct us on the technique [Read More...]

Head to Head: Yamaha’s TTR-90 vs PW80

December 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

When it came time for our daughter to move up from her PW 50 to something larger, her only request was that the bike be blue, which for us, meant either a Yamaha PW 80 or a TTR-90. Neither of these two bikes are in production anymore so we knew we would be buying something used, which suited us just fine as shelling out 2,000-plus dollars for a bike that she will soon outgrow isn’t something we were keen on. Besides, a well maintained PW 80 or TTR-90 can be had for somewhere in the vicinity [Read More...]

Getting the Kids Started

December 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Introducing a child to off road riding is an exciting time for a parent, especially for those of us that have a background in the sport. It’s also a bit nerve racking. I admit that I am one of those parents that sees potential disaster in any situation. I can’t explain it, maybe it’s because I have girls, or maybe I’m just wired that way. Paradoxically, I ran out and bought a PW 50 at the first expression of interest from my oldest daughter. That was a few years ago. She was five or six [Read More...]
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