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    Bikes for hunting

    Hunting huge areas of Sika country means the walk can be days not hours, which has led me to use bikes over the years, i really like XR's which can carry good loads if yer arms don't give out

    First the 1980 XR200

    Youngest adopted sister liked it
    Spot the orange 1974 12a RX2 in the shed and the Tomoana freezing works issue gumboots



    The 250's came later





    Then a cool machine i made my youngest adopted brother



    Bmx bars, Zundapp peanut tank, suzuki 70 rear shocks, kawasaki mountain goat rims and tyres and a Yamaha DT 100 engine, holy heck it did some miles, my brother loved it and cried when i surprised him with it one day. I was never ever allowed to ride it again after he saw it, him and his mate spent years on it together. It was his pride and joy



    His mate Wesley had a xr100 and used to wear his helmet back to front and it made us laugh so much that i couldn't breathe, i had to look the other way



    I tried to bribe the bike off my brother by making a remote control car for him to use at the go cart track at roys hill, he took the car but still wouldnt let me use his motorbike

    I used a kawasaki weedeater engine and two channel remote control, made its chassis out of a chrome chair leg, had to heat shield everything, did about 20-30 kph flat out.







    I still laugh at how i couldn't bribe him but he still took my present, smart kid , hes 34 now and still has the lil merc

    Then he wanted me to make him an off-roader for his wedding present

    2L Sierra engine and drivetrain


    Anyway we digress !!!!!

    This was my main mover from 89-95 then got another, pic of a pic in prime sika country, i took the stand off so had to make a hole with the back wheel to hold it up, easy in pumice country, very powerful and no prob with a full pack.

    The area still has beaut animals and is my fav LR possie

    1989 KX 500


    It lived inside



    My current venison mover is a Sherco 290 which is much harder on the arms but can really get wherever you need to be




    And the opposite end of the scale a minibike i made for the kids from a cut down bicycle frame and lawnmower engine, furniture trolley wheels, single rear swing arm, fuel tank is top frame tube, Suzuki 70 step thru rear shock, carried me and a pack full of Sika deer on more than one occasion

    My nephews still use it today (its lasted 14 yrs so far) on waiheke island, top speed about 30kph




    Some areas still require walking though and they are all the better for it





    Am keen to see what you guys used or are planning to use to ease the travel off road
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    nice one man is that an old xr75 in one pic

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    It is on my bucket list to take control of a motorbike one day. Father had bikes, brothers had bikes. Never done it. Sheltered life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northdude View Post
    nice one man is that an old xr75 in one pic
    Pretty sure it was 100cc, neat lil bike but i wasn't allowed to ride it


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    they would be good I'm still relatively young but a few hours on a bike these days leaves me sore for days thanks to many years of riding and falling off them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rushy View Post
    It is on my bucket list to take control of a motorbike one day. Father had bikes, brothers had bikes. Never done it. Sheltered life.
    You would like to try a road bike or off road bike ?


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    Awesome pics A

    What kind of range do you get on the Sherco ?

    Sold me TF125 couple months ago to fund a backup FTR scope
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    Awesome pics A

    What kind of range do you get on the Sherco ?

    Sold me TF125 couple months ago to fund a backup FTR scope
    2 litres in the tank last about an hour

    Then fuel in my pack can give me another 2-3hrs if need be


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    Awesome glimpse into your past A Was the RX yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Awesome glimpse into your past A Was the RX yours?
    Was my dads then mine


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    So cool. Would love a tidy XR250 or 400, bikes these days just aren't made like they used to be.

    The KTM450 is great, but always in the back of my mind...will it get me home
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    Had dirt bikes from 5y old to my early 20s but not for hunting nowhere to use one.

    So I guess this is my first hunting bike.



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    The KLX 650 cos I like torque

    I had a KLX 300 as well for my mate to ride but he's after something light like these cg 120 whatsits so it's on the market - the damn things are bulletproof

    I used to have one of these
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    but it got nicked.
    Heavy bitch and it had the tendency to stall when hot for no apparent reason

    I reckon the ideal bike for riding would be one of these new KTM 300 2-strokes but an old XR or similar is a lot cheaper to buy and not so highly-strung as the new 4-strokes

    Some of the chinese ones are gettng better too, much as people like to rubbish them
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    cool thread! I have often wondered if a motorbike would be better than a quad, never having driven either it sometimes creeps into my head that i should look into it. thanks for the pics and info. you sure have made some cool stuff over the years

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    Bikes for hunting

    I got my first bike around 6 I think, it was a XL75 inherited from my cousin, really was dads idea to get me out on a the farm, was followed by a CT110, ER175, DR200, all of many rabbits where shot from with the browning 22 that I still have.
    Then the racing bug bit me and after school work eventually led me to my first non farm bike 1988 CR125, as the ridding got better the bikes progressed after a brief stint in the freestyle/mx world the enduro bug bit real bad raced both Honda and Suzuki, eventually wrapped the RMX 450 around a tree at the national finals in Taupo.Rubbed shoulders with some of the best, and throughly enjoyed it.
    As for hunting apart from rabbits on a 2 wheeler, only a quad or side buy side for deer.
    With the new guiding business kicking off the side buy side is the only legal way to get a few people around, and great to put deer on the back of, with 2-3 deer the trailer makes things even easier.
    Some free riding on the farm

    Holding up the traffic at the bush bash,



    Oh and some deer





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