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Newbie - should I or shouldn't I 🤔
Topic Started: May 8 2018, 10:57 AM (194 Views)
Garydiesel
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Hi there,

I'm maybe asking the wrong people for an objective and unbiased opinion, but here goes anyway 😊

I'm looking for a second bike, as a local run around and for a bit of green lane / trial stuff.
The extremes considered so far vary between a Montessa 4Ride and a BSA B44 or 50
I may end up with fiddling with the beeza more than riding it, and I know the Montessa is only good for short on road distances.

So, been looking at the SR40.
There are a couple for sale on line, but have not laid hands on one yet.
What do the folks here think, are they OK off road?

Thanks,

Gary
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Garydiesel
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Well I've done it now, bought the CCM 😊
Looks they biz, and runs beautifully!

One little issue (easily sorted); the gearing is very much road orientated. The thing will get up to the national speed limit very, very easily, (😊), but is not happy pottering about a field.
Sprockets fitted are 15\38, which is far too tall for what I need (a bit of green laneing and the ability to get there ). So a reasonably comfortable 60mph as top would be just fine.
Some US forums suggest 15\47 sprockets for a DRZ400 (same engine), what do folks here think?
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Monty
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I find the 15/43 std gearing works well off road, on mine anyway
If it aint sharp I can play with it
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Garydiesel
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Thanks for that.
After a bit more research, and some help from JT sprockets, I've gone for a cheap 47T rear to try.
I'll let you know how it goes!
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Rider
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Welcome to the site. There is a lot of good information here and Monty is one of many that will help you if needed with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
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Garydiesel
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Thanks Rider.
Really appreciate the help, it's good to know there's a bit of back up!

The new sprocket (and extra 4 links of chain!) is working really well.
Had a good off road day at Wern Ddu quarry last Saturday, and surprised myself with what the bike can do. (any problems were not with the bike 😁) New barkbusters are well scratched 👍

The other guys on site were using the latest GasGas or KTM etc, so I was obviously not anywhere near competing with that lot! They thought I was nuts 🤣. They could of course be correct.

The day out gave me a lot of confidence about using the SR40 for greenlaneing. Very pleased.
New gearing still allows a (relatively!) comfortable 65 on the tarmac, so just what I wanted really.
Just having a lot of fun running around with the thing; such a huge contrast to the Thruxton!


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