Just a few words to introduce myself. Although Iíve had a licence since 1962 I have really only been back into bikes for the last 7yrs. I live in France and bought a new Bandit 650 three years ago. Not really my first choice of bike but I chose it because it was on offer, reliable and I had to gently build up a French no claims bonus. I also have a toy, a Dax ST70 which I use on occasions, and which I can put in the back of my car and take with me for exploring new places.
The roads in France are excellent but, as I live in a rural area, there are a myriad of tracks and lanes to explore. Most of the time these are in poor condition and covered in mud or gravel. Although the Bandit is not heavy it certainly is not a first choice for exploring.
For this reason, when offered the opportunity to purchase a 1981 XTR 125 with only 6500k on the clock, I thought that this would suit my needs nicely. I like its retro look, it seems to go with my age. Although I find that it has a serious lack of power out on the open road, I have found it more than suitable for what I want it for. I have travelled for miles on all the tracks and back roads hardly meeting a soul. The bike is light, easy to manoeuvre and I worry not when suddenly encountering the occasional Frenchman blasting home towards me for his lunch. In short I have not had so much fun on a bike for years.
I do have a few niggling problems but I will post these in the correct section in due course. Hopefully one of your number can advise me on what, and what not, to do.
Safe biking to you all.