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Woods or MX bike for Ice

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    Woods or MX bike for Ice


    Looking to possibly add another bike to the fleet and while I do that I was hoping to check a number of boxes off with the same bike. J-Days, recreational trails/woods riding and some “off season” ice fun.

    The current intention is to grab a street titled 2 stroke woods bike and a spare set of wheels for some ice racing. That being said, I’m unsure how the suspension setups differ between the ice & NE woods. Josh’s 250 has my eye but I’m trying to see if it will work with everything or if I’d ultimately end up doing a number of major suspension changes between ice & dirt.

    There has to be a number of ice riders here and at least know where to point me in the right direction for the information.

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    Recreational ice? or racing? For recreation, any decent mx/woods bike will work. I love my xc-f250 on the ice.

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    But I also love a crf150 in the ice.

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    Never rode ice but feel it to be similar to track days where racing is inevitable. Telling myself another bike can be used for multiple uses/seasons is what I’m trying to rationalize. I understand you can’t have a bike be great for both but if something can get me in the “good” region I would love to have a purpose built bike for each application but having 2 dirt bikes & 2 street bikes is a little unreasonable at this time.

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    Yeah, same, just rip my dirtbike on the ice as is. Works for me.

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    You could always go the Tom Hynes route, stud up a set of tires for your street bike?

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    You could always go the Tom Hynes route, stud up a set of tires for your street bike?
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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    You could always go the Tom Hynes route, stud up a set of tires for your street bike?
    The bad luck I’ve had with my 790 would only leave me to believe it would sink on its first time out.

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    For the record, I've set my 500 up with woods (XC-W stock forks, Ohlins XC-W shock I scored used) suspension for Ice mode.

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    Buddy set up a 300xc-tpi for the ice.

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    do you already have a dirty bike?

    or just adding one?

    how tall/fat are you, which percentage of trail/jday/ice, and what's your dirty riding experience?

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    Re: Woods or MX bike for Ice

    FYI ... my '19 200RR will be going up for sale next month, awesome bike for what you describe (sans street plate) ... unless you are on the larger side (125 chassis)

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