Why the Serow, pt 2

OK, back to the question at hand, namely, why the Serow?

It’s really pretty simple: it’s the bike that fit me. πŸ˜€

Once I decided that I wanted a dual-sport, I began the agonizing process of researching dual-sport motorcycles. And I’d thought finding a sport-tourer that fit me was a pain; well, let me tell you, that shit was nothing compared to finding a dual-sport.

I poked around on the World Wide Interweb for a while, and pretty much decided that I wanted something that was, at most, 400cc. I didn’t want another touring bike; I wanted something as light and bounceable and maneuverable as possible.

I think I first found mention of the XT225 on BeginnerBikes.com. One of the reviewers mentioned its short seat height, which piqued my interest. I did a Google search.

That Google search pretty much nailed it for me. Without even trying, I found:

I did more research. Motorcycle.com likes the Serow. People on Epinions like the Serow.

The Serow has a yahoo group. It has a message board. I lurked on both for weeks, listening for common problems or repeated complaints. There weren’t any. There were, however, ride reports, photos, and stories from people who really seem to love these bikes.

Then, November brought the bike show. I finally sat on a 2005 XT225, and really liked it. Sure, I was tiptoeing, but far less so than on other dual-sports I tried. The reach to the bars was comfortable for me, and the dashboard was laid out well.

My first sit on a Serow, at the bike show

Peter and I poked around the show bike, looking for potential deal-breakers. I was a little nervous about the rear drum brake, but some more research on the mailing list showed that (a) most people don’t have a problem with theirs and (b) those that do have been able to whip up a drum-to-disc brake conversion without too many difficulties.

So, that was my thought process. If I’d been born with a 34″ inseam, would this have been the bike I chose? I don’t know. But, short I am, and thus, the Serow and its 31.9″ seat height seem perfect for me and what I want to do with the bike. πŸ™‚

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5 Responses to Why the Serow, pt 2

  1. glenn says:

    THat’s cool. What does peter ride on the trail?

  2. glenn says:

    I guess I should mention why I ask. I’m a 6’7″ guy, 260 lbs. I presently ride a 1400 cc cruiser that I use for commuting, but I’m looking for something much lighter that I can use more to explore. On road, off road, shortcut through the woods, etc. To be honest, I think something like the v-strom 650 would do it, because I expect most of the riding to be on pavement, but even the 650 seems a little large. I’ve got big-and-heavy.
    Anyway, that when I ran across your posts. I hadn’t really considered these street-legal dirt style bikes, until then, and I really like what I’m reading. Right now, I’m probably most excited about the Suzuki DR-Z400’s. Whaddya think?

  3. carolyn says:

    Peter doesn’t have anything for off-roading yet — we’ve got our eyes peeled for good deals in the classifieds though!
    Honestly, if I were taller, I’d probably have gone with the Suzuki DR-Z400. This is where people usually chime in to tell me that I could lower it, which, OK, true, but too late now. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰
    I’m actually trying to convince Peter to look at used DR-Zs so that I can live vicariously through him. I’ll keep you posted. πŸ˜‰

  4. Stephanie says:

    Someone with an inseam is worried about what duel sport to buy???? All of them!
    My husband is 6′ and has the v-strom 1000. He loves it for commuting in bad weather. It hasn’t been much further off road than Carolyn’s SV. However, I remember Tony being much happier than we were in those stretches…

  5. Japi says:

    Congratulations, seems to be a fine bike.
    Question is.. will you outgrow it fast? Time will tell.
    I hope some day you’ll do that trip from Alaska to Argentina, I’ll be glad to give you a warm welcome here in Buenos Aires. πŸ˜‰
    Mi casa es tu casa.

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