Picking up my red/black 700XX this Sat
Hi, my name is Ben, I am the newest member to club! After 24 years of riding, I feel like a boy on XX-mas eve. I started on a trx125 then onto 200X, 200SX, 250x, 350X, 250R, Warrior, '00 400EX and now my '05 400EX w/ reverse, ITP XCT's, full skids and smaller front sprocket to retain stock gearing. My northern NJ trails are tight, heavily eroded, steep and very rocky. When I heard of the 700XX, I considered selling the 400 to get one. The price was very prohibitive, so I waited, then put the XX on the waaaay back burner. Most of the guys I ride with are on utility bikes, and I was inches away from pulling the trigger on a mint 05 Wolverine to get over the nasty stuff, through the deep mud, and not be left behind on the snowy hills. Also, it was easier to justify as a second ride being completelty different than the 400. Then, I came across a great deal and financing on a 08' 700xx. Can't wait to pick it up and ride it. I am concerned that the low end and very technical stuff will require excessive clutch feathering and subsequent wear. It seems obvious that changing gearing through sprocket swaps would be very difficult, if even possible. So here's my question: can I just go down to 20X11x9 tires/rims? With all of the XX ground clearance and top speed, a 2" drop in diameter is a 1" drop in clearance. Still providing gobs more clearance than my 400EX. Lastly, what is the current thinking on breaking these things in. There is a big ride set for this Sunday, but I want ot properly break in the engine.
Thanks for being a part of this forum and really looking forward to reading some useful information. Thanks again,