I'll happily take my GSA on a number of trails which adds variety and some fantastic views. I've ventured along a few trails in Portugal even when loaded with luggage and a pillion. I now better judge the appropriate clothing for a day on the lanes. I know when I need to rest. I'm strong enough to stop. I don't ache like I did after that first day.
In retrospect, Nick did an excellent job of assessing my skills, or lack of, and occasionally taking me out of my comfort zone, then easing back so I could develop. Thanks. Two years later I'm retired and have learned that I like riding on Green Roads at a slower pace than most. I don't like keeping others waiting and I like to take my time. Having more free time means I tend to go out mid week, normally solo. I better understand my limits and won't venture onto the more difficult lanes when riding alone. I am still developing my riding skills. I'd judge myself as competent, not skilful. A good proportion of that competence is unconscious too. I'm not at the point where I consciously analyse my riding and think, for example, I need to lean back more. Most of the time what I do seems to work though. When things get unstable I find myself sitting down and paddling. That transition from sitting to standing when doing a hill start is quite tricky. But I'm getting there. I've taken out new riders, and shown visitors the lanes I know. I'm happy to do that as long as they can put up with my gentle pace.
The TTR250 has been excellent. Easy to ride. Easy to maintain. It's got a lowering link to suit my little legs. I have no desire to get anything else. That being said I spent a day at the Yamaha Off Road Training Centre
in Wales where I enjoyed the extra power of the WR250. If I was to get another bike it would sit between the TTR and the 1200GSA. Small and nimble enough to ride on Green Roads but powerful and comfortable enough to cover distance. I know the TTR could do that, but loaded with luggage and a bigger fuel tank that engine is going to struggle. We will see.
Thanks for the bike Chris Knight and Nick Gidlow for your patience and knowledge.