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Best hunting motorbike
Oct 15th, 2013 at 11:20am
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What is the best motorbike for hunting? or a good bike for hunting that is light enough to lift, quiet and still powerful enough to climb? does anyone have any suggestions or use them for hunting at the moment? I am looking at buying one. any info would be good cheers.
  
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Reply #1 - Oct 15th, 2013 at 12:07pm
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Ct110 with hi low ratio all day!
  
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I used to own a Suzuki mudbug.  I think it was 185cc.  Long time ago.

Mine had a large sprocket on the back wheel so seemed to be geared quite low.  (Not sure if that is standard).  Big nobly tires and could climb steep hills with ease, so long as it could maintain traction.

One key feature was the tray that came standard, on the back.  You could strap a deer on that tray, and also have a 2nd one on the petrol tank and draped over the handlebars.

An ideal motor bike for the hunter!
  
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I'd recommend a Honda CTX 200.
  
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nouseforaname wrote on Oct 15th, 2013 at 12:07pm:
Ct110 with hi low ratio all day!


+1 If you are going to lift it over/ push it under gates and fences.  Wink Smiley
  
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Reply #5 - Oct 15th, 2013 at 9:07pm
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+1 If you are going to lift it over/ push it under gates and fences.  Wink Smiley


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CT110's were specifically designed to be light enough for one good keen man to lift over a 7 wire fence, be easily slid under a forestry gate, climb hills, carry pigs and deer with ease and deliver letters on time in all weather.  Smiley

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Iv been using a Suzuki mudbug 125 for the last 30 years. Being two stroke it has plenty of power with low gearing, light and low to the ground. Mine has been everywhere from the beach to top of the Ruahines and lots of the Kawekas and everywhere between. They are quiet and cockies don't seem to mind them. You can get them for $500 bucks. Cool
  
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Yammy AG100 is better than a Suzi TF125

I would also look out for a tidy Honda Auto-Ag200...centrifugal clutch makes riding one handed easier if holding kit. That was designed for farmers holding stuff while riding
  
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Plus 1 for the AG100, cheap to buy, cheap to run, light, reliable, good rack on the back, chain guard if you carry dogs on it they wont put their paws through the chain, easy to get parts.
  

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Reply #9 - Oct 16th, 2013 at 9:11pm
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I prefer a dr200, great headlight, low to the ground  low geared, a bit weighty but its a fourstroke so it makes up for it
  

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I use an AG100 every day at work and they are a good reliable machine, easy to lift and move. Pretty much the same as the mudbug tf125 but the tf has more torque and would be my choice. But there is stuff all difference. I'm selling a TF125 for $300 at the moment. Just needs a puncture fixed and its a goer.
  

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Reply #11 - Oct 17th, 2013 at 9:05am
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Very helpful comments here  kaweka_killer & others.  Which is the lighter weight bike between the TF125 and the AG100?
  
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My sister has a CRF150 with a farm rack on the back. Electric start, disc front brakes, super quiet and light as. I've used it a couple of times for accessing a hunting spot and have found it to be an excellent bike. Would recommend one.
  
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JoshC wrote on Oct 17th, 2013 at 4:00pm:
My sister has a CRF150 with a farm rack on the back. Electric start, disc front brakes, super quiet and light as. I've used it a couple of times for accessing a hunting spot and have found it to be an excellent bike. Would recommend one.


Yeah any of those 125-250cc 4 strokes like the Honda CRF or XR or Yamaha TTR range could also work well. They would also be much better for anyone to jump on and hoon around paddocks on if you have family who would want a go too.

  
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luckey wrote on Oct 17th, 2013 at 9:05am:
Very helpful comments here  kaweka_killer & others.  Which is the lighter weight bike between the TF125 and the AG100?


Yamaha curb weight (wet and fully fuelled) is 99kg
Suzuki is curb weight (wet and fully fuelled) 113kg
  
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Good thing about the muddys or the AGs is you can pick one up for under $500. A decent four stroke is a lot more expensive. There is a much of a muchness between the TF and the AG I could get the best in your price range. Both a bullet proof easy and cheap to fix.
  

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Reply #16 - Oct 18th, 2013 at 9:53am
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+1 If you are going to lift it over/ push it under gates and fences.  Wink Smiley


+1 - has another couple of great features - step through/off and incredibly quiet
What have you been doing XP - under gates and fences  Roll Eyes
  
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Yep! Honda CT's are easy to slide off, with that step-thru frame and are very quiet. The renowned, almost legendary, Wairarapa poacher Bruce S. used one very effectively for years, before he moved on to paua-poaching diving .  Wink Roll Eyes
  
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Reply #18 - Oct 28th, 2013 at 7:58pm
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I have an AG100 and its never let me down hunting, in my purchase manual it also states 55km per litre. I use mine everywhere and its just great with plenty of parts available.
  
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http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi?num=1358717197/0

Some additional comments from a similar request earlier in the year
  
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Yep! Honda CT's are easy to slide off, with that step-thru frame and are very quiet.


Having grown up as a kid riding CT 90s and a 110, and owning an AG cos I thought it was better along with a DR and others. They each have their good points. The DRs and AG were better if you were on it for longer periods where the CT was perfect if you were on and off repeatedly. The step through type gearbox with the centrifugal clutch meant you didn't need a clutch hand to get on and off. You simply let go the throttle and you have hands free.  For hunting and gates I would get a CT every time. The only mechanisim better would be an automatic quad and they are too hard to throw over or under gates. The CT also had a spare fuel can mounted under the rear tray as well as the main tank under the seat.

Sorry but my vote would have to be Go the CT for what you are wanting to do. The 90s had the hi low range and they were extremely reliable. The 110 we had did not have the hi / lo so I dont know if the new ones still do. They started making them in the 70s and they were still making them not long ago so the design is well tried and well proven.
  
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A quad...

Carrying animals and gear on a motor bike really sucks.

But if you insist... the good ole ag bikes are the go. Four stoke is a bit quieter and less smokey. Carriers are important.

But i'd go for a quad any day.
  
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Craigc wrote on Dec 19th, 2013 at 10:38pm:
A quad...

Carrying animals and gear on a motor bike really sucks.

But if you insist... the good ole ag bikes are the go. Four stoke is a bit quieter and less smokey. Carriers are important.

But i'd go for a quad any day.


correct, The most injuries I received on motor bikes including racing them was from carrying deer, AG100 traded for A honda XL185 was a poor decision, A great little bike but the AG was easier to handle the heavy loads.
  
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Reply #23 - Dec 21st, 2013 at 11:54am
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CT110 by a mile. Also called silent death Grin
http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz/forum/YaBB.cgi?num=1364635985/0#0
Honda stopped bringing in the ag models last year as they wern't selling (mainly as they were nearly 5 grand) but I think they are still bringing in the postie bikes. I have also seen that Honda have made a CC110 but who knows if it will get down yonder.
http://motorcycle.cbt9.com/blogs/honda-to-local-market-cc110-cross-cub/
You would have to be a keen man to chuck a CT110 over a fence as they are over a 100kg!
Theres even a CT forum!
http://hondatrailcts.yuku.com/directory
Not cheap though, even for a ex thrashed farm bike you are looking at 15 hundy! An old CT90 went for over 7 hundy on trade me this week.
  

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Here's an add for a 1962 Honda Trail 50. I know of a couple of guys who can fit themselfs and a deer on a CT110!
  

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correct, The most injuries I received on motor bikes including racing them was from carrying deer, AG100 traded for A honda XL185 was a poor decision, A great little bike but the AG was easier to handle the heavy loads.

Try walking an XR500 up a hill with a pig strapped to it  Grin

  

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Here you go..

www.trademe.co.nz/motors/specialist-cars/gokarts/auction-657792555.htm

Also a couple of more conventional CT's on Trademe.
  
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Craigc wrote on Dec 26th, 2013 at 8:24am:
Here you go..

www.trademe.co.nz/motors/specialist-cars/gokarts/auction-657792555.htm

Also a couple of more conventional CT's on Trademe.


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I went for a TF125.  Seems to be good value for money.  If your new to bikes you will need to find a good place to practice riding in mixed terrain.  I needed about 5-6 hours to get my confidence up to a good level.  A light could be an important factor which farmbikes tend to have.  Otherwise get a dirtbike and mount a MTB Led light to handlebars.
  

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My TF 185 hunting/farm bike just turned 41 years old. Only owned by 2 hunters its entire life. Last 20 years its worked most days.  Its NEVER had any engine work done on it. Nada. Yes, a hundred wheel bearings, brake shoes etc, but the engine itself has never been opened. Try that on a 4 stroke!!!
  
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