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Post by Shootermick » 29 Jun 2020, 3:18 pm

I’m in the market for a new two wheeler Ag bike. So far I’ve looked at the Honda XR Ag which is about 190cc and $47-4800 and the Kawasaki Stockman which is 250cc and about $62-6300. Anyone had one of these? Or what else is worth looking at? Not really interested in the Yamaha.
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Post by Blr243 » 29 Jun 2020, 6:27 pm

In 1996 I bought a Honda fourstroke xl185 I used it to chase pigs thru melon hole country in south east Qld and pigs and dingos up cape York. it’s still going strong , as is my Honda genset and my Honda quad bike. I buy Honda because I don’t want to break down in the middle of nowhere
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Post by Col » 29 Jun 2020, 7:31 pm

Shootermick,

Ditto to what BLR says. I have 2 Honda CTX 200 ag bikes which are great, reliable and have a nice wide seat for us older gents. I also run Honda 4 wheelers which have been super reliable and strong. Everything else is Toyota or Polaris UTVs.
The Kawasaki Stockman is also a good bike, I borrowed one in 2010 at Cunnamulla which was a good reliable unit. We were mustering stock that we had on agistment up there, in some pretty rough country.
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Post by Larry » 29 Jun 2020, 7:32 pm

Suzuki make a good Ag bike dont know the model number but have ridden one a bit.
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Post by GQshayne » 29 Jun 2020, 7:38 pm

If you are using it in rough country, then a bike with good suspension may be a step up from an "Ag" bike. My farmer mate in western Qld did not buy ag bikes for this reason, preferring bikes such as the DT200 and XR400.
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Post by TassieTiger » 29 Jun 2020, 8:04 pm

Surprised the kawaka is more expensive than Honda in ag bike world...
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Post by Shootermick » 29 Jun 2020, 8:04 pm

Col wrote:Shootermick,

Ditto to what BLR says. I have 2 Honda CTX 200 ag bikes which are great, reliable and have a nice wide seat for us older gents. I also run Honda 4 wheelers which have been super reliable and strong. Everything else is Toyota or Polaris UTVs.
The Kawasaki Stockman is also a good bike, I borrowed one in 2010 at Cunnamulla which was a good reliable unit. We were mustering stock that we had on agistment up there, in some pretty rough country.

I’d like a CTX 200 but they were discontinued in favour of the XR Ag. I like Honda’s too, they’re my motor of choice around the farm for augers, pumps generators etc. The old man had a CT 125 when I was a kid, it was the first bike I ever rode. It had the hardest life imaginable and was almost bullet proof, but I think we managed to kill it in the end.
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Post by Shootermick » 29 Jun 2020, 8:09 pm

I also would like a CRF 250L, it would be good for a cruise on the road as well as in the paddocks, but I’m not sure it’s worth the extra coin at $7200 when the Ag is over 2k cheaper, and paddock work would be main job for the bike.
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Post by Shootermick » 29 Jun 2020, 8:11 pm

GQshayne wrote:If you are using it in rough country, then a bike with good suspension may be a step up from an "Ag" bike. My farmer mate in western Qld did not buy ag bikes for this reason, preferring bikes such as the DT200 and XR400.

That’s a good point, but it is pretty flat around my joint.
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Post by TassieTiger » 29 Jun 2020, 10:34 pm

The question for me would also be one of cooling - air cooling vs water cooling...
Air cooling can be a pain in summer when leaving to idle for a while, lower performance, more servicing, etc but - get unlucky and drop a water cooled bike puncturing radiator...hard one.
If you want a marginal step up to bike vs farm machine, The DR’s have a reliability reputation - and a lot of aftermarket parts for all manner of comforts.
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Post by Shootermick » 30 Jun 2020, 6:45 am

TassieTiger wrote:The question for me would also be one of cooling - air cooling vs water cooling...
Air cooling can be a pain in summer when leaving to idle for a while, lower performance, more servicing, etc but - get unlucky and drop a water cooled bike puncturing radiator...hard one.
If you want a marginal step up to bike vs farm machine, The DR’s have a reliability reputation - and a lot of aftermarket parts for all manner of comforts.

I’d probably go for air cooled.
Suzuki make one for the Ag market which is a DR 200, model name is the Trojan.
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Post by hunting99 » 30 Jun 2020, 5:54 pm

One word Honda.
Use them everyday on the farm and hunting.
The CRF230 is a very good lite reliable air cooled bike.
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Post by Jakethefake » 12 Jul 2020, 4:12 pm

I bought a CRF230 earlier in the year. I looked at the XR Ag - it seemed like a good deal, but they had a poor reputation from what I read about them. I'm not 100% sure but I think they're made in China now. They were also ridiculously heavy for what they are, which put me right off them.
I have an old Honda CT200AG that has the Honda reliability, but its a horrible thing to ride. Terrible handling, too heavy, and slow.
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