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Old 06-10-2021, 09:18 AM   #381
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Rokon bike?

A search for Rokon turns up nothing here on skoolie.net.


Anyone have experience with those?

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Old 06-10-2021, 11:13 AM   #382
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Just stumbled on this thread. Oscar, the Duke looks great with those tires! I was considering doing at least that on mine to give it a little bite in the dirt.

I used to have a Yamaha Morphous and a Kymco Xciting 500i. Both were great bikes. With the house remodel going on I had sold them to make room for construction supplies. This was in '15 Been without a bike until this past February. Learned to shift for the first time too and got my Motorcycle license endorsement added to my CDL. Not bad during a covid time! The bike purchase went over easily with my wife since it was "for the bus"!
Hey Simon
Congrats on getting the bike licence.
I got tired of Grom shopping then saw your post.
I hadn't considered the Duke until I saw your purchase in Feb and thought that would look great as a dual purpose.
If you plan on any backroad/dirt road riding I think you'll be happy with the dirt tires. I might go a little less aggressive on the next set. Other than the lumpy massage they provide on the highway I am very happy with the street performance, they are soft enough to provide good stick on the pavement and are wearing reasonably well. What's your plan for carrying the bike on the bus?
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Old 06-10-2021, 01:50 PM   #383
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I found a motorcycle hitch rack with ramp on Amazon with very good reviews. It is $299. I didn’t order it yet but saved it for future review. I want to put a hitch on the front of the bus for the bike to free up the rear section for either a car or just to keep it clear for engine servicing.
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:11 PM   #384
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A search for Rokon turns up nothing here on skoolie.net.


Anyone have experience with those?
Rokon's are awesome off roaders, being 2 wheel drive. They have great pulling power, and can blaze a trail through thick woodlands where a regular dirt bike would not be able to go.
The manufacturing/assembly factory is in Rochester, NH, about 20 minutes from me.
Unfortunately they are not street legal and top speeds are low.

More info here: https://www.rokon.com/
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:15 PM   #385
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Not being street legal is a problem.


Thank you.
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:36 PM   #386
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Not being street legal is a problem.


Thank you.
You're welcome.

With the right amount of $$ and work, one might be able to make one quasi- street legal, but certainly couldn't venture onto any highway due to the low speed gearing.

They would be great for any off road adventuring one might have...
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:56 PM   #387
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My thoughts are of using it as a go-fer vehicle when in the next 5 to 7 years my bus is a full time live aboard. To/from local stores & around the homestead, not interstate travel. Thanks again.
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Old 06-10-2021, 04:16 PM   #388
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I had to look it up. Nice bike. Pricey for what it is and it’s relatively limited use. Would make a great survivalist backup plan in a bunker!
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Old 06-10-2021, 04:48 PM   #389
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"...and it’s relatively limited use"


Yep, the fact it's not street legal as is at that price is a problem.
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Old 06-10-2021, 04:55 PM   #390
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I almost bought a Yamaha TW200. Love the look and utilitarian ability but for two up in an emergency with a top speed of maybe 55 (65 with one person) I thought it might be limited in my use. The Suzuki VanVan was next on my list as it was a little more towards the streetability rather than dirt centric. That bike however had less aftermarket parts than the TW. In the end, after much research the lightweight Duke 200 became the one for both price and capability. It tops out at 87 and can get there rather quick. Liquid cooled, oil cooler and dual abs for 5k out the door was a no brainer. With my wife on the back I didn't push it past 75, but it still fits the bill. I love off-road bikes, but I am inseam physically challenged at 29/30 so most if not all off road bikes are too tall for my comfort levels.
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Old 06-10-2021, 09:23 PM   #391
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Not being street legal is a problem.


Thank you.
Not in Philadelphia it isn't.
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Old 06-11-2021, 10:04 AM   #392
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Not in Philadelphia it isn't.
A Rokon in urban settings would be disastrous for the rider, as law enforcement could run faster than the bike could go...
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Old 06-11-2021, 10:28 AM   #393
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A Rokon in urban settings would be disastrous for the rider, as law enforcement could run faster than the bike could go...
Not Philly police - they're a bit on the plump side.
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