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View Poll Results: Average Age of Berg Owners
25-30 20 8.97%
30-35 26 11.66%
35-40 29 13.00%
40-45 37 16.59%
45-50 46 20.63%
50-55 35 15.70%
55-60 16 7.17%
60-65 7 3.14%
65-70 2 0.90%
70+ 5 2.24%
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May 23rd, 2010, 11:11 PM   #51
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Hi, I'm Squ1rrel. I'm 43 years old, been an addict since I was 8 years old.

I grew up on a farm near Ballito, on the Natal North Coast, South Africa. Spent many a holiday with other farm-kids just riding all day; DT175 / XR200R plus a smattering of 125cc MX bikes were the rage back in the early 80's. We had a blast as kids, spent most of the time trying technical challenges like trying to make it up impossible hills, river crosssings, etc.

The game really stepped up for me when I got my KDX200 in '85. That was a very capable bike and I was young and fit and hauling! Then I had to get serious about life and got a job! Mostly fun and recreational riding on and off since then. So happy to be back on a bike now and sharing the fun with my boys who are both on YZ85's.

The 'Berg is simply the most awesome machine I have ever ridden. It feels like it anticipates your moves - you look where you want to go and the bike just responds, instantly. I just love and appreciate the build quality, the finishes and the attention to detail. All bikes should be built like this. I opted for a heavier shock spring to cater for the "fuller figure" that I carry these days, and try as I might, I cannot get the shock or the forks to bottom harshly nor protest at anything the trail throws up at me.

I have had the priviledge over the years to ride with some great friends who all share the same passion for offroading. My riding hero is Alfie Cox, and going on an outride with him is an experience you will never forget. I've also ridden with some of the current South African greats such Darryl Curtis, Riaan Van Niekerk, Jade Gudzeit, Denzil Torlage and his up-and-coming son Mark Torlage.

My favourite riding area is the Lesotho highlands, or anywhere in Natal (South Africa), or the Eastern Cape (Longmore Forests). Highly recommend to everyone to go and check these destinations out. There are plenty of tour operators who will gladly rent you some equipment and take you places that will take your breath away.

Lovely to catch up with all of you enthusiasts from around the world on line here. Will post some pics, old and new!
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May 24th, 2010, 04:45 AM   #52
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I'm 40 and have been riding since I was 30. First on a 98 CR500, then a 02 MXC 520 and now the 06 FE550.
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May 24th, 2010, 05:05 AM   #53
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I'm 36 and Been on bikes since I was kid, had from 60, 85, 125, 250, 200 to 450 (kawa, ktm Yummy and berg). Got my fe450 in 2004 and still got her; best bike I've ever owned will get a new one when I can afford it; I also have a 2007 200xc that I use mostly these days.

@ squirel; agreed,Lesotho is still the best riding around.
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May 24th, 2010, 03:37 PM   #54
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Hey Guys,
I'm 40 in August, been on bikes since I was 6, did the switch to road for a few years but missed the dirt too much and now I run both.

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May 25th, 2010, 02:17 AM   #55
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May 25th, 2010, 03:54 AM   #56
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Azza, 30, and i think im still goin'

Riding a '05 FE550, and have a new hussie arriving in the next week or so, a classic, 2001 FC501, only riding since 2002, first bike was a KX125.

Thinking of crossing the country....

Love the Berg.

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May 25th, 2010, 12:46 PM   #57
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35, Feel like 25, ride like 19....

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May 25th, 2010, 01:39 PM   #58
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Cut my teeth an Japanese bikes, 82 XR500, 93 XR's Only 628....Then Euro 2t, 89 350 EXC, 91 540 DXC.... Then saw the light, rode a 90? Berg, bought and raced Husaberg no oil pump 94 and 95 FE 501's (still runs on original engine).... Did a tour of duty on 99 GasGas 200EC and 03 FSE 400, Ohlins Edition(great machines). All save KTMs were new.
I started a family quit riding since 04

First six hours on a 2010 FE 570 and I have the same grin as "looki"..... Glad to be back at 43

I will always live big Swedish girls, just dont tell the old lady.
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May 25th, 2010, 08:00 PM   #59
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Just turned 53. I have been riding since 7 years old. Bought my first bike (Honda 90) at 8 years old and have been addicted ever since. Currently have 4 Berg's and 9 other bikes. Like I said "I'm addicted".
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May 25th, 2010, 09:57 PM   #60
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started when i was 12 & bullet proof. now @ 42 my bullet proof armor is somewhat dented, but hope to be still riding dirt bikes in 20 years.that is my ambition.
went through a long list of jap bikes & have many motorbike tattoo's to prove it.
still love my berg, & riding it in as many different places & different terrians as the time off work & family life allows.
i have no intentions to ever sell it,just keep on rebuilding it & fine tuning it.
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