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Hodaka 250 Trail
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:55:51 AM »
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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2014, 01:59:44 PM »
John Maclean has just purchased one and its on the boat I believe, sister to his mighty thunderdog

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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2014, 04:05:42 PM »
I never realized that the Thunderpuppy had a sister?!
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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2014, 04:07:26 PM »
no one was more surprised than I, never having heard of a thunderdog in the first place! let alone a trail clone....

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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2014, 04:16:49 PM »
Was not imported to Australia as basically it was released very near the end of the mighty Hodaka/Pabatco dynasties reign.

So Johns has found one, hmmm that trumps me... was about the only model I never owned. ::)   
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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2014, 07:45:29 PM »
your well and truly trumped... ;D

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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2014, 08:56:51 PM »
The sales brochure says if you want more info write to Pabatco Box 32.............. ;D

Try writing a letter to Honda Corp....... Requesting info on a model. Do you think you would get a hand written reply nowadays?
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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2014, 09:11:37 PM »
Was not imported to Australia as basically it was released very near the end of the mighty Hodaka/Pabatco dynasties reign.

So Johns has found one, hmmm that trumps me... was about the only model I never owned. ::)


I am not so sure.  There was a wrecked one in the old wreckers in Queanbeyan.  It was an orange / red tank one.  I think all those parts and bikes were sold when the wreckers folded and went down theNSW Coast.  I recall an 84 cagiva there but at the time I was only interested in pre 80 bikes
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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2014, 09:37:21 PM »
Cycle Guide mag april 77' did a dual test on the ED thunderdog and the SL-   unfortunately the 15kg heavier and slow SL is not praised much and the ED "could be a serious off road machine",falls into the playbike category-  can scan test if required.   g

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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2014, 10:28:17 PM »
please scan test... ive ridden the thunder dog and have a "personal opinion"... interesting to see what the Punters of the time thought.

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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2014, 07:27:46 AM »
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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2014, 09:42:21 AM »
great write up. 8)

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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2014, 06:44:37 PM »
Some ( a handful) came as private imports and for media tests. Not distributed for general dealer sales, as the ED was. 8) 
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Re: Hodaka 250 Trail
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2014, 12:00:51 AM »
After riding mine round the Oregon hills in the bad rock ride I was pleasently surprised by it . Mine's basically stock with fresh engine , forks , good original shocks and a new pair of nobbies . I think it actually turns better than my Thunderdog , feels much better in the front end and the motor has a different feel to it . Listeneing to Paul and others who know apparently to build a quick one you start with a SL motor not a Thunderdog . I'm looking forward to getting mine back here , I think they are a very underrated TRAIL bike , probably a bit better than a DT of a simillar age . Hope to have mine on red plate , put trials uni's on it and keep it to cruze around the roads on  , light trail work only , but will probably take it along to Broadford for apin . As it's now Friday night , think I better get round to the shed early tomorrow , drag something out and give it a quick once over for Beaufort , nothing like last minute prep work....