What is with the "X"s

cmott

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I have noticed that most trail or enduro type bikes have a "X" in their name, and most Motocross (moto-x) bikes don't. Yamaha has the old MX(trail) , XT(dualsport), Hondas XR(trail) and the old NX, XL (both dualsport), Suzuki's old RMX (enduro),
Kawasaki KDX, KLX (enduro, trail). The Kawasaki KX and a KTM (can't remember wich one) are the only "X" Moto bikes, I am sure I missed a few but anyways. Is this a subliminal (SP) message for the consumer?
 

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It helps spodely trail riders like me continue the allusion that we're "X-treme"!:silly:
 
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Close but not exactly right

I have this all figured out.

The X is included for several reasons such as
X in extra money it takes to buy parts, the extra insurance for medical cost, the extra time off from work needed for riding and because of the ride, the extra time needed to make the bike ready to ride.

On the other hand, X does not only stand for extra, it also represents the X in exaggerate. You can't truly be a dirt bike rider unless you exaggerate.

Another reason it's there is to include exhausted, this is for us older dirt bike riders but not limited only to the physical aspects, this also applies to finance.

Ofcoarse don't forget the X in examine wich is what the doctor has to do

There is bound to be more but I'm getting depressed so I'll just leave it at that

:think
 
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I can't find the source--

but I recall in an copy of Old BIke Journal they had an article about the letter designations.
C= Competition, R= Race, E=electric, X= Cross country
etc,,,,,,,,,:)

Hope that helps.
 

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So my EXC must be:
(E)lectric-[maybe they're referring to the powerband]
(X) country
(C)ompetion
Well, 2 out of 3; I guess those Austrians just goofed / something lost in the translation!:confused:
 
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Honda---

is the alpha code I was thinking of more than the other brands.

Example the Honda CRE 250 is a CR with lighting coils for a headlight.

From Clymer;
" The XL series is street legal, with a battery and all lighting equipment for use on the streets, but is also suited for dirt."

"The XR series is strictly for off road use. Being a competition -orientated machine."
 

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That would work, except Honda never made a CRE- that was an aftermarket bike just like the 500AF!
 
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Yup--

that's right. :)
A few years ago that was the rage -- two stroke weight with lights. :cool:
To ride Red, it was either an XR600 or buy an CRE ---until the XR400 came along at least.
:)
 
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Thats funny you brought this up. I was just thinking about it.

XR eXtremly Reliable
CR Close Ratio (Transmission)
TT-R Time To Ride
RM RooooM RoooooM (Engine Noises)
 
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Missed Some

E/XC Enduro/c(X)ross Country
M/XC Motocross/c(X)ross Country
SX Suppercross
:)
 

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Originally posted by Jh85

RM RooooM RoooooM (Engine Noises)
Soryy to burst your bubble but I read somwhere that RM standed for Race Modified. Dont know if thats true though:think sounds right.