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Old 02-23-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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Joined: Mar 2006
Location: San Diego, CA
Oddometer: 2,039
Good luck with this one. I do not think you will find the bike you want. Perhaps the DRZ.

Learning to ride off road in the conditions you want to try begs for a small bike. Like a crf230f or similar. Learning to ride in the dirt on any of those bikes you mentioned is going to be hard work.

I think the drz would give you a taste of both worlds but would work well for neither. I had one and put 12K miles on it. It was a great bike. And I learned to ride the dirt on it. It got more dirt worthy with new tires and lower gearing. 100 miles on the freeway would be a killer with those changes.

I think you will be headed for 2 bikes like the rest of us.

04 CRF230F
08 KTM990 ADV/ABS Black
09 KTM 530 EXC
2014 KTM 500EXC
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