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Old 02-23-2013, 10:03 PM   #5
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Joined: Nov 2005
Location: N.V.I, B.C.
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If your going to choose one off this list:

- BMW G650GS (not as good off-road)
- Kawi KLR650 (not as good off-road, too top-heavy)
- Suz DRZ400 (I forget why I knocked this one off my list)
- KTM 450EXC (KTM dealer said too much bike for my experience level)
- Husky TE310 (definitely not an on-road bike to get to the mountains)

I would say go for the DR 400... With you been fairly light the DR would have no problem on your highway haul while at the same time giving you a good platform to build up your dirt skills... The DR is fairly tall which can be difficult to deal with... Some people recommend to lower the bike with links or suspension cuts, but I am more of a firm believer in getting used to the seat height if at all possible... With practice the height of the bike will become a non issue as you learn to ride with balance and to stop where you can get a foot down... You'll appreciate the long travel suspension left as is {not shortened} when you get into the off road side of things ...
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