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Old 02-24-2013, 06:44 PM   #56
jcalis
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Location: S.E. Massachusetts
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I agree with most who are pushing the 250cc class bikes. Yamaha WR250R or Honda CRF250L would be best to start with. Both are light enough to take off-road (and pick up when you crash). Both have wide ratio transmissions and will do highway speeds. DRZ400S is a top heavy beast with a narrow range 5-speed transmission (fail), and the 650 class bikes will be too heavy for a 140lb rider to handle in wet, slippery Pac NW trails.

I would look for a good used Yam WR250R to save a few bucks. It is the best all around bike for your size and needs.
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