Originally Posted by Marc LaDue
I'm not sure an XR650R is really the best entry-level vehicle for a novice female off-road rider, but what the heck do I know? I wish you two all the luck in the New Year; I suspect you're likely going to need it. If you should happen to find yourself in the vicinity of Sioux City, Iowa sometime later this coming spring or early summer, give me a shout. I too grew up in der Schweiz, Glattbrugg to be exact.
Over and out for now,
I know an XR650R isn't a conventional choice for this role, but it's bullet-proof, runs nicely on the road (for a dirt-bike), is stable off-road, and actually the power-band is quite user-friendly. It's really not a bad bike for someone learning to ride off-road. The kick-start is really the only major hiccup.