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Old 01-23-2013, 10:36 PM   #91
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Didn't read the whole thead, I'm sure someone suggested KLX250S.

Couple yrs ago I bought this 2009 used for $2500 w/ 1200 miles. Lowered it last year for my 70yr old dad to go to CO/UT with me. His first time off-road. It is super easy to ride and enjoys great aftermarket accessory support.







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Old 01-24-2013, 06:09 AM   #92
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This is so wrong for what I need, but somehow it seems so right
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meh.. he's $2k too high, but thats a nice package. There are much worse starter bikes than the 525...
I thought he was $2k high too...until I realized it came with More than $2k with of extra wheels/tires, not to mention all the extra pricey stuff
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:20 AM   #93
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KLX250 vs. CRF250L????

Yep, my budget might be stretching a touch. that's kinda how I do things though
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:23 PM   #94
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I am almost 60 and I still ride (kind of, if you call what I do "riding" ).

I recommend that you get the lightest dirt bike you can afford and learn on that instead of hampering yourself with a heavy dual sport. Weight is everything off-road. If that means you get something that isn't street legal, then fine, you are learning to ride off-road which is much harder and completely different than street riding. Just haul the bike to the trail and have at it.

I do recommend purpose made dirt riding gear and having somebody along with you who is patient enough to wait for you. I also recommend that you have someone rework the suspension for your size, weight and experience level - it makes all the difference in how the bike handles. BTDT and wish I had done it from day one.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:32 AM   #95
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Why nobody mentioned KLX300? yes or nay?
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just forgotten, it's a fairly low sales volume bike. About the same weight, peak power and dimensions as its classmate 250's but about 30% more torque. Great for steep sandy country or a heavier load. Kick start only which is not the best for a novice.
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Old 02-05-2013, 04:42 PM   #96
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Still researching

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Old 02-05-2013, 05:35 PM   #97
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Never too old! I'm just starting at 42 and I hope to be half as good as these guys!


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Old 02-05-2013, 05:54 PM   #98
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Beat me to it with the 50 years of kicks video. Those guys are my freaking heros! Iam 51 and probably ride harder than I should but what the hell. You only live once. Besides, those Sr. citizens are not dilly dallying around in the video.

I think a DRZ400 splits the difference nicely between low and easy to handle, mellow power and yet it has "headroom" for a rider whose skills improve. No polite way to say it, but an XT/CRF 230 type bike will bore you if your skills move beyond rank beginner level. A DRZ can be ridden easy, and it can be ridden quite hard up to a near "B" level enduro race pace if you are determined enough and have the suspension revalved/sprung. A DRZ can go down a jeep trail with the kids at a putt putt pace, and it can go to gnarly places like this, at a pretty good clip too The DRZ is not a race bike, but it is not a foofy bike either. It is a Goldilocks bike for a guy who just wants a durable bike that is fun to ride trails on - just right.



The WR250R is another wide range bike that can go slow, and yet go pretty hard. This is what you want.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:34 AM   #99
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DRZ-250?
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:04 AM   #100
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Never too old! I'm just starting at 42 and I hope to be half as good as these guys!


Thanks for that. 49 feeling like 70. I've cut down riding because of how out of shape I am. Gotta change that fast.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:10 AM   #101
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Seriously, 40 something?

I know guys 70+ years old that most on this forum could not keep up with. Max Switzer to name one.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:16 AM   #102
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DR 250 should work fine. I am only 30 years older than you 72 & am lucky enough to have the WRR. They are getting down around $3,500 but still pricey. They do work well all around.

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:55 AM   #103
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:26 PM   #104
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Never to old

I have ridden with a couple of guys in their 70's AZ TOM and AZGary. They both ride hard enough to make me pucker trying to keep up.
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