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Old 02-10-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Is my brother looking for the impossible?

My brother has been talking about buying a smallish dual sport bike, he currently rides a NX650 which to be honest is too big for him. He has his mind set on something that may not exist, everything I suggest doesn't meet his criteria so I can use some suggestions.

Under $2,000 and closer to $1500.00
preferably Honda
street legal
electric start only
250-350cc
seat height 32" or less
oriented more towards the road, he's really a poser when it comes to off road riding, doesn't like getting his bike dusty!.

I suggested a DR250 or 350se with a lowering kit if they even make one, I think I have been told they do but how much it will drop the bike is unclear. He's vertically challenged and couldn't even sit on my DR350.

Even if the lowering kit would work the biggest issue with the DR350 is that decent electric start DR's run a lot more than his price range and are hard to find.

I also suggested a NX250 which I have owned 4 of, other than the crappy rear shock it would be a good bike for him but again, hard to find in decent shape and in that price range and would require the pricey aftermarket shock with preload adjustments, he's not a light weight.

Any help is appreciated
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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He could look for a used Sherpa or XT 225
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:24 PM   #3
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I like the Sherpa idea but I'm not sure I have ever seen one for sale anywhere around here (NC), it would be very hard to find but a great idea.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:28 PM   #4
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Ifixfords has sherpa for sale near raleigh but higher priced than he is looking. :-(
Just keep stalking craigslist you will find something. There is a dr650 nicely setup with a bad transmission for 900 in wake forest. If he is a bigger guy that might be an option
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:50 PM   #5
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DR200? A number of vintage bikes could fall in the mix but not with e-start.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:55 PM   #6
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Tw200

Yamaha TW200
nice little bike - holds its' own on the road and looks like a cool little dirtbike.
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:55 PM   #7
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Ifixfords has sherpa for sale near raleigh but higher priced than he is looking. :-(
Just keep stalking craigslist you will find something. There is a dr650 nicely setup with a bad transmission for 900 in wake forest. If he is a bigger guy that might be an option
Thanks, but he wants smaller, he already has a 650. He just wants a light weight "play bike" that will never see a highway.

Is that a imates name you sent?
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[QUOTE=Navin;20695091]DR200? A number of vintage bikes could fall in the mix but not with e-start.


Way too small in every way
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Old 02-10-2013, 04:59 PM   #9
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Yamaha TW200
nice little bike - holds its' own on the road and looks like a cool little dirtbike.
Thanks but 250cc is his limit, he really wants no less than a 350cc but those choices are limited.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:26 PM   #10
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DR 400. It's bigger then 350cc and they come with electric start. DR 650 to DRZ 400 is about 50 lbs diffrents in weight.

Why not chop off some weight on the bike he has. Change the muffler, dump the back pegs, one mirro, hack out some metal, and go with a light weight battery. He can get some lowering links, and get rid of the any thing that looks heavy.

Light weigh chain and sprokets, help a lot to. How heavy is his bike if I may ask ???

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Old 02-10-2013, 05:29 PM   #11
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Yes that's an inmates name

I have seen a few two stroke plated or platable KTMs in the < 2000 range.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:08 PM   #12
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There are some cheap Chinese and Taiwanese units out there that aren't bad for the money, especially if it;s not really going to be abused in the dirt.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:12 PM   #13
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another vote for an xt225
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:06 PM   #14
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Super Sherpa?

Great little capable bike.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:54 PM   #15
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I say go ride and let your over picky brother wave at you by the side of the road.
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