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Old 11-03-2013, 05:55 PM   #9091
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:47 AM   #9092
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Scott... see you have been hanging out with the Wickenburg City Council member's again.
Nah, the guys in that picture with me are much nicer, and smarter.

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:35 PM   #9093
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Is there anybody in here into Model RR'ing or want to be? I've got a layout that needs to find a new home. Roughly 8' x 9' irregularly shaped. N scale. PM if interested.
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Old 11-20-2013, 01:08 AM   #9094
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Arizona rides?

Hope that I'm in the right forum for this; I am thinking of getting a dual sport and I have never ridden off road on a motorcycle. I do have many years of mountain biking experience though.
My thoughts are that if I could hook up with more experienced riders, it would certainly shorten the learning curve. So with that in mind, would a complete novice fit in with some of your rides?
My goals are to learn enough to do some longer, extended tours such as the Great Divide trail etc. I was thinking that a used 650 thumper would be good bike to start out with. I am 6'7" and never been accused of being skinny so I think that anything smaller might not work for me. I also like to start my rides from my house and not be trailering my bike to the ride start. So, let me know what you think.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:02 AM   #9095
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Hope that I'm in the right forum for this; I am thinking of getting a dual sport and I have never ridden off road on a motorcycle. I do have many years of mountain biking experience though.
My thoughts are that if I could hook up with more experienced riders, it would certainly shorten the learning curve. So with that in mind, would a complete novice fit in with some of your rides?
My goals are to learn enough to do some longer, extended tours such as the Great Divide trail etc. I was thinking that a used 650 thumper would be good bike to start out with. I am 6'7" and never been accused of being skinny so I think that anything smaller might not work for me. I also like to start my rides from my house and not be trailering my bike to the ride start. So, let me know what you think.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:48 AM   #9096
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hey buddy,,, kingman yeah??

i think the obvious choice is going to be the most popular suggested. KLR650
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:05 AM   #9097
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hey buddy,,, kingman yeah??

i think the obvious choice is going to be the most popular suggested. KLR650
Too heavy maybe?
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:07 AM   #9098
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Too heavy maybe?
Based on his physical description, it doesn't sound like a heavier bike would be an issue.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:21 AM   #9099
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Agreed... For a first bike a KLR 650 is a great option. Easy/Cheap to farkle and won't break the bank when you drop it (and you will drop it).

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Old 11-20-2013, 06:56 AM   #9100
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Too heavy maybe?
No. Look at his desires. Longer trips. Highway miles and easy to moderate dirt rds. A heavier ds bike is tbe ticket for hiway travel. The thumper is going to serve well for beginning rider in both maint. and slightly less weight.

I would also suggest a 650gs. If you have the budget.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:09 AM   #9101
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I love my DR 650, but you might feel a little cramped without upgrading the footpegs and handle bars.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:19 AM   #9102
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....I am thinking of getting a dual sport...I am 6'7" ...So, let me know what you think.
Thanks Mikey
I'm 6'6" and don't resemble skinny either...I have a Honda XR650L that I bought because I don't own a truck and needed to ride to my rides....honestly its a bit cramped for my long legs but will run 75mph on the road and plays in the dirt better than a KLR. KLR has a bit of wind protection so its probably better for highway work. Both are low maintenance. You might also want to consider a DR650....
Depending on your location you might want to check out the East of Phoenix Riders Group thread....good bunch of folks that are active....
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:20 AM   #9103
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Ok.. I dont see the KLR being powerful enough to haul itself and a large person but y'all would know better.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:58 AM   #9104
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Your right its not a powerhouse but.... I put 82k on a klr back in the day and the only time i felt it didnt have enough power was when i got a hair up my but and wanted it to be something it wasnt.

So. What is your suggestion for a bike?
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Old 11-20-2013, 12:16 PM   #9105
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KLR & DR650 are a good candidate as start up bike.
The KLR is a good bike with a big tank, water cooled, easy maintenance, if u go with this one, make sure to get tank/radiator guard, because at some point you'll drop it and damaged the rad fins or even the fan. They're so stick up they'll get hit easy. DR650 is build with a bullet proof engine but I strongly suggest some mods to it, to fit your needs. Bigger tank, suspensions mods, taller seat. They can be done without breaking ur bank definitely. Both bikes are build to be abused...
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