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Old 04-06-2013, 06:46 PM   #2176
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Three weeks ago I traded in my FZ1 for a brand new 2013 CRF250L and some cash back in my pocket.

That'll cool, nice bike.

Tip: next time you feel you have to reverse, try putting the stand down, whilst standing on said side, grab the bike under the seat & the bars, lean bike over pivoting whole bikes weight on that central balance point & spin it 180 degs. Works well, have to do it a lot to save an awkward turn around procedure.
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Old 04-07-2013, 09:05 AM   #2177
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Thanks for the tip on using the side stand to turn the bike around

I wish I would have thought about that while I was wrestling with the bike. Sure would have made things easier since it's not as light as it looks when trying to move it around in the snow.

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Old 04-09-2013, 08:13 AM   #2178
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I don't know where to post this question really, but here it goes I am looking at getting my wife a bike to ride trails with me But she has never rode motorcycles before. Are there any off road riding classes around Hood River or The Dalles? I am looking at a TTR125LE or a CRF150F for her, any thoughts?
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:16 AM   #2179
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Yamaha TW200 is a great little bike. Low seat bullet proof motor. I put 10, 000 miles on one before moving to the DR350.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:58 AM   #2180
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I don't know where to post this question really, but here it goes I am looking at getting my wife a bike to ride trails with me But she has never rode motorcycles before. Are there any off road riding classes around Hood River or The Dalles? I am looking at a TTR125LE or a CRF150F for her, any thoughts?
Mike Erland the owner of Fun Country was going to put something together for women this spring, you might want to give him a call at 541-298-1161.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:05 AM   #2181
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Mike Erland the owner of Fun Country was going to put something together for women this spring, you might want to give him a call at 541-298-1161.
Thanks Craig, will do.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:40 PM   #2182
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I don't know where to post this question really, but here it goes I am looking at getting my wife a bike to ride trails with me But she has never rode motorcycles before. Are there any off road riding classes around Hood River or The Dalles? I am looking at a TTR125LE or a CRF150F for her, any thoughts?
The Yamaha xt 225 works very well, I taught several ladies to ride last year in a pretty safe environment, of course they all went on to get their endorsement.
Sometimes it is better to learn one-on-one from a woman. I no longer own that bike but would gladly spent time with her. pm sent.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:39 PM   #2183
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The Yamaha xt 225 works very well, I taught several ladies to ride last year in a pretty safe environment, of course they all went on to get their endorsement.
Sometimes it is better to learn one-on-one from a woman. I no longer own that bike but would gladly spent time with her. pm sent.
Thanks bksye, we'll see what we end up with.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #2184
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I think what we're trying to say is.....we want ber to have a PLATED bike, so she can come ride with all of us
So, don't forget the DR 200. Mustangshelly likes hers at about 260-270 lbs.

There are certainly advantages to a non-plated 200 pound bike, but riding it regularly is generally not one of them. It'll sit, bored to tears after 3-4 rides.

But, an ADVENTURE BIKE (even if small) can actually go places, and might get loved forever.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:17 PM   #2185
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Thanks for the thoughts, and I agree being able to ride from the driveway to the trails is the way to go. However my wife currently has no desire to ride on the roads or have her endorsement. I'm hoping she will enjoy riding enough that someday that non-plated dirt bike may turn into a dual sport. If not I hope she will enjoy riding offroad just the same.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:25 PM   #2186
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I think what we're trying to say is.....we want ber to have a PLATED bike, so she can come ride with all of us
So, don't forget the DR 200. Mustangshelly likes hers at about 260-270 lbs.

There are certainly advantages to a non-plated 200 pound bike, but riding it regularly is generally not one of them. It'll sit, bored to tears after 3-4 rides.

But, an ADVENTURE BIKE (even if small) can actually go places, and might get loved forever.
What I definitely wanted to say is that of the people I taught to ride, none are now recklessly riding, I am not a certified instructor but I teach well. They all went to get their endorsement feeling confident and not "new and intimidated". I am glad to read that you agree on first learning the bike and then adding gravel. A non-plated bike quietly puttering around the woods is a good way to find out whether one likes to ride before investing a lot more $$ in plated stuff not to mention riding with well known hooligans That right there as well as some of those ride reports intimidated me for a good year and kept me safely on pavement. Just sayin', AJ........
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:00 AM   #2187
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Fair enough...
I do seem to require a "rush" that I can't explain to everyone/anyone.

But, In the long run, It's all good
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:02 AM   #2188
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I do seem to require a "rush" that I can't explain to everyone/anyone.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #2189
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I don't know where to post this question really, but here it goes I am looking at getting my wife a bike to ride trails with me But she has never rode motorcycles before. Are there any off road riding classes around Hood River or The Dalles? I am looking at a TTR125LE or a CRF150F for her, any thoughts?
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The Yamaha xt 225 works very well, I taught several ladies to ride last year in a pretty safe environment, of course they all went on to get their endorsement.
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I think what we're trying to say is.....we want ber to have a PLATED bike, so she can come ride with all of us
So, don't forget the DR 200. Mustangshelly likes hers at about 260-270 lbs.

There are certainly advantages to a non-plated 200 pound bike, but riding it regularly is generally not one of them. It'll sit, bored to tears after 3-4 rides.

But, an ADVENTURE BIKE (even if small) can actually go places, and might get loved forever.
Just get one with a plate, for the future, just in case. You can probably get a tad knocked off this one.

2000 Yamaha XT225 - $2000 (Hood River)

http://portland.craigslist.org/grg/mcy/3710008668.html

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:47 PM   #2190
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Just get one with a plate, for the future, just in case. You can probably get a tad knocked off this one.

2000 Yamaha XT225 - $2000 (Hood River)
I saw that one, we got her the red bike, 2006 CRF150F, last night. She is excited to start riding, and that's all I ask for now.

If she decides that she wants something with a plate we will sell this one and cross that bridge later.
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