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Old 11-03-2012, 03:39 PM   #31
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There is a huge punchline for this thread title...
Personally I know nothing about DP, but from what i have seen on the internet I would always recomend going as small as possible if one was considering it?
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:48 PM   #32
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Personally I know nothing about DP, but from what i have seen on the internet I would always recomend going as small as possible if one was considering it?
Hey, keep up here- I already apologized for the bad thread topic name

If I wuz askin' about THAT DP I would have used the screen name of Buck Naked.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:43 PM   #33
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...I think the 230L is not understood or appreciated...
Please...let it go! We don't need you to blather on in every one of your posts in every thread in thumpers about this

Got it, you think your bike is the best ever...you don't need to keep telling us
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:54 PM   #34
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Please...let it go! We don't need you to blather on in every one of your posts in every thread in thumpers about this

Got it, you think your bike is the best ever...you don't need to keep telling us
"your bike is the best ever". Not to worry.

I have seen the OTG light and it is called KTM. For me
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:57 PM   #35
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"your bike is the best ever". Not to worry.

I have seen the OTG light and it is called KTM. For me
What did you decide on?

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Old 11-03-2012, 05:55 PM   #36
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What did you decide on?

Well, looks like Jen (ZX6R rider) will be piloting a Honda 230 of some used or new history.

I think that the guy paying for it all is going for a KTM. Yesssss.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:00 PM   #37
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Bullshit, The old DR350 fits tall folks just fine.
I'm 6'2"- Ran the stock bars for 10 years, got tired of un-bending them after every ride and finally put risers and mega buck CR high bend bars on. Was I deliriously happy? Never could tell any difference between bar choices after the first 10 miles, seems your body gets used to what ever setup's currently available on the scoot your riding.
We're all different, but that isn't the general consensus on the DR350, and wasn't the case with my 99. I'm 5'11" and to me, it's a small-feeling bike. Also pretty old for a guy with a big budget looking at WRR and KTM.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:04 PM   #38
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Well, looks like Jen (ZX6R rider) will be piloting a Honda 230 of some used or new history.

I think that the guy paying for it all is going for a KTM. Yesssss.
Which one?
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:25 PM   #39
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Which one?
350 EXC

I want it to be road legal (first non-road bike) but not be a beast off road. My choice OK?
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:46 PM   #40
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350 EXC

I want it to be road legal (first non-road bike) but not be a beast off road. My choice OK?
Great motorcycle! The light weight will be an advantage, and the handling is state of the art. That was the first dual sport that I looked at earlier this year, sounds great. "Pantah" on here talks about his son who was successful finishing I think in the top 10(?) at the Baja 1000 (?) on the 350EXC. I have been researching since April and would agree, great motorcycle.

True story, the KTM salesman who quoted me on a KTM 500 told me that he and his wife graduated from CRF230L Hondas to the 350EXC. Then he got the job selling KTMs! They really like their 350EXCs
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:47 AM   #41
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350 EXC

I want it to be road legal (first non-road bike) but not be a beast off road. My choice OK?
If you let them spin up to their 12,000rpm rev limiter the 350's are still pretty beastly as they do not give up a lot at the top end to the 450's but that is easily controlled with your wrist.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:39 PM   #42
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If you want to ride LONG distances, such as adventure touring, then you will need a 650. I prefer the KLR. But if you want something that is more for off road use, definitely go smaller. About 10 years ago, I sold my street bike (which was VERY comfortable and plenty big enough to cross the country with at freeway speeds) and bought a new KLR650. The KLR could do everything my street bike could do, and could also be ridden on dirt roads and roads in poor condition. But a dirt bike it was not. Way to big and heavy. And while it was certainly capable of cross country travel, it was nowhere near as comfortable. It is a compromise. Comfort is very important to me on long trips. So I sold the KLR, bought another street bike of the same make and model as the one I sold, and got a Yamaha XT225 for use as a trail bike. It is NOT an MX bike, but I have yet to find a place where it will not go, and it is small and light enough to be enjoyable off road. It is not a freeway cruiser, though I have made 1000 mile round trips on it on the freeway. That was pretty much the limit of my pain tolerance. Those trips were in the southwest, where the freeways have a LOT less traffic than some places, meaning you are in a lot less danger riding along at 60 mph in the right lane.

I would recommend a DR400, but they are even taller than the 650s. If you are considering used, I would recommend an XT350 or DR350. They are big enough for some highway travel, and still small enough to be fun off road. My other option would be to lower a DR400. If you are really tall, a stock DR400 might work just fine. While taller, they are lighter and more powerful than the 650s.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:52 PM   #43
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I think you'd be crazy to not at least go and check out the new Honda CRF250L. Its a pretty cool bike and very capable on and off road. Brand new $4500. Tough to beat in my opinion. The WR's are cool but still pretty pricey even used.
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:29 PM   #44
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I think you'd be crazy to not at least go and check out the new Honda CRF250L. Its a pretty cool bike and very capable on and off road. Brand new $4500. Tough to beat in my opinion. The WR's are cool but still pretty pricey even used.
Bake got one a few weeks ago. Sweet bike.
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...But if you want something that is more for off road use, definitely go smaller...I sold the KLR, bought another street bike of the same make and model as the one I sold, and


got a Yamaha XT225 for use as a trail bike.

It is NOT an MX bike, but I have yet to find a place where it will not go, and it is small and light enough to be enjoyable off road. It is not a freeway cruiser, though I have made 1000 mile round trips on it on the freeway. That was pretty much the limit of my pain tolerance. Those trips were in the southwest, where the freeways have a LOT less traffic than some places, meaning you are in a lot less danger riding along at 60 mph in the right lane.

Right on! That's what I'm talkin' about!

Cost per mile proably 1/2 that of a WR250R and 1/5 to 1/10 cost of a KTM Fun per mile x total miles ridden in a given time 50:1 compared to a KTM perhaps?

My Honda starts, I ride it. 7000 miles since May, most on dirt! Dead reliable!
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