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Old 12-16-2014, 07:14 PM   #1
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Hey guys new rider here finishing up the MSF course to get my license this weekend. I'm a Long Island native looking to do some riding.....split between getting a dual sport (WR250R) and a standard bike (FZ-07). Hoping to meet a group of guys to ride with and hopefully decide what bike to buy

The decision would be much easier if you could actually go off-road on the island!
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:27 PM   #2
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Congrats on taking the leap. Don't overthink your first bike purchase. Just get something and get on the road. There's plenty of time to fine tune your choices and add to your collection later on.
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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I'll help you on the bike decision. I'm 51 and owned all kinds of motorcycles. I currently have a F800GS , KTM 450, and a WR250R. If I had to choose a bike for 100 percent all around fun and comfort the WRR wins hands down. Especially on reliability.
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Old 12-16-2014, 07:46 PM   #4
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You will get a million opinions here and probably get more confused.

I agree that for your first bike, don't overthink it. Get something relatively inexpensive and easy to ride. Something that you can resell well once you figure out the type of riding you will be doing and get more proficient.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:07 PM   #5
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:13 PM   #6
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Old 12-16-2014, 10:11 PM   #7
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You will get a million opinions here and probably get more confused.
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+1, you'll get a different opinion from almost anyone you ask. The key is making the right decision for YOU. What are you wanting to do with the bike? Off-road? You can ride off-road AND on road with the WR. Not so with the standard bike. Are you wanting to ride hundreds of miles on the street on a long weekend? If so, the comfort of sitting on a plank of the WR might come into question, though I have done it personally and I can overlook the discomfort but many can't. Getting an off road capable bike can be had for short money so if the majority of your riding is paved, perhaps get the bike best suited for it.... The one built for pavement. Save your pennies and you can pick up a decent dual sport and ride it when you can target off-road. Either way, unless you're the mechanical type, make friends with those who can/would be willing to help you to do basic maintenance and repairs! This can save you lots of money but more important, is a great way to build new friendships! You never know who you might meet!

Good luck and let us know what you decide!
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:51 AM   #8
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+1, you'll get a different opinion from almost anyone you ask. The key is making the right decision for YOU. What are you wanting to do with the bike? Off-road? You can ride off-road AND on road with the WR. Not so with the standard bike. Are you wanting to ride hundreds of miles on the street on a long weekend? If so, the comfort of sitting on a plank of the WR might come into question, though I have done it personally and I can overlook the discomfort but many can't. Getting an off road capable bike can be had for short money so if the majority of your riding is paved, perhaps get the bike best suited for it.... The one built for pavement. Save your pennies and you can pick up a decent dual sport and ride it when you can target off-road. Either way, unless you're the mechanical type, make friends with those who can/would be willing to help you to do basic maintenance and repairs! This can save you lots of money but more important, is a great way to build new friendships! You never know who you might meet!

Good luck and let us know what you decide!

Im a helicopter mechanic so i don't think maintenance should be all that much of an issue haha. As for the bike choice I say ill ride it upstate near my house up there where I keep my atvs but I'm not sure how often that'll happen.......just getting nervous about buying a dual sport and having it become a commuter only bike.....then theres buying a sport bike and wishing i could go off road.......ahhhhhhhh someone just take my money and give me something to ride!!!
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:15 AM   #9
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Two bikes?????????
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:51 AM   #10
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Welcome! I'd get a good used comfy streetbike to get my feet wet and since you have a place upstate I'd eventually get a DS/dirt bike to leave up there. Riding a 250 on the highway will get old fast. But that's me. Get what turns you on and makes you smile.
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:24 AM   #11
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stay away from the Jersey crowd
Good point. The Rt22 crowd rides at a much better new rider pace.


When when they ride, of course.



Re a bike. It's tough to beat a used Japanese 650 dual sport. Lots of choices, many with nice upgrades, friendly powerband, minimal depreciation, etc..
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Old 12-17-2014, 07:51 AM   #12
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:10 PM   #13
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Good point. The Rt22 crowd rides at a much better new rider pace.


When when they ride, of course.



Re a bike. It's tough to beat a used Japanese 650 dual sport. Lots of choices, many with nice upgrades, friendly powerband, minimal depreciation, etc..
The red powerbands aren't that durable, stick with the black ones

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Old 12-17-2014, 02:32 PM   #14
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Two.. because you can't have just one!

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Yeah, Two bikes!! That's what I did. Buy used. If you don't like what you bought, at least you won't be making payments and simmering in resentment.

1 -Dualsport + 1- Street bike = happiness!
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Old 12-17-2014, 02:59 PM   #15
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