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Old 02-14-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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My Dad has offered to show me the Trans America Trail. I need a bike. What is the best USED bike for a beginner. Keep in mind , Im on a budget.
P.S. Not looking for a "street" bike. Serious input only, Thanks
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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dr250/350 would a good starting point
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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Not having any idea on your budget, skill level, or prior experience I would go with a KLR650. Cheap, reliable, and with that 6 gallon tank you can ride it long distances.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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Not having any idea on your budget, skill level, or prior experience I would go with a KLR650. Cheap, reliable, and with that 6 gallon tank you can ride it long distances.
+1 for the KLR650.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:21 PM   #5
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My Dad has offered to show me the Trans America Trail. I need a bike. What is the best USED bike for a beginner. Keep in mind , Im on a budget.
P.S. Not looking for a "street" bike. Serious input only, Thanks
DRZ 400

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Old 02-14-2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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First, welcome to ADVrider!

If you want the best advice on what might fit your needs best the inmates need a few details!

The KLR and DRZ are good bikes, but how tall are you? How much do you weigh? How much riding experience do you have? What's your budget (BMW, KTM, or UJM?). In addition to those already mentioned several other possibilities would be a Yamaha XT225 or 250, Kawasaki KLR250 (there's a Super Sherpa for sale on Flea Market ride now), Suzuki DR650 (can be easily lowered), Yamaha WR250R (my personal favorite for serious dirt), and the list goes on and on. Bigger displacement usally means greater ride comfort but also means less fuel mileage, taller, heavier, pricier.

Sounds fun, good on you for getting out to ride with your Dad!

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Old 02-14-2013, 02:28 PM   #7
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My Dad has offered to show me the Trans America Trail. I need a bike. What is the best USED bike for a beginner. Keep in mind , Im on a budget.
P.S. Not looking for a "street" bike. Serious input only, Thanks
I agree with manfromthestix.

Best USED bike for a beginner, not a street bike, sounds to me like KLX250S, Super Sherpa, XT250/225, DR-Z400S.

CRF250L costs less new than many used WR250Rs, both would be good choices.

If an older bike and maybe a little wrenching doesn't scare you, add DR350SE and KLR250 to the list.

The weight of any of these would make the ride much more fun than a bigger bike.

Do some reading in Thumpers.

TAT ride report (Super Sherpa):

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=820992
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:36 PM   #8
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:41 PM   #9
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It's much more fun riding slow and not falling off than it is the other way round ;). The smaller and lighter the bike, the less likely you are to fall off.

Don't be afraid of getting a 250.

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:11 PM   #10
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If you are 5'11 and 185 and under, get a 2008 and up Yamaha XT250.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:49 AM   #11
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Get the drz 400, it's tough, easy to come by, and can cover plenty of miles. If you get a 250, you'll 'outgrow' it in a week.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:01 AM   #12
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WR250R Yamaha.

You will NOT be bored in a week on one.

Much like the KLR, the WR has been there and done that, if you question it's abilities, read about Big Dog and Dingweed's adventures on them.

I love my KLR, but confess it's too heavy for that kind of work for me.

Choose a bike you can pick up, repeatedly, a lot - over and over....
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:36 AM   #13
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Get the drz 400, it's tough, easy to come by, and can cover plenty of miles. If you get a 250, you'll 'outgrow' it in a week.
How big and strong is OP, and how much riding does he or she intend to do outside of Dad "showing" him/her the trail?

We have both a DRZ and an XT-225 (and also a KTM 990 but that's another story). My wife will never outgrow the XT-225. But she would quit riding in a day of she had to ride the DRZ-400. Too tall and too heavy for her to keep it up in the dirt, or pick it up. Relative to her body weight, the DRZ to her is heavier than the 990 is to me. And it's not like she ever uses full throttle on the XT.

Some 250s are race bikes and experienced riders with many years experience compete on them at the expert level; they didn't "outgrow" them in a week. If someone can't have fun on a 250, the problem is the rider not the bike. That is just such a ridiculous thing to say; a person could ride a 250 all their lives depending on what they want it for.
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:30 AM   #14
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TW200, or if he-she is strong enough the Dr650.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #15
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(1) What is the "best" motorcycle to ride on the Trans-Am Trail?

I would NOT recommend any motorcycle smaller than 400cc motor. You need a "Dual-Sport" motorcycle that you can handle through deep sand, mud, loose gravel, rocks and snow.

It's important to be sure your motorcycle is in good shape prior to your departure. A tune-up and safety check is a good idea (fresh oil, clean air filter, good tires, correct air pressure, etc.)
If leg height is an issue, I'd go with the DR 650 over the DRZ 400. If someone was really small, the TW 200 is a great trail bike, but I can't see loading it up with a lot of gear.
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