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Old 01-28-2013, 02:27 AM   #4
PeterW
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Personally I'd suggest you keep your existing bike and in the short term, get a cheap second hand 250cc dirt bike and spend some time on gravel rather than leap onto a pig and expect miracles - That's likely cheaper than dropping one of the larger dual sports bikes the first time and you'll learn faster.

Unless you have an insanely fast commute a 250 will handle it, and fuel economy will be excellent. Once the skills are there, you'll have a better idea of the compromises all the big fat pigs make on the rough stuff and be in a better position to make a good choice.

Pete
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