Originally Posted by Beamer
... Finally decided on the DR200 and couldnt be happier. ... I dont know if there could be a better bike for someone to learn on.
I got mine 2 years ago, and I have to agree with you on that one. When I was looking for a bike, I wanted to get a bigger bike, but someone at work who used to ride motorcycles a lot advised me to go small. I took his advice and haven't regretted it one bit.
I've never ridden a Yamaha XT225, but it seems like it's a pretty similar bike. I think it'd also be a good first bike.