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Old 05-25-2012, 12:04 PM   #46
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Oh, absolutely, get yourself a 200-300cc two stroke or a 250-450cc four stroke and have fun. Heck, on those days when my son wants to ride trails (as opposed to the mx track), I'll grab the TTR125L pit bike & flog it around, always coming back with a big, stupid grin on my face. Even though at 6'4" and 230 I look like an ape humping a football......
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:55 AM   #47
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I started riding again after a 20+ year hiatus. I started back with a very lightly used 1989 TW200 and after about a year picked up a Triumph Bonneville for longer rides and commuting. Even though I now have a BMW F650GS I still have the TW200 to fool around with and play in the dirt. It's still alot of fun and I'll probably hang onto it for quite a while. My wife naturally doesn't understand the need for more than one motorcycle.
I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything that I thought it could be.

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:11 PM   #48
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Three bike system.

I used to have a street plated GasGas 200EC for woods, a V-Strom 1000 for roads (including dirt roads), and DRZ-400S to split the difference. Guess what? I rode the DRZ the most. Actually sold it to make me ride the GasGas more, plus the DRZ was worn out.

Now I might get another DRZ, unless I go for one of those newfangled KTM 350 EXC-Fs at 1.5+ times the price. I am breaking too much stuff on my F650GS.
Advanced pancreatic cancer found 04/2010. Have outlived +/- 97% of patients with this diagnosis, but 08/2013 cancer now in liver, vascular system and lungs with 20+ lung tumors. Sick/weak sometimes, not riding much. No more treatments & now under Hospice care.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:53 AM   #49
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Super Sherpa and 650 V-strom

I learned to ride on a TW-200 at the MSF course. I loved that little bike and thought I wanted one but decided to find a more traditional enduro with longer legs, one that I could even tour on. I landed on an '03 KL250 Super Sherpa. Great dual purpose bike that I took on a 1,500 mile trip to the Canadian Rockies, smiling the entire time. I've since bought a DL650 V-strom for touring but kept the Sherpa for trail riding. It's a ton of fun to get on after riding the V-strom on my daily commute.

Two bikes is definitely the way to go, IMO.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:04 AM   #50
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Thanks for all of the replies. Last night I bought a 05 wr450f. I'm going to get it plated for the street.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:17 AM   #51
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #52
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990 Adventure and a street legal KDX200 for the tight off road stuff
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:26 PM   #53
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Did you get that elusive RI plate, or did you go another route?

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Old 06-06-2012, 07:58 PM   #54
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Perfect Tri-fecta...for now

All street legal and plated....

Considering selling the 650 and 250 and maybe getting a 450-500 EXC More room in the garage that way...
I think I'm going to wear out my Goldwing's foot pegs before I wear out the tires...
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:38 PM   #55
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I am surprised that no one has mentioned the venerable KDX200. I have a 2004 which is bone stock and street legal. Best bike in my opinion for trail riding, and the plates are great for getting there.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:04 AM   #56
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I got a dr350se for trail riding as my 57 r-50isdt has no real offroad suspension. I am building a R-75 ISDT replica, with Husky wr front forks, making it look like the 73 bikes that Herbert Schek rode in the six days.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:40 AM   #57
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I have a Husky TE250. Excellent single track woods bike. Light, enough power and street legal.
Not good if you have to travel a long way on the street to get to the trails though. Pretty buzzy above 50mph; tops out at about 75mph.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:59 PM   #58
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Had a 2006 R1200GS. Decided I wasn't brave enough to ride it off pavement.

Sold it and bought a 2005 R1200RT which I LOVE!!!

For my dirt riding, I found a great 1986 Kawasaki KLR-250. PERFECT for off pavement!!
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:59 AM   #59
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i was looking at getting a ttr 450 or 350 for offroad / road use. as no way can it be worse then a klr650 as that bike was utter shite and was pointless to take off road
but thinking of getting a thumper 160cc for going in the wood as they are tiny and fast
suzuki gsxr 600 srad sound fun bike
bmw r100gs i sold as it be came to unreliable.
road legal stomp pitbike sold
Klr 650 the worst ever made
Honda xl125rc powered by a cg125 block fun wee bike
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