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Old 08-10-2009, 08:14 PM   #6286
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But now that I have a dual purpose bike I wouldn't mind trying some tame trails. I've got lots of mountain bike single track experience but I've never been on a dirt bike before. I was going to take the MSF dirt bike school early in July but the timing was bad.

Like I said. I've only got about 4000 miles of total motorcycle experience since I started last year. Is this something I should sit out for awhile, or is there a good way to get my feet wet, er.. dirty?
My $.02. Get out on some trails on a light dirtbike to hone your skills. Something you can manhandle a little bit. Work on proper technique with that first, and then work your way up. IMO, too many people start offroad on bikes that are too big or powerful.
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:16 PM   #6287
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My $.02. Get out on some trails on a light dirtbike to hone your skills. Something you can manhandle a little bit. Work on proper technique with that first, and then work your way up. IMO, too many people start offroad on bikes that are too big or powerful.
I have to agree with that. My first "off road" bike was a R1150GS. Wonderful bike, and all the power you could ask for, but it was so big that I was afraid to take it anywhere challenging. I'm impressed with how well Gordon handles his, but the KLR650 is about all I can handle. Something smaller still would be great. My bro-in-law has a Yamaha XT350 that he uses to shuttle back and forth to his campsite when he goes fishing. I've ridden it a few times and I think something like that would be ideal. I bought the KLR because I was trying to fill several biking niches at once, and that's what fit my budget.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:20 PM   #6288
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Yeah that would be ideal. In the places I grew up you would have thought I would have had ample oportunities to ride dirt bikes but I never had a friend that owned one.

How small is too small? I'd like to get something cheap but I don't think a 250 will cut it for a guy of my size (6'2" / 240#).
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Old 08-11-2009, 03:55 AM   #6289
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How small is too small? I'd like to get something cheap but I don't think a 250 will cut it for a guy of my size (6'2" / 240#).
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:47 AM   #6290
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So, was that a real Sasquatch sighting, or is it photoshopped?
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:28 AM   #6291
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:31 AM   #6292
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:36 AM   #6293
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My first bike was a 1000 Vstrom. I took it slow and kept pushing myself into harder and harder stuff. With friends around you feel safer, but sometimes I'd get out on my own and get into trouble. The great thing about that is you HAVE to find a way out of it.

I'm sure that smaller bike dirt experience would help to a degree, but a big bike behaves totally different than a small bike. I've tooled around on a couple of members smaller bikes, 650, 525's, etc. and while they'd be more fun they reduce the adventure factor greatly. There's just something about taking a big bike down that type of terrain.

I think it was slap07 where I got hooked watching CJ take his 1200GS through that creek bottom. I turned back there and promissed myself that I'd get the skills to do that. Now I'd flog my strom, if I had it, right through there.

CJ's 1200 is pointing straight at where Brian's DRZ is laying down. That DRZ was showroom fresh that day. Anyway, CJ went down into that ditch and launched out the other side... and when I say launched, I mean launched.
McB and I turned back here. We'd already come down a couple hundred yards of rutted deep weeded abandoned road. Great times.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:42 AM   #6294
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Tim,
Depending on what your going to use the bike for.
If more dirt I'd highly suggest some TKCs/606/mt21
something with knobbies. Surface changes too much
, from mud/sand/gravel on top of hard pack. I'm running
tkcs on my DR, I'm amazed at how hard you can push'em
on pavement. Trade off is you'll only get 3-4000 miles out
of a rear tire, double that on the front.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:40 AM   #6295
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But now that I have a dual purpose bike I wouldn't mind trying some tame trails. I've got lots of mountain bike single track experience but I've never been on a dirt bike before. I was going to take the MSF dirt bike school early in July but the timing was bad.

Like I said. I've only got about 4000 miles of total motorcycle experience since I started last year. Is this something I should sit out for awhile, or is there a good way to get my feet wet, er.. dirty?
I suspect I will regret saying this... but CJ was right

Mountain bike experience can be really helpful when going off road.

Going down to SLAP this year to ride trails for the first time, I found many of the riding techniques transfer over.
I had about the same amount of street miles as you, and was surprised how comfortable it was to be on the trails.
Even on a bike that was way too big for me (laid down on multiple occasions, sometimes witnessed by kind souls who helped pick it up), the familiarity with body shifting goes a long way.
Once I got on something with a lower seat - in this case a much smaller Honda TLR - I had more fun than I would have ever imagined.
Go out with someone, like G suggested. You'll love it.
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Old 08-11-2009, 09:35 AM   #6296
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:17 AM   #6297
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yet again, and again, and again,

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Old 08-11-2009, 11:50 AM   #6298
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:45 PM   #6299
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Tim,
Depending on what your going to use the bike for.
If more dirt I'd highly suggest some TKCs/606/mt21
something with knobbies. Surface changes too much
, from mud/sand/gravel on top of hard pack. I'm running
tkcs on my DR, I'm amazed at how hard you can push'em
on pavement. Trade off is you'll only get 3-4000 miles out
of a rear tire, double that on the front.
Yeah, I had those on the GS and loved them. Kept me going in the wimpy stuff I used to ride in and could have done a lot more. The thing that amazed me was how well they did in the twisties! The KLR's got nothin' on the R1150GS in the handling department! I shagged the front in just 2-3k miles, mostly due to a semi-hungup right front caliper.

So far I'm quite happy with the performance of the stock tires, don't even know what they are off hand. They're not nearly as agressive as the TKCs, but they're pretty good dual-sports. After I get through break-in and can actually push the engine I may be looking for replacements. Right now I'm working on farkling, storage, and necessities like a good flat kit. I've never had to deal with one on a tubed-tire. Aybody got suggestions?
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:37 AM   #6300
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Yeah, I had those on the GS and loved them. Kept me going in the wimpy stuff I used to ride in and could have done a lot more. The thing that amazed me was how well they did in the twisties! The KLR's got nothin' on the R1150GS in the handling department! I shagged the front in just 2-3k miles, mostly due to a semi-hungup right front caliper.

So far I'm quite happy with the performance of the stock tires, don't even know what they are off hand. They're not nearly as agressive as the TKCs, but they're pretty good dual-sports. After I get through break-in and can actually push the engine I may be looking for replacements. Right now I'm working on farkling, storage, and necessities like a good flat kit. I've never had to deal with one on a tubed-tire. Aybody got suggestions?

You will be looking at a rear tire much sooner than you think. I got about 2200 miles out of mine. 750 Dunlops.
Riders Warehouse sells several good tire repair kits. I have 3-4 different ones in different bikes.
There are a lot of options on storage, and well, farkling a KLR has no limits.
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