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Old 06-09-2015, 03:21 PM   #1
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What does your wife ride?

So my wife just got her M1 (motorcycle learners). She currently rides a 2004 TTR225 and loves it. But its not street legal and its impossible to convert in Ontario. She is about 5' 10" so she can handle most bikes out there. I'm looking to spend about $2500-$3000 on a bike for her. We do some single track so whatever the bike is it has to be almost as capable as my WRR.

She says she doesn't like my WR250R because its too high but she has never actually ridden it.

What do your wives/girlfriends ride? And why? I'm thinking DR200, Super Sherpa, CRF230L kinda stuff. But is there anything I'm missing that I should be looking into?
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:27 PM   #2
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If she loves her TTR225, why not look at an XT225 or XT250?
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:40 PM   #3
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So my wife just got her M1 (motorcycle learners). She currently rides a 2004 TTR225 and loves it. But its not street legal and its impossible to convert in Ontario. She is about 5' 10" so she can handle most bikes out there. I'm looking to spend about $2500-$3000 on a bike for her. We do some single track so whatever the bike is it has to be almost as capable as my WRR.

She says she doesn't like my WR250R because its too high but she has never actually ridden it.

What do your wives/girlfriends ride? And why? I'm thinking DR200, Super Sherpa, CRF230L kinda stuff. But is there anything I'm missing that I should be looking into?
Since she spilled oven cleaner on my freshly-painted XT250 head, my wife rides the bus.

In truth, my wife passed her test on my DR200SE. She loved it. Would the learner restriction prevent your wife from riding a DR650? (I ask because it wouldn't down here.) The 650 is adjustable for height and it's a more relaxed and better sprung ride than the 200.
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:43 PM   #4
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Since she spilled oven cleaner on my freshly-painted XT250 head, my wife rides the bus.

In truth, my wife passed her test on my DR200SE. She loved it. Would the learner restriction prevent your wife from riding a DR650? (I ask because it wouldn't down here.) The 650 is adjustable for height and it's a more relaxed and better sprung ride than the 200.
No restrictions on size up here. She actually swung her leg over a DR650 at the local dealer and loved it! I've never ridden one. Any thoughts on if it would be too powerful or heavy for a beginner?

An XT225 is certainly in the running as well.

KTM250?
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Old 06-09-2015, 04:04 PM   #5
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No restrictions on size up here. She actually swung her leg over a DR650 at the local dealer and loved it! I've never ridden one. Any thoughts on if it would be too powerful or heavy for a beginner?
A beginner who's already out there riding single-track on a TTR225? I think she'd be fine. The first time I dared take mine into the dirt I regretted not having done so earlier -- between the better stock suspension, brakes and power, I found it easier to ride than the 200. I'm no Marc Coma, though.

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Old 06-09-2015, 05:02 PM   #6
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Old 06-09-2015, 05:16 PM   #7
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Old 06-09-2015, 05:41 PM   #8
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Lowered the shock and forks-installed Kouba link and low profile SC seat-but its a pig-320 lbs!
now looking into used 350 EXCF.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:20 PM   #9
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Lowered the shock and forks-installed Kouba link and low profile SC seat-but its a pig-320 lbs!
now looking into used 350 EXCF.
Very good to know. She had sat on the 250L as well and had liked it. But I always kinda wondered how they would do in the dirt compared to my WRR. My bike is around 290lbs right now.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:49 PM   #10
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:52 PM   #11
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No restrictions on size up here. She actually swung her leg over a DR650 at the local dealer and loved it! I've never ridden one. Any thoughts on if it would be too powerful or heavy for a beginner?

An XT225 is certainly in the running as well.

KTM250?

DR 650 is around 400 pounds wet. If you drop it and it pins your leg under it, it would take all the energy a strong 170 pound man can muster to free oneself.

Not very nimble in singletrack either........I own one and love it for its intended purpose.......but thats not what she needs.

I vote a nice XT 225, or if she wants E start...a newer XT 250.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:45 PM   #12
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Old 06-09-2015, 08:03 PM   #13
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You're looking for a dirt bike she can upgrade to that's street legal, lower seat height, and good for a beginner?

CRF250L. Smooth power band, shorter than most dual sports right out the factory, good aftermarket support (and growing), and light. I'd say the DR650 is good except, weight-wise, that's a jump from her vs. the TTR225.

XT250. It's basically the upgraded, road-worthy version of the TTR225 while still being very low (lower even than the CRF). It's a tiny bit more power than her TTR without much more weight, plus it's street legal off the line.

DR650. Great bike, fantastic step up, but heavy-ish for off road work when you're used to a light bike. She needs to ride it around herself to figure out if it's too much, but it's got a good seat height (tallish but not epic like the XRL or DRZ, or even your WRR) and a cornucopia of aftermarket support (seriously, it's freaking insane). It's a fantastic bike, especially if she wants to do more street riding, and at 5'10" she'll fit it easily.

Of all of the options above, I'd personally choose the DR650. It's heavier, but because she's already got () good offroad skills, I think it'll be a right step. Of course, she could always do what I did and jump straight into a 1200GS (I'm 5'8" btw), but learn from my mistakes that a more gradual progression is probably the way to go. I'm seriously considering selling that for a DR650, so I'm likely a tiny bit biased that way.

THE BIG THING: LET HER PICK WHAT SHE WANTS. Try to get her to ride everything, including your WRR, and let her choose whichever one strikes her fancy. Even if she makes a mistake with her choice (like how yours truly feels ), it doesn't need to be her next bike.

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Old 06-09-2015, 08:31 PM   #14
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On you WRR adjust the rear shock clevis to the lower setting & drop the triples down the forks a bit to match, then give her a ride on that. You can carve a couple of inches out of the seat easily too so keep that in mind.

My lady is much shorter than 5'10" & she loves her WRR. She had a Super Sherpa before that & finds the better suspension of the WRR more than makes up for the higher seat. Plus as you'll know the WRR carries it's weight pretty low making it quite easily manageable for it's size.

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Old 06-09-2015, 09:00 PM   #15
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do what I did and jump straight into a 1200GS (I'm 5'8" btw)
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