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Old 08-08-2011, 11:41 AM   #2521
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I'm just getting into riding. I've been riding on the back of a KTM 950 Adventure and I loved it. Now I'm looking for a good beginner bike to start on. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:39 PM   #2522
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I'm just getting into riding. I've been riding on the back of a KTM 950 Adventure and I loved it. Now I'm looking for a good beginner bike to start on. Any suggestions?
Personally, I'd go for any of the little dual sports, 200-250cc. Buy it cheap, learn on a bike that's easy to control, and sell it and move up. Guys who ride bigger bikes get over-enthused and think you need something huge to just get down the street. You're not going to ride it if it's not easy! Those Yamaha XT250s or 225s, I'm on a beat up Honda NX250, there's the DR200SE, the Honda CRF230L, and so on.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:44 PM   #2523
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I'm just getting into riding. I've been riding on the back of a KTM 950 Adventure and I loved it. Now I'm looking for a good beginner bike to start on. Any suggestions?
Search for the BRC Beginner Rider Course in your area,, and/or find someone with a small dirt bike for you to learn on/hone your skills.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:52 PM   #2524
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I took the course first. I'm riding a little ninja 250, but the bikes used in our course were the DR 200, TU 250, and Honda Rebel 250. Any of these four bikes are the best to learn on. I wish I would have gotten a dual sport now, because my hubby rides a DR 650 and I can't ride off road with him. Know anyone in the NE TN area with a little dual sport for sale? (I'm watching the flea market here, but so far no luck.)

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:20 PM   #2525
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I took the course first. I'm riding a little ninja 250, but the bikes used in our course were the DR 200, TU 250, and Honda Rebel 250. Any of these four bikes are the best to learn on. I wish I would have gotten a dual sport now, because my hubby rides a DR 650 and I can't ride off road with him. Know anyone in the NE TN area with a little dual sport for sale? (I'm watching the flea market here, but so far no luck.)

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I've been scanning ebay for motorcycles and there are some out west here. I don't know about the midwest. I found a class at the local community college that I'm going to take. Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:08 PM   #2526
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I've been scanning ebay for motorcycles and there are some out west here. I don't know about the midwest. I found a class at the local community college that I'm going to take. Thanks for the info!
Also try bikefinds.com and the flea market here on ADVrider. There's a TW200 in Knoxville for sale which is another good starter bike.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:09 PM   #2527
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I'm just getting into riding. I've been riding on the back of a KTM 950 Adventure and I loved it. Now I'm looking for a good beginner bike to start on. Any suggestions?
I agree with the other comments here... start with a small cheap 200 or 250 and get the MSF course under your belt right away. I started with a Suzuki DR200 and love it. It doesn't have enough power to get away on me and it's light, easy to handle, and cheap to fix when I drop it.

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Old 08-08-2011, 06:46 PM   #2528
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...and cheap to fix when I drop it.
I feel your pain. My ninjette isn't so easy to fix, I'm afraid. All that plastic breaks easy and is next to impossible to find a replacement for.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:14 PM   #2529
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We found a 1983 DR125 for $425. Great bike...I rode it all over the trails. Helped me get on the drz400 and ride with confidence. Love that little bike!! Good luck in your search.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:49 AM   #2530
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I feel your pain. My ninjette isn't so easy to fix, I'm afraid. All that plastic breaks easy and is next to impossible to find a replacement for.
You have a few options (other than expensive OEM replacements)

go naked - the bike, not you. It could change the aerodynamics and wind flow, but might be the lesser of evils until you get past the newbie learning curve.

Learn to fabricate your own fairings with fiberglass or other composits. Make your mold once and you can create new fairings as needed.

Repair the plastics and live with scars on them - I've had good results with this :
PlastiFix

found at

http://www.urethanesupply.com/plastifixhowto.php


It closely remsembles the do-it-yourself acrylic fingernail kits. Using that and a heat gun I was able to repair a large crack and a broken mounting tab on one of mine. I wouldn't repaint it in it's current state, but it is a solid repair that is not obvious unless you are looking directly at it.

The scuffs and scratches are "character marks" and part of the journey.

Good Luck!
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Old 08-19-2011, 04:43 PM   #2531
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You have a few options (other than expensive OEM replacements)...
I think I fixed the problem...Check out my "new" ride...

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Old 08-20-2011, 08:50 AM   #2532
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Congrats!

Certainly easier than fixing plastics! Let us know what you love/hate about it.

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Old 08-21-2011, 10:27 AM   #2533
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I need riding partners...

I'm looking for friends to ride with...
I ride a 650 VStrom and a WR250F. I like to do day rides, but longer trips are even better.
Western Montana and surrounding areas... ???
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:04 PM   #2534
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Hi MTRdr55

Just where in W. MT are you? I'm just a short hop across the Idaho Panhandle from W. MT. There are a few of us female riders in the Spokane/Couer d' Alene area.
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:22 PM   #2535
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Hi there!
I'm in Missoula... not too far. :)
How often do you all get together to ride?


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Just where in W. MT are you? I'm just a short hop across the Idaho Panhandle from W. MT. There are a few of us female riders in the Spokane/Couer d' Alene area.
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