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Old 04-23-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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First bike, what to look for?

I have done some pretty good research on all the brands and all the dual sport bikes out there. I plan to ride 50% gravel roads/dirt roads and the other half street. I live in the country so I would only use it on country roads and not highways. I've looked at everything from the 250cc bikes such as the WR250R and KLX250S to the Honda XR650L and KLR 650.

This would be my very first bike. I am however a responsible 32 year old with a perfect driving record. I drive manual transmission cars and own an old 75 Honda MR50 which I ride around for fun on our property.

Also, I am 6'3 and 230lbs.

Just wondering what you experienced folk would recommend for someone in my situation? Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:35 PM   #2
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I have done some pretty good research on all the brands and all the dual sport bikes out there. I plan to ride 50% gravel roads/dirt roads and the other half street. I live in the country so I would only use it on country roads and not highways. I've looked at everything from the 250cc bikes such as the WR250R and KLX250S to the Honda XR650L and KLR 650.

This would be my very first bike. I am however a responsible 32 year old with a perfect driving record. I drive manual transmission cars and own an old 75 Honda MR50 which I ride around for fun on our property.

Also, I am 6'3 and 230lbs.

Just wondering what you experienced folk would recommend for someone in my situation? Thanks in advance!
out of the ones you picked i would go for the xr650l for your size. they are pretty good on and off road with the right set of tires.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:39 PM   #3
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:12 PM   #5
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The new 2013 CRF250L Honda hauls my big a -- everywhere, 6'1", 235, what else could you ask for a $4499.00. Go ride one and you decide. Riding off road is nothing like riding on the street, it's a whole new world, 650 bikes can be very intimating for a new rider.

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Old 04-23-2013, 05:55 PM   #6
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The new 2013 CRF250L Honda hauls my big a -- everywhere, 6'1", 235, what else could you ask for a $4499.00. Go ride one and you decide. Riding off road is nothing like riding on the street, it's a whole new world, 650 bikes can be very intimating for a new rider.

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How does it feel cruising at 50-70mph for longer periods?
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:02 PM   #7
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:08 PM   #8
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KLR.. You are from the country so you are very familiar with tractors

Seriously though, most likely the cheapest bike to get into, and as an all arounder it's hard to beat.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:30 PM   #9
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As you can see, the answers you get will be as diverse as number of bikes available. All I will say is if you are going to be doing much asphalt at all go for the bigger displacement thumpers. The small ones are great for tight single track but lack luster on the road.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:43 PM   #10
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Dropsix, it sucks as far as I'm concerned over 60+, the bike just doesn't have the power for that type of highway speeds. I have a BMW 650 Dakar for the road if needed. The Honda is a blast to ride within its limits, plus the original poster ask for a bike for dirt, gravel, and back county roads which this Honda will do just fine and it will put a big grin on your face.

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Old 04-23-2013, 06:44 PM   #11
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How does it feel cruising at 50-70mph for longer periods?
I did about 400 miles all highway in he past two days with mine after a $20 mod and it did fantastic. Rsin wind and all.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:48 PM   #12
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I have owned an XRL650, DR650 and DRZ400. For what you want to do, DRZ all the way. It is just much better behaved off road and it does quite well up to about 75mph on the road too.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:53 PM   #13
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:21 PM   #14
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Drz 400S. If you are that big you will find a 250 small if you plan on riding on or off road for any length of time at all. skip the big iron. unless you are looking at a KTM or a BMW it was all designed last century. DRZ's are cheap too. round my way they can be had for less than a KLR and don't require $$$ to make them reliable or rideable. Ever heard of the dohickey? yeah, it's a critical KLR engine component that is so unreliable that changing it out is the first order of business for KLR owners. Is that what you want to pay for? FYI high mileage for a DRZ is ~80'000km. in my area you never see one with more than 20'000 meaning that most are basically still new.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:47 AM   #15
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Quite a few votes for the DRZ.

I do like them. I'll go have a look at them at the shop after work today. Hopefully I can find a good used one.

About the KLR though, aren't they supposed to be one of the most reliable and cheap bikes to maintain?
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