Best Cheap Dual Sport to Let Sit for Months Without Riding

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  1. Flacrusher

    Flacrusher So Many Bikes... So Little time

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    Yup, sounds like a joke but it's not! My wife and I bought a lake house in Northern Ga this summer and I want to park a DS bike up there. I'm not overly particular about the bike as my 501 and GSA will stay in Fl with me. The Ga bike will sit for months on end and not be ridden.

    I plan to only use non-ethanol fuel and run Starbrite fuel tx in it. I'll keep it on a tender in the garage. Would a carb bike be better than fuel injected? Anything better for sitting around than others? I've had quite a few bikes that didn't like to sit even for a few weeks. I just plan to use the bike for exploring.

    What say ye?

    Obligatory house pics included, just in case we decide to invite a few FF's when we have it set up! Front.PNG Merica 082017.JPG Sunset 091017.JPG
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  2. Huzband

    Huzband Team Dirt

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    XR250. Ya can't kill 'em & they're cheap.

    Oh, nice shack. :thumb
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  3. waybill

    waybill wayward

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    KLR. I used to let mine sit idle in Colorado 9-10 months at a time with the battery connected and fuel petcock on. Always started immediately year after year.
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  4. ex250mike

    ex250mike Been here awhile

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    Owning both an xr250 and a KLR 650 I can say the klr starts much easier after sitting. If the XR sits for a week it takes alot of kicking or just drain the bowl. The KLR can sit for weeks and crank right up.

    That said, for a small fee I can check on your house and ride your dualsport for you.
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    beaterktm Been here awhile

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  6. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    FI is my preference. If you go carb, make sure the petcock is not vacuum operated, hate to fill the crankcase with gas!
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  7. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumperâ„¢

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    A fuelie KLR would be ideal. I hear a 6 speed fuelie KLR is in the works. Since 1987.
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  8. Flacrusher

    Flacrusher So Many Bikes... So Little time

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    Guys - Thanks for the compliments on the place and offers to ride/maintain the bike. After riding the Hooch in June and finding this place, we're super excited to get it set up for use.

    I should have mentioned that I'm not interested in any kick start only bikes. I'm way too lazy for that. It's got to have the magic button to be a contender. It's sounding like the KLR would be the front runner so far. What do you guys think about some other contenders like a DR 650, DRZ 400, WR 250, CRF250L KLX 250 or 400? Anybody got some experience with letting these bikes sit? Again, it will be fed treated non-ethenol fuel so I think that helps with widening the choices.

    Here's a few other reasons we bought the place!! The weather and outbuildings certainly helped with my decision. Gotta have a place for the toys!!

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  9. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Nice!

    Having gone through a very similar experience a couple of years ago (Ellijay), forget about a KLR or DR, once you find the neighborhood trails (and there are lots of them) you will want something offroad oriented. I ended up with a wr450, didn't want ernge, I wanted to ride and minimize the maintenance when up there. Have a CRF250l in FL and it can sit for months on end without any issues, always cranks first go. I've filled the crankcase on the DRZ once due to the oring in the float seat (engineer should be kicked in the sack that came up with that design).
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    beaterktm Been here awhile

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    My son says everyone in ga is on happy pills. We were up there recently did some Dirtbike and bmx racing. Everytime he walked outside he smiled and looked at me. He said it's so nice out dad. No humidity is fantastic. I love downtown Rome Ga with all the mom and pop shops.




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  11. Flacrusher

    Flacrusher So Many Bikes... So Little time

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    It's true that the folks in Ga are pretty happy and relaxed. Down here, we would be suspicious all the time of people letting us go in front of them in a grocery store or entering the main road.

    Sanjoh - I'm okay with this Ga bike being a little more street biased until I'm up there more often. My time will be limited to taking off for a couple hours and unfortunately will involve more street than dirt.
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  12. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    For me EFI bikes (and outboards FWIW) have been much less problematic from sitting than carb bikes.
    Depending on your definition of cheap (KLR cheap vs KTM/BMW cheap) cheap EFI dual sports might be a tough find.

    On the cheaper end there are the CRF250L, 2013+ XT250 & WR250R that folks don't believe are gold plated.
    If you really are just exploring perhaps an older, yet still EFI BMW 650GS or maybe one of the G650X bikes that folks don't believe are gold plated.
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    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    TW200. Spare carbs are $30 on eBay. If it doesn't start, take 15 min to swap in the new carb and go. It's cheaper to buy the new carb than to rebuild the stock one, and the new carbs are round slide not CV, which give you a little more performance to boot.

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  14. Flacrusher

    Flacrusher So Many Bikes... So Little time

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    The TW was actually on my list but I'm not 100% sure I can get past the scooter look, if you know what I mean???
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    shinyribs doesn't care

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    If you're going to be looking at shorter trips around the house, I would be interested in a WR250R. No carb sitting issues to worry about ( I prefer carbs, but also know about sitting), electric start, way more nimble off-road vs any of the 650's , yet still will cruise paved roads just fine. You're not going long distances or buzzing interstate, so need for a big bike.

    Congrats on the new retreat! Enjoy, and have fun.
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    ChopperCharles Been here awhile

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    So, de-scooter it?

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    If you look for "Custom TW200" in a google image search, you'll find thousands of amazing bikes to gain inspiration from.

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  17. sanjoh

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    The street riding is as good as the dirt if you know where to look!
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  18. Flacrusher

    Flacrusher So Many Bikes... So Little time

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    Don't even get me thinking about the street. I've logged thousands of street miles around the area and it's a lot of fun. I just think sticking with a more dirt oriented DS would be better than going back to my Super Duke or Ducati. Maybe a SM version of the Wr or CRF or something might be fun!!
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  19. Jack Daniel

    Jack Daniel See Ya At The Swamp

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    Wouldn't something fuel injected be better?

    More like a 650 Beemer
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  20. Flacrusher

    Flacrusher So Many Bikes... So Little time

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    Never tried or looked at a 650 Beemer. Does it fall in the cheap category?
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