First Post Go Easy On Me

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by ericthered, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Auto-X Fil

    Auto-X Fil Been here awhile

    Feb 17, 2013
    Montrose, PA.
    The CRF250L has inverted forks. They aren't in the same league as the WRR, but the bike is $2k less, so whatever.

    The used WR250R has lot going for it. My friend is looking for a bike, and that's what I'm pushing him towards. There's one around here with low miles for $3600... I see that as hard to pass up.
  2. Sparrowhawk

    Sparrowhawk Long timer

    Sep 26, 2005
    Eastern Washington, USA
    Draw the lines where you like. It it more a continuum than pigeon holes. Neither the DR or CRF have what might be considered high level suspension components. A DRZ is not top level but it is a step up. Both the DR and CFRL will do dirt so long as speeds are kept within their abilities. The CRFL is easier simply because it's lighter, like the XT. Forgot to mention the Kawasaki Super Sherpa, also in the same league. Sjaak could make a similar argument that he rides his Yamaha R1 with KTM Adventures and there is no difference.

    For the same $ a used WRR or KLXS will be a better tool, and will allow a new rider to gain skills faster, for dirty business than a new CFRL. The Honda is a good trail bike but it is second tier to a WRR or KLXS. The DRZ is the top > 250 bike to start with because the 650s can be a handful.

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  3. tkent02

    tkent02 Long timer

    Dec 6, 2008
    Littleton, CO
    Just get whatever you want, the smaller the better. Make sure you get a good deal so when you find out you want something else you can do it without loosing any money.

    I'm still looking for a better bike. After about 60 or 70 of them.
  4. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

    May 1, 2011
    palm harbor, fla
    just cause' they LOOK like the inverted forks on high end dirtbikes, doesn't mean they WORK like those forks... no damping control at all on them, rebound/compression adjusters.... the one i rode bounced like a pogo stick and took nothing to bottom... stronger springs would just make it pogo more... spend $$$ to fukk it up worse....

    older regular forks w/cartridge damping would be way better than those forks... but inverted forks look cool....:evil

    yeah, you could ride thru it and still hang, my friend does.... i'm sure Jason Thomas could kick some ass on that bike.... but try some really NICE suspension, and you won't go back.... the best you've ridden is the best you know....
  5. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

    Apr 6, 2007
    Annapolis, MD
    My current MO despite being at a point in my life where I can afford any new dual sport I want is to buy solid used bikes. For less than the cost of a new WR250R I bought an XL600R plus the current pair of KTM's in my garage.

    The hunt and buying them is part of the fun. I made a new friend buying one of them. But the most fun is riding good stuff at low enough cost that a massive crash or blown motor doesn't freak me out. So riding them hard is guilt free.

    Personally, none of the 250's make my short list. I am too big and enjoy riding fast too much for any 250 four stroke. Also if you want to do single track all of the Japanese 650's suck all of the joy out of that. They will do it but it is work.

    So, to me, it always comes back to the KTM's. It is easier to make them road worthy than to bring most Japanese dual sports up to that level of offroad ability. That said, if I had to be a one bike guy and it had to be Japanese it would be the DRZ400.