looking for bike

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by chevyjlewis, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. chevyjlewis

    chevyjlewis Adventurer

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    I am searching for my first motorcycle ever. i have rode dirt bikes and atvs my whole life, but looking to get a motorcycle. I live in missouri and would love to comute during the summer on my bike.

    i just wanted to say whats up and get some advice. I grew up riding honda atvs so i am kind of partial to Honda streetbikes or their adventure bike. my idea of a first bike is somthing small in cc but big enough to carry a 5'9 210lbs man
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  2. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    Seeing as your a Chevy man I'll give ya my answer. You've ridden dirt bikes so why not get a street/dirt bike like a Honda XLR or a Suzuki DR or a Kawasaki KLR? Don't ask which is better, there isn't a answer. Gotta lot of bucks to burn? Get a KTM. Good luck. Missouri is a great state for biking.
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  3. chevyjlewis

    chevyjlewis Adventurer

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    Thanks. I actually have been looking into a dirt/streetbike because of all the great gravel roads in missouri.
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  4. Danjal

    Danjal Insert wit here.

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    Try a Dr/xr/klr. They're all pretty good do all bikes. The klr is the heaviest with best seat,the Dr/xr are more dirt bike than the klr though. I gave the Dr a nod due to cheaper build up cost and more aftermarket parts. Husky makes a 610,BMW has a 650,and ktm has a 640/690. Those are all in about the same class. If you're just doing gravel then you can go bigger without issues,but I wouldn't recommend a bigger bike for off road or single track. Even at single track the 650's are a bit big. Just match your bike to your riding. Your smaller bikes will be less highway friendly if you commute on one any distance, but much nicer off road. A drz400 might do you well too. Id say it's between the current 250s and 650's in terms of road/street.

    Your smaller bikes would be a wr250r,klx250,Honda's 230,and a host of others. The wr being heads above the others.

    If you just do gravel don't worry so much about a dual sport. Most bikes can handle gravel,just mind the paint and chrome.

    Most bigger "ADV" bikes are good for forest roads and the like. I wouldn't recommend a big 1200gs off road,but given patience and skill it's possible. Just remember,she'll fall hard..and she's heavy to pick up. The same for running a plated dirt bike on the highway. Possible,but you really wind one up on the slab. Look into a plate conversion if you do lots of off road and barely any highway, they're legal in most states.
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  5. FirstPath

    FirstPath Long timer

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    I picked up a '12 DR and use it for commuting in the Twin Cities and backroads/gravel exploring on the weekends. Riding it to KC for BBQ first weekend in September and I'll have to check out some of the MO gravel roads.

    It's a fine bike. Plenty of power for me and easy to strap on the camera gear for my work if need be. Cheap to own. Cheap to run and easy to repair and find farkles for to personalize.
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  6. Danjal

    Danjal Insert wit here.

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    Wait till you put a pumper carb on her. Loads more power.
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  7. oPAULo

    oPAULo jack of all terrain

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    DRZ400.
    Faster than the 650 air cooled bikes.
    Same weight as the 250's
    Stone reliable.
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  8. jowannab

    jowannab Been here awhile

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    Hey Chevy Man.i just traded for a nice xrl 650 05 model call me if u like ,,coy 1 800 300 3314
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  9. Handy

    Handy Sunburnt

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    You should get a cowey bro...
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  10. chevyjlewis

    chevyjlewis Adventurer

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    I went to a dealer yesterday. They didnt have any super motos which is what i am leaning towards right now because honestly i will be doin alot more street driving than i will gravel and i doubt i ever make i to the woods. The klr that i looked at seemed monsterous as i am only 5'9" tall. I like the suzuki 400 alot. I need to save some money and do alot of research on price points and equipment/safety needs for both summer and winter driving. Also i have to find a time to take a safety course and start studying a liscence book for a written test
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  11. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    I have a CRF 230 for sale. That would be a great starter bike and its right here in MO, :1drink
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  12. Wout67

    Wout67 Long timer

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    Find the local MSF or state motorcycle safety course, and take that. You'll learn valuable lessons you'll need to know when you ride on the street.

    The habits you develop in the dirt aren't the same ones for street riding. The class will teach you that.
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  13. chevyjlewis

    chevyjlewis Adventurer

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    Allready have that planned
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  14. Fajita Dave

    Fajita Dave Been here awhile

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    Make sure you leave about $1000+ in your budget for riding gear. Especially if you plan on riding in winter! Helmet, jacket, pants, gloves, and boots add up quick. 90+ degrees will be hot no matter what you wear but good winter gear is worth its weight in gold!!!!

    An aerostitch roadcrafter is a good choice if you want one piece that will last you year round. Its a little hot in summer and comfortable in winter with a heated vest under it. Of course it will cost you $900 new though. The one piece only takes about 15 seconds to get in or out of. Like an idiot, I didn't buy one and now have about $900 in separate summer and winter jackets / pants that take longer to get out of and take up tons of space in my closet.
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    That's some of the best money you'll spend. I changed the way I drive after doing that course.
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  16. chevyjlewis

    chevyjlewis Adventurer

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    Ya trying to save money for a downpayment for a house as well so just trying to research as much as possible
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  17. Gonzoso

    Gonzoso Been here awhile

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    I'm 5'9" and have no problem riding a stock height KLR. It looks tall but it's not bad at all. When I get on it leave the stand down, then put my left foot on the left peg, stand up and swing my leg over like mounting a horse, easy as pie. I can get both feet on the ground to walk it or at a stop light no problem.
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  18. Trooper

    Trooper Been here awhile

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    Don't overlook Honda's new CB 500X. I have read nothing but good reviews about the new Honda and the msrp is slightly less than KLR/Dr etc. Sounds like a good choice for a commuter/back roads machine.

    Greg
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  19. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Sounds like you are about my size, and I also find the KLR to be too big.

    If you are thinking supermoto, and saving for a house down payment, your best bet is a used DRZ400SM, possibly with a lowering link. All the work is done for you, and you can find them in the $4,000 - $5,000 range. I have seen a few with knobbie tires for better off road ability.

    You could also supermoto something smaller or larger, such as the DR350SE, or XLR650/DR650, but it would end up costing about the same. Based on your road needs, I would say the 350 is too small. The 650 would be great for you, though.
    I rode an older XL600R for years, and loved it. I made many trips across the state, sustaining 75 mph for hours.
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  20. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    I just went that route this year.

    Life-long road only rider- wouldn't give dirt or DP bikes a second look.

    But the DRZ400 is excellent for all sorts of riding, good weather or bad. It will do 70mph and still have more juice available.

    I keep my '92 BMW K100RS clean. Get caught out in the rain on a ride? Always had to wash it once I got back home.
    The DRZ? I have hosed it off once. :D
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