Too old to ride a dirt bike?

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  1. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Never! At 42, my plan is to behave younger and younger every year:lol3

    I ride on easy dirt roads all the time, then I find myself places I shouldn't be. I fall off, break things, turn my heavy bike into a submarine, then swear off it until I do it again:rofl

    I've never hurt anything other than a few clutch levers and my pride. I figure its time to do it right. This year, I'd like to buy a gas powered mountain bike and teach myself to ride over rocks so I stop embarrassing myself. My plan is to buy a cheap, light bike that I can beat up then just throw it away and move into something else. At the least, I'd like to feel more confident on my heavy bike when hitting something dirty & slippery.

    Soo, I'm looking for recommendations on a cheap, light street legal bike. I don't want much of an investment, but it'd be great if it was reliable enough to take on a weekend jaunt somewhere.

    Wr250R seems perfect for my needs, but I can't find any cheap ones. Not sure how long they've been around. I'm thinking $2K max to purchase a bike. Old is fine by me.

    If anyone wants to hand something down to a fellow southern new englander with some, uhh, pedigree:evil, pm details!
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  2. Speedo66

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    Yamaha XT225 is a good beginner bike. Enough power to do highway speeds, capable enough off road, 238lbs. dry. Low enough not to be intimidating, and usually found for less than $2K. I'm still riding mine at your age plus 20 something.

    Same as above for a Kaw Super Sherpa.
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  3. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    how about an old xr 250, reliable aircooled six speed.
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  4. pjturbo

    pjturbo Been here awhile

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    2nd. on the used XT225. I'm 72 and ride the piss out of mine. Though, Black Bear Pass was where most of the piss left. :D

    Old Phil
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    SUZUKI DR 350 DUAL SPORT - $1800 (PUTNAM)

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    Yamaha XT225 Dual Sport - $2500 (Newton, MA)


    2003 Yamaha XT225 Dual Sport

    I have a very clean 2003 Yamaha XT225 Dual Sport motorcycle for sale that comes with the owners repair manual, tools and it has an electric start, horn,signals,lights.

    There is only 2000 miles on the bike.

    I don't think there is a blemish or scratch on this beauty.

    This great bike is street ready!

    Great for commuting. A far better choice than a scooter in my opinion. It is very comfortable to operate.

    It has a very high MPG.

    The colors and lights make it very visible.

    I have installed a billet rack on it for carrying your stuff.

    This bike will go from the street to the trails very nicely. Plenty of power to move you up hill and over rough terrain.

    I am the only owner of this bike. I bought new from a local dealer for my children. They never had an interest in motorcycles like I do. And I never pushed it on them. So the bike has had very little riding time.

    I'm only asking 2,500 for this gem. This is one of those deals that you rarely find.



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  7. firecrotch

    firecrotch Been here awhile

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    fyi to part of your title..I ride with a 74 old and cant even keep him in sight. Age is all in the mind.
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  8. tdvt

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    The XT is a good suggestion as is the XR or an older XL. I'm 54 & bought a Yamaha TTR250 last spring after not riding for a while & we both made it through the summer/fall unscathed!

    Mine's a kind of more dirt version of the XT & with a few things added I was able to get it plated here in Vermont. They come up for sale once in a while, usually under 2K & sometimes already street legal.
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  10. redprimo

    redprimo Been here awhile

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    when you wrote that you wanted to buy a gas powered mountian bike so you could learn how to ride over rocks, I thought you meant something like this: http://www.motopeds.com/
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  11. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    great start so far! That Motoped is pretty awesome. Even has peddles:rofl
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  12. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Bomber, your bike would never be the same:lol3
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  13. creaky

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    '96 or later XR250, great trail bike, sledge hammer reliable, easy to make street legal.
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  14. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Hmmmmmm
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    another nice ride would be the yamaha tw200. the only problem is they are so stable and easy to ride offroad it probably wont help you when you get the bigger bike. the good thing is you might just keep the tw for your main ride.
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  17. marksbonneville

    marksbonneville Been here awhile

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    Wow that little thing is cool, kind of pricey but would make a fun winter project.
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  18. Off the grid

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    Shit, if that DR was on the Left Coast I'd be tempted. Great bike for what you are looking for.
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  19. walterpump

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    Well, I am 71 yrs young and looking for my first off-roader. Looking for a DR200SE!!!
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  20. Taurkon

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    I'd say all the suggestions are good ones (XT, XR, XL, or DR's) but one thing to keep in mind with the criteria that was identified...

    Small, light, and cheap....

    Not sure you are really going to get a bike that meets all three of those requirements. I really feel strongly that if you are relatively new to the dirt, focus first on weight, and then price if possible. I'd strongly recommend you look for something like a street legal Kawasaki KDX200 or KTM 200 EXC. For quite a few more dollars, but a lot of value, look for a KTM 350 EXC.

    The reason I suggest looking for a light bike, is that you WILL more easily adapt and learn to ride the dirt with many fewer get-off's. I have seen over and over again, new riders purchase a larger dirt bike and hurt themselves. Many times, that ends the dirt riding experiment and that is a shame since they really never became comfortable enough to get the the "enjoyment" part of riding the dirt.

    The other thing to consider (speaking from experience), is that age is not just a mental thing. I am in very good shape, workout daily, eat healthy, and I still break bones, crack ribs, pull ligaments; and it ABSOLUTELY DOES take longer to heal than when we were young. Investing a little more money into a more dirt worthy bike is an investment in staying healthy.

    Anyways, just my 2 cents....
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