Too old to ride a dirt bike?

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  1. 3pin

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    Never too old. I turned 53 today. 2 weeks ago I bought a 2003 plated WR250F with 800 miles for $2250.00. I haven't ridden a motorcycle in 30 years but decided it was time to get one again. At first the WR was a bit scary but I am getting used to it.
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    One of my friends at work just bought a 2012 WR250R and another got a CR250L so I got the bug again. I wanted something light and fairly strong.

    Lots of good recommendations here. If possible ride as many different bikes as you can. Some are tall some are short. Shop around, there are some good deals out there.

    Good luck.
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  2. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    A bit pricey (he's $500-1000 overpriced) but clean
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  3. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    This is so wrong for what I need, but somehow it seems so right:clap:clap
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  4. jar944

    jar944 Been here awhile

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    meh.. he's $2k too high, but thats a nice package. There are much worse starter bikes than the 525...
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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Oh, it's wrong for me on so many different levels$$, but it sure looks fun:lol3:lol3
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  6. CT DUAL-SPORT

    CT DUAL-SPORT Adventurer

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    Congrats 3pin and good luck riding.

    I am 47 and got back into riding 1.5 years ago. Bought a KTM690R for starters (it was not cheap), advertised at 304 lbs, bought off of specs, riding style and recommendations. I used it for half a season and traded it in on a KTM350 EXC.

    The 350EXC (239lbs) was a night and day difference. I would stall the 690 lugging in woods, drop it and pull my back muscles out lifting it up. Crazy. By comparison the 350 feels like a kids bike. It just easy and manageble and changed the whole experience. I am also short, so I cut the seat down, softened the suspension and changed the gearing. All part of the fun of the hobby.

    Finally, do be sure you spend enough money on riding gear and protection. Even a 2mph drop can leave you in the woods and/or worse in the hospital. Boots, Knee protection, body armor, rib protection, kidney belt, gloves, helmet etc... the old saying "buy a $50 helmet for a $50 head" applies to the whole body, especially as we get older. Spend good money on quality protection... just ask anyone what they are wearing and if it has saved them... the answer is always YES.

    Happy trails!
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  7. 3pin

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    I completely agree about the riding gear. I bought a nice helmet, boots, pants, jacket,etc first thing. i am 6'4" so i can sit on the bike with both feet flat on the ground.
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  8. 3pin

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    Thats a really nice bike but not exactly a starter bike...
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  9. rickmdz

    rickmdz Been here awhile

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    I'm so happy I found this thread. I used the search function but coudn't find the answer to this exact question until I saw this today.
    I'll be 41 in a few months and decided I'll give it a try, first step would be taking the MSF dirtbike course and I'm already researching what bike to buy. Thank you all veterans for your suggestions. Why nobody mentioned KLX300? yes or nay?
    Keep the ideas coming...:clap
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  10. jly51

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    Rick,my son is your age,I am 64,my buddy is 73 so no you are never to old to ride.I have a very bad back,doesnt hurt to ride but some one else has to pick up my ktm when I drop it.As long as you enjoy your hobby there is no reason to give it up.:clap
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  11. DYNOBOB

    DYNOBOB lucky dog

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    Didn't read the whole thead, I'm sure someone suggested KLX250S.

    Couple yrs ago I bought this 2009 used for $2500 w/ 1200 miles. Lowered it last year for my 70yr old dad to go to CO/UT with me. His first time off-road. It is super easy to ride and enjoys great aftermarket accessory support.

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  12. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    I thought he was $2k high too...until I realized it came with More than $2k with of extra wheels/tires, not to mention all the extra pricey stuff:deal
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  13. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    KLX250 vs. CRF250L????

    Yep, my budget might be stretching a touch. that's kinda how I do things though:lol3:lol3
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  14. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    I am almost 60 and I still ride (kind of, if you call what I do "riding" :D).

    I recommend that you get the lightest dirt bike you can afford and learn on that instead of hampering yourself with a heavy dual sport. Weight is everything off-road. If that means you get something that isn't street legal, then fine, you are learning to ride off-road which is much harder and completely different than street riding. Just haul the bike to the trail and have at it.

    I do recommend purpose made dirt riding gear and having somebody along with you who is patient enough to wait for you. I also recommend that you have someone rework the suspension for your size, weight and experience level - it makes all the difference in how the bike handles. BTDT and wish I had done it from day one.
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  15. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    Probably
    just forgotten, it's a fairly low sales volume bike. About the same weight, peak power and dimensions as its classmate 250's but about 30% more torque. Great for steep sandy country or a heavier load. Kick start only which is not the best for a novice.
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  16. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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  17. Junyah

    Junyah @ the speed of plaid

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    Never too old! I'm just starting at 42 and I hope to be half as good as these guys!


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  18. Duken4evr

    Duken4evr Been here awhile

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    Beat me to it with the 50 years of kicks video. Those guys are my freaking heros! Iam 51 and probably ride harder than I should but what the hell. You only live once. Besides, those Sr. citizens are not dilly dallying around in the video.

    I think a DRZ400 splits the difference nicely between low and easy to handle, mellow power and yet it has "headroom" for a rider whose skills improve. No polite way to say it, but an XT/CRF 230 type bike will bore you if your skills move beyond rank beginner level. A DRZ can be ridden easy, and it can be ridden quite hard up to a near "B" level enduro race pace if you are determined enough and have the suspension revalved/sprung. A DRZ can go down a jeep trail with the kids at a putt putt pace, and it can go to gnarly places like this, at a pretty good clip too :D The DRZ is not a race bike, but it is not a foofy bike either. It is a Goldilocks bike for a guy who just wants a durable bike that is fun to ride trails on - just right.

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    The WR250R is another wide range bike that can go slow, and yet go pretty hard. This is what you want.
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  19. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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  20. THB

    THB Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that. 49 feeling like 70. I've cut down riding because of how out of shape I am. Gotta change that fast.