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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Akhenaten, Feb 23, 2013.
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Akhenaten - In case you have not figured it out yet - your original stipulation of capability requiring 200 miles of highway speed is a huge factor. Currently, there is *no good dirt bike* that is capable of fulfilling that requirement. Any of the big 650's make horrible dirt bikes, IMO. A mighty KTM 500 *might* do it, but it will not like it, nor will it last very long pulling that kind of duty, unless you gear it very high, pretty much destroying its dirt capability.
Around here, highway duty means holding a sustained speed of 75-85 mph indicated. A small WR250R *might* do it, but you will feel really bad for its motor.
Again, IMO, you would do better to buy a good dirt bike, and haul it to your destination with a small single rail trailer.
Well, Good for you! That is probably the best bike for what you intend to do.
Have fun, and stay safe!
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Not all of us plan on riding East Coast Woods conditions. The OP is a NOVICE off road rider. My guess is he'll stick mostly to two track and Fire Roads for the first year or so. Out West things are a lot more wide open, you can go hundreds of miles on dirt roads. Even my DR650 does all that easily. The WR is a great choice ... and perfect for a Novice rider to learn off road riding ... and still have fun!
I agree ... at 85 mph a WR250R will be spinning up. But once again ... is the OP really going to ride that way around Vancouver, WA? I doubt it. You're ridden around there, right?
The definition of "dirt bike" obviously varies among riders. My DR650 has got me round Baja on several major rides ... and I rode there on the interstate ... 700 miles each way. NO truck involved thanks. In Baja I did another 2000 miles ... about 500 of that off road following parts of the Baja 1000 course.
So Horses for Courses ...
I think you need to edit your post. You got the wrong gender.
Whoops ... been a while since this topic was active ... my mistake! But everything I said ... is still relevant. the WR, if low enough, is ideal.
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Congratulations! Looks like a sweet WRR there.
Be careful with those stock tires off road. That bike is capable of writing checks in off road conditions that the pretty good on the street but marginal in the off road tires are not able to deliver on. Such is the compromise of a true dual sport.
You bought the perfect bike. For all you east coasters the interstate speed limit in Oregon is 65, Washington its 70. We have kick ass single track within 40 miles of Vancouver and Portland.
The bike you bought has plenty of highway capability for the Northwest. I'm 6'6" and 250 lbs. and bitched about picking up my XR 650 R. Hell I bitched about picking up my CR 500 R! The thought of you trying to pick up a BMW 650 or a DR 650 on Northwest single track made me wince especially for the times when you fall to the down hill side. Ride the crap out of that thing and upgrade it as you become a better rider. Make sure you buy good gear....that's waterproof.
You made the best choice!
Im 5'11 and 165lbs..... The xr650r can be a pig to lift...
I never would have picked this bike if it weren't for the people on this forum. I never even considered a 250. But I agree - it is absolutely the perfect bike for me and my skill level Thanks so much guys!!!