Help on choosing first thumper

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by The.Monteiro, Jul 13, 2019.

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Opinion

  1. DRZ400E

    50.0%
  2. DRZ400SM

    28.6%
  3. WR250X

    21.4%
  4. DR350

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. The.Monteiro

    The.Monteiro Adventurer

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    As the title says im on a search for my first thumper.

    I'm looking for something fun and reliable, something i can cruise at 65mph with all the reliability, and also that i can learn how to wheelie.

    I would ride 60/40 on off road
    I dont mind not having great confort on road, if that means i'll have a better bike off road.
    I plan on doing single tracks with jumps, and also trailing.

    The bikes i came across so far and can't decide what's the best for what im looking for :

    99' Suzuki DR350 (1500$)
    04' DRZ400E (2000$) (I would convert to SM)
    09' DRZ400SM (4000$)
    08' WR250X (4000$)
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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    You forgot the “None of the above” option?
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  3. The.Monteiro

    The.Monteiro Adventurer

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    Great point, guess people can reply with their opinion on a bike.

    Thank you
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  4. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    None of the above.
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  5. The.Monteiro

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    Which would you recommend ?
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  6. e rock

    e rock Been here awhile

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    690/701
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  7. dlock5

    dlock5 Been here awhile

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    Budget?
    Your Size?
    Your State?
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  8. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    List your budget, your age, weight, experience, performance expectations and you will have a dozen in here giving you bad ideas!

    A few might even be on your list! :lol3
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  9. The.Monteiro

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    Around the ones i said on first post, no more then 4000$, but i live in Portugal, so market prices can be a bit different.
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  10. The.Monteiro

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    Budget : 4000$
    Age : 20, with 5 of riding experience
    Weight : 75Kg
    Performance : As i said the plan is to have a fun bike instead of a fast bike, i own a XJ6, so i'm looking for a thumper that's actually more fun to ride at lower speeds, to have fun around the city, and it's reliable, and not super short on maintenance schedule.
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  11. The.Monteiro

    The.Monteiro Adventurer

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    Above
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  12. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Having no idea what available there I can only tell you if you ride true off road with jumps and clutching and such, intervals all go out the window.

    You might have a beginner class of DS bikes from Aprilia or Beta, Derbi maybe? 125 thumpers are great to learn off road, but 65 mph, or kph?
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  13. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Honda XR 650 R. I saw one in Chaves, Portugal parked outside of a Burger King. Apparently you can tag it, I guess.
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  14. The.Monteiro

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    Thanks for the tip, sorry forgot to say, looking for an E start bike

    Great town ;)
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  15. The.Monteiro

    The.Monteiro Adventurer

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    I've got some off road exprience with a CR125, i'm looking for a more powerful motorcycle now but also more reliable to ride on street as a supermoto.
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  16. Navin

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    The DRZ isnt a great SM but its not terrible. Trail wise they work but not great. If you plan to jump and do ST its hard to beat a converted EXC450/5XX as new as you can afford with both 21/18 and 17” wheel sets.

    The WRX is ok, or convert a WRR but the shortcomings will be obvious quickly and you either bail for a KTM/Beta or dump in $$$ that you never get back and still fall short.

    SWM might be an option in a 300 SMR brand new.

    You need to ride them to figure it out.
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  17. Sonny S.

    Sonny S. Long timer

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    Can't you tell me how the 400 super motos fit in?
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  18. Dr AT

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    Portugal? Have you looked into ajp?
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  19. dhally

    dhally Hammerhead Supporter

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    The drz400e would be the most fun:-)
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  20. Kaaden

    Kaaden Been here awhile

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    So when you say 60/40 whats the 40%?

    Fire road type stuff or the i better puke guts before my bike does type stuff?
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