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post #1 of 22 Old 03-10-2007, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Howdy, i don't know very much about dirtbikes, but i want to learn a little. i may be moving from florida to the pacific northwest. there's a lot of mountain/trail riding up there, and i want to add to my garage. i'm trying to find out what model would be good for me. i'm fairly big, 5'11"/230 lbs. i would like something in the 5k range. i think the KLX300R looks like it would suit me. i don't want a straight up motocrosser. any other bikes i should consider? maybe an dual purpose that handles off road better than on-road? i don't know.....any advice?

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If you are open to other brands you could look for a good, used honda XR650. They are very good for trail riding and I think they can be street legal if you wanted to go the dual purpose route.
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It's not a kawi, but suzuki makes a decent dualsport in the 400. I think it is a DRZ-400. Uses the same engine that's in the 400 quad. Puts out about 30 hp, enough to get you where you want to go but not get you into trouble too fast. I'm a bigger guy and trail ride also. I ride a KTM 300exc. It is a two stroke but pulls like a four stroke. It's not street legal but it does have a headlight, taillight, and kickstand. You can pick up a used one of those in good condition for $1500-$2500. Also, some of the newer four strokes come in a trail version with lights and wide ratio transmissions, but they are alittle more pricey.

If you are new to dirt bikes and are riding trails/mountians, I would get something used with alittle more power. Put some good tires on it and put a Rekluse auto clutch in it and ride like a champ.

Oh yeah, if you can find one for sale, the Honda XR400 was a good bike. That engine was about bulletproof.

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rekluse auto clutch?

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i love my kx 500 its a blast just like ridin a 10 off road
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a 500cc 2-stroke? sweet jesus.........

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Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki all have Duel-Pupose bikes. I would look into them. That way you can ride to the trails... I would suggest the Honda or Kawasaki... The Honda has been there and done that at the Baja 1000... But I would sit on one. I think they are kinda tall..

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i know all of the major brands are makin them 450's and they are some awesome bikes thats my suggestion. yamaha started it then came honda kawasaki then suzuki. take a look at one you'll be happy
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Interesting device would like to have tried one on my old dirt bike!

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Howdy, i don't know very much about dirtbikes, but i want to learn a little. i may be moving from florida to the pacific northwest. there's a lot of mountain/trail riding up there, and i want to add to my garage. i'm trying to find out what model would be good for me. i'm fairly big, 5'11"/230 lbs. i would like something in the 5k range. i think the KLX300R looks like it would suit me. i don't want a straight up motocrosser. any other bikes i should consider? maybe an dual purpose that handles off road better than on-road? i don't know.....any advice?
I've got a buddy selling his KLX 300 he's about your size.
if your just starting out it's a good solid ride and eazy to move around.
He's going to upgrade to the 450 but its $6800 otd ...damn
the KTM's are pretty darn good too you can get the 450ex with both super motard and dirt wheels

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