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Author Topic: New to Dual Sporting - what bike should I start on?  (Read 28414 times)
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« Reply #90 on: August 09, 2014, 01:41:51 AM »

I am planning to get a dual sport bike. Any suggestions on what to get? I am new to Austin, and think that this will be a good way to meet people and get out. I am 6'6" tall, I have had suggestions to start on a DRZ 400? I am very much a beginner, and dont want to get something that is going to kill me! Thanks

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« Reply #91 on: August 09, 2014, 02:40:57 AM »

Josh, since your taller, a DRZ 400 would suit you well!  Its a lighter more managable bike than say a KLR 650, and will do everything you want.  Its also important to invest in good protective gear....so when you fall, you can get back up on the horse again!
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« Reply #92 on: August 09, 2014, 02:54:14 AM »

I am taking the safety course in a couple of weeks. I have rode a regular dirt bike a little, but just putzing around the farm at home. I figure the safety course will help me decide whether or not I want to buy a bike. Protective gear is a must! I bought a helmet today for the training course. I really look forward to starting this hobby, I have heard bikes are addicting!! 
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« Reply #93 on: August 09, 2014, 05:33:42 AM »

It sounds like your taking the proper steps by taking the safety course right from the get-go. Be warned... you will get hooked and the Doctor's recommendation for the DRZ is a good one.

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« Reply #94 on: August 09, 2014, 12:57:53 PM »

I have heard bikes are addicting!! 

You heard right.  smile
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« Reply #95 on: August 09, 2014, 01:03:53 PM »

There are a couple of different models of the DRZ.... I see the Super Moto has smaller street bike tires on it. Obviously not for the true dual sport use. Should there be acertain year cut off that I should not look at anything older ?
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« Reply #96 on: August 10, 2014, 10:32:57 PM »

Welcome to RDS, mnfarmboy!

What Jay547 says...


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« Reply #97 on: January 25, 2015, 12:42:31 AM »

Hi,
   It has been over 25 years since I owned a bike.  I am lusting after adventure riding.  Like some others here, my kids are grown enough my wife is "Okay" with me getting a bike.  I am 5'10" and range between 250 and 275. I am reasonable fit for my size. I will be taking a MSF course soon.  I live 25 min from 100+ miles of MX, ATV, UTV only trails plus numerous dirt roads.  I like unpaved roads more than single track.

I am thinking a 250 may be too light for my weight.  I live in Colorado, above 6000' and will be riding up to 9000' on a regular basis..

I am thinking $3k max for a bike that will be suitable to learn on.  I am not afraid to wrench.

Thank you for you advice.

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« Reply #98 on: January 25, 2015, 03:58:19 AM »

The MFS safety course "Basic" is probably required to get a license, no amount of street riding will make you a good dirt rider.  You need to look for a MSF Dirt Bike course, not good to get a license but great to get you ready for the Dirt part of DUAL sport riding.  Take the course BEFORE you buy a bike.  Then when you start to look for one you will know a little more about what you need.  If possible when you take the Dirt Bike course ride as many different bikes as you can.
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« Reply #99 on: May 01, 2015, 08:25:44 AM »

Dual Sport Chic is this you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22wlo7z9FTs
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« Reply #100 on: May 01, 2015, 10:52:10 PM »

OldNSlow, I think Ulybrad has excellent advice!  Take your classes, including an MSF dirt bike class (i would start with that) then see what a good bike may be.  There are a lot of choices!  I am thinking KLR for you!
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« Reply #101 on: February 11, 2016, 10:35:19 AM »

Hi all!
I'm using Suzuki DR-Z400S. It's great to use around our mountains in the Almaty.
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« Reply #102 on: February 15, 2016, 03:05:32 PM »


Why indeed yes it is!   ; )

XT Momo has officially topped the 30K mile mark now - he's currently slumbering happily after a full week at the moto-spa in December where he got some much needed maintenance - new brakes, rotor, battery, oil change, bearings, etc.

I hope the review was helpful - my friend Keith taped it and I'm very glad to see it has gotten several hits.

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« Reply #103 on: February 18, 2016, 01:52:51 AM »

Why Yes , yes. that is Victoria.
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« Reply #104 on: February 10, 2017, 03:39:41 PM »

Welcome, and DS is an awesome way to get into motorcycling.  The 250 is a good place to start, though you would soon out-grow it.
There's no harm in starting there and then upgrading.  The 400 would be better suited for on-off road fun.  The additional weight really would
not hinder you, practice makes perfect.  The 650 is a great on road bike & dirt road bike.  Big those things are tanks when it comes to trails
and rough stuff.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!
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« Reply #105 on: May 29, 2017, 05:23:09 PM »

 clap Can anyone here suggest a new dual sport for a short girl?

I grew up riding smaller 2 stroke dirt bikes, and I currently have a 1976 Yamaha DT175 which is street legal and I don't take it off road much because it's in mint condition.

I'm looking for a new-ish bike that will take me longer highway distances comfortably but still have some trail capabilities!

I'm only 5'2" and am feeling very frustrated from looking at new ones, they are all so tall! And I want to be confident in traffic on it as well.

Any suggestions help! Thanks!
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« Reply #106 on: May 29, 2017, 08:28:45 PM »

clap Can anyone here suggest a new dual sport for a short girl?

I grew up riding smaller 2 stroke dirt bikes, and I currently have a 1976 Yamaha DT175 which is street legal and I don't take it off road much because it's in mint condition.

I'm looking for a new-ish bike that will take me longer highway distances comfortably but still have some trail capabilities!

I'm only 5'2" and am feeling very frustrated from looking at new ones, they are all so tall! And I want to be confident in traffic on it as well.

Any suggestions help! Thanks!

Howdy shelby,
Welcome to the world of dual sport adventure riding, thank you for joining RDS!
Perhaps a Yamaha TW 200 would suit you? Or a Kawasaki Super Sherpa 250? There are techniques for lowering bikes, ranging from simple modifications to elaborate suspension work (which is expensive). I recently sat on a Kawasaki Versys 300, which does have some trail capabilities, and the seat height seem kind of low, it may make a good starting point for some modifications to lower it further. Good luck and don't be discouraged!
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« Reply #107 on: May 30, 2017, 09:31:25 AM »

Yamaha XT250 has a low seat hight...


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