Well I have some time riding but nothing to serious. So me and wifey want to get into a couple play bikes. We've always been into 4x4ing and I've owned multiple jeeps, toyotas and suzukis over the years, but I have always secrectly been jealous of the 2 wheelers and enough is enough. Wife is 5'6'' 120#, I'm 6'2'' 190# She is pretty much settled on the kawasaki klx140L, she sat on it and instantly fell in love, and she is stubborn, so there is no convincing her otherwise. Which is fine, she is giving me the go ahead to buy new bikes so I'm not going to convince her otherwise. Reviews on the klr140l are mostly positive and I'm sure it will give us years of good times. I'm pretty much settled on the honda 2014 crf230 So my questions to the experts here, knowing most of my knowledge is from the Internet. Are these bikes good starter rigs for wifey and me?? We will be riding FSRs and easy single track in the Pacific Northwest. I'm worried I may 'out grow' the honda and one day I'd like to get into hare scrambles. Can the crf230 be raced?? Or handle race type riding??