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Hello, 

 

Can you please critique the following bikes for me for purchasing? I am only looking Texas

 

I am new here and been getting great help from thumpertalk. 

 

I am 34 yrs old, 5'-11" and live in Houston Texas and just looking to enjoy trail rides and the dirt. No racing or freestyle

 

I never road dirtbike or motorcylce before and will schedule for a MSF course for next week for beginner riding lessons. I really wish I had a friend with a dirtbike I can practice on to get one on one help from, but I don't. lol

 

I would like:

 

-dual-sport (90% off road,10% street) bike. I will ride street in about a 20 miles radius from my house (store, starbucks, etc), no freeway or highway,

-or a dirtbike converted to street legal would be even better.

-4 stroker

-reliable

-250cc to 400cc

-budget about $2800

 

I used bikefind.com to search.

 

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/4430175326.html (this one is in my area, and first choice)
http://houston.craigslist.org/mcd/4365412878.html (new and cheap, but never heard of Apollo)
 
Thanks for any help I can get
Edited by goodoboy

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I would go with the 2009 klx 250. forth one down. It's newer less miles and a bit more modern. Also it isn't missing parts like the fork guards like your first choice. You will need them. Don't forget if you woods ride you might want some bark busters, and a skid plate.

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- the xr's will be a little bit more lighter than the klx (around 30 lbs), and have a taller seat height (37 in vs. 35 in)

- the klx is also more street oriented, considering you would be doing 90% dirt

 

i would suggest an xr 250 or a 400, but im biased (signature) so it really depends on you

 

some advice: make sure tires has knobbies, and NO chinese bikes, youll regret it.

good luck!

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- the xr's will be a little bit more lighter than the klx (around 30 lbs), and have a taller seat height (37 in vs. 35 in)

- the klx is also more street oriented, considering you would be doing 90% dirt

 

i would suggest an xr 250 or a 400, but im biased (signature) so it really depends on you

 

some advice: make sure tires has knobbies, and NO chinese bikes, youll regret it.

good luck!

Thank you mr.whiskeythrottle,

 

What does knobbies mean?

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I would go with the 2009 klx 250. forth one down. It's newer less miles and a bit more modern. Also it isn't missing parts like the fork guards like your first choice. You will need them. Don't forget if you woods ride you might want some bark busters, and a skid plate.

Thanks for your help

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This is an older ad and maybe it already sold....but if not....i would be asking for pictures and asking about condition.  As you have seen the 'floor' price for XR400's seems to be ~$1800 and this is $1200.

 

http://wichitafalls.craigslist.org/mcy/4378556580.html

 

From your other thread and your desire for 90% dirt, you might look at how hard to convert/plate a dirt bike.  Here is a WR250F:

 

http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/mcy/4430374056.html

 

If you are mechanically inclined at all you could add mirror, horn, brake light switch (based on the bikes shown above, I assume TX does not require blinkers).  Just did this for conversion for a WR450F.  Here is what you need:

 

Brake Light Switch (plug and play)

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/1156/42602/SAR-Off-Road-Hydraulic-Rear-Brake-Switch?v=5640

 

Mirror:

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/1034/15852/MSR-Left-Hand-Dual-Sport-Mirror?term=msr

 

Horn & Battery Pack (stick and play):

http://sicassracing.com/store/products/horn_kits/universal_horn_kit

 

DOT Approved Tires (Dirt-Knobby):

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/3725/5395/Kenda-K760-Trakmaster-II-Tire

 

for a license platte holder I used this plastic sheeting and mounted under rear tail light using slighter longer than stock screws.  You will need to cut it down, but this material works like wood and can be cut with jigsaw or any other saw:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0070ZASVO/ref=biss_dp_t_asn

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Thank all for who has helped me so far. Its really blessing to come and get help.

 

After much thought and talking to the wife, I decided to not pursue dual sport bike and just buy a regular dirt bike for trail, dirt track, and local grass in my area. I think this will be much fun and lighter for me to handle. Also, I don't have to limit myself so much and worry bout all that license stuff. I just wanna have fun now!

 

However, I still will pursue dirt bike riding lessons so I don't pick up any bad habits. I also visited a dirt bike mechanic locally and he is willing to look over any bike I decide to buy used. Provided the seller approve.

 

So, I will look for 250cc bike used with a price budget of about $1500.00

 

Thanks I will start a new thread with help on picking a used bike from what I find in my area.

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