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I used to race MX but was a C class rider and just enjoyed riding.  I've ridden on and off since I was 9 years old and started riding a MTB very heavily the last five years.  I've been to Durham town twice this past year and several friends have bikes now.  Long story short I've got the itch.  

I have found a brand new 15' FE 350 S for $8850 out the door.  Is this a good deal?   I've looked at a bunch of used bikes everything from KTM 690, DRZ400S, KTM250XCF-W, 350/500 exc, 501s, and WR250R.  I have never really loved riding on the road.  Cars scare me but I would mind communiting every once in a while.  Also the wife is ok with some fuel savings from my truck. ;) 

I'm a bigger guy at 6'3" 255 lbs and a little concerned if the 350 will be big enough.  I think I'd like it on the east coast single track though.  I rode my buddies WR250R and that just didn't do it for me.  I rode a WR450F and that was pretty fun and I'm trying to get a hold of my friends DRZ400S.  I know another what should I get thread... I guess I'm looking for reassurance that new 350 is a reasonable deal.  

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I have a 2017 690 Enduro R and love it. For someone your size, it would be great IMHO. I"m 5 10 and the bike is TALL. For your frame, ideal. 67hp corked up and ready to ride (all fluids at 326lbs.). But, it rides light with the under seat fuel tank. The FE 350 is a great bike, but it's a dirt bike w/ a plate vs. the 690 is a purpose build dual sport. Not as good on real single track than a 350, but better on the road. Welcome to the dual sport compromise! Just be honest w/ yourself on how you plan to use the bike. If you simply need to be legal to ride a few miles or road here/there to connect trails, the FE 350 is great. DRZ400S is a good bike, but underpowered, rides on the heavy side, and so so suspension. Great all arounder for a nice price however, especially used.

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Yeah that is always the conundrum with dual sports.  The 690 looks like a sweet bike.  I've pretty much always ridden in the dirt so that don't anticipate much road.  I do like bike packing on a pedal bike so that could mean some overnighters on the motorcycle.  I just like the thought of the FE350S.  I guess that's partly the point with any two wheeler I'll buy.  If I like it then I'm going to ride it and enjoy all the good things.  The bad things will take sometime to creep in but there is always work around a on any bike.  

WR250R: will probably love the maintenance and fairly modern suspension but will be yearning for more power. 

DRZ400S: solid steed with decent power but will start yearning for more modern suspension, ergo, and losing some weight. 

FE/EXC: will be more than my ability off-road but will likely wish for a more road oriented handling on long asphalt stretches   

690/701:  more 50/50 dual sport but may be piggish if I end up riding majority single track   

Ill keep hunting and when I know I'll know and pull the trigger.   I'm recovering from surgery (posterior cervical microdiscectomy) and a couple weeks from riding so lots of time to ponder.

 

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5 minutes ago, Brian Turtle McCollum said:

Yeah that is always the conundrum with dual sports.  The 690 looks like a sweet bike.  I've pretty much always ridden in the dirt so that don't anticipate much road.  I do like bike packing on a pedal bike so that could mean some overnighters on the motorcycle.  I just like the thought of the FE350S.  I guess that's partly the point with any two wheeler I'll buy.  If I like it then I'm going to ride it and enjoy all the good things.  The bad things will take sometime to creep in but there is always work around a on any bike.  

WR250R: will probably love the maintenance and fairly modern suspension but will be yearning for more power. 

DRZ400S: solid steed with decent power but will start yearning for more modern suspension, ergo, and losing some weight. 

FE/EXC: will be more than my ability off-road but will likely wish for a more road oriented handling on long asphalt stretches   

690/701:  more 50/50 dual sport but may be piggish if I end up riding majority single track   

Ill keep hunting and when I know I'll know and pull the trigger.   I'm recovering from surgery (posterior cervical microdiscectomy) and a couple weeks from riding so lots of time to ponder.

 

I will tell you, having had a plated KTM 450EXC, so far the 690 E is pretty nimble. I guess it depends upon what you mean by single track. If it's the type where you need to use trials techniques to get through, yeah, 690 is a big girl.

Might be helpful...

 

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