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hey guys. ive never owned a motorcycle. I have ridden them in the past but i really have very little knowledge about motorcycles. ive recently decided to get rid of my street legal dune buggy and replace it with a dual sport bike. i want something i can commute with but i also want to be able to go offroad. im starting to have mixed feelings with the commute part of the dual sport bike now though after doing some reading. so i figured id come on here and get some advice from people who have experience.

so heres whats going through my head i was originally looking at the kawasaki klx250s but my commute is about a 25-30 mile ride one way at an elevation of 300ft to an elevation 3500ft. now its obviously a freeway commute. i weigh about 225 pounds. so ive spoken to a few people who recommend at least a 400 motor. so after hearing that i find the susuki drz400 is the most attractive choice for me. but now after more reading especially after finding this forum i hear the lighter bikes are no good for freeway riding. and i want to have a lighter bike. now my options are open for different bikes. but im just curious if its worth it to get the larger bike or should i give up on the commuter deal and just geta 250 and have fun around town and on the trails??

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hey guys. ive never owned a motorcycle. I have ridden them in the past but i really have very little knowledge about motorcycles. ive recently decided to get rid of my street legal dune buggy and replace it with a dual sport bike. i want something i can commute with but i also want to be able to go offroad. im starting to have mixed feelings with the commute part of the dual sport bike now though after doing some reading. so i figured id come on here and get some advice from people who have experience.

so heres whats going through my head i was originally looking at the kawasaki klx250s but my commute is about a 25-30 mile ride one way at an elevation of 300ft to an elevation 3500ft. now its obviously a freeway commute. i weigh about 225 pounds. so ive spoken to a few people who recommend at least a 400 motor. so after hearing that i find the susuki drz400 is the most attractive choice for me. but now after more reading especially after finding this forum i hear the lighter bikes are no good for freeway riding. and i want to have a lighter bike. now my options are open for different bikes. but im just curious if its worth it to get the larger bike or should i give up on the commuter deal and just geta 250 and have fun around town and on the trails??

if its highway or freeway commute the 250 is NOT a good choice, with stock gearing they top out at 75-ish, so you are cruising at fairly high RPM at 65. Look at a DRZ400 or KTM500/525/530 KLR 650 if you arent riding in anything tight.

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IMO Highway and light weight rule out most DS bikes. You can find heavy bikes that will do both but I suggest if you want a lightweight play bike look into a 250-300 2-stroke. I like the GasGas and Husky myself but the KTM's are great bikes too. I agree with Nighthawk the 250's are to small for extended highway runs.

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thanks for the info guys. im pretty sure when it comes time ill probably get the susuki drz400. seems to be the best all around bike for what i wanna do.

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thanks for the info guys. im pretty sure when it comes time ill probably get the susuki drz400. seems to be the best all around bike for what i wanna do.

Excellent choice IMO.:bonk::ride::smirk:

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i feel its gonna be a long couple of months. should i find a new drz400 thats a couple years old or just find a used one?

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i feel its gonna be a long couple of months. should i find a new drz400 thats a couple years old or just find a used one?

Well if you have some time you could probably shop around a bit. Some of it probably depends on what is available to you, how you want to buy, and your budget. For me, I always try to buy within a close distance to where I live and I always test ride what I buy. I shop online --craigs and etc-- but I never engage on something I can't pick up myself within a couple hours drive at most.

Also you might want to read some of the TT posts about buying used and some of the things that are "must haves" like a title. Plus, if you have a friend or someone who has bought a bike before it might be good to have them tag along as a "second set of eyes". I have bought a lot of dirt bikes over the years and I still drag along friends to help me catch something that I might have missed. HTH & good luck. BTW post up some pics when you get it. :bonk::ride::smirk:

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Well if you have some time you could probably shop around a bit. Some of it probably depends on what is available to you, how you want to buy, and your budget. For me, I always try to buy within a close distance to where I live and I always test ride what I buy. I shop online --craigs and etc-- but I never engage on something I can't pick up myself within a couple hours drive at most.

Also you might want to read some of the TT posts about buying used and some of the things that are "must haves" like a title. Plus, if you have a friend or someone who has bought a bike before it might be good to have them tag along as a "second set of eyes". I have bought a lot of dirt bikes over the years and I still drag along friends to help me catch something that I might have missed. HTH & good luck. BTW post up some pics when you get it. :bonk::ride::smirk:

thanks for the info man. i definitely gotta get my m1 permit first. i plan enrolling in a program so i can refresh what i learned years ago as far as riding a motorcycle, and for learning about being a new rider for the street.

i think i know one guy who still lives near me than can inspect a bike.

or if you know any members on here that live in the san diego, CA area.

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thanks for the info man. i definitely gotta get my m1 permit first. i plan enrolling in a program so i can refresh what i learned years ago as far as riding a motorcycle, and for learning about being a new rider for the street.

i think i know one guy who still lives near me than can inspect a bike.

or if you know any members on here that live in the san diego, CA area.

Don't know anyone off-hand, but you might want to go to here:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=120

This is the Ca regional forum, it is broken into So & No regions I think so you can maybe chat with some of the folks there in the SD area. Perhaps they can even point you to someone selling. I used to live in SD in the early 90s great place lots of great riding. Though, I have to admit, I was skatin in the drainage half-pipes and empty pools in 92 more than I was ridin my 125!!!!:bonk:

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Don't know anyone off-hand, but you might want to go to here:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=120

This is the Ca regional forum, it is broken into So & No regions I think so you can maybe chat with some of the folks there in the SD area. Perhaps they can even point you to someone selling. I used to live in SD in the early 90s great place lots of great riding. Though, I have to admit, I was skatin in the drainage half-pipes and empty pools in 92 more than I was ridin my 125!!!!:bonk:

aha excellent thanks a lot man. your a fountain of knowledge!

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well thanks a lot guys i got my eye set on a used 2001 dr650 for 2800. its mostly stock with a few upgrades. its got about 7500 miles on it. the guy takes pretty good care of it. 2 imperfections 1 is a dent in the original blue tank but i wanna buy the ims aftermarket tank and the rear tail light lense is broken a little bit but i plan on changing that out to a different one.

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