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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2003, 03:49 AM
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bike recomendation needed

Hello,

I'm new to dirtbikes, have never owned one, but have ridden a few a long time ago.

Anyhow, i'm unfamiliar with what bikes are on the market and what each one's best intentions are, so I need some output.

Which would be a few good choices for me to look into for a variety of different types of riding. A lot of the riding will be just playing around in the field or out on some trails.

I'm 6' and weigh almost 200lbs if that factors into the decision much.

Also, what are the typical differences in the motocross bikes, and the bikes listed as offraod bikes on the manufacturers' websites?

Thanks for any input you can provide

Shane
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2003, 10:49 AM
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Re: bike recomendation needed

Just starting out I'd suggest a Honda XR250 or XR400. All you've got to worry about is gas and oil, and smooth power delivery. If and when you decide to upgrade, they hold their value well and should be easy to sell.
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Re: bike recomendation needed

I weigh just over 200lbs and the XR 250 doesn't cut it. I'd recommend an XR 400. Try to get as new of a year as possible. They were first around in 1997 and they've improved since then. You can pick up used ones for under $3k for a 2000 and about $4700 new.

I've been riding an XR 350 since 1985, original owner, I still ride it and push it hard. I also had XR 200's.

Good luck

JD
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-30-2003, 07:34 PM
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Re: bike recomendation needed

If you have never rode before, I would go with the XR250, but you should get some stiffer more race-type suspension, because its really soft.
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