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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-03-2008, 10:43 PM
Giuseppe
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HELP choosing my first dirt bike!

Hi all,

I am new to this forum and I want to first thank all of you for the useful info you provide. I am sure you will help me with this.

I always had a bike in my life since I was 14 years old (I will turn 35 in few days), starting with a Cagiva 125cc, 250cc, ... and last bike I had was a Ducati Monster 620. I always had sport bikes, but I had chances to ride my friends' enduros (125cc and 250 cc) and go off-road several times in the country where I grow up.

I moved to canada (Vancouver) in 2006 and I was not thinking to by a bike for a while. But this while came to the end now. I can't live without a bike. So, here is the reason why I am writing.

I was thinking to buy an off-road bike, but I never owned one in my life, and honestly I do not have so much knowledge on this. I did a bit of research, and I realized that MAYBE the Kawasaki KLX450R is a good choice to start enjoying the beautiful British Columbia. I read that this bike is easy to ride and a bit slow, which is fine with me since this would be my first off-road bike. By the way, can I ride this bike on the road getting to the off-road trails? I am planning to try and seat on different bikes, however, before making any choice, but I was hoping to have your opinion before moving on this. I will mainly use this bike for recreation, going off-road with a group of friends (which I don't have yet, but hope to find in some club) but not aiming to do crazy trails or very competitive ones. I am 5'58" and 136lbs.

Looking forward to have your comments. Thanks!!

Giuseppe
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-05-2008, 10:19 AM
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A KLX450 should make a great first bike. If you want to ride this on the street, you'll need to get the street legal version. Most manufacturers make street legal versions of their off road bikes.
post #3 of (permalink) Old 06-06-2008, 12:28 AM
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A KLX450 should make a great first bike. If you want to ride this on the street, you'll need to get the street legal version. Most manufacturers make street legal versions of their off road bikes.
Thanks. I'll go and visit Kawasaki this w-e but it doesn't look like there is a street legal version of the KLX450R, and I do not want to buy the 250cc.
Thanks for your reply.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-06-2008, 10:13 AM
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Sorry, looks like I was wrong. appearantly Suzuki is the only one that makes a street legal version of their mid-sized off road bikes, the DR-Z400S.
Most others only make a 250 and a 650. The 250 is too small, I wouldn't buy one either. 650's are big and heavy. I used to own a KLX650, the power was O.K. but the rear suspention was way too soft for real off road riding.
Good luck!!
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Sorry, looks like I was wrong. appearantly Suzuki is the only one that makes a street legal version of their mid-sized off road bikes, the DR-Z400S.
Most others only make a 250 and a 650. The 250 is too small, I wouldn't buy one either. 650's are big and heavy. I used to own a KLX650, the power was O.K. but the rear suspention was way too soft for real off road riding.
Good luck!!
Yesterday I spent most of the day looking at different bikes and I realized that maybe the Kawasaki 250 is a good start as well. I know that it is a shame if you think that with just few extra dollars you can buy the 450, but there is not street legal version of it and maybe it is too much power for my first off road experience. Yamaha makes a nice 250 as well, more aggressive and more off road than the Kawasaki, but also more expensive (2000$ more), higher seat (I can't touch the floor), and heavier (unfortunately all same features of the Suzuki 400S). I'll think a little bit.

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