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Posted August 11, 2015 - 08:23 PM

As part of my getting back into shape i am also looking at buying another dual sport.. Or just a all out dirt bike.. I need something that really hauls as the trails here are really long with some good terrain and i'm a big dude.. I'm almost pulling the pin on a KTM 525 but its solely a dirt bike.  I'd love it if it was possible for signals and proper lights to be installed..



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Posted August 11, 2015 - 09:35 PM

Leave it on the side stand. Step on the left peg get on like normal and then kick up the side stand. My short legged buddy does it on everything he owns.

That would probably work on the newer bikes. I never got in the habit, cause I saw too many side stands fold up or break back in the day.

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Posted August 11, 2015 - 09:37 PM

It also depends on how big of a guy ya are.. Back when i had my XL200r.. i was 180.. i would do that i never had a issue..



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Posted August 12, 2015 - 11:10 AM

Leave it on the side stand. Step on the left peg get on like normal and then kick up the side stand. My short legged buddy does it on everything he owns. 

 

A buddy suggested that to me when I mentioned having trouble getting my leg over the bike.  Trouble is I mount from the right side.  When I first started riding when I was 15 someone mentioned about it being safer to mount from the right so you are further away from traffic.  I thought it was a good idea and the motormen all do it so I am now in the habit of mounting from the right side and it just feels foreign to me to mount from the left.



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Posted August 13, 2015 - 07:28 AM

I'm going to go check out a deal I found on a left over 2014 CRF250L about 1500 off MSRP  about 3800 OTD.  At that price point I can pick one up see if I like it.  If not I can roll it off and probably not lose much if any cash.

 

Been doing too much reading, and find so many conflicting reviews.  Some guys say if you don't buy at least a 400 you are throwing away your money, others say the 250 is fantastic for 55MPH roads, and easy trail duty



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Posted August 13, 2015 - 12:27 PM

I'm going to go check out a deal I found on a left over 2014 CRF250L about 1500 off MSRP about 3800 OTD. At that price point I can pick one up see if I like it. If not I can roll it off and probably not lose much if any cash.

Been doing too much reading, and find so many conflicting reviews. Some guys say if you don't buy at least a 400 you are throwing away your money, others say the 250 is fantastic for 55MPH roads, and easy trail duty

If you stick to the 2 lanes a 250 is perfect! After 28 yrs of driving the same stretch of 4 lane twice a day (I80) I will do almost anything to stay off of it. I am retired and have no reason to be in a hurry.

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Posted August 13, 2015 - 10:40 PM

JD is right.. a 250 will do 55 mph all day..  I put 1000's of miles on my xl200r.. EVERYWHERE..  Fantastic little bike.. I'm not so stealthy and small any more.. or i would buy one of those ..


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Posted August 14, 2015 - 06:42 AM

That's what I want to hear.  I don't want an interstate cruiser.  I just want to drive it from camp to the mines, and be able to drive it out country dirt roads, and hit small trails some times.  We will see.  I might wait till next year before making a purchase.  It's getting cool in the AM here.  So riding to work might be limited.  But the price is good...we will see.



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Posted August 14, 2015 - 11:18 AM

 I'm not so stealthy and small any more.. or i would buy one of those ..

 

Funny how that happens! :rolling:  I have the same problem.


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Posted August 14, 2015 - 09:58 PM

Funny how that happens! :rolling:  I have the same problem.

I seem to have the opposite problem? Since I retired and am not sitting on my behind at a desk.
Keeping busy and losing weight. Down to 140 lbs and have not been that weight since I was 35.
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Posted August 14, 2015 - 11:49 PM

I seem to have the opposite problem? Since I retired and am not sitting on my behind at a desk.
Keeping busy and losing weight. Down to 140 lbs and have not been that weight since I was 35.

140? I'd be on my death bed at that weight.. I'm six five tall.. I hope to get down to 280 ish..


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Posted August 16, 2015 - 05:51 PM

Didn't get a chance to look this weekend. Finished a project on the house. Dealt with craigslist people. So I guess next weekend or maybe next year. I'll post up when I get something

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Posted September 05, 2015 - 10:11 PM

Ended up buying a bike. Not a new one like I planned. Figured I'd kept my cash in the bank and go older and cheaper.

2000 Suzuki drz400s. New battery new tires and freshly inspected in wv. Paid 1500 for it. A 70 year old man owned it. He bought it new 15 years ago and he used it to commute to work. Never seen dirt. He was riding it till a few months ago he went to leave his driveway and rolled his ankle in the gravel and the bike fell on him. No injury but he said he realized at that time he should give it up before he did hurt himself. He said getting old makes you weak, always thought it was the opposite.

I've only rode it on gravel roads and some minor trails. Might be next year before I get Vin inspection done and the paperwork finished to get plates. I plan on tearing it down and cleaNing and inspecting everything. Plus add my flare and style to it.

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Posted September 06, 2015 - 08:27 PM

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Congrats on the new bike!! I think you're going to love the DRZ. They're an excellent balance between a bigger 650 and a smaller 250. They're light enough on the trails to have fun but still have plently of power for the street.

 

I'd recommend a set of case gaurds and a manual cam chain tensioner if it doesn't have them already. Thumper Talk is your friend for the DRZ. :)


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 01:02 PM

Thumper talk is a great site..


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