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Old 09-12-2018, 07:55 PM   #1
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Newbie looking for bike

Hello,

Newbie rider here living on the NW side(290/bingle). Not a lot of riding experience. I rode my roommates bikes in college Royal Enfield 500 and a suzukie 500. And a couple of spins on friends dirtbikes.

I'm shopping around for a wr450 street legal dual sport or supermoto. I can't seem to find anything in any shops or on Craigslist.

I came across a couple of you guys on YouTube and here I am.

I want to joint up and learn some skills from you guys. Help me out on finding a good deal on a ride.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:21 PM   #2
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Welcome. Maybe you want to look at a mid-cc adventure bike and put some knobbies on it. Kawasaki Versys 650, Suzuki V-strom 650, Honda CB500X (or if you really want an affordable dual sport with a little less umph, the Honda CRF250L or Kawasaki KLX250 are neat little dual-sports). Or for a reasonable price a Tiger 800 or BMW 650 GS. There are a bunch around on Craigslist and CycleTrader, plus dealers have some around. I'm sure others will have some "input" for you as well. These will give you a good ride on the road, handle some reasonable off-roading (not motocross), and will help you progress.
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:38 PM   #3
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Hey topkeg,
A WR450 is not what I would recommend for your first personally owned bike! I second the advice asinop gives and would say to look for a clean, used KLX or CRF and put some street tires on it. You can ride that for a year and sell it for pretty darn close to what you pay for it if you don't crash it. The Supermoto type bikes have a ton of torque and will body slam you pretty quick in the wet (or even the dry) if you don't have 100% control of the clutch. Your first motorcycle should be like a first girlfriend: very forgiving and not into temperamental mood swings!
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:41 AM   #4
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This thing is hella fun to ride. Maybe one of these?
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:41 PM   #5
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Why would you recommend this over say a WR250?
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:32 PM   #6
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You originally mentioned a 450 to which the other members were advising against as a first owned bike.
As far as the CRF250 vs. the WR250 it's to each their own. I looked at both as well as Kawasaki and Suzuki.
If I remember correctly the wr250 had a bit more hp and faster top end. It also has adjustable shocks front and rear.
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
With me being older(51) and not an aggressive rider I didn't feel as though I needed those options.
The CRF250 does and will do everything I want and it has a better fit and finish.
The WR250 seemed a bit crude. If you have time look at ALL your options. Look at the welds on the frame and such also.
At the end of the day buy what speaks to you, what you want.
I had several people trying to steer me away from the CRF250 Rally and towards something bigger. But I knew, after all the research, that it would be the bike I can and will ride till I can't anymore.
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I'm currently rebuilding my 2002 yamaha wr450f that's street legal. When I finish it'll be for sale
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This thing is hella fun to ride. Maybe one of these?
Clean bike!
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Its absolutely a blast! So much instant torque! Amazing
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