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Old 05-08-2007, 10:22 PM   #1
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XT225 vs Kaw Super Sherpa vs KLX300

I know that I want to play in the dirt, but the VStrom is not the bike to do it with. It handles dirt and gravel just fine, but it's just too big for mud and sand, plus it's HEAVY to pick up.

I know I want a small, nimble bike to take out to the trails, but I can't be trusted alone with a kick-start. I'll starve in the woods before I can get a flooded bike started...

I'm not a petite little thing - I need something that will hold me and be able to kick up some dust, but nothing that will have me spinning up the rear tire every time I get on the throttle.

The xt225 is the front-runner for me so far because it's completely street legal and has a dedicated following (plus it's a friend of mine that's selling a nice one and he's offered his help with maintenance/repairs if I need it). The Super Sherpa looks like a mini KLR, but I've been told the internals are a completely different beast. They are considered "rare" in some circles, so the asking price on a decent one will be up at or above KBB retail. I don't know much about the KLX, but I know it's not street legal without mods.

So... tell me the good, the bad, and the ugly. I can't go for a "dirt bike" because I have no truck or trailer to get it to the trails, so I need whatever I get to be street legal.
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Old 05-12-2007, 08:37 AM   #2
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Heck Squeaky if you have a freind with a xt225 at a price you're willing to pay and they are willing to help out you can't go wrong starting out with that. If you really want to do it then go for it. It'll be a good enough bike for starting out.
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