All who replied,
Thanks and excuse my delayed response... Itís been a hectic couple of weeks.
Iím not really looking for something that has particularly high performance. My primary concern is that it be light enough so that I might compensate with muscle for what I currently lack in skill, and therein lies the other
reason that I want it, that is, while I do
want to do some dirt riding for the simple pleasure of doing so, itís also very much about improving my riding ability...
After a 30 year hiatus, Iíve been back in the saddle for a little over 3 years now. In that time Iíve put on over 70,000 miles, almost all of it spirited riding on back roads. When I ride itís kinda a constant state of practice for me, i.e., Iím always trying to throw every shift & take every corner, etc., just right, a little better than the last... The result is, Iíve gotten fairly good IMHO ó but Iím still not entirely comfortable sliding in a corner! I mean, I donít soil my underwear anymore and Iíve stopped throwing up in my helmet... but my blood still runs a bit cold until Iím out of it ó and I figure that the only way I will ever get more comfortable with it, is to do it more, a lot more! The thing is, that almost all of the roads near me are too unforgiving to chance losing it (guardrails & oncoming traffic just donít support the likelihood of a do-over
So, I figure that off-road dirt is the answer, in fact I donít even plan on using knobbies because I want
to be sliding all over the place and (at least initially) at lower speeds.
And to preemptively answer the obvious... Yes, I am considering bike school and I would love to practice on pavement with a bike & tires similar to the V with a set of outriggers attached... but I also get a certain pleasure & special satisfaction out of `figuring it outí for myself... and again, I really do
want to play in the dirt too
The little klr is a dog,...
If you don't mind spending some money... But it sounds like you want to do this on a budget....
If you don't mind a slower machine then the Yamaha WR250R. ...
I do want to keep this one cheap because Iím sure Iím going to be dropping it... a LOT!
I think Iím gonna stay in the lighter 250 range at least initially. As my skill improves ó and assuming I can still ride & walk
ó Iíll consider moving up to something bigger.
Check out used Yamaha XT 225s. They are light, enough power for the pavement speed you describe, and are easy to maintain...
Sounds like what Iím looking for. Thanks, Iíll check them out
... The 250 bikes are dogs but if you are just heading out for some seat time they are kind of fun. Easy to throw around and will go anywhere just not very fast.
Yup, thatís exactly what I want. Seat time & easy to throw around...
I mightíve considered that one but (besides being a bit bigger than what I think want) itís a long haul from where I am.
why not a DR650? ...
Címon Kev. Iím only 170 Lbs and Iíll need to be able to pick it up when Iím lying under it
Originally Posted by fasteddiecopeman
The two competing 250s that Kawasaki and Yamaha brought out a few years ago (2009?). They each have about 30 hp with EFI and weigh just under 300 pounds, so you can ACTUALLY pick them up if they fall down.
Now thatís what Iím talkiní about!