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Kawasaki KL250 Super Sherpa
My local Honda shop has a 2003 250 super sherpa for 2500 dollars. i've been researching motorcycles (and this site) for months now, and think i'm ready to take the plunge. i rode the bike around the parking lot and grassy/dirt area behind the shop for a good ten minutes today, never passing 15 mph due to lack of room, but i was practically sold on the bike the minute i got on it. despite my 5'7" height and 200 lbs, i had no problem touching the ground, and actually liked the fact that the shocks let go a bit due to my weight. the new honda crf or whatever 230 is $4500, and i refuse to pay that for a new bike, being my first serious ride.
i've done as much internet research on it as possible and have been reluctant to find anything whatsoever. everything i have read says it's a great first bike, decent offroad, and gets 70+ mpg if ridden well. i've found more reviews of the liquid cooled version though, it seems to be a bit more expensive as well, and i'd sooner not even bother trying to find one. i don't even have my motorcycle permit yet, but i've been reading the DMV's book on it extensively, and spending hours a day reading motorcycle advice online. i'm planning on buying it tomorrow with cash, taking it home in the back of a truck, and spending the next few weeks riding offroad to get up enough confidence to ride on pavement, while giving me enough time to get the tag and insurance straightened out. i've been looking at a plain white HJC flip up helmet, and while i'd like to have a full helmet for road use, i think flipping the face up will be great for offroading and dirt road riding, as i live in southern georgia. my county alone has 500+ miles of dirt roads if i'm not mistaken.
i suppose what i'm wanting is some sort of review from anybody on here with any experience with this bike. i was thinking about the used 03 ninja 500 they also have, but i'm sold on a dual sport, being that i always wanted a dirt bike as well. i'll save the street bike category for a nighthawk 750 when i find it.