Dual purpose as a starter bike?
May 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm #2833cgwParticipant
Any comments on using a dual purpose as a starter bike? Honda CRF, Kawasaki KLX (I read the review), Yamaha WR250X, or similar set up for the road?May 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm #18567megaspazParticipant
everyone i know just loves suzuki’s drz…May 15, 2009 at 4:49 pm #18570bigguybbrParticipant
Man thats a fun toy. I keep my eye out for a good deal on a used one. Either that or the little yami tw200 i had in my brc class. They are such a blast for around town. I think they are great for learning on because you really get put to work going through the gears. You’ll be a pro at shifting in no time!May 15, 2009 at 11:42 pm #18586Zig308Participant
I rode the DR200 for MSF. It was a nice little bike. Very easy to learn on and easy to do maneuvers in class. It had a fair bit of power, just not sure I’d take it out on a highway type road.
My biggest complaint was that my rear end was really hurting from the seat after so many hours riding it.May 16, 2009 at 12:01 am #18588briderdtParticipant
…is a recipe for a sore bum.May 16, 2009 at 12:19 am #18590EliasParticipant
My brother rides a DRZ 400 off road, but doesn’t ride street. He loves his bike but I would be aware of a few things, as I have ridden it as well:
1. You’re going to be shifting a lot
2. Usually dual sports have a seat height that is considerably higher than other bikes . I’m 6′ even, and I’m on my toes with the DRZ. This means a higher center of gravity, which is not always beginner friendly.
3. The seat is built for the dirt, not the street. It’s designed more for a temporary rest between running over bumps
On the other hand, one of my friend’s only mode of transportation is a KLX 250. I recommend getting at least a 400, because he had to practically rebuild the engine to get the power he wanted, and he wasn’t too happy about it. However, he rides it every day, he’s shorter than me, and a lot more picky about things like comfort..but he has no complaints about his dual sport other than the low power.
Guess I would recommend sitting on one, that would tell you a lot.May 16, 2009 at 6:13 pm #18608SantaCruzRiderParticipant
Fun, fun, fun. If I had room the garage for a 2nd bike, it would be a dually. I’d probably ride it around town on all the small trips that seem too quick to warrant dragging out my touring beast.May 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm #18666BouncingRadicalParticipant
I went with the klx250 for my first bike, and I love the freedom the dual sport gives. The DRZ-400 is an awesome bike as well, and will give you more power to play with once your comfortable on a bike.
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