December 17, 2007 at 6:01 am #1189
Hey. I figured I should register since I’ve been here lurking for awhile. I live in Oregon and took the local Team Oregon class and now have an endorsement. I don’t have a bike yet though. I’ve always loved the old BMWs but I wouldn’t know how to maintain one. My first bike will be a dual sport of some sort and maybe some day I’ll move into (or get 2 bikes) and pick up one of the beautiful vintage style Triumphs. I would love a 2008 Kawasaki KLR650 but it is just at the edge of what I can afford and I want to make sure I have plenty of money to buy lots of good quality safety gear. I’ve been looking at used Yamaha XT225s and TW200s on Craigslist. Once spring comes around and people start pulling their unused bikes out of their garage to sell for the money or to buy the latest models I’ll probably end up with a used small displacement dual sport.. maybe even a Suzuki DR200SE. I’m a pretty big guy though and I’d grow out of it fairly quickly if I wanted to do more than commute to work.
I started riding a mini-bike on farm roads when I was around 7 years old. I hadn’t ridden anything else until this last year. For the last few years I’ve wanted to learn to ride. I’d been planning to take the riding course here for several months but the schedule and money just didn’t allow it. About a year ago my partner bought a Honda Metropolitan scooter that she has let me ride. [which the law isn’t quite clear on if you need an endorsement or not since cant go over 40 mph and is a 50cc engine but isn’t electronically capped at 40mph or something of that sort] Then finally I took the course in July and got the endorsement added to my license. As I said though, I still haven’t decided on a bike or found one I like in my price range. I’ve got a friend though back in Montana that I’m going to see when I’m there for Christmas and we are going to go out riding. He has an 82 XT225 and his dad is letting him borrow one of his old dual sports (82 XT350 and a 79 TS175 or something). The riding season here in Oregon though is far longer than in Montana. As long as you don’t mind riding in the rain!
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