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Old 21-04-2017
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If it was me id be looking at a wr250f.
I knew there was something wrong with you. I mean, apart from all the obvious stuff.
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Buy a 300 2t , gear it up and ride it on wet map setting , that will take any perceived snap out of it . You'll be able to grow into it , Job done .
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Buy a 300 2t , gear it up and ride it on wet map setting , that will take any perceived snap out of it . You'll be able to grow into it , Job done .
Lugging a powerful bike around is a great way hurt yourself.
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Lugging a powerful bike around is a great way hurt yourself.
How do you figure ? Couldnt get a bigger pussie cat then a bike geared taller , 1 thooth down on the rear , wet setting . Smoooth . Doesn't mean you have to top it out . I spose i am taliking about a Gasser , which is awesome to begin with .
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Cause every novice needs to have 45+hp waiting for their first indiscretion with the right wrist?
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The KTM200 is worth considering as well but wouldn't be suitable for much road work.
Why do you say that? I have motards on mine at the moment, gets 10.71km/L
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If it was me id be looking at a wr250f.
I agree. As your skill improves you'll have a great time wringing its neck. $5k would get you a very good wr250f.
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Why do you say that? I have motards on mine at the moment, gets 10.71km/L
Fine if you want to jet it correctly and muck around with gearing and pre-mix etc. but road use wasn't really in the design brief when they came up with that motor.
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Lots of good advice here, but I'm going to recommend that you ignore it all.

Here's why: You're never going to choose the right bike, no matter how carefully you choose.

Your priorities will be different to what you currently think they are. You will improve rapidly, and what was the right bike will annoy you - either that, or you buy something that's too much of a handful for a raw (dirt) novice and it slows down your development.
Plus you WILL get bored, and want to try other bikes.

Don't even bother trying to buy your forever bike now. Take your best guess at what what is the correct bike for the next six to twelve months, and expect to upgrade after that.

To that end, I would recommend a budget of $2k on something like a KDX200 or TTR250. It will be cheap to buy, cheap to keep running and you can thrash it and bash it like all novices do, and still get most/all of your money back when you decide to upgrade.
It will also be capable of going everywhere you are capable of riding it, as fast as you are capable of riding it.

From there, you will be able to make a FAR more informed choice about what to buy as your second dirt bike.
This x 1000, but spend a little more.
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Something I posted a while ago might be useful for you.

so many opinions and people getting fired up about stuff, good ol internet. I can share my story its probably similar to yours in some ways.

I wanted a dirtbike forever, finally got around to it a few years ago. Bought a chinese 250 off a guy down the road for $450. Loved it, had so much fun on it, had nothing to compare it too, but none the less had a good 6mths riding that thing. Atomik Hummer. haha best quality.

I then upgraded to a 2006 CRF230 for $2500 - that thing was like a ferrari compared. Wow was I in for a surprise, it was awesome, I had 2 years of absolute fun times riding that thing. Rode it hard stacked it many times, learnt to pop the front wheel, get over logs etc, had a ball.

Rode with other mates with mostly WR450's never had any trouble keeping up etc. We all had shiteloads of fun.

Then upgraded to a TTR250 - again what a difference, way better suspension, power etc. again am loving it - such a great bike. Once your on a bike and your up and moving, its fun, it doesn't matter what your riding to some degree. Just enjoy it like a kid.

To some people what they ride and the nitty gritty (how much it weighs the suspension etc) means everything, just having a bike and riding it means the world to me, I LOVE it.

Sure if money permitted I'd buy a Sherco 300 SE-F, but I'd never sell the ttr, its too good at what it does. Does nothing outstanding but everything pretty well.

The ttrs of this world are awesome "Get into biking" bikes, they are forgiving etc. Learn to ride on these bikes and you develop good riding skills etc. They help you along the road a bit.

I sold my 230 for the same I paid for it the day after I advertised it, then bought my ttr for $300 more - off a girl who only rode it on the road - it looked like brand new - it sure doesn't now after 2 hard years in the bush.

Get a bike and enjoy it, they all have pros and cons, once you get one spend cash on petrol and ride the hell out of it. That will do more than pondering which bike for hours on end or arguing which is better.

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