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post #1 of 2 Old 04-27-2010, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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New dual sport fan in PA

Hey everyone. My name is Rob, from central PA. Ive been looking for a new fun vehicle here and was looking into Miata's originally. Since then I went to my dads and test drove my step sisters little crappy Honda RM100. I was too big for it and it sucked for power but I LOVED riding it around.

Long story short: No more Miata, Im getting a bike for fun times. As a previously avid offroader (had a lifted 93 Geo Tracker that I loved) i wanted a dual sport from the start.

So what should I buy? =)

I was looking into KLR's and Suzuki DR's (I had a Tracker, im a fan of suzuki made things.. haha). The KLR looks cheaper and more easily accessible to me but im still not sure which model to get. I figure around 2-3 grand Ill be playing with. Heres what Im figuring for models:
-KLR250 Super Sherpa (Looks ok for a starter bike, appears it would suite me well. I like the air cooled, electric start features)
-KLR650 (Not sure how the size would work for me. Im 5'8", 240 pounds. Id worry able the height and bulk of it.)

Thanks for the help and opinions!
-Rob
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-27-2010, 05:53 PM
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The height and bulk get tossed around pretty easily once you are rolling.
It's a very well balanced bike. I'm talking about the pre-'08's which are easily in your
price range. The height will have you tiptoing at stoplights, but it's certaily plausible.
I'm 6 feet even and can flat foot when I slide to the front of the seat, and on the
balls of my feet when stopped in my usual position at the middle of the seat.
You'll probably be fine on a KLR. The problem with a smaller displacement bike is
outgrowing the lack of power. Depends on your riding style and level of aggressiveness.
Do you like to putt around on trails, or shred and do fishtails?

Shop around ask other riders, and get what ya like best.

I loved my DR650 in the mid 90's but now have a new generation KLR which has
a little less power, and has more street features with the fairing for wind and
rain protection on long rides doing highway miles.

Enjoy,
CheapMark
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