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post #1 of 6 Old 03-27-2015, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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If you wanted to buy your son his first motorcycle, what would you buy?

1. He has never ridden.
2. It needs to be plated so he can ride to school when he gets his license.

I want to buy my 14-year-old son his first motorcycle. Something he can learn on and be dropped without too much worrying about internal as well as external damage, which IMHO would probably be a dirt bike. I want the option later to plate it and make it street legal so he can ride it to school. He's 5'9" and around 150. He's never ridden.

Is converting a dirt bike more headache than it's worth? Is it better to get an enduro that has better suspension? Do I need to get two sets of different rims and tires to go from trail to street? Dual sport is ok, but I like the look of the Supermoto. Are KLR's the best dual sport bike for modding into a supermoto? Is it relatively easy to switch a trial bike to Supermoto? What makes it supermoto? 17" tires?

Thanks for helping a KLR noob.
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-27-2015, 11:11 AM
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Suzuki DR200. Street legal and tough enough to be used in rider training programs.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-27-2015, 12:24 PM
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Suzuki DR200. Street legal and tough enough to be used in rider training programs.
I second this recommendation! DR200 is mildly powered as well, so less of a chance of being overwhelmed. Great bikes and very reliable.

My other suggestion would be a Honda Grom, although it's not a dual sport, I've heard nothing but good things about them... Lol, tempted to buy one myself but I'm an old fart!

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post #4 of 6 Old 03-27-2015, 12:56 PM
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KLR650 is usually too tall/ too heavy/ too much power for young beginning riders. I'd recommend 250cc Maximum engine size for the first 2 years of riding experience.
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-27-2015, 07:22 PM
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A TW200 would work out for him. I had one for the camp ground, rode it to work a few years and sold it to my daughters girl friend. Her first bike and it's working out pretty good for her.
Used prices are not to bad either.
Good luck
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-27-2015, 10:04 PM
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All of the above are great suggestions. You may also be able to find a an xt225 or xt250 used. Craigslist will be a valuable resource.

In Illinois anyway, converting a dirt bike won't get you legal. If that's something you want to pursue, find out if your state will even plate a converted bike.
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