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Question Anyone have a dirtbike?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by edessex, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. edessex

    edessex Engaging Member

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    I'm considering buying a dirt bike, road legal (think they are called enduro these days, or something like that).

    I've got a full bike licence, and have riden road commuter bikes, but I don't have a clue about off road bikes.

    Has anyone here gone from a road bike to a dirt bike, is the seating position and knobbly tyres difficult to get used to?

    I'm after a cheap lower power one for greenlaning, any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance guys!
     
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    Suzuki DRZ 400 Should be ok for you.Honda XR 400 R Good solid single but kickstart only if standard.The DRZ is water cooled "S" version is road use a bit tamer & lights with indicators.
     
  3. Samobaggins

    Samobaggins I own to many fx rifles

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    If going for anything get button start! When you have fallen off to many times to remember you will thank me. It's amazing how hard it is to kick start something on a hill. + what do you call cheap?
     
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    You'll never go wrong with a suzuki DR or a yam WR, seating position is very tall although I don't have that issue being 6"5", but it's something to consider, the suspension can make road riding quite wallowy mid corner and the knobblies won't have the grip but for all these shortcomings it'll make you a better rider.
     
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    Maico 410 stroker!!!!!! Made me a man that beast!!!!!
     
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    Had a few in the past including a widow maker (KX500), CR125 - 500's and many others in between. Sold the last two of my KX's last year to fund the new guns.

    An off road bike can very easily be converted to road legal, do some research into it, they can even be registered as daytime only machines without lights.
     
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    Did exactly what you are thinking of. Great fun. I use to ride as a dispatch / r up in town and wanted to return to bikes. I started out with a 250 RMX {Suzi} then went for my first KTM, she was a 350 EXC. Great bike. Really wish I still had her. Then I went to the 250 and then on to the 450 KTM. That was one hell of a bike. As someone has wisely said already, electric start is a good idea. Or go down the road of an old DT125lc if you can find one, nice and light.

    Its great fun and a really good day out provided you have access to the byway's that is. Be warned genuine off road tyres do not behave like road tyres. Avoid wet drain covers when on the road, and do not forget to give the front break some use when trying to stop. As to the riding style, if you are up for giving whatever you end up buying a good blatting, remember to stand up on the foot pegs, and grip the fuel tank with your knee's. Otherwise your going to be all over the shop, and often on your arse. LOL.

    Final word of warning, the byways are open for one and all, including horses and riders. Slow down for horses always. They don't like screaming bikes roaring past them, and you could unseat a rider by fizzing up the animal. Enjoy. So wish I had kept that first 350 EXC. Great old bike and she was a real looker. Cheers KB1
     
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    Make sure you have plenty of money for repairs them 4 strokes cost a fortune ,
    I just sold up as my son didn't want to ride anymore he started when he was 4 on a Ktm mini adventure we were members of a local mx club and spent many a happy day racing excellent fun .have you considered motocross there some great practice tracks around
     
  9. Samobaggins

    Samobaggins I own to many fx rifles

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    I disagree slightly on cost! Yes it's not the cheapest sport. If you don't race and keep on top of the maintenance. Wash and lube things then green laneing isn't to bad.
    I had a ktm exc400 on a 55 plate and spares were cheap. If you want it to be showroom all the time it's a different story.
     
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    Sorry guys, didn't get any notifications for some reason!

    I've only ever had 4-stroke bikes, but really tempted with a 2-stroke!

    I've currently only got a couple of hundred in the kitty, but am thinking about getting one of my road bikes out of the lockup and getting it back on the road, then sell in spring to raise some funds.

    I might be able to get a cheapish ex-army MT350, but not heard loads of good things...
     

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