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Mar 3rd 2016, 04:50 PM   #16
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again with the price thing, wr250/450 is what i think are the best in that class but, they cost a damn fortune, even used
Mar 3rd 2016, 05:21 PM   #17
 
  Jan 2016
  Monroe

  Dirty
Man, I had a lot of fun on my DR650.

Wished I had something bigger (KLR, BMW, Strom, etc) about twice. Wished I had something smaller (DRZ, KLX, WR, etc) every time I picked the damn thing up off the ground.

All are great bikes for various people.
Mar 3rd 2016, 05:23 PM   #18
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
No one has mentioned the XR400 or XR350.
Ultimately it sounds like you'll be getting a KLR. Fine for now, just don't soak money into it as you'll still have a bloated, slow bike with a ton of money into it that you'll never get back.
Mar 3rd 2016, 06:34 PM   #19
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  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  Ducati Diavel, Triumph Street Twin
I really liked my 2009 G650GS, but I never took it off road, so...
Mar 3rd 2016, 06:42 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by jared p
again with the price thing, wr250/450 is what i think are the best in that class but, they cost a damn fortune, even used

I can cosign this statement, I bought mine new 3 weeks ago and have dumped another $2k into it... And now looking for sumo wheels for around town, they are not cheap but they hold there value and are the best power/weight/maintenance I've found..


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Mar 3rd 2016, 07:56 PM   #21
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  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

  2015 Versys 650
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I think I was expecting to get a lighter, proper dual sport in the end but it took this thread to make me accept the trade offs in road riding.

I'm looking at some of the smaller bikes that have been mentioned, but I would prefer to keep costs significantly lower since I'll more likely be trying to keep my little cruiser for awhile yet.

2008 DR200SE
2002 DRZ400E

It'll probably come down to a DR200SE or a CRF250L from what I have in mind now.

So next step... sign up for a dirt course!
Mar 3rd 2016, 10:24 PM   #22
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  Jan 2016
  Eastern Oregon

  16 Honda Africa Twin, 09 Hayabusa, and 08 DR650
Suzuki DR 650

I road the KLR 650, Honda XR 650 L, and the DR 650. I chose DR over the KLR because it was way lighter at 360 and more dirt worthy and better power. I chose it over the XR because it was lower and it was way smoother going down the hwy at 80 because it has a counter balanced engine. You will definitely have to upgrade front and rear springs though. If you shop around, you can pick up a low mile in great condition DR for $3,000.00 - $3500.00 and possibly with some mods.
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Mar 3rd 2016, 10:48 PM   #23
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I work with a guy that has a KLR650 for $2500. Too heavy for trail riding for me but I have a TW200 and KE100 for that. ��
Mar 4th 2016, 11:57 AM   #24
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  Jan 2016
  Redmond, WA

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I work with a guy that has a KLR650 for $2500.
Glad to see so many bikes available. I'll be sure to post up after my dirt course if I immediately feel overly confident like I know I will

Can't wait to try more things
Mar 4th 2016, 05:03 PM   #25
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

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KLR650 in Portland
He's on this forum also under the same name IIRC.
Mar 4th 2016, 07:52 PM   #26
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  Jan 2016
  PDX

  '14 St3R, '05 DR650
Bought myself a DR650 a couple weeks back, while I haven't hit the dirt on it yet, it did me fine on my commute one day. I was surprised at how easily it got up to 70mph while still having plenty of juice left for more.

I'm looking forward to some ADV riding on it this spring and summer, just gotta find myself some decent bags and a box.
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