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Old 07-13-2018, 08:58 AM   #141
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Re: IF I were to get a dirt bike, what should I get?

Congrats. I'll wager that you'll have a lot of fun on it.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:05 AM   #142
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Just took it for a proper spin.
You shifted gears, you shifted gears!
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:06 AM   #143
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lol, yes.

I guess I've graduated from scooters to a proper motorcycle now
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:08 AM   #144
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Ouch!
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:11 AM   #145
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Congrats. I'll wager that you'll have a lot of fun on it.
me thinks he will!
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:01 PM   #147
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Well, after much overthinking, I decided to go pick this up today:



2014 Honda CRF250L

It's got a couple after market go fast parts on it, but it's slow as molasses. That said, it putts along well and I think that's all I need for dirt for now.

I decided I wanted to go with a fuel injected bike so as to not mess with carbs. Plus I'm already familiar with 2012+ Honda's, so everything already makes sense to me on it. Also 2WheelNut made a good point to me today, that if my daughter and I might be doing some dirt biking together, the 250 would be good for her to start out on for sure. Probably me as well.

And if I get hooked on it, it can become her bike and I can buy something with more cajones.

Guess I'm a Honda guy...
Congratulations. Enjoy it. If you actually ride it on dirt very much at all , you'll find dirt bikes very addicting.
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:06 PM   #148
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Congratulations. Enjoy it. If you actually ride it on dirt very much at all , you'll find dirt bikes very addicting.
Thanks. Trying to get there as quick as I can. Camping (no bike) this weekend and on call next, so it might be a bit before I can get it to a real dirt bike park.

Seems like TexPlex is only open Fri-Sun. I want to hit there and then out to Time2Ride next. Will be jumping bumps in the pasture til then I guess
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:51 PM   #149
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Look out Evil Knievel

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Old 07-13-2018, 06:20 PM   #150
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:05 PM   #153
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Congratulations Jarrett,

The Honda CRF250L is a sweet bike; I almost bought one. Light, nimble, fuel injected and electric start. I am sure you will have a great time on it. There is alot of aftermarket for this model.

I decided to go with a Honda 250, but a 35 year old XL250R. I love this little bike and it will do all that I want it to.

See you on one of the local rides.....
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:55 PM   #154
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This little bike is a dang blast. It's so light and easy to get on, I find myself just jumping on it and putting around a lot more frequently than I do the bigger bikes.

As many said, its a blast to ride in the pasture. I needed to run to town today, so I figured I would take it. It gets down the road at 65mph just fine once you get into 6th gear. Not much horsepower, but plenty to get down the road at a reasonable pace.

I do feel the bumps a bit more with it as the suspension seems several levels lower than what's on my other bikes and its non adjustable, so it is what it is unless I swap some stuff out.

On the plus side, it seems much more reasonable pricewise to do that versus on my big bike. But I'm just going to ride it like it is for now and make changes if/when I feel I absolutely must.

In the meantime, its a fun little bike. Now to get it to a trail somewhere soon...
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:22 PM   #155
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Re: IF I were to get a dirt bike, what should I get?

Congrats on the purchase.

I went a similar path, I have a Tenere and was looking for something lighter and a little funner when it was more dirt. Ended up with a WR250R, because I wanted the fuel injection and something I could just jump on and go. Found it a little underpowered, even with a 285 big bore kit. Ended up selling it and getting a 690 KTM, tons more power for not a whole lot of additional weight....so far I have been quite pleased.
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This little bike is a dang blast. It's so light and easy to get on, I find myself just jumping on it and putting around a lot more frequently than I do the bigger bikes.

As many said, its a blast to ride in the pasture. I needed to run to town today, so I figured I would take it. It gets down the road at 65mph just fine once you get into 6th gear. Not much horsepower, but plenty to get down the road at a reasonable pace.

I do feel the bumps a bit more with it as the suspension seems several levels lower than what's on my other bikes and its non adjustable, so it is what it is unless I swap some stuff out.

On the plus side, it seems much more reasonable pricewise to do that versus on my big bike. But I'm just going to ride it like it is for now and make changes if/when I feel I absolutely must.

In the meantime, its a fun little bike. Now to get it to a trail somewhere soon...
My advice is don't spend an extra dime on that bike to make any changes. I truly think you will be wanting something different the first time you take that bike on a real motorcycle trail. I have helped new riders get into our sport (real dirt bike riding) and have seen that exact bike hinder rider development much more than help. The reason is because it is not a real dirt bike. The suspension works OK within its intended design parameters but the overall setup is is extremely soft and has almost no damping at all. I helped a father and son out on a ride earlier this year who had matching brand new 250Ls. I ended up riding them down some obstacles they were not comfortable doing, and the suspension was not suitable for anything except gentle terrain at low speeds. Like barely moving speeds.

You bought an entry level dual sport bike. That bike will be a major handful in any true off road situation, including the sand and the whoops at Sam Houston.

I am not trying to run down your choice of motorcycles. Your bike is a great one for its intended purpose. I am just giving your my perspective from a rider who has gotten lots of new folks involved in the sport of dirt biking.

When you do go riding on real trails, borrow some time on a bike that is a dedicated dirt bike, I think your perspective on what is suitable will shift quickly.
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