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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-04-2010, 05:16 AM Thread Starter
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Ok. Lately I have been scoping out the dirtbikes out of curiosity. I have to ask the dirtbikers out there...is it something someone my "age" should get into? or should I just keep my butt on the street with a cruiser 750? I am 38years old and have never dirt biked. It seems like fun but not sure if it is worth it, especially since you have to load up the truck and drive somewhere where its legal. If I do get one...should it be an enduro? Or something else. The idea of zipping along trails etc sounds cool but riding areas are regulated. I am wondering if I should just dust off my mountain bike(specialized) that i went through and ride state parks...getting exercise as well. Although, I here dirt biking is exhausting...

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Find an old KE 250 . I had 1 years ago and it was a lot of fun. Almost as much fun as my Hodaka Wombat 125
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Buy a nice 250 cc 4 stroke thats street legal. Then you can ride to your destination. Suzuki makes some nice dual purpose rides as does Honda, im sure Kawasaki does too. Ive owned many dirt bikes from enduro style to motocross. In my opinion the motocross versions are not for beginners, but thats ones choice. But the on/off road bikes have come a long way from when I owned a DT Yamaha.

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If it is highway legal you can ride it out to the riding site. I know a local guy that rides an enduro to work 65 mile one way.
Go for it.

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my dad is almost 70, and still dirt bikes with very much enthusasim... but he is more into the laid back trail rides... he doesn't do jumps or any thing really crazsy... the craziest stuff he does is ride a wheelie for ever (or so it seams).
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It's loads of fun! But it's so regulated, I don't do it anymore. I agree with buying a dual purpose and you're good to go - I don't think you'll need to buy or be inspected for the ATV license if you are street legal.

Got $$$? KTM makes a wicked 900 V twin:

My favorite is the KLR 650. They were sold to the US Army as scout bikes; if you can find one they are very rare:

And yes, if you ride hard, it's a great workout.


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I really dig the KLR, we had a few in Afghanistan that the special forces guys would ride.

I really miss riding dirt bikes...
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If you are just wanting trail ride and not get rteal serious about it ,the Kawasaki KLR 250 and Honda has a nice little 230 cc 4 stroke dual purpose That you can ride about any where,even give you something to ride if you want to work on your VN,

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You know years ago (+/- 71-72 ??) I bought a new trials bike, an Ossa (250cc) Mick Andrews replica that I had a lot of fun on with one exception, with my bad back it would make me quit riding earlier than I wanted to...
That thing was geared like a train and the weight was around nothing...
I saw another brand on a Honda showroom floor about a year ago and that thing was awsome, I believe I could have carried it out and loaded it up by myself...lol... I think if I was as young as you I would have to give it another shot...lol... Don't know if you have ever been to, or saw a trials or not, but those bikes can also be a lot of fun just pluncking around on any trail...
I did ride a mountain bike till 3-4 yrs. ago (to old), but gave my Tomac mountain bike to a young friend that I rode with, and who is a serious mountain biker...
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Noooooo, your not too old!!!!! I am 44 and love riding my kdx220.

I've allways had a thing for 2 strokes, it's the smell of the premix, really gets me going. I like the 2 srtrokes because they are lighter and more nimble, at least to me, than the heavier 4 strokes. i am lucky to have a good amount of riding right out my back door, but if transporting a bike is a problem, the dual sports are good. Just get a good set of dirt tires. I believe dirt biking can make you a better street rider. Learning to hold the bike under you with your knees clamped to the bikes sides, ballancing well enough to ride on a thin dirt ridge between 2 ruts, quickly avoiding obstacles in the trail, all this can help when you get on you street ride. Plus, trees wont pull out in front of you!

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