First off I apologise as I am sure this sort of question has been asked a million times before. I did do a fair bit of searing the forum but couldn't find an exact answer. (no doubt someone will put me in my place and give a link straight to a similar answer
). I've been reading through the forum trying my best to get my head around the finer details of green laning. I've been wanting to get into doing some off road riding for a couple of years. Been riding road bikes both on road and on track for six or so years but I'd like to keep riding through the winter and green laning seems to be the answer.
I've got a couple of questions initially that you all might be able to help with. As I'm a complete off road novice I'd like to do an experience day first to make sure I get on with it (although how flying along through mud out of control couldn't be enjoyable I don't know).
I'm based in Leicester so can anyone recommend a good organisation to get in touch with. I'd need to borrow a bike and all the kit. I've seen Ady Smith KTM days advertised. Do you guys rate them?
Second question, assuming I love the off road, coming from a mountain bike background I'm sure I will. What can you guys recommend as a good trail bike for a novice thats also capable of doing a daily commute of say 30 odd miles each way? In case it matters, I'm 30, 6ft and 15 stone with kit on.
Electric start and 4T are must haves so with this in mind. I've read about DRZs and WF450Rs being good for the road (read comfort and servicing lenght/costs) but at the same time quite heavy. As a novice I understand I'll be picking the bike up a lot so a light bike would be appreciated. My budget is around 2k but as I'd be using it for an autumn/winter/spring commuter I could be persuaded to pay a little more if a more expensive model offers a better compromise. Maybe a WF250, but is it suitable for commuting, if I were to pop a set of SM wheels on it?
Am I being silly? Is communting on any half decent trail bike a laughable idea?
Cheers for taking the time to read this, of course I'll be making sure I join the TRF if/when i do find the perfect bike