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 Post subject: Another beginner with the wrong bike
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:08 pm 
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hi
I acquired a KLE500 last year. Not the world's favourite bike I know - but it was cheap.
I had an idea to do some off-tarmac riding on it (never done it before) but I became a bit daunted by the weight of the KLE, plus it would need more suitable tyres. I think its time for a bike change.

My location is Ipswich. I reckon its a 25mile journey before I even get to the lanes. This means that some dual-carriageway ability is essential unless I buy a trailer or a van. (unlikely)
Budget is around £2,500. Electric start would be good to have.

Comments invited please : an XR250 L ? or possibly an XR 125 ?

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 Post subject: Re: Another beginner with the wrong bike
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:10 pm 
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TTR 250 , Dr 350


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 Post subject: Re: Another beginner with the wrong bike
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:35 pm 
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Wide ratio 6 speed gearbox would help for road work getting to the lanes crf230f?

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 Post subject: Re: Another beginner with the wrong bike
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:00 pm 
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What blueray said. Best 2 trail bikes ever made, getting rare though so probably keep an eye out for a decent DRZ400.


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 Post subject: Re: Another beginner with the wrong bike
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 Post subject: Re: Another beginner with the wrong bike
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:20 pm 
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Thanks guys. I certainly like what I hear about the DR 350. Very few around though.

I'm off to see one this weekend. The same dealership also has an XR250-L in the showroom for the same price.

Any comments on the relative merits of these two bikes?
The DR is a little heavier but I think has the edge given that I'll be on the dual carriageway quite a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Another beginner with the wrong bike
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:24 pm 
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The Dr will be a bit more rugged of road


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 Post subject: Re: Another beginner with the wrong bike
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The DR would be the best out of those two for what you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Another beginner with the wrong bike
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Greetings,

Slight alternative to the DR stable might be a Beta Alp 4.0 because it uses the Suzuki 350 engine.

I have been using a Beta for the past year and find it to be a really good compromise for trail and tarmac, I also use trials tyres :shock:

My other trail bike is a Serow 225 but that is not so great for tarmac distances :?

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 Post subject: Re: Another beginner with the wrong bike
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:34 am 
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Thanks for your input everyone. Appreciated.

Any thoughts on the CCM 404 DS ?


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