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Old 10-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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I Ride: Ninja 650 or somebody elses.
Good dual sport to beat up..
As someone who grew up riding dirt bikes 20 years ago, I was thinking about maybe looking into a cheap foul weather tard for commuting/beating to hell/relearning skills on. Anyone have ideas on some good sturdy values out there i could slide down a hill in the snow and not cry too much about?

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:31 AM   #2
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From: Puyallup,WA

I Ride: 2009 street triple R
drz- you can find cheap very reliable lots of parts for them

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:35 AM   #3
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I Ride: 07 YZ450F, 74 XL350
define "commuting"

do you want a tard or a dual sport? a light tard? a lighter dual sport? a heavy duty tard? a big fat dual sport? dirt bike with lights?

why a tard/dual sport? you planning on going off-road? dirt roads? want to ride on city streets? tard track? trails? fire roads? wheelies and shit?


"a good....bike" is a meaningless question without more context.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:37 AM   #4
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define "commuting"

do you want a tard or a dual sport? a light tard? a lighter dual sport? a heavy duty tard? a big fat dual sport? dirt bike with lights?

why a tard/dual sport? you planning on going off-road? dirt roads? want to ride on city streets? tard track? trails? fire roads? wheelies and shit?


"a good....bike" is a meaningless question without more context.
You're right, im sorry. Im a year round (as in no car) two wheel/bus commuter. I'd use it in shitty weather where I might plan on falling down or sliding a bit (mainly city roads 20 miles round trip) So lets think dual sport, or plated tard. I'd also take it on some minor offroading/trails for fun. Wheelies would be nice, I suck, will probably fall down. Once again, something cheap.

The basic idea is cheap, bullet proof, not my only bike or main commuter, and fun. And cheap. Its going to get dropped.

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Old 10-02-2012, 10:04 AM   #5
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I Ride: 2009 street triple R
i think you named a drz sm in a nut shell...

you are welcome to ride mine if interested i think their is a couple for sale on here right now

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:02 PM   #6
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I Ride: DRZ 400 S
Honda XR400 or 600. old school simple and do it all.

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I own the DRz400; love it but do not want to break it up by throwing it down.

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Old 10-02-2012, 12:20 PM   #7
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I Ride: 07 YZ450F, 74 XL350
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Honda XR400 or 600. old school simple and do it all.

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I own the DRz400; love it but do not want to break it up by throwing it down.
why not? the drz is a great bike for that? tough and inexpensive to repair, reliable, light (for what it is), and a great, proven platform with waaaaay too much aftermarket support.

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Old 10-02-2012, 01:56 PM   #8
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I Ride: Ninja 650 or somebody elses.
I am officially in the market for a drz it sounds like.

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:14 PM   #9
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I Ride: VFR800, BMW R100, Suzi GS850
I thought you said "Cheap"? Hard to find a DRZ for less than 2k - $2500, and at that price it probably wouldn't be that nice. More likely ~3k.

Why not find an old DR350 with e-start, or if you're brave, without? They're pretty well bulletproof also. Probably find a decent one for $1500 or so. Maybe less?

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Old 10-02-2012, 05:05 PM   #10
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I Ride: wee-strom, klx250s
if you are not looking at a lot of freeway, there are several sub 350 bikes that can be found a decent prices.


yamaha xt225
kawasaki supersherpa (250)


for a bit more
xt250
klx 250

for ever more
wr250(r)(x)

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Old 10-02-2012, 05:17 PM   #11
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I Ride: Speed Triple, GS750, KX 500, 450 EXC-R, KH400, MXZ 700 Renegade
DR 350. pretty dang bulletproof. made for a long time, in several variations. look for the street legal versions with turn signals, and the other DOT equipment.

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:14 PM   #12
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DR 350. pretty dang bulletproof. made for a long time, in several variations. look for the street legal versions with turn signals, and the other DOT equipment.
Will do, thanks fellas.

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Old 10-03-2012, 01:46 AM   #13
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I Ride: Ninja 650 or somebody elses.
All this actually has me considering trading/selling my ninja 650 for a late model tard. I almost think it might serve me as well in the city, be more capable when the weather goes south, and be a hell of a lot of fun to boot. Its been so long, its just a wee bit out of the old comfort zone.

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Old 10-03-2012, 02:35 AM   #14
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I Ride: Ninja 650r, DRZ 440SM
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All this actually has me considering trading/selling my ninja 650 for a late model tard. I almost think it might serve me as well in the city, be more capable when the weather goes south, and be a hell of a lot of fun to boot. Its been so long, its just a wee bit out of the old comfort zone.
My first bike was the Ninja 650r. About a year later I got my DRZ. Now the Ninja sits in my garage except when my DRZ is down for repairs. (Rarely)

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