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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    License now in hand! I spent every night last week at the Basic Rider Course. I’m really glad I went. I learned way more than I expected. I’d say my fellow students universally had the same perspective, even the hot shot 16 year old boys who had spent all their young lives on dirt bikes! I rode...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    I got tired of talking and looking and waiting for others to respond to me. A deal popped up early this morning that I couldn't pass up. 2017 CRF250L Rally with 690 miles. The previous owner lowered it by 1.5". I sit completely flat footed on it. Feels a little short right now, but that will...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Found a 2009 Kawasaki KLX250s for sale for $2900. This seems like it might be a better option for me for a first season. Price is a lot better for never having ridden, the weight is 280lbs, and it is a six-speed. It is carbureted and not fuel injected, which I know isn't great, but at this...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Not arguing here, just explaining my rationale. Bikez.com showed the 2003 DR650 as weighing 324 lbs with a seat height of 34.8 inches, which is comparable to the 2019 CRF250L Rally I was looking at which Bikez.com shows as 317.5 lbs with a seat height of 34.4 inches. No disagreements here that...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Helmet and jacket in possession now. Just two weeks away from Basic Rider Course. I've been looking at a lot of bikes and have taken most of the advice to heart. Seems like the Honda CRF250L meets all of my needs, however, it looks like the CRF300L is an even better option. There are a few...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Permit accomplished today. Helmet and armor coming next. Basic Rider Course starts June 7th. Now for a couple more questions. Bikes are provided for this Basic Rider course. Is it better to learn on the bikes provided, or is it better to learn on the very first bike you'll own? Personally...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Jupiter, I think it might benefit you if you reread the message traffic and reconsider whose feelings are hurt. It isn't me. "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle. Here's what I read and interpreted, an old guy telling somebody...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Also, I watched your video, and there is ZERO chance you’ll ever catch me lane splitting. Not to mention is is illegal here.
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Cabrito, good advice and I take no issue with anything you’ve said. I’ll admit that I probably am a little overzealous, and I welcome the warnings, but there is a certain tact I expect among adults. I want to primarily ride backroads and trails. I only mentioned the commuting because, as you...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Good advice. I'll definitely take that into consideration. I appreciate you trying to keep me honest while also not dissuading me. Worst life advice ever. I try to respect my elders, but my limited 44 years have taught me never to listen to someone like you. That's the advice of someone who...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    I realize now I should have posted this in the "getting started" area. So I posed this question over there, but will ask here too...what about good quality hitch carriers? Any recommendations? Looking for something that will stand up to some rougher road use. Not too rough as that will be...
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    Hitch Carrier?

    Hi everyone, I'm new to this realm and posted in the General chat section a couple days ago about getting a new bike. I got a lot of great suggestions on bike model and helmets. One thing I failed to ask about on that post is about hitch carriers. Prior to getting the bike, I probably need to...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Thanks for all the feedback already. A lot has been said already that I hadn't considered. Willsfree, what about the XT250? I don't think I can shell out for a new WR250, and the used ones look to be hard to come by. Any thoughts on the XT250?
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    One other question, and actually a more pressing question. I'm looking for tips on a dual sport helmet. I need one for taking my test in June. I'm guessing right now the only real features I know I want are a full face shield, with bluetooth capability (I listen to a lot of podcasts), and good...
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    Looking for some confirmation - Suzuki DRZ-400?

    Hi all, I'm in the process of looking for a used bike as my first ever motorcycle (I"m 44) and likely to take the plunge in the next month. I think I've settled on a bike choice but looking for some of you to sharpshoot my decision-making skills or confirm for me that I'm making a good choice...
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    Vehicle for Family of 6 Camping Trips

    I was watching this thread and was tempted to jump in late and tell you, as a Sequoia owner, to go the suburban/Yukon xl route. Glad to see you did. I love our Sequoia, but that extra foot of space you get in a Yukon XL would sure make a huge difference. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Budget M101A2 Build

    Looking for a quick answer on making/purchasing an adjustable rack for mounting a rooftop tent. I know there are a lot of you M101 builders out there, and a lot of posts to sift through on different options but I just bought my trailer last weekend and was hoping to drag it out on an elk hunt in...
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    2015 XL Surly Ice Cream Truck Fatbike

    How much? Where is the bike? That link doesn’t appear to work for me as a non-Facebook user. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    GFC #611 F-150 5.5ft XL Camper June 2020 (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

    Very interested. When finished does it get delivered to you, or does it transfer to the new owner and the new owner pays shipping or picks it up?
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