Went and did it!

Martinjmpr

Wiffleball Batter
After going back and forth between big and small, and failing to find anything "in between" (DRZ-400 class) I finally came across a little DR200SE at a crazy low price I couldn't refuse. So it came home with me today:

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Runs and is titled but could use some TLC for sure. I'll look into cleaning/rejetting the carb and replacing the front tire. Beyond that, I think its in decent (though not great) condition with 18k miles on it. Previous owner (female) used it as an around-town commuter bike.

This should make a nice "winter project" for me (if Winter ever gets here, that is: Currently it's about 72 degrees outside!)

Not planning on any "mods" at this time. This is the bike I plan on "learning" how to ride off-road. If I decide I like off road riding (and I think I will) I may upgrade to a bigger bike. Nice thing is I didn't pay a lot for this one so if/when it's time to sell I likely won't lose any money on it. I did ride it around, it's a fun little bike.

Although no real "mods" planned, a bash plate and a luggage rack are likely to be added at some point. Beyond that (and tires) I can't think it needs much. I know it won't scorch the trails like a modern EFI dual sport but it should be "good enough for now."
 

pith helmet

Well-known member
I have at least as much fun on my CRF230L as I ever did any bigger bike I’ve owned, especially off-road.
 

billiebob

Well-known member
Very cool.
i've always found good transportation with just enough power way more fun to drive,,, or ride than anything with more muscle.
 

Martinjmpr

Wiffleball Batter
Very cool.
i've always found good transportation with just enough power way more fun to drive,,, or ride than anything with more muscle.
My last 2 wheeled purchase was pretty much the opposite of this bike: A Honda 919. Basically a naked sportbike that weighed 380lbs and had a 100HP motor:

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SUPER fun bike. BUT, the ergos absolutely KILLED my knees (I'm 6'1 with long legs), and as much fun as it was to ride fast, it flat out SUCKED to ride slow (the old "it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow" saying is true, as I found out.)

After realizing that a nearly 60 year old guy with bad knees probably shouldn't be on a sportbike, I sold it so I could get a small dual sport.

I know the DR200 is low powered, low tech (it has a drum brake in the rear!) and won't win any races, but it should be the perfect bike for me to learn off road riding and it was crazy cheap so I couldn't pass it up.
 

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billiebob

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My last 2 wheeled purchase was pretty much the opposite of this bike: A Honda 919. Basically a naked sportbike that weighed 380lbs and had a 100HP motor:

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SUPER fun bike. BUT, the ergos absolutely KILLED my knees (I'm 6'1 with long legs), and as much fun as it was to ride fast, it flat out SUCKED to ride slow (the old "it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow" saying is true, as I found out.)

After realizing that a nearly 60 year old guy with bad knees probably shouldn't be on a sportbike, I sold it so I could get a small dual sport.

I know the DR200 is low powered, low tech (it has a drum brake in the rear!) and won't win any races, but it should be the perfect bike for me to learn off road riding and it was crazy cheap so I couldn't pass it up.
I fully understand.... Not a biker but I've owned Corvettes and Trans Ams... loved them both but they tempt me waayy too much. I lost my license,,, speeding ticket demerit point thing every 2 years.... If you own it, drive it, drive it hard, find its limits. Now I love underpowered vehicles, things I can drive hard and not lose my license. My daily is a Rubicon. My hobby is 1970s econo boxes like Cortinas, Datsun 1200s, Fiats. My dream car today.... a Lotus Cortina.

On another note, you know how satisfying it is on 2 lane black top in a Rubicon... or Cortina... to beat a BMW... any BMW....
 

Christian P.

Expedition Leader
Staff member
Our XT225 remains one of the favorites, but we also just got a WR250R. I can't wait to try it more.
 
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