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what would be a good bike for moutains?

I would like to buy a small bike to ride the dirt/fire roads around my house.
It would be better if I can put a license plates on it, so I don't have to tow it to the place I will ride.
For those here who had such a toy, what do you have?
Brand name and model will be great appreciate.
I'm planning on buy a used one, not new. And it need to be big enough to fit my 6.1 on it

THank you for any good advise (and for the bad ones too. )

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FWIW.

I've been hearing a lot of good stuff about the Suzuki Wee-Strom, DL650.

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FWIW.

I've been hearing a lot of good stuff about the Suzuki Wee-Strom, DL650.

Would it not be too big for this kind of ride?
See, last time I had a dirth road bike was a 1990 Honda 350.
That was a good bike back then for this purpose.
I'm not saing I don't what a 650, but I'm just afraid it would be too heavy/big for slow speeds high/deep holes on those kind of roads.

But I'm checking the bike anyway.

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I think you'd like the yamaha 250 enduro. I'm not even sure if they are making it new this year, haven't checked.

They go for decent prices used too, if you can find one.

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Also look at the Suzuki DRZ400. They make several versions, including one that is street legal.

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Kawasaki has the 650 KLR and they have another one I believe it's called the 250 KLX both are street legal and the right price.
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If you're going "Off Road" you want smaller, like the DRZ-400.

If your going on dirt/gravel roads sometimes, mostly street and highway, and one bike to do it, try a R1200GS.

If you want a cheap play bike, but need to hit the slab to get to the dirt roads cause you don't want to trailer, just kinda depends on how you feel on the highway with a light bike, or the dirt with a big bike. Hear the 650 Thumpers do well.

Alot depends on your skill, comfort level, and how many times you need to pick her up.

You should think about these questions, and then try a few options/sizes out.

I'm not into dirt riding, but I like the dirt/gravel roads as an option. I probably ride 3% off pavement. I Really enjoy my R1200GS for that. Since I don't have the skill/experience, nor a close easy place to ride off road, and I don't want to trailer a bike around. It suits my needs.

I also frequent http://www.advrider.com. You might check them out, use the search, lots of good info there.

Hope that was some help.

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Dirt bike

I'v been riding off road since 1962 and learned early that if you can't bench press it keep looking.
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For pure dirt...what Johnson said. Whatever you do, buy used...craiglist or local want ads and $1500 to $2500 for a dirt bike or a dual sport. Ride the heck out of it for a year, pick it up a few times, kill your butt a few times, turn around and head back down hill a few times with your tail between your legs, then, when you know YOUR priorities, go buy what you want...New from $5000 for a KLR to $7000 for a KTM to $16000 for a GS adventure.

It can be tricky to dual sport. There are many good bikes in the dirt that are just flat dangerous on the freeway, let alone uncomfortable. The DRZ400's are marginallly better and lighter than the KLR, but are very marginal on the highway. The KLR is the weapon of choice for most long term ds riders. Excellent price point, easy to service and repair and tons of accessories. Guys ride them across country and commute with them. Brakes suck. I'll always have one. Try this article by a friend:
http://www.off-road.com/dirtbike/fea...dualsportbike/
Lots of great web sites for each of the individual bikes. Lemmeno if you'd like some.

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Size matters.
The KLR650 is one of the best Road/Dirt bikes out there- for the money. It's been around for a long time!

The new Suzuki 400 Motard would be a pretty good choice for a smaller bike. Put some dual sport tires on it. Suzuki makes some nice dirt/street bikes.

I personally like KTM. I ride a KTM 520 in the dirt. 50+ HP @240 lbs.!!!

If you get a used dirt bike, there are several companies that make Dual Sport kits to make them street legal. Dual-Star is one.

I find most 250cc bikes a little whimpy-but I'm a big guy. 400 is a nice all around and manageable size. I had a Honda XR400 and it's a great trail bike and there are street legal kits for it. Not made anymore.

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