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caeman
08-10-2009, 09:35 AM
As an alternative to a small-displacement dual sport, I am also researching the small-displacement dirt bikes as an option for next spring. As an off-road only bike, it lacks the utility of taking to the road, but its advantages are lower cost and a suspension/tire setup optimized for the dirt.

Erin has shown an interest in wanting to learn on the dirt, which could lead to future road motoring, so I am keen on keeping the seat height low, and staying under $3000. For the bikes I have found, their motors would give us plenty of fun and should be learner friendly for Erin. I hope. Please feel free to comment on your opinions of the following:

Suzuki DR-Z125, $2700, 30.5" seat height
Kawasaki KLX-140, $2800, 30.7" seat height
Honda CRF-100F, $2700, 30.9" seat height
Yamaha TT-R125E, $2700, 30.5" seat height
United Motors DTF-200, $2500, 36" seat height
United Motors DTF-100, $1900, 31" seat height

I am including UM only because there is a dealer 20 minutes from my house (in country terms, that is close).

LoDownSinner
08-10-2009, 09:38 AM
Didn't you have a couple of XR100s?

caeman
08-10-2009, 09:41 AM
I briefly has a pair of project XR80's. I sold them off when I realized I just don't have the desire for wrenching. I paid $200 for the pair and sold them for $200.

LoDownSinner
08-10-2009, 09:56 AM
I hate to break it to you, but if you're going to ride dirt bikes, you're going to fix dirt bikes.

twizted1
08-10-2009, 10:36 AM
Look used...you can find TTR125's and DRZ125's and the like (4 stroke) for around $1000 only a couple of years old....

twizted1
08-10-2009, 10:36 AM
I hate to break it to you, but if you're going to ride dirt bikes, you're going to fix dirt bikes.

That you are!

I'm working on the YZ today...changing out tubes on the rear tire (pinch flat)...adjusting chain...little carb adjustment....sag adjustment....etc

OBX-RIDER
08-10-2009, 11:03 AM
I hate to break it to you, but if you're going to ride dirt bikes, you're going to fix dirt bikes.

Or if your kids ride dirtbikes....your going to fix dirtbikes...:shady:

Smitty
09-19-2009, 08:08 PM
LoDownSinner is 100% correct. I was riding dirt two-strokes back in the early 50s against 500cc to 750cc four strokes. It was my belief that a 200cc would be easy to handle & still plenty of power.

Took a while to prove, but yes even with just 200cc I was often winning & once bikes started coming out like 250cc then this was the end of four-stroke comp 500cc or larger bikes.

Mind you sometimes a friend would loan me a 90cc , sith universay pattern tyres, to his hotted up Suzy 125 with knobbies & all, but I would still outdo him, BASICALLY because I had a lot more yrs of competition under my belt. Fact is he dumped his Suzy 125cc MX he had modified for Enduros to modify his wife's 90cc for Enduro. With him being much lighter THIS was the answer to staring to place in the top five to even a few wins for him.