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Old 04-26-2019, 10:19 AM
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Hey Folks,
New to Riding. Very little experience, but I want a simple, easy to maintain bike, that I can rely on and grow into for years to come. Looking for a dual sport. Mostly off-road use here in FL, and sometimes in the mountains in NC. Occasional highway use to the office. I want to keep it cheap.

I grew up on ATV's and have ridden a few dirtbikes when I was younger. I'm a bigger guy, 6ft 250lbs, and want a bigger bike. I don't need a ton of speed, and wont be doing any MX type stuff. Mainly dirt roads, fields, some trail riding.

After doing a lot of research I am leaning towards the Suzuki DR 650. Any thoughts. I know it is a big bike for a first timer, but I plan on spending a lot of time just playing with it out in a grassy field and adjust before I really get into it. I don't have the funds to buy a 250 or something smaller, just to turn around and buy the suzuki in a year or something. Just seems like a better financial choice to go ahead and buy this now since it will be my long term bike.

Please let me know your thoughts.

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Old 04-26-2019, 01:45 PM
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Look at the Husky 501. ( Great bike, but not cheep.)

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Old 04-29-2019, 08:27 AM
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The 650 would probably be a good choice, but be aware they are quite heavy. A DRZ400 or an XR650L would be good choices as well. Even an older Suzuki DR350 would fit the bill. As you'll come to find out, the terms "dual sport" and "cheap" don't often go together, and if they do expect to spend some time and money doing maintenance to get the bike road worthy.
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