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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:05 PM   #1
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no laughing at me

so i am ~215 and 6' 3". is bike size correlated to safety? i am thinking about trading the CJ project for an enduro type bike (150-250cc) or something small, i.e. moped (would enduro be cheaper to insure than 'road bike'?).

opinions... what size should i be looking for? unlikely to see freeway driving. if i were to take it to school (15 miles), much would be 2-4 lane paved roads and aobut 25% time spent in downtown streets.

i think i would want 4 stroke (won't have to mix fuel).

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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:13 PM   #2
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I would think a DS (dual sport/enduro) in a 400-650cc would be ideal for what you want. Mileage would be extremely good and the bike should be pretty affordable. Insurance could be had on the cheap too!!
Going with something in the 150cc range might be hard to ride (unless you like driving 30 MPH and slower) and the mileage gains may not be enough to justify it when compared to a slightly larger bike.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:15 PM   #3
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I would think a DS (dual sport/enduro) in a 400-650cc would be ideal for what you want. Mileage would be extremely good and the bike should be pretty affordable. Insurance could be had on the cheap too!!
Going with something in the 150cc range might be hard to ride (unless you like driving 30 MPH and slower) and the mileage gains may not be enough to justify it when compared to a slightly larger bike.
Additional info. i am/would be a beginner. besides kicking around on farm land on a little 125 (that had WAY more kick than i anticipated)
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:18 PM   #4
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I would think a DS (dual sport/enduro) in a 400-650cc would be ideal for what you want. Mileage would be extremely good and the bike should be pretty affordable. Insurance could be had on the cheap too!!
Going with something in the 150cc range might be hard to ride (unless you like driving 30 MPH and slower) and the mileage gains may not be enough to justify it when compared to a slightly larger bike.

what he said I have been kicking around the same idea myself
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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sad isn't it mudd? jeepin sure is fun. but i can't justify it right now (plus have no tow rig or trailer haha)

dad has a jeep i can play w/ at silver lake, but that'll be the extent till im done w/ grad school for me probably
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:28 PM   #6
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Dude, seriously, go for the bike that has the biggest engine that you can afford......

The speed and terrain is all up to your discression.... The speed is how much you turn the throttle and the terrain is all up to where you want to go..... its all about practice!

To go with a 150cc - 200cc bike would be silly.... it would work, but you would be giving up performance. When on the road you are going to need the breaking and acceleration ability to be able to get out of sticky situations (when that driver on a cell phone pulls out or breaks hard because they are not paying attention!)..... and the bigger bikes would offer that in a much better way than the smaller bikes.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:31 PM   #7
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sad isn't it mudd? jeepin sure is fun. but i can't justify it right now (plus have no tow rig or trailer haha)

dad has a jeep i can play w/ at silver lake, but that'll be the extent till im done w/ grad school for me probably
Yes very I have one to build and one to drive and all the money for the fuel to drive to and from every thing and the fact the wife just started working again you know the story just keeps on coming
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:33 PM   #8
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To go with a 150cc - 200cc bike would be silly.... it would work, but you would be giving up performance. When on the road you are going to need the breaking and acceleration ability to be able to get out of sticky situations (when that driver on a cell phone pulls out or breaks hard because they are not paying attention!)..... and the bigger bikes would offer that in a much better way than the smaller bikes.
thanks STOGIE, that really helps! i think i might have to post up in the next couple days, after i figure out what i think she's worth (thinking 1200-1400 maybe)
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:44 PM   #9
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well i had a 99 yamaha wr400f (dual sport) it was crazy fast but all in all a good bike (also a 4 stroke) if i were you dont get any thing smaller than a 400cc you will be depressed in 3 months after you get used to it and it will become boring to ride. and as stogie stated .... well listen to what he has to say havin a bike with balls on the road these days is a good idea after all ur faster than the retard on the cell phone
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:47 PM   #10
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Keep us posted..... you can always buy something like a cheap used Yamaha XS650.... the parts are really cheap, mostly interchangable between the years, and you can find the parts almost anywhere!

Here is what I'd do..... Pick up the Yamaha XS650, put some all terrain tires on it (Dunlop D907) and go from there.... when you're ready for all street riding, just switch over to street tires.....
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 09:51 PM   #11
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i have a 98 honda xr600 that wouldnt take all that much to make road legal and would be ideal for your needs. real reliable and friendly to the rider.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 10:02 PM   #12
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i have a 98 honda xr600 that wouldnt take all that much to make road legal and would be ideal for your needs. real reliable and friendly to the rider.
unfortionately, i will probably be looking into the year range of the 80's due to funding. just did a google search, and that looks like a pretty cool type of bike tho


thx for all of your advice thus far 'cycle forum'
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 10:17 PM   #13
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whats your price range? i come across alot of bike and can keep my eye out.
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 10:26 PM   #14
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like i was talkin about above, it will probably be a trade on my cj project (1200-1400 possibly), cause i don't think i could outright sell it for that right now due to the economy. i will probably get out in the garage and take some pics tomorrow to start a thread on GL4x4
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Old June 3rd, 2008, 10:27 PM   #15
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Old June 4th, 2008, 07:34 AM   #16
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6'3 215? for real? you felt no where near that large when we were spooning.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 08:14 AM   #17
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no laughing here dude, I have a 5 mile commute to work, and looking to save on fuel I just ordered a moped.

wife is already making fun of me, but for 800 bucks I couldnt really beat it.....not to mention I can drive to and from work for 2 weeks on 4 bucks
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Old June 4th, 2008, 08:15 AM   #18
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i have a 98 honda xr600 that wouldnt take all that much to make road legal and would be ideal for your needs. real reliable and friendly to the rider.
what would you need to get outta it......and pics?
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