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Old June 28th, 2009, 06:07 PM   #1
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I want too start riding and I have No Clue what size bike too get, I will be riding trails the whole time, and I know I should go with a 4stroke for that kinda riding, but I still dont know what size bike would fit me. Im 5'10", and 195 lbs, I definatly need some help on the sizing part. If anyone can send some info my way that would be great,
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Old June 28th, 2009, 06:32 PM   #2
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I guess it would help if you read the vehicle specs. the majority of manufactures have about 3-4" of ride height adjustable in their suspensions. its mosty the total weight of rider & gear that makes the biggest difference.
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I never though about that, Thank you for the help.
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You're actually the typical height/weight for what "stock" suspensions are set up for. Theoretically, you could hop on any machine with very little tuning needed to have it set up for you. It'd basically be tuning for your particular feel.

As for actual size, go to the dealer and see what you like. See what feels good to you, from a perspective of being on the seat. You probably won't want to go out and get a brand new 450 4 stroke, since that's about as powerful as you can get right now, but if you don't plan on upgrading in a year or two, that might be your only option.

Otherwise, look around for a used cheapo 250, get some mileage on something you won't feel guilty about dumping all the time, then start looking bigger for next season.
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If I where to buy a mostly stock bike to learn on and putt around the trails with I'd look at:

Honda XR250 or XR400. They're heavy and slow compared to a modern 450 motocross 4-stroke, but don't require near as much maintainence, and they make tractor like power down low which is nice for cruising around the trails.

Kawasaki KDX200 or KDX220. Pretty popular 2-stroke trail bike that shouldn't be too much of a handful for a beginner.

And of course there are tons of less-than-fullsize bikes out there that are pretty nice for learning on, but once you figure everything out you'll probably want something a bit better anyway.
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If I where to buy a mostly stock bike to learn on and putt around the trails with I'd look at:

Honda XR250 or XR400. They're heavy and slow compared to a modern 450 motocross 4-stroke, but don't require near as much maintainence, and they make tractor like power down low which is nice for cruising around the trails.

Kawasaki KDX200 or KDX220. Pretty popular 2-stroke trail bike that shouldn't be too much of a handful for a beginner.

And of course there are tons of less-than-fullsize bikes out there that are pretty nice for learning on, but once you figure everything out you'll probably want something a bit better anyway.
Cannot disagree on what EBS suggested, though, an XR400 can get really heavy at the end of the day.

First and foremost: protective gear.
Get a set of motorcycle boots before you set tire on trail - my boots have saved me from broken ankles and toes almost on a daily basis.
Buy a helmet that fits (means shopping in a store and paying a little more $$$) and a decent set of goggles.

Jeans and a light-colored long sleeve shirt will get you by for your first rides. When you do look at armor (since you're trail riding), I would suggest staying away from MX-style armor. You don't need "roost" protection, you need tree protection. Keep your eye open for sales on "661 Pressure suit" armor - that has saved my upper body almost as much as my boots have. I bang off of trees with my handguards (another good woods purchase) and the arm protection quite often - the bruises I save are worth the extra money.

And last, but not least, go with some people that know what they're doing and where they're going.
Shoot me a PM if you have any questions - I'd be happy to answer more questions and introduce you to Michigan's awesome ORV system.
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