I was going to post this to Johnny LA’s motorcycle thread but figured I ought to just keep it separate.
I’ve taken the MSF course and had my driver’s license upgraded to motorcycle & car. I haven’t bought a bike yet because I live in NYC and it just isn’t the place for me to learn the ropes and keep a bike.
In a month or so we’re going to be moving into a place up in the Catskills (a relatively mountainous area near NYC). I’m getting psyched to finally get a bike. I keep thinking a dual purpose would be the thing for me since I’m attracted to dirt. Part of me says get a 250 along the lines of a Kawasaki KLR250 or Super sherpa. These bikes look light, easy for me to handle, and just plain fun. Another part of me says no, they’re too small (I’m 6’1" 250lbs) you’ll soon want more power you should get something like a KLR650 or maybe even a BMW f650. One thing that’s daunting about the KLR is that the seat seems so high. I’d be trying to balance on my tip-toes while stopped.
Something like the ninja500 or Bandit looks tempting as well.
When I get up there I’ll start poking around dealerships for probably a used one of the above, but in the meantime I was wondering what your experiences with dual purpose bikes are. Does one easily get used to the seat height of a KLR650 or other 650 size bikes?