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    Throw the stick!!!! LowCel's Avatar
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    Toy shopping...motorcycle or four wheeler....

    Well after having my ZX14 paid off for a day I found myself back in the motorcycle shop yesterday. I'm debating purchasing a dirt bike or a four wheeler. I am torn between the two so I'm not real sure what I will end up with, if anything.

    I'm looking at the following (all new):
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    2007 Honda CRF250R
    2009 Honda TRX300X
    2009 Yamaha YZ250F
    2009 Yamaha Raptor 350

    I have to admit though, toy shopping sure is fun!!!!
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    correct answer...

    All of the above.

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    Do you have a place to really enjoy either on a regular basis?

    How about a track bike instead?
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    Depends on what your needs are. Four wheelers are great and if you buy wisely (not just a racer) they are very handy to have around because you can do a lot of work with one too. If you do want a racer style, I would rather have the dirt bike because you can ride it on the road and they are more versatile on the trail.

    I grew up with both and still ride both regularly.

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    the biggest pro's for me when comparing bikes or quads was the ease of storage, transporting and maintenance of the bikes. I ended up buying a enclosed trailer for the quads because they took up so much room in the garage. I also would bet that with your street bike bicycle background you may prefer the dirt bike over a quad as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy_Rider View Post
    ...they are very handy to have around because you can do a lot of work with one too...
    I've seen a guy using one to mow his lawn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatguyRacer View Post
    I've seen a guy using one to mow his lawn.
    I often use one to plow my drive way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatguyRacer View Post
    Do you have a place to really enjoy either on a regular basis?

    How about a track bike instead?
    I live in WV so there are plenty of places to ride either. I will have to haul it a few miles but not too far. As for track bike are you talking about another crotch rocket? I have considered that as well problem is that the nearest track is almost four hours away, it is an awesome track though, Mid-Ohio.

    Quote Originally Posted by Indy_Rider View Post
    Depends on what your needs are. Four wheelers are great and if you buy wisely (not just a racer) they are very handy to have around because you can do a lot of work with one too. If you do want a racer style, I would rather have the dirt bike because you can ride it on the road and they are more versatile on the trail.

    I grew up with both and still ride both regularly.
    I'm not that concerned about being able to ride it on the road, I have my crotch rocket for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
    the biggest pro's for me when comparing bikes or quads was the ease of storage, transporting and maintenance of the bikes. I ended up buying a enclosed trailer for the quads because they took up so much room in the garage. I also would bet that with your street bike bicycle background you may prefer the dirt bike over a quad as well.
    I owned both growing up, I always had a dirt bike or a quad up until the time I got a license.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    I'm debating purchasing a dirt bike or a four wheeler.
    Or just get the worst of both worlds.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
    Or just get the worst of both worlds.....

    Hell no, I'll stick with my safe crotch rocket!!!
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    Hell no, I'll stick with my safe crotch rocket!!!
    I rode an ATC once. Nailed a tree within about 20 seconds. Never got on another one.
    Couple years ago I owned a Cannondale Speed Quad. Quite possibly the most fun I have ever had on the dirt. A bit maintenance intensive but gawd was that thing a monster.

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    I grew up with a guy whose dad worked for Harley. He always had incredibly cool toys, including a pair of those Honda ATC's and a motocross rig of some sort with a gyro front wheel for wheelie fun.

    I remember him wheelieing all the way down the street with me on the back of one of the three wheelers, holding on for dear life and squealing like a little girl. I was helmetless of course.

    He also took me for a flight in his Piper Tomahawk one day when we were skipping high school. He turned teh engine off and acted like we had lost power. I lost some brown weight that day.

    Thanks for indulging me.

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    I am thinking of reverting back to the fun bikes of my youth and buying a 250 cc dual sport, what we used to call enduros. I was giving serious consideration to a Yamaha XT 250, but then Kawasaki announced that they were bringing back the Super Sherpa. They are expected to hit the showrooms in April. I may very well end up buying one of those.
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    If you already have a crotch rocket get a quad. Unless you want to do jumps and stuff.

    Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.

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    Hmmmm... also depends where you plan on riding. Tight trails I'd go with a bike but big piles of dirt, a quad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysol1 View Post
    Or just get the worst of both worlds.....

    I still prefer those to a quad. If you actually know how to ride a three wheeler, they are safe and you can snap them around tight turns much easier than a quad.

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    250 cc dirt bike or enduro. Can go anywhere a quad can go and places a quad can't go.

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    Consider getting a "street legal" dirt bike. You can go anywhere.

    I was on my GoldWing up in Colorado last summer and I had a break down. It was a recurring electrical problem. I was so pissed, I almost paid cash for a Honda 650 dirt bike that was street legal to ride home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasKid View Post
    Consider getting a "street legal" dirt bike. You can go anywhere.

    I was on my GoldWing up in Colorado last summer and I had a break down. It was a recurring electrical problem. I was so pissed, I almost paid cash for a Honda 650 dirt bike that was street legal to ride home.
    My one requirement is that it is not "street legal". I already pay enough for insurance on the ZX14, I don't want to get anything else I need to insure. I just want something that I can go out and ride a few times a year with my brother or some other friends.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    My one requirement is that it is not "street legal". I already pay enough for insurance on the ZX14, I don't want to get anything else I need to insure. I just want something that I can go out and ride a few times a year with my brother or some other friends.
    All of the options are awfully expensive for something you want to use only a few times a year.

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    I say a dirtbike, I had a 99 yamaha yz450f for awhile and I wished I had never sold it. It had a street kit on it so I could ride it to the trails, ride the trails and then ride home. Awesome.

    If you only pay liability on it insurance will be around $100-$150 a year. I'm 19 y.o. and I was paying about $165 for 6 months. Not too bad, but I'm paying out the nose for my 600RR now

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    I'm looking at the following (all new):
    2009 Honda CRF230L
    2007 Honda CRF250R
    2009 Honda TRX300X
    2009 Yamaha YZ250F
    2009 Yamaha Raptor 350
    Quote Originally Posted by FatguyRacer View Post
    How about a track bike instead?
    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    correct answer...

    All of the above.
    Reverse posts #2 and #3, and the thread could have ended there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lauren View Post
    it was $150 a year for liability and comp on my 250 ninja.
    Mine's $50/year to insure, but as it turns out, the cost of tires is going to outweigh the insurance savings by quite a lot.


    (That center section is now completely bald. I have a new set of Pirellis waiting to be installed.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel View Post
    Well after having my ZX14 paid off for a day I found myself back in the motorcycle shop yesterday. I'm debating purchasing a dirt bike or a four wheeler. I am torn between the two so I'm not real sure what I will end up with, if anything.

    I'm looking at the following (all new):
    2009 Honda CRF230L
    2007 Honda CRF250R
    2009 Honda TRX300X
    2009 Yamaha YZ250F
    2009 Yamaha Raptor 350

    I have to admit though, toy shopping sure is fun!!!!
    I've owned both:

    CR125
    XR250
    300EX
    300 4x4 Polaris

    It depends in the kind of riding you like. Mud? ATV, fast hill climbs and jumps Dirtbike, Family riding ATV....ect.

    for me it was always depending on the group you ride with. Riding a racing ATV with a bunch of 500 4x4's wasn't much fun.

    Riding a dirt bike with other racing 4wheelers = loads of fun.

    I'm a dirt bike kind of person, but if you have a family or want the kids to be able to kick around the farm/yard an ATV is the answer.

    If you're going to ride the hatfield like we do here in the southern end of WV, ATV's are king. I haven't ridden that much since I kilt me shoulder in 1999 on the 300EX....I bought my jeep so when I rolled I'd survive. LOL
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