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    Post What's better for starting out?

    What would you guys recommend for a first bike? A TW200 or a KLR650? I'm asking because I'm looking for a bike and I'm not sure which one would be better.

    Edit: I'm 5'10" tall and weigh about 160-170lbs.
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    R1. If you start out on anything less than a liter bike you'll be tired of it in a few weeks.

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    Anything near one litre and you’ll be dead in a few weeks

    Learn to ride first – ride what you want second

    Given the two choices mentioned, I’d have to say some kind of trail bike (not some kind of trial bike – subtle difference)

    Six months on a TW will teach you two years worth on a KLR650 – most pertinently, how to survive

    When you’re ready, sell the TW and buy what you want – you have to earn it first ……
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeviticus23 View Post
    What would you guys recommend for a first bike? A TW200 or a KLR650? I'm asking because I'm looking for a bike and I'm not sure which one would be better.
    What is the intended use for the bike? A brief answer for you without knowing your intended use; Commuter bike with speeds above 60 mph, get the KLR. Riding rural back roads at less than 55 mph and gravel/dirt/trails, get the TW. KLR can do this too but if you travel into single track or rough 2-track trails the KLR will be a handful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple View Post
    Anything near one litre and you’ll be dead in a few weeks

    Learn to ride first – ride what you want second
    Oh right, my bad. That's just the thought process of 90% of new riders. I just figured that's what he really wanted to hear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by methamphetasaur View Post
    Oh right, my bad. That's just the thought process of 90% of new riders. I just figured that's what he really wanted to hear...
    lol - yeah - but at least this one asked the right question
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    pretty hard for anyone but you to know. i started with a honda 90 and rode it for 17 years, so if you are me, there you go
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    So my intended use for a bike would be to just have it as a riding bike. Just to travel to and from work, maybe a few trips here and there. My dad started with a '04 Suzuki V-Strom 650, and I asked him he said one of these two bikes.

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    The TW will be much more forgiving than the KLR during the learning process. I'd go with the TW.
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    In my opinion, the TW is super easy to ride, forgiving, low sear height, limited power. It is fun to cruise around on too, as long as you stay on roads with limits 50mph or lower. They are not safe on higher speed roads (again my opinion) as they leave little to no option for accelaration from 50 to whatever top speed your particular bike is capable of. Even gearing and light weight riders are not going to have enough power in reserve to be safe at 55+mph. Have fun, wear good gear, head on a swivel!
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