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    Ride a Fireblade on the road, ride mtb's regularly off road, toying with getting an off road bike to lark around on in Winter. So what's best for a noob? Will want to ride to trails, live in Chippenham, always see off roaders in Shrewton and round the plain, so not too far, but needs to be road legal. Budget around 1k. Oh and where does one see maps for trails round the plain, that one up there ^^ the link is dead.

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    Don't think you're going to get much for a couple of monkeys, but if your lucky enough to find a tatty EXC200 that would be an excellent tool.

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    Don't go too big, a common mistake. Just because you ride a blade doesn't mean you need lots of power off road.

    A two stroke would be cheapest and easiest for a beginner, look for something like suggested above.

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    DRZ400 lots of them about and big enough for the ride to the venue.

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    I reckon you could get an ok DRZ400 for 1500, a 1k one is going to be a dog.

    I like the little strokers, but stuff like the KDX220R need premix (which is a ball ache) and the 200's are all a bit long in the tooth for 2t's,

    For a grand you'll probably get... Yam 225 Serrow (4T), older CRM250 (2T), KLX250/300 (4T), a single cam DR250/350 or a twincam DR250, you might even find an older XR400 in that price range.

    For that budget i'd stick Japanese and go for a plodder not a proper competition Enduro, until you decide you like it (I'd stay away from WR's too as at that price they're going to be a ticking timebomb).

    So.. up the budget and get a DRZ400 or an XR400 if you like kickstarting.

    If you only have a grand, get a jap 250 like a KLX or a DR.

    All imho, I'm sure someone will be along soon to say a 1k Katoom would be just as reliable.

    For your viewing pleasure, the fun you can have on a 20bhp DR250S...


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    Cheers guys, no Panigale KFB? Slacking

    Gives me some bikes to look at, i say a grand, but i 'm hovering around there as i've never had an off road bike before, and don't really want to dive in too deep.

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    A lot depends where you want to ride, in woods and mud and technical stuff you want a nice, low powered, light bike. For faster more open unmade roads you want a nice 400+.

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    Xr250.

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    Most 2nd hand enduro bikes over 5 years old cost 1-2k. At 1k you'll be buying at the absolute bottom of the market, Wait until you've got 1500, then the market opens up.

    As a novice off-roader myself, i've alway found smaller 4Ts to be much easier to ride thn smaller 2Ts. As suggested, a DR400Z would be a good bet. Easy to ride ( a fairly steady 30bhp), plentiful, wih reasonable service intervals and has handy stuff like electric start and an ignition key. It will also work well on the road sections.

    If you want something a bit more serious and 2T for that kind of money, then a KTM200EXC or GasGas EC200 should be available in reasonable condition for less than 1500. They're "proper" off-roaders though, so will be horrible on the road and won't have proper lights etc.

    Again, you'll make life a lot easier for yourself if you find another 500. If you buy one of the popular brands, you'll get 90% of your money back when you sell it.

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    You'd get a gas gas 200 for that, a little easier than its ktm counterpart to handle but usefully lighter than a drz, won't be great on the road but tbh nothing with the knobblies you'll be wanting for the clayslip of the plains in winter will be

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    Buy cheap incase you don't like off roading.get old dt or mtx field bike and see wot ya think

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    Another vote for a Serow (225). Small, light, simple, common, robust, and surprisingly capable. See how many of them compete in trials like Lands End, Edinburgh etc. You can get a reasonable one for 1000 and have lots of fun while you're learning.

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