Feel free to PM me with these kinds of requests! I don't read every thread completely!
Inseam: 34 inches
Years riding: street, 9 yrs; dirt, 4 years
Skill: I'd say advanced beginner/intermediate, but it depends on the kind of riding. I've always been moderately brave about taking risks, I did some rock climbing before getting into dirt bikes, went sky diving, that kind of thing
Type: Started in the desert, Ocotillo Wells primarily, then got heavily into motorcross, did some TIGHT single-track in Louisiana and in the Central Valley... guess I've done just about all of it, except haven't tried a sand paddle in dunes (but really don't want to!)
Racing: A few harescrambles
First borrowed dirt bike, before buying my own: 1994 Suzuki RM125, 2-stroke. For the summer of '03, before I bought my own dirt bike, we would borrow this bike from a friend whenever my boyfriend and I wanted to ride dirt. I didn't have a problem with the 125 smoker 'hit', but the bike was old and needed a top end, so it wasn't that peaky.
First try at my own dirt bike: 2001 Yamaha YZ250, 2 stroke. I wanted something with more power than a 125 for keeping up with the 'big' bikes in the desert, and for getting up some of the gnarly hill climbs we were doing out there, and got a great deal on this 250 smoker. But, this 2-stroke hit MUCH harder than the 125, especially being that I was used to the way a street bike would deliver power. At this early stage of my dirt riding career this bike was NOT FUN, especially as my boyfriend was in Kuwait and I was riding with other friends that really expected me to keep up, and weren't so patient... so, after having it 2 weeks, and seriously spraining my ankle by looping out going up a hill, I took it in to the dealership and traded it for my current ride:
Current dirt bike: 2004 Yamaha YZ250F. This bike can do ANYTHING, and I've had nothing but fun with it! Its an awesome MXer, can haul up any hill, light enough not to be too burdensome on tight trails. Sometimes, I've wished for an e-start on long trips through tight single track (after stalling out for the nth time), and if I end up riding more trails than track I'll probably change the gearing on it, and I've been considering a recluse, as I'm getting lazy in my 'old' age!
The only major mod I've made is the Dr. D exhaust, and that was for the removable silencer and spark arrester. Everything else engine-wise and gearing is stock.