best endro/dual sport bike for a bigger guy
Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:04 AM
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:29 PM
Any big bore Beta or the new KTM500 EXC would be great.
IMO the new KTM 500 will be hard to beat going forward, as much as I like my Beta. It is a more refined bike.
Any bike will require suspension work to get it right as they are all designed for skinny 180 lb guys.
Edited by Chasejj, 20 February 2012 - 03:30 PM.
Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:13 PM
Why? What is wrong with the Beta motor?
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:26 PM
I don't know anything about the Aprilla but the Husaberg FE450 is an excellent bike, just be ready to swap out the fuel pump first thing as the stock piece is absolute garbage made in China but the replacement pump is from Italy and has no issues. Not sure about North Carolina, but here in California the 450 is not street legal. The FE570 however is and is a great ride as well. PM me if you want to know more about the 'berg.
Other rides to note that may fit your needs...
Husqvarna TE 511 or 450
Beta 520 RS or 498 RS
KTM EXC 500 or 450 (2012 with EFI) or 2010/2011 EXC (with carb).
Note that both the 'Berg and the KTM's are on the higher end of the spectrum in price, so depends how much you are willing to spend. You cant go wrong with any of the above IMO.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 05:49 PM
I've been throughout Death Valley and all parts of the Sierra mountians, ridden hard almost from day one, and has been a great bike. but at your weight you will need larger springs in both ends.....
But many will say that having a 65-70+ HP dual sport that weighs 285 is a bit overkill, yet its all controled from the right wrist.
Stay away from 2006-2007 versions still sitting on the dealers floor, PM me for more details.....
Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:08 PM
Smooth power, great top speed (comfortable on freeway), amazing torque. It's a great all-around machine. It's really a blast to ride, and a thrill to show off at events. It's carbureted, which is a plus for me. Different ppl have different preferences. It is built on the same RR frame that won Dirt Rider's 450cc off-road competition shootout, so it's great in the woods too.
I wouldn't do the Aprilia b/c it is such a high-tuned machine.
Other than that the KTM or Husq would be the only other considerations for me.
Edited by CRFJeff113, 22 February 2012 - 03:09 PM.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 07:12 PM