I always go back to the 250. It’s 300lbs wet, can turn around in a parking space, lane split like non-other, and it’ll do 85mph (In a full tuck with tailwind… realistically 75mph). Single cylinder, spark plug is right there, oil is simplistic to change, carb can be removed in less than an hour. The lack of power also makes it nice in that you don’t have to have a death grip on the throttle all the time to ensure a bump in the road won’t put you on your ass or in to the car in front of you. The only drawback is the tank is only good for 80 miles before reserve.
Basically, the KLX250SF is fucking awesome.[/quote]
the 2008 and up 250s have a 3.5 gallon tank and i typically got 200-250 miles of racing of every stop in the city with mine…
The 250 was a great first bike, i bought mine used in 2009 for 3200 rode for a year, put over 10k miles on it, and sold it for 3150… not bad, and after a year you will know if you like sport bikes more or decide to go the cruiser route so your back doesnt hurt as much on really long rides… the 250 is very underpowered above 70 mph with a 200 pound rider on it and no one will be able to ride with you.
That said, when gas goes up I miss mine, but i dont miss the insurance, it was 2x what my car is… granted my car is a 1999 camaro…[/quote]
Insurance was high on the 250? Mine’s $60/year.
I’m surprised so many people here recommend a 600cc sport bike as a first bike. It’s not that you can’t get yourself in trouble on a 250, it’s just you’ll get their much faster on a 600.
Do you remember the first time you had to turn right at a stop sign? Oops, went a little too slow, time to give it some gas. Oh shit…