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Motorcycle for hunting and street? #15968249 04/03/21
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I am looking to get a motorcycle for hunting nd also be able to take on the street. Not planning on a touring type bike, but I am a big guy, 6-1 and 250. Plan on a scabbard, rack, and whatever else I can fit on it reasonably.

Any suggestions?

A friend mentioned a KLR 650.


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A 650 off road is a lot of bike.


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KLR 650

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was also looking at CRF250L


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What kind of street riding? If you are connecting trails with a little bit of asphalt the Honda mentioned would be great. That KLR isn't really a dirt bike. It's a street bike dressed in drag. It's a big heavy turd.


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Find a Suzuki DR350 if you can. They stopped making them in 1999. I’m 6’, 240 and it’s still a big bike.

I hunt off mine at the ranch, and also plated to be street legal. No need for a scabbard, just cross sling your rifle over you back. My hunting buddies think I look like Mexican Cartel member.

The seat makes a nice shooting rest. I’ve shot numerous deer and hogs off it.

You have to call in a cleanup crew (quad or truck), unless you shoot something small and then you can drape it over your lap.


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Back when I rode dirt bikes for fun, it was a pain in the ass to keep a 2 stroke from loading up when I was in actual woods with it. If you'll be in a lot of "go slow" spots with broken ground and lots of downed trees, I would recommend a 4 stroke. If you are in more open territory it shouldn't matter.


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You gonna need a sidecar.......


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Originally Posted by BigDave39355
You gonna need a sidecar.......

Yeah....

Or,not.
I rode with a friend that had a nice, tricked out klr. Nice bike.
I rode a xr650l, more off rode modded, blah blah,blah.

what your asking for, klr.

Thumpertalk.com is your friend.
Go cruise that site. Read, for hours.😉
Good luck.✌🏻

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If I were going to buy a bike to take hunting and it had to be street legal my two choices would be a Yamaha TW200 or a Honda 125 Trail.


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A Ural with a sidecar, on demand 2 wheel drive, and a place to pack out your dear.


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Originally Posted by Snowwolfe
If I were going to buy a bike to take hunting and it had to be street legal my two choices would be a Yamaha TW200 or a Honda 125 Trail.

I concur.

All new motorcycles are in short supply these days, particularly the Honda which was just introduced last year, but used Tdubs are around.


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Decide where you want the most adaptability.

A 250cc might offer all the speed/power I need for the street but be a lot more agile on the trail.

If the street or highway is the main concern the 650 wins.

A 350 - 450 is a good compromise, but I'll still lean toward the lighter weight & agility of a 250 every time just a long as it's capable for my street travels.

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My TW200 has fat tires and a rack I built out of cromo tubing. It will haul more than you'll believe. Aftermarket lighting is essential.

I love the xt for blasting around on.

I also have a yz250 2stroke dialed in for the woods. If I had to keep one it would be the xt225. It's faster and closer to moto layout. I've been on bikes for over 40 years and the tw is wide and squatty.... but it is a goat if you can keep it upright it will go through whatever you need it to.


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I had a tw200, great bike BUT, I'm the same height as you and we are too tall for it. The peg to seat height is not enough for comfortable riding. Your knees will be up high and your crotch will be numb after 20 minutes.

I now have a 2018 Suzuki DRZ400 and its just about the perfect all-around bike. I bought it specifically to use for backcountry wolf hunting, and I am very happy with it.


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I have the DR200S, I'm lighter than you but the bike would by far haul your azz around.

I'm off pavement about 80% of the time but make short, 15 to 20 mile highway runs to get to some locations. I can run it up to 65 mph pretty quick and eventually hit 80.

That's where I'd think you'd be happier with the DR400, maybe I would too. I missed a chance at buying a good Honda 250, it could be the ticket for you as well.

I'd just hate to go with a heavier bike now that I have this one.
The 200 I can manipulate really well off the road, my aging light weight body still has enough umph to make a light bike do what I want it to in hard spots. I've bounced my way up some really steep rocky climbs and been surprised with the control I can maintain.

With the DR200 weighing in at 275 pounds, it's a bike I ride, it don't ride me. Then there's the loading it on the rack on the back of the RV part. I would not want a heavier bike when it comes to that maneuver.
The DR400 is 320 pounds, so you'd probably find it to be similar in maneuverability and manipulating, you have a 100 pounds of body weight on me and a few inches of height.

The bike is super quite, when I first purchased it I was recommended to put a performance exhaust system on it to enhance performance and make it sound like a real motorcycle.
Really glad I didn't do that. I can sneak around pretty stealthy like in the mountains without spooking every critter I come across.

I put it in neutral and shut it off for downhill runs and then it's just tire noise, some places for miles at a time.
Last fall I put 1700 off highway miles on it in the mountains of Montana, it's proven.

I've been getting between 90 to 100 mpg.

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Since I bought the bike I've installed front and rear racks, get good ones, they are the best tie down points when hauling.

Got rid of the factory tires and installed 40/60s, the factory tires were 80/20s. Huge off road performance enhancer, I waited too long to do it, the 80/20s were new and I wanted to get some miles out of them before I junked them, I wouldn't wait to do that again.

I went with the Black Widow rack system and I'd buy it again, it's worked out to be perfect for a light weight bike.
If you're considering a bike hauling rack such as this get one with a minimum of a 5ft ramp, the shorter the steeper.

I use the Rino brand 1 1/4 inch wide tie downs.
I tie down at 4 points, a bit overkill but it don't budge when hauling on rough roads. I watch it with my backup camera, it never wiggles.

So, that's my two cents worth, good luck.

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OK, so 650 appears big for what I want. I plan on driving 50/50 road/offroad. I am not a young man and not Evel Knievel. Several people recommend the TW 200 and several honda crf250l.

I would plan on putting racks on it.


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Uhhh no not really but ok.....

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Go sit and ride a few..... you will find what you want

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