I'd appreciate a few opinions here. I'd really like to do some more dual sport riding as I'm in the right country for it. Doubling everywhere is all right but my girlfriend would like to learn how to ride and I think it would be a lot more fun not having to worry about my passenger all the time and have an extra bike out there in case of problems. What I'm looking for is something I can teach her on that's street legal, highway, and off-road capeable that won't be too intimidating.
The criteria I'm thinking of are it must be something I can lower enough to make it easy to learn on. She's 5'7" so I'm hoping that part won't be too difficult. It can't be too fast or too slow; it needs to have enough beans to handle the highway and ideally I don't want her to outgrow it in a few months. Electric start would be best. Reliability and street legal but with reasonable off road capabilities are absolute musts. A used one would be nice too but new is a consideration if I can't find anything.
Bikes I've considered:
DR200 - definitely fits the beginner criteria but something tells me it'll be taxed to run highway speeds for any length of time and it might be outgrown too quickly. Anyone with experience with these care to comment?
KLX250 - on paper this looks like a decent bike as long as I can lower it. Might be on the slow side and definitely expensive but at least it has a lot of bigger bike features that would come in handy as she learns it.
DR350 - older and discontinued. There's a clean bike with about 18k km on it here for sale. It sounds like it has a carb issue so I might axe it from the list but I've ridden Teetee's before and it was a fun but beginner friendly bike. The biggest drawback is kick start only on the bike I'm looking at.
DRZ400S/KLX400 - seems like a great bike, but is this a bike that will be too much work for a new rider? There's tonnes of information out there on these bikes as something that can do anything and all sorts of aftermarket support. I have some hesitations though given the size of this bike.