Arg I wrote out a long post and submitted it but then the site logged me out! Anyway, I've lurked on here a bit in the past but joined today.
I just finished the PRS (Pacific Riding School) course (really good as everyone says; highly recommend it!) and now I'm looking to get a bike.
My dream this past year was to get a dirtbike (KX 100, CRF 150f) and I was going to trade my car for a truck to carry it. Buuuut as we all know, life is unpredictable, gotta stay flexible!
I got accepted to a university program and now I will probably be selling my car and would like to rely entirely on a bike as a daily commuter. But I want my dirtbike fix too!
The Honda CRF 230m's that we rode at PRS are all I have experience on, and seem decent, but seem hard to come by. Was at Carter Motorsports today and they have none in but will be getting some 2009's in from the states in a few weeks.
Then they showed me the CRF 230L. It looks more dirtbikey, which I like. Will the offroad tires have enough traction on the asphalt for daily commuting year-round? Is the bike itself okay for commuting all around the lower mainland?
I want something I can also ride, say, up to Pemberton, and then head straight up a mountain and go offroading.
Will my hands get sore turning the throttle on the highways and will it be comfy for long distances? I know it wouldn't be the same as a touring bike, but can't have everything!
Will probably buy a used one off Craigs, unless maybe someone has one for sale here!
I'm 5'6, 120 lbs of solid ball-busting steel... no just kidding, I'm a pretty conservative brand new rider, so I don't need too much power. Although I don't want something that I will 'outgrow' fast and soon find boring. But I would still prefer to err on the side of boring if that makes sense.