Im with Jack....its alot easier to get out for a halfday of trailriding locally than take off for a couple days.
Get something more trailworthy than street.
I'm not suggesting he get a dirt-only bike. I'm just suggesting he sit back and analyze how he would really use it. Heck, for the price of his Warrior he could probably get both a KLR and a descent dirt-only bike and have both options open.
The klr kinda sucks. I had one. It's really not much of a dirt bike, much better street legal options out there.
We all realize it's no sport bike and doesn't have top-of-the-line components. What didn't you like about it. Any comments on the 2008 redesign?
thats easy for people who can tow to say, im not equiped to tow anything no more, and besides i still enjoy riding to work thu/fri. its only easier because it is what you choose to want to do, how hard was it to put a key in your harley and take off? if it started it wasnt difficult.
once colin is ready, the whole family will be packing trail bikes and ill probably buy a truck, till then i need to be able to get out on occasion, which means street as well as trail so dual purpose is where its at.
Well, you should be able to tow either of these bikes with just about any car.
If you want to do tight single track, then dirt-only non plated is probably the way to go. If you want to run trails then plated is the way to go.
I'm not sure what it's like in Illinois with places to trail ride, but I know in Wisconsin it can be tough. Snowmobilers and ATVs are organized, but off-road bikers not so much. Some counties in Wisconsin allow dirt bikes on their ATV routes, some don't. It's all up to the county for the most part so it's a patchwork of yes and no's throughout the state. You have to research.
Just this year a huge trail complex in Jackson county has changed their policy. They no longer allow dirt bikes that are not plated on their ATV trails. that's a big blow.
So when Colin is ready, where will he ride? Dave (LoveBothKats) would probably be a good source of info for places to ride. I just know in Wisconsin it's going to be increasingly difficult to find places where Colin can ride. B
Bong is actually close and would be okay. It has a very small oval Colin could ride and learn on. The trails however are so so. And the place is closed half the time.
Will the wife ride? We found ATVs easier to manage as a family. I would prefer a bike but ATV trails are easier to find and easier for my wife and son.
I wish I had a second bike we could go out and see what you think. Trails in Wisconsin open May 1st.