What bike do i get?? i am 16 m and beginner

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I only ride once or twice just in a parking lot on my friend Xr80. Nothing great but i got cocky and tried to show off and hit a fence. But now its been a few years and i am ready to try again. My dad used to ride so i have somewhat of a teacher. He quit though because he got hurt and broke his collarbone. I almost fully persuaded him into letting me buy a bike. Just i dont no what bike is best for me and my level, i am definately a small rider and definatley a beginner! Please respnd with some helpful information a bike you recommend.
 
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I am thinking bout an used Xr100 probly around 2000 or 2001. I heard they have soft supsension but considering i dont plan on jumping and im a small rider i think it will be perfect for me. I i heard its almost handles itself. Anyone agree or disagree?
 

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What type of riding are you planning on doing? Mainly trail riding with no real jumping? If so then the XR line of bikes are awesome bullet proof machines for starter bikes. You may be big enough to consider the XR200 to leave you a bit of room to grow. If your looking new the CRF150F would be a bike I'd take a peek at.
 

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When you say you're a small rider - how small? Height and weight? And at 16 - do you expect to hit a 6 inch growth spurt in the next year. If so, you should consider that in your bike purchase as well. Also, like chili said, what type of riding are you plan to do? Also, how much are you looking to spend?
 
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I plan on riding mostly trails and probly not gonna attempt and jumps.(if i do nothing big) I was thinking about the xr200 but they seem so big i wouldnt be able to touch the ground and i wouldnt want to start on a bike like that. And im pretty sure i aint gonna hit a 6 inch growth spurt i come from a small family. But thanks for the replys and i think the Xr100 is winning. oh yeah and my budget wont allow me to buy a new bike i only have like 1600 which i think can buy me a decent used bike.
 

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My step son is exactly your size and age, the XR100 will be an excelent bike to learn the basic techniques... I also just sold his '02 XR100 for 1500 to move him up to an MX'er, that'd leave some money left over for gear too...yes you need gear too!

The downside to this is that if you do get into jumping/MX stuff, the XR100 is very easy for you young guys to outgrow so a TTR125 or an XR200 may be a LITTLE better choice, go to the local bike shop and sit on some to see which one fits you best. If your dad use to ride, I would imagine that he too knows a thing or two about it also, and since he knows you best, maybe a 2-stroke 80 or 100 might be considered...don't just take my word for it though, you'll get some really good advice here...and don't forget that gear! Helmet, goggles, gloves, boots (minimum)! Go to... http://www.denniskirk.com/jsp/produ...AQW25LA0WTKSM4VMDK0NKIV0?catId=1&store=Outlet
 

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Go to that site and check out the helmets, it will give you about 14 pages...check out pages 11-14 for good helmets at a great price! FYI, this is the Dennis Kirk "outlet" store, you can also get there from Dennis Kirk.com but from there you will need to navigate to and through the outlet store...good luck and have fun!
 
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Thanx for the replys, yall really helped me. I am going to a local dealer this week to sit on a few different models and am gonna see what fits me best. And thanx for the website the prices are great!
 
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I'm about the same size you are (actually 2 inches shorter). I posted a very similar question a few years ago - I was 19 at the time.

Finally ended up with an XR100. Equal option was a TTR125.
 
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I have an XR 100. Its a great bike but at 15 I outgrew it very quickly. Its a great beginner bike but its power is limiting for those who want to get on the throttle when you get more advanced.

In my personal opinion, your going to turn out to be an agressive rider. The thing that tells me this is that on your first time riding, if you got cocky and crashed into a fense, that your eventually going to want to be jumping this bike and riding aggressivly, and your going to want something bigger quickly, and may end up wanting to get on an MX track.

My ONLY gripe about the XR 100 is the suspension. It will jump, but it will land hard when you do. So buy used and keep the bike in good condition if your going XR 100 or even CRF-150 (which might be hard to find used at your budget since they are fairly new bikes), so if you eventually want to get rid of it, you can :)
 
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I no i will probly want to jump and be aggressive.. but the deal with my dad was i was gonna take it easy. So if i get a beginner bike he will be ok with it.. and as i get more experience i will sell it and move up and probly go MX. I am looking at the CRF150 it looks perfect fore me... if my dad pitches in i might be able to get it. Thanks