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CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:41:56 pm »
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 07:50:09 pm »
Good buy , go for it
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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 07:55:32 pm »
Bullet-proof and very forgiving! Light on fuel and reasonably nippy. Will go anywhere, and is light enough for even smaller riders.
Spares a reasonably cheap, and many parts are available from non-oem suppliers.
One of the best newbie bikes IMHO. :thumleft:
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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 07:56:40 pm »
Mileage per tank??
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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 08:01:07 pm »
Mileage per tank??
I've got up to 40km/l, but average about 30k/l... they'll do 200 kays on a standard tank (7l). There are long range tanks available from Clarke which extend the range to over 300km per tank :thumleft:
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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 08:06:52 pm »
Brilliant little bike and besides the tw200 probably the best bike to learn on
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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 08:09:34 pm »
Mileage per tank??

Wife and daughter have done 90km's without using reserve on their 230's.

Incredible little bikes, can carry my bulk, light and easy enough for a petite high school girl to ride, and bulletproof.

We have two, and they go anywhere I can go with a WR450, and some places easier  :thumleft:

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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 08:10:27 pm »
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
Any thoughts or advice?
You might not be a Suzuki fan...but don't forget about the Suzuki DR 200 SE, or grey import Djebel DR 200 for the ladies!




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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2014, 08:11:17 pm »
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
Any thoughts or advice?

Thoughts = yes (x2), for your wife and 16 yo daughter to learn on.

Advice = buy one, thank me later  :thumleft:
 

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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2014, 08:12:43 pm »
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
Any thoughts or advice?
You might not be a Suzuki fan...but don't forget about the Suzuki DR 200 SE, or grey import Djebel DR 200 for the ladies!




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If the requirement needs the bike to be road legal, then  :thumleft:, if not, the 230 wins in my opinion.
 

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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2014, 08:30:36 pm »
I'm keen to buy a CRF230 for my Mrs and my 16 year old daughter to learn to ride on. It seems to be based on the old XR200R which was a very forgiving bike to ride.
Any thoughts or advice?
You might not be a Suzuki fan...but don't forget about the Suzuki DR 200 SE, or grey import Djebel DR 200 for the ladies!




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If the requirement needs the bike to be road legal, then  :thumleft:, if not, the 230 wins in my opinion.
Remember seat height when making a choice. Low seat height, with both feet flat on the ground, inspires a lot of confidence for a beginner!

The Suzi has an eccentric lower shock mount, allowing one to alter the seat height!

I am not against a Honda. Had both a Twin shock and Pro Link XR 500 R. Suzis have awesome features and excellent built quality! (The DR 650s suspension can also be adjusted! Has 2 lower shock bolt holes, and front fork inners are adjustable!)

No need to spend hard earned moolas on lowering links.

The 230 should have more suspension travel than the DR 200. Better choice if you're going to really rough it off road!


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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2014, 08:37:12 pm »
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2014, 08:50:00 pm »
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
 

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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2014, 09:03:21 pm »
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2014, 09:05:41 pm »
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
 

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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2014, 09:14:39 pm »
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
My wife is 1.67m, and the "little" one nearly there! CRF 100 then?


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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2014, 09:17:44 pm »
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
My wife is 1.67m, and the "little" one nearly there! CRF 100 then?


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CRF100 should be perfect  :thumleft:

Wife is 1.60 and daughter is a touch shorter and they both ride 230's (daughter started on CRF100, then TT-R125, now CRF230)
 

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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2014, 09:29:53 pm »
According to Google...866 mm seat height for the Honda....and 810 mm for the Suzuki.


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No idea, both my wife and daughter being really short the 230 is not a problem.

Either way, the 200 Suzuki and 230F are both great options  :thumleft:
Agree. Awesome if your family can ride with you. My 11 year old daugther rides with me on the DR 650, and my wife rides her DR 200. The little one has already hinted for her own bike!


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CRF70 if she is short, CRF100 if not, it is the right thing to do...
My wife is 1.67m, and the "little" one nearly there! CRF 100 then?


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CRF100 should be perfect  :thumleft:

Wife is 1.60 and daughter is a touch shorter and they both ride 230's (daughter started on CRF100, then TT-R125, now CRF230)
About R10k for an CRF 100 on OLX. And one in my hometown! Appreciate your advice!


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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2014, 09:32:03 pm »
I really like the CRF230. Is there a possibility to make it road legal?
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Re: CRF 230 Buyer's advice??
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2014, 09:37:22 pm »
I really like the CRF230. Is there a possibility to make it road legal?

I believe you can yes.