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    Paging DW 5 Spot owners. Are they worth it?

    I currently own a medium 03 5spot with 5.5 rockers and a pushed rp23. I like this bike a lot, although at 5' 10.5" feet tall I sometimes feel a little cramped and struggle on technical climbs and often wheelie out forcing me to dismount a bike length or two from the top of the climb. However,I never complain going downhill.

    I've been reading all the reviews I can find. Overall it sounds like a large 09 dw would fix all of this as well as upgrade my six year old frame in the process.

    Due to the current economy one of these is slightly out of my reach.

    So my question is. Is this bike good enough to warrent selling a YZ 250 that I ride no more than 5 times a year when I go to the sand to fund this new frame that I will ride 75 times or more a year?

    I have three motorcyclyes right now and my KTM 400 xc-w would fill in for the 250 but in no way replace it. Actually, it would probably just sort of suck in comparison.

    So. Is this bike this good? Or am I just grabbing at straws.

    There is no doubt I would miss the 250....But only in the sand.

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    I think the new bikes are worth it.
    The DW Spot is the best aggressive trailbike I have ever ridden, and I have spent time on or owned quite a few of the top contenders. The new Spot pedals better, out corners and out descends anything I have ridden in it's class. This is in my experience vs. Specy Enduro, Trek EX 9, Nomad, 6.6, HL 5Spot and TNT RFX.
    I run a 36 on my Spot and have it built for aggressive/AM use.
    I spend a lot of time riding dh on bigger bikes, so my opinion is slanted in that direction vs. an xc rider stepping up to a bigger bike.
    Here is a link to my DW Spot thread for more info:
    Weagalize it!

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    OP, don't take the lack of responses as no, as this topic and perhaps some troll-like versions of it have been beat to death. Many great ride reports and glam shots of the early adopters like 1soulrider's green macheen put most of us on the DWL bandwagon, including some healthy skeptics. Try searching DWL, 09 Spot/Flux/Sultan, etc.

    General conclusion is DWL pedals and climbs better, with less or no platform. Comments may include, climbs like a Flux, descends like an RFX, etc. I believe many of the Homer nation are in the camp of "once I can afford it, and maybe even if I can't, I'm in on the DWL". Others are loving the price value of their 08 clearance TNT's. YMMV.

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    If you already have another motorcycle that can take its place...WHY NOT!!??
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    I'm personally on the bandwagon of "yes, it's worth it". As I've worked out the little kinks of going from a medium TNT Sultan to a large DWL Sultan, I am now a total DWL kool-aid drinker. It really is a big change for the better. [CLICHE]The traction while climbing is amazing. The suspension does an amazing job of utilizing the travel that is there. The bike feels like it has more travel.[/CLICHE]. Gawd, I hate sounding like an MBA review.

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    Yes

    I would say yes, I test rode the DW Spot for 10 or 12 miles and the DW Sultan for a bit more than that and found it to be equal or superior to my 03 HL Spot in many ways, but without your fit complaint I didn't feel that I could justify the financial loss I'd take on my beloved HL Spot worth the small gains available from the DW bike. I think you'll be very happy with the DW rig, but I think selling the HL Spot might be the better option for you considering the poor fit; you sure won't need both but you might regret the loss of the moto around Thanksgiving.

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    Thank you for the replies.

    I would definitely be selling my 03 spot frame and possibly the fork.

    I'm not trying to troll in anyway. I just wanted a few opinions from guys who have been riding them for a while now. As well as your thoughts on giving up a dirt bike (one of four) to fund the new frame.

    I could always just go with the "save up for one" way... But there isn't a whole lot of instant gratification in that method.

    I appreciate any and all input.

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    1 of 4? that's different

    Sell the moto and run, don't walk to your lbs. If I had that option I'd add another bike to my unofficial museum.
    Quote Originally Posted by whidbeydh
    Thank you for the replies.

    I would definitely be selling my 03 spot frame and possibly the fork.

    I'm not trying to troll in anyway. I just wanted a few opinions from guys who have been riding them for a while now. As well as your thoughts on giving up a dirt bike (one of four) to fund the new frame.

    I could always just go with the "save up for one" way... But there isn't a whole lot of instant gratification in that method.

    I appreciate any and all input.

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    hey- sell the yz and the 400 and get a used 200 exc and a new turner
    just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmitch2
    hey- sell the yz and the 400 and get a used 200 exc and a new turner
    just my opinion
    Already sold the YZ and put a deposit on the 5-spot. Not available till May

    I hear you on the 200, but I've got the 400 dialed in plate and all.

    If I miss the YZ enough I'll just save up for a KTM 250 xc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whidbeydh
    Already sold the YZ and put a deposit on the 5-spot. Not available till May

    I hear you on the 200, but I've got the 400 dialed in plate and all.

    If I miss the YZ enough I'll just save up for a KTM 250 xc.
    Good call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whidbeydh
    Already sold the YZ and put a deposit on the 5-spot. Not available till May
    what?????????????????
    where do you live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBW
    what?????????????????
    where do you live?
    Washington State. As per Turner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whidbeydh
    Washington State. As per Turner.
    Mine was promessed around mid Feb.... I hope it was not BS

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBW
    Mine was promessed around mid Feb.... I hope it was not BS
    I think it was Wed. or Thurs. Turner told me May if I wanted it powder coated or April for Raw. I went Raw.

    They also said I was several hundred down the list.

    Good luck

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