I'm looking for a bike to do a bit of greenlaning on, and maybe the occasional visit to Enduroland, but mainly laning. I've done a couple of days of laning before, plus an Ady Smith off-road day, so I'm pretty much a beginner. I'm dithering between a 250 (4T) and a 400/450.
I've hooked up with a few people to go riding with, but all rides will start at least 10-15 miles from where I live, on top of all the road miles I'll have to do between lanes. I can't really afford a trailer at the moment and I don't have a van, so I'll be riding this thing on the road a fair bit! I'm also a big chap, 6'5" in my socks (hence the forum name!).
If I lived closer to the lanes, or could van/trailer the thing about, I'd be going for a 250 no question. But the amount of road work has me thinking about a 400/450.
I've been offered what looks like a very reasonable 450EXC from someone I know and trust. What do y'all reckon - is a 450EXC too much of a handful for a relative newbie or will it be a sound bike for pottering along lanes as I build up time and skills?
Any thoughts appreciated