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Well, to begin, what is your budget and mechanical ability? That will tell us a great deal. What do you have to spend on a bike and repairs, plus gear?
Four-stroke (4t) bikes usually run more to buy and repair. Hell, they do run more to buy and repair. A two-stroke (2t) is far cheaper to buy and repair, or even rebuild. At your size I would look for a good, late model 250cc 2t bike. That will run you around $2750-$3250 in good condition. Add in a suspension set up ($300-$550), the flywheel weight ($125-$150), a new pipe and silencer ($350+/-), and some bark busters ($125+/-), then you have your answer there. I would at least do those upgrades if it were me, and definately the suspension first if nothing else. Why have tons of rearwheel horsepower (RWHP) if you can not put the bike where you want it to go? The rest is up to you.
Gear, well, if you want pants ($100-$150), boots ($125-$500), gloves ($25-$50), goggles ($25-$50), jersey ($30-$75), and a helmet ($110-$300), then you may be out a good chunk of change.
As for what class you have to ride in, I am sure you would ride in at least a "C" class and no higher, and I am only a "C" class rider, so you will have fun and be in a good class for beginners as I have only ridden over a year myself. I would get in touch with my local tracks and find out what they say before you take my word on it.
I hope that helps you out.
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