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Old 08-06-2004, 06:06 PM
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I'm a fairly experienced downhill mountain biker, but I have never ridden a motorcycle. I would like to get into trail and MX track riding, but no MX racing. What kind of bike should I get? Money is definitely a concern, but I can't give a budget, since I don't know how much i need to spend. I'm 5'9" and about 160 lbs, and, like I said, I've never ridden a motorcycle, but I think I will progress fairly quickly with my mountain bike experience. Please let me know if you need more info about me, and thanks for the help!
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Old 08-06-2004, 11:18 PM
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My suggestion would be (and it depends on if you will be MX'ing more or trail riding more) either any color 250F (CRF250, YZ250F, KX250F, RM-z250 - seriously, pick a color, they are all that good) if you plan to MX more. If you trail ride more... hmm... CRF250X would be about the only one I would dare ride on an MX track on the trails.

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Old 08-06-2004, 11:52 PM
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Like woody said it depends on the type of riding your going to ride most of the time.

MX go with the Yamaha YZ250F. the Honda is not for a beginner it's a hard core racer & take more skill to ride.

The kawaski & Suzuki are the same bike & have minor problems overheating not good for trail riding.

More trails I would look at the Honda CRF 250X & also look for a good used KTM 250 mxc\exc
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Old 08-07-2004, 02:38 AM
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I should have been more specific: I will primarily do trail riding, but I would like to be able to ride a little at the track. Is there any reason for a 250, rather than a 125?
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Old 08-07-2004, 04:02 AM
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Generally they are easier to ride and more forgiving on the rider. They have a wider and more broad power spread as opposed to a fairly narrow and harder hitting powerband.

Although the new crop of 125's (05 YZ125 and 05 KTM125) are receiving rave reviews from magazines and people who have purchased them. The 250f will probably cost a bit more to buy, but as long as you have regular maintenance schedule then you can probly expect less frequent visits to the bike shop.

As Johnathon said, a CRF250X or WR250F would be worth a look at as they would be more reliable and perfect for a beginner who will be primarily trailriding.

Good luck and let us know how you go or ask any questions.
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Old 08-07-2004, 04:59 AM
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BTW, the 250F (fourstroke) has similar power of a 125 (two stroke). The fourstrokes have a lot more linear power, and more low end (which in the trails is nice).
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Yeh, I think the 125's have the same if not more actual HP. The KTM125SX has the most out of the 2 and 4-strokes in the "125" class. But the 250f's produce it in an easier to use style, which would suit trailriding.
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Old 08-07-2004, 01:03 PM
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A couple more questions: A new bike is simply going to be too expensive, so, in general, what is the oldest model year that I would want to consider, assuming it has been kept in good condition? Also, how much do you usually put into bike maintenance and upkeep per year, assuming you're not a mechanic?
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Old 08-11-2004, 06:32 AM
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Bump. I don't have enough time right now to type out the answers to your question, but someone will. If not, I'll get to it tomorrow night.
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Old 08-11-2004, 09:38 AM
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If you want to go two stroke, the KDX200 and KDX220 make great beginner's bikes. If you want to spend alittle more the KTM 200exc/mxc are great beginner bikes too.

If you want to go 4 stroke, the above mentioned bikes are great.
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Old 08-11-2004, 02:13 PM
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A couple more questions: A new bike is simply going to be too expensive, so, in general, what is the oldest model year that I would want to consider, assuming it has been kept in good condition? Also, how much do you usually put into bike maintenance and upkeep per year, assuming you're not a mechanic?
As a beginner I would look to keep the price down by getting an older bike with low hours. This will allow you to get a feel for what bike you really want on the trails (many people will even swap bike for a bit to let you try differnt ones out) before you spend the big bucks. You also won't have to worry about thrashing it so much (you will eat it a lot when you are learning). Over the years I have picked up many older low hour bikes at great prices. Many people buy them take them out a few times and leave them in the garage for a few years. This way I bought many bikes that were in near new condition for about 1/3 price.

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