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Old 06-10-2012, 10:30 PM
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Default 215 lbs --- CRF 250R or CRF 450R???


I'm 35 and doing all the things I couldn't do when I was 15! I'm lucky to get out twice a month but when I do I love the challenge of keeping up with all these teen pro's at the motocross track. I ride the trails too and enjoy both. I currently ride a CRF250X. My girlfriend loves to ride too.. but nothing compares to being out with one of the boys or in a big group. Most of my friends have long sold there bikes and are into there street bikes or family or simply can't afford it. I'm blessed to be in a position to buy another bike simply because I want too.... and for the fact my girlfriend gets choked when my 200+lbs friend rides her CRF150 lol Truthfully it's bad for her bike but I'm co-motivated because I want to get on an R for the track. I don't feel the bike lagging, it does ok, but I'm only starting my second season of this wonderful realization I can still rock out doing things i used to only dream of. Which means.. I'm really not that good lol But with any sport I pick it up real fast. I'm sticking with Honda, I'm not interested in any other brand. I get great service from my local Honda dealer and I'm happy with the reliability of the two Honda's I already have. The question is; as my skill increases, at 6'2" and 215 lbs, am i going to be missing out on performance if I buy a CRF250R? I'm observing a lot of 160 and 180 pound guys riding 250's, at my weight should I be looking at a 450R instead? It's only 9 lbs more, the difference in power is noted in several articles I have read, what about the suspension... is there a difference between the two bikes? What's the wise choice for my weight?
Thanks in advance for any feed back.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:13 AM
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the 450's can actually be easier to ride. the best thing is for you to get on one and give it a try.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:58 PM
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I say 450 too.
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:37 PM
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just spring and valve the suspension right and it wont matter!
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Old 07-08-2012, 04:09 PM
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I am 6'4 an 220# and ride a YZ125 smoker.

I sold my 250 smoker to get the 125. I have ridden 250F's and 450F's.

For me, @ 42 yrs old, I am not done yet but also know I can never ride a 450 the way I would like to. Them things are fast from idle. The older I get the larger the gap gets between what I "want" to do on a dirtbike and what I "can" do. The 250F is a great bike IMO and had plenty of power for a guy our size but was lacking the "fun" of a 2 stroke. I liked the 250F and am faster on it, but it is not as much fun, or as challenging as a 125 is IMO.

I am still hooked on the 2 stroke hit and its' light weight. I haven't re-sprung it but plan to this winter as I know it needs it very badly.

You will be well served by a 250F and you will be much safer and happier with the suspension set up for your weight.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by ossagp View Post
the 450's can actually be easier to ride. the best thing is for you to get on one and give it a try.
I agree! Not gonna know till u try.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:54 PM
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250 smoker best of both worlds light and fast
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