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Old 05-07-2020, 10:25 AM
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Hi Everyone.

I know this section is quite self explanatory and everyone is likely to ask the same question but looking for advice in terms of what would be an ideal first bike to buy for someone new to dirt bikes and whether to buy brand new or used.

I have had a road bike before (Honda CBR125 - UK CBT test) and I am considering what dirt bike to go for first, choices are between a KTM sx125, Yamaha YZ125 or a similar 125, 2 stroke bike. (KTM is leading the way)

Rather than jump straight into buying a bike, I'm trying to understand what goes into maintaining a dirt bike so you get the best out of it and don't end upcausing yourself issues.

I know the basics from watching videos on YouTube when it comes to oil, mixing ratios, chain care and making sure your air filter is good etc. etc. but what I'm seeing a lot of "low hours" on used bike advertisements but don't really know what properly constitutes as low hours/usage to get good value out of it.

Is there a general rule of thumb when it comes to dirt bikes that you know what a high amount of usage is before a rebuild is likely needed.

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Old 05-07-2020, 08:31 PM
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There are USUALLY tell-tale signs of neglect/abuse: hardware store bolts, dirty air filter, owner can't accurately describe what maintenance schedule s/he kept on the bike, worn chain/sprockets, badly worn tires, hard to start/no idle. "Low" is relative- get a number- and along with that ask what has been done and when. My usual questions are: how many hrs on the top end? bottom end? (in the case of 4T) last valve clearance check? suspension service? chassis bearing lubrication?
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Old 05-20-2020, 05:01 AM
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Have you decided what bike to go for?
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