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Old 04-29-2018, 10:06 PM
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I could use a little guidance, fellas:
I rebuilt and rode a 2000 CR250R for a few years and as my riding has improved (a bit... I'm nowhere near fast yet) I felt the bike was too much for me and decided to sell it. It sold this Saturday and now I'm looking for a newer bike BUT... I'm not sure if to go 250f or 450f. Here's what's available and the price. If you have any 250 vs 450 advice or are familiar with any of these bikes, I'd appreciate your input:
2015 Husky FC350. $4750 obo. Could use graphics. Owned by an older gentleman that primarily trail ride. Bike has 91 hrs and oil changes logged every 15 hrs.
2013 KX250F, $2300 obo. Seems someone raced it (holeshot device, numbers, etc) has been mostly sitting for last 2-3 yrs.
2011 YZ250F, $2500 obo 25 hrs. Only thing I'm noticing from the pics is possible leaking fork seals and the bike wasn't kept incredibly clean.
2010 YZ450f, $2400 obo (rear rim needs attention). Around 90hrs, owner says there's a bulge in the rear tire and he thinks his brother and his installed the tire/rim lock incorrectly. Owner bought newer KTM and this one has mostly sat for a little over 1 yr.
2013 CRF250R $3500obo. Belonged to a local fast kid. 80hrs and hasn't had any major maintenance.

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Oh, and a 2013 rmz450, $3650 and needs sprockets/ chain. Otherwise decent.
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FC350 would be my first choice.
The 450 would be my last choice.

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Old 04-30-2018, 09:08 AM
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It's my first choice too! It is the priciest though...
Which of the 450s? Either (yz or rmz)? or one specifically?
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The 2010 YZ450F is and was a dog. Great motor, but poor handling.

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Old 04-30-2018, 06:18 PM
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Thanks, PawPaw. The kid with the RMZ450 was willing to take my KX125 as trade + cash. So, it followed me home and cost me about $3100 out of pocket. $2400 of that was covered by the sale of my CR250. I rode around a bit and will certainly need to adjust and relearn a lot, buy I'm glad to have a newer bike
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Old 05-03-2018, 08:56 PM
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Well, that was short lived! The kid who bought my cr asked if I knew of any other clean bikes around because his friend wanted one now. They stopped by the dealer and see one for $4k (2012 crf450r). I told him if he was willing to spend $4k he could have the RM... So it's sold .
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:38 AM
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Well, that was short lived! The kid who bought my cr asked if I knew of any other clean bikes around because his friend wanted one now. They stopped by the dealer and see one for $4k (2012 crf450r). I told him if he was willing to spend $4k he could have the RM... So it's sold .
You change bikes more than most people change their undies
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Old 05-04-2018, 03:38 PM
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They're almost all built to sell, Cowboy. I did have the intent of keeping this RMZ, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity of making $700 for just picking up a bike.
I have been trying to negotiate the FC350 owner to $4300 since the body is a little rough and it could use a rear tire and grips. He's not budging and actually started straight up being a jerk. I would really like to have a 350 since I'm a bigger guy (210 lbs), but it seems I may just have to go with a 250 for now, hone up my skills, and then look for a bigger bike a few years down the road.
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Drove out a few hours and picked up a 2011 KX250F. It was a bit frustrating since the sellers kept some information until I got there (bike was missing rear fender and brake lever was broken). I also mixed up the year at some point and believed it to be a 2013 when it was actually a 2011. Nonetheless, we came to terms which left me with some cash to fix up the bike like I want it and I brought it home. I'm waiting on the initial shipment of parts to come in to see what this 4 stroke, fuel injected thing is all about.
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I picked up a Ď11kx250f about a month ago and still havenít ridden it yet except for up/down the street. Been so wet lately the one chance I got I used to test out a rekluse I put in my crf(which was amazing) Got a great deal on the kaw and really have just taken it apart enough to check the valve clearance and put tires and a muffler on. Was pretty clean to start with so not much to do. So far, seems pretty easy to work on, big mushy seat foam. Looks good in the garage Iíll ride it eventually.

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The 2010 YZ450F is and was a dog. Great motor, but poor handling.

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I had an Ď09 YZ450F and I hated the way handled also. Itís the only time Iíve ridden that particular frame type. I liked the steel frame, and I have a Ď14 YZ250F that feels really good (although a bit wide) but I wonder if the 06-12 Yamaha four strokes all feel like that 09 did. Iíve seen a few for sale that I thought about but Iím spooked by the frame geometry.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:12 AM
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Not sure if you all caught this on another post, but a guy came to see a yz250f I was selling and wound up making me a decent offer on my '11 KX250F... So, I sold it, added $300 to the amount, and picked up a pretty clean '13 350 SX-F. I just got her cleaned up and need to check valve clearances, filters, etc. Hopefully I'll be cleared to be back on the bike in about 6 weeks and I can go see what this orange thing everyone has been going crazy about the past few years is all its cracked up to be.
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You will love it....

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