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Old 05-09-2009, 06:51 PM
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Anyone have any thoughts on the CRF 250X?

I don't plan on riding any track as I just never got comfortable enough to launch jumps and I know a couple of different people who have some nice open land for just "trail" riding.

Now I'm a pretty big boy! At 6'4", 215 lbs I want something that will get me around ok. I recall that Mr. Twister had a CRF 250R and it ran like a beast. I don't really want a 450 as I just don't think I need that much power. I'd like to see what you guys/gals think or know about the 250X.

Any input, experiences or reviews would be really cool!

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Old 05-09-2009, 07:54 PM
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I own a 2007 250X. it is stock. I weigh in just like you,215#. I am 6'1".

I think this is one of the best bikes I have owned. I really think if I tweeked the jetting, it would run stronger, but I am pleased with it the way it is.

I do some track,but mostly woods.
I came off a 2003 CRF450R set up for woods racing.
Really no comparison.
I am not exahusted after riding the 250X.

I would trade this on a 2009, but buget doesnt allow for this now. So I will keep riding it.
I wouldnt hesitate to race this bike in stock form.

E button is really nice if you stall on a hill or somewhere you cant kick.

I generally kick mine first start, E after that.

If you lived close I wlould let you ride it anytime.
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I owned a 2004 250X. I have very mixed feeling about it, but the bottom line is, I would not recommend one. It's NOT a typical "set & forget" Honda. They require the most maintenance of any bike I've owned, mostly centering around the top end. I can change a top end on one of my two-strokes in a jiffy. Not so the 250X. The final straw for me was when the engine wrecked itself, requiring a new piston, rings, bearing and crankshaft. $2200... The valvetrain issues are well known, and I think there are far better choices of bike available.
I'm not a racer, and I don't ride ultra-aggressively. I want an off-road bike, not one such as the 250X which is based on a race bike. I believe the 250X engine is too race-bred for general offroad riding. Don't get me wrong, when it's running, it's certainly a blast. Extremely well balanced. But... Take a look at the service that Honda prescribes for the bike, in terms of valve adjusts, piston replacement interval, etc.

There are those folks who want the latest, pseudo-race bikes around. They are Honda's target market. Won't make you a faster or better rider though.

Whenever I see someone who has to have the latest race style bike, (not meaning you) I think of my old pal Paul Schaffer. Paul is a champion hill climb rider in California. He loves the fact that he rides a bike that is older than most of his competitors are. Not his bike is older than their bikes, his bike is old than the other riders are.

OK, more than you asked for. Oh well, everyone's an expert on the internet...



Ed
38 years riding off-road...
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm not any closer to making my mind up now as you both have polar opposite opinions but that's ok.

Truth is, I probably won't be ready to buy until the beginning of next year. I gotta pay my truck off and planning a trip to Colorado for vacation so the money is there for a purchase right now anyway! I've got plenty of time for research and changing my mind if I need it.

I really only asked cause I have found some pretty killer deals on some 250X's in my area. A local dealer has a left over 07 250X fresh out of crate for 2500.00 bucks. If I remember correctly, those bikes went for almost 7k.

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Old 05-10-2009, 03:15 PM
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All used dirtbikes and left overs are going for low prices right now.
I really dont know anyone around this area that is disappointed with the
250X, no matter what the year. I ride with a friend, he has 2 one for him and the other for his son.

KTM makes some great bike, but I know a guy that had nothing but bad times with his.
Another with a Suzuki that kept blowing up.
It happens with all brands.

I paid $5800 new for mine in 2007.
It sat in storage all this winter, started on 2nd kick.
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:27 PM
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Yeah Roger that Vet....I still like the 250X. I saw something that said valve clearance check/adjustment every 10 hrs. Is that pretty run of the mill or is that hard track riding? How often do you check yours? What other mainenance is required and at what intervals?

BTW...what branch of Military were you in?
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