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Old 01-10-2009, 06:00 PM
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What size bikes do your boys have and how big are they? One annoying thing about the the 230's is there is no kick start which I think is stupid. Just in case its always good to have a kick start. I say 250 X or XR250
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One of the best bikes for your purpose is the KDX220. Stone reliable, easy to maintain and ride, decent suspension, lots of after market parts.
This is the bike you'd enjoy for quite a while. Excellent suspension and reliability. Plenty of low-end power to go trail riding without burning the clutch, esay to start and maintain and enough to keep up with a lot of 4stroke bike. Once every 2 years (depending on how much riding you do) change the rings. And it is easily done in the backyard. Had one before and it was a fun bulletproof ride. Lightweigh too. Perfect for trail riding and keep up with the kids. My $0.02
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:29 AM
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Good advise....
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My boys are 6 (he has a TTR50) and 10 (he will have a CRF70). We have never rode before but they are getting the hang of it with the 50.

When was the last year the KDX 220 was made? Is it a 2 stroke? Would that be good for a beginner to keep up the maintenance on it?? I dont mind tinkering but when gets down to motor work I dont know how deep I wanna go!

The 250's I am seeing are too much. I want to spend right at $2k for a used bike and I am seeing a lot of Yama and Honda for this price that are 1 -3 years old.

Also, am seeing 2-3 year old 250's that the seller is saying have a new top end on it.....what is this about and why was this done.

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Old 01-12-2009, 06:19 PM
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Steve, I'm not sure about the last year, I know they made it still in 2005. You should not have to go deep into the motor. And if I hear you right, I do believe that it would suit you fine. You can go round all day with low rev on this engine. It is a 2 stroke and mostly trouble free. I never had to take the engine apart extensively. A ring job every now and then (Yearly for me in the winter) and you can enjoy it all the time. Doesn't required Voodoo practice (like running around the bike 3 times and killing a chicken to start like my YZ490 likes LOL). Check some of the review and you'll be impressed.
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Doesn't required Voodoo practice (like running around the bike 3 times and killing a chicken to start like my YZ490 likes LOL).
Sheesh Merlyn...
Thanks for giving the secrete away.
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Just checked and there dont seem to be a lot of KDX220's in my neck of the woods!
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Just checked and there dont seem to be a lot of KDX220's in my neck of the woods!
Found these on YOUR area's craigslist..
Both bikes are a steal!
The Yammie's one fun scoot, the KTM'll keep you happy for a looong time..

2003 YAMAHA WR250F DIRT BIKE
http://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/mcy/973677083.html

If your looking for bike with a plate, check this out..
http://winstonsalem.craigslist.org/mcy/986219712.html

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What about this one? Dirt Bike Like New

And I really like this one but it is out of my budget. Also, are these type of dual sport bikes any good?? 2007 Kawasaki KLX 300R 45 Miles
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Have you considered a Suzuki DRZ 400?
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How about this one? It's listed in your area. The kdx200 is a great bike and perfectly at home on the trails. The kdx220 is supposed to be a little more tractor-like, but the 200 is very comfortable at low speeds.

2001 KAWASAKI KDX 200
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What about this one? Dirt Bike Like New

And I really like this one but it is out of my budget. Also, are these type of dual sport bikes any good?? 2007 Kawasaki KLX 300R 45 Miles
Out of the countless bikes I have ridden over a 35 yr period I would have to say the KLX300 is absolutely the worst bang for your buck, absolutely poor feel to it and HEAVY. Yeah it will get you around but you will miss out on how fun a real bike can be in comparison to the KLX. Check out Char's link to the KDX, it looks good. Either the 200 or 220 will be a great choice.
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So no comments on the Suzuki?? What would be better a Yama 230, Honda 230 or this Suzuki 250? I went by a Suzuki dealer today and they had a 06 brand new for sale. Maybe that is a sign of something?!? I like the bike and will check out the one on CL when seller is back in town. The dealer gave me a $4,400 OTD price on it......no way I was gonna buy but wanted to see their price on it.

I know everyone is saying buy a KDX 220 or 200 but I dont want an older bike and two stroke bike.

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Old 01-15-2009, 09:17 PM
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Sorry, I can't say I've known anyone with the DRZ.

A well-taken care of '01 really wouldn't be that bad, especially on the kdx's, they haven't changed in years. As for a two-stroke, do you mind my asking why you don't want one? The maintanence is basically the same as a four stroke, except for the valves and the oil filters. No really, I don't think you're looking at a whole lot more work with a two stroke and if you're just trail riding, you should easily be able to get two seasons out of a top end and probably even more.

Of course, all that is just my opinion. No matter what you decide on, I would suggest test riding if at all possible. I think you could make a 230 work just fine, the question is for how long?
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So no comments on the Suzuki?? What would be better a Yama 230, Honda 230 or this Suzuki 250? I went by a Suzuki dealer today and they had a 06 brand new for sale. Maybe that is a sign of something?!? I like the bike and will check out the one on CL when seller is back in town. The dealer gave me a $4,400 OTD price on it......no way I was gonna buy but wanted to see their price on it.

I know everyone is saying buy a KDX 220 or 200 but I dont want an older bike and two stroke bike.
I have riden a DRZ 250 about an 05 model, it went just fine and had enough power to hump me around A little spongie in the front but i'am a little over the stock spring rate weight factor
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With your age/weight ratio you should lean towards a bigger bike.

Either 250 would work, and a DRZ400 could be something you can also ride on the street.

Nobody ever complains about too much power, but you will complain about 'lack of' with the 230 after your 10th ride.
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OK, this is my first post here...

I've been riding about 37 years, and have owned many, many bikes. Currently, I have two KDX220's, a KTM 200EXC, a Honda CR125, and a Honda CRF150. As you may surmise by my choice of user name, the KDX220's are my favorite. I have yet to ride a better balanced bike, in terms of performance, reliability, ease of maintenance, price and fun factor. The last year for the KDX series (200/220) was 2007. Concerning Honda CRF250's; in my experience actually owning one, they are much more maintenance intensive. Take a look at their maintenance schedule, and you will see it takes a lot of work to run one. If you insist on a four stroke, I would suggest a KTM 250, or a Yamaha 250. Four out of my five bikes are two stroke. I vastly prefer their lighter feel, fun power band, and most importantly to me: radically lower maintenance requirements. You don't even have to change engine oil on two strokes... Once a year or so change the transmission oil, keep the air filter and chain clean, and there's not much more to routine maintenance. If you don't really rev the bike to its limits, you won't even need to change the ring / piston very often. They don't have valves to adjust, burn or bend, which is a real issue on Honda CRF250's... I have never needed to replace a crankshaft on a two stroke, but have had to on both a Honda CRF230, and a Honda CRF250. Get that deep into an engine, and it gets expensive... I know a lot of racer types like to rebuild their motors every race weekend. I don't race, and I don't abuse my bikes, my cars, my RV, or my boat.

Mostly though, I would much rather ride than wrench.

Finally, I believe the key factor in this whole riding game is to find your own place. Buy what ever bike makes you happy, and don't worry too much about your decision because you'll probably be buying a different bike before long, once you figure out what you really want. Don't buy a bike because some dude races it and you want to be like him. Don't buy a bike because some magazine "writer" claims it's the best. Don't buy a new bike, again you'll probably be replacing it within a year. Don't be afraid to buy a completely different bike than your "expert" friends tell you to.

Those are my opinions; distilled from many years of riding, owning many bikes, and seeing what's the reality amongst the hype-of-the-day in the dirt bike world.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:46 PM
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OK, this is my first post here...

Those are my opinions; distilled from many years of riding, owning many bikes, and seeing what's the reality amongst the hype-of-the-day in the dirt bike world.
Not a bad first post at all.

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Old 05-04-2009, 10:47 PM
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FWIW:

I'm 41 and (after years of owning/riding various offroad motorsports: sleds, trials, quads, etc) just bought my first dirtbike. I've always had a thing for the KDX200/220, almost got to ride one. Ages ago, I did get to ride an 89 WR250 that was piped and dialed, that was a ride I will never forget. I loved it.

I ended up with a 92 Yamaha WR200 - needed work, cheap, and KDX-like as I understand. My WR is slowly but surely coming together, and if I get this one dialed in, I may not miss the KDX I never owned.
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