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Old 06-11-2011, 12:14 AM
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hi everyone, im 16, 6 foot, 190 pounds, and i found a 94 honda cr 250 for $500 would this be a good beginner bike for me based on my height and weight? the bike does need a new top end, but i have experience working on dirtbikes before, just not riding
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hi everyone, im 16, 6 foot, 190 pounds, and i found a 94 honda cr 250 for $500 would this be a good beginner bike for me based on my height and weight? the bike does need a new top end, but i have experience working on dirtbikes before, just not riding
It's always hard to say whether the bike is a good start for you because we don't know your ability etc. Being your first bike it should be fine as long as you're cautious and get a hold of some good protective gear.

It's good that you have experience working on bikes as this is an important aspect of the sport. A lot of the fun of riding is having the knowledge and being able to work on your own bike and knowing what's up with it rather than taking it to a mechanic.

I can't offer an opinion on the price as I don't have any idea on the local market/prices of bikes in your area but if you know it needs a new top-end then you are better off than going in blind and having no idea.

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Default Killer engine.

94's had a killer engine and awesome handeling. However I think the raw power of a 250 might be a bit much if you never ridden before.
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id start on a 125, and stay away from that year of CR. the older Crs have rerally nasty powerbands and they will throw yourass off in an instant. id go YZ125 if i were you
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hi everyone, im 16, 6 foot, 190 pounds, and i found a 94 honda cr 250 for $500 would this be a good beginner bike for me based on my height and weight? the bike does need a new top end, but i have experience working on dirtbikes before, just not riding
Seriously I would say if this is what you can afford go for it, if you have never ridden be careful and just take it easy. I would probably recommend a 125 or a 250F over the CR250 but for the amount your talking this is a good bike, and I would pick it up and rebuild it either way ride it see if you can deal with it, if not sell it for 2x that.

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Seriously I would say if this is what you can afford go for it, if you have never ridden be careful and just take it easy. I would probably recommend a 125 or a 250F over the CR250 but for the amount your talking this is a good bike, and I would pick it up and rebuild it either way ride it see if you can deal with it, if not sell it for 2x that.

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i agree, you could get the CR250 and just be real gentle with it for a while till you get a feel for it. i know from experiance that a CR will dump you on your *** if you dont respect it

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altho they are excellent bikes
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good tough bike. easy to work on and not too expensive in comparison either. you may be more comfortable gearing it down a bit (bigger back sprocket or smaller front sprocket) until you get used to it or if the area you are riding in has lots of tight stuff involved. Flywheel weights work well on that engine to make them more "friendly" too. 11 oz is a pretty good start if you can find one. heavier yet probably better yet. Rekluse clutch etc really makes them friendly (revloc etc would too).

As long as you are smart I don't think the power will be a problem. You are plenty large enough to handle it. Concentrate on the smart part, maybe a little bit harder than you would on a smaller bike.

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well things didnt turn out great with the cr, the guy had no title for the bike and was really shady about the deal, so i decided to look elsewhere, i did find an 03 cr 250 for $1260 obo it needs a rebuild has one ride on new tires and the forks were rebuilt, were these good bikes? thanks for the replies, Jacob

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it is another pretty good and tough one. price seems ok and it has a little gentler powerband that for cross country I liked better than the 94 you wer considering. not really less power, but differernt. the 03 will handle WAY better. the electric power valves are just something that is a bit different, but if you werent used to setting up the other ones you can just learn this one instead. good luck with it.

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it is another pretty good and tough one. price seems ok and it has a little gentler powerband that for cross country I liked better than the 94 you were considering. not really less power, but differernt. the 03 will handle WAY better. the electric power valves are just something that is a bit different, but if you werent used to setting up the other ones you can just learn this one instead. good luck with it.
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well things didnt turn out great with the cr, the guy had no title for the bike and was really shady about the deal, so i decided to look elsewhere, i did find an 03 cr 250 for $1260 obo it needs a rebuild has one ride on new tires and the forks were rebuilt, were these good bikes? thanks for the replies, Jacob
I would say the price is kinda high, that's what they go for in running condition around here... If you could talk him down to about 700-800 that would be a good price.
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well he already sold that cr, so im takin some advice my friend whos into motocross gave me and lookin at a 125, i found a 98 cr 125 that needs a new cylinder and top end but otherwise looks to be in good shape and he wants $900 for it, any bad sides to this bike? thanks again for all the replies and sorry for askin so many questions thanks again, Jacob
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well he already sold that cr, so im takin some advice my friend whos into motocross gave me and lookin at a 125, i found a 98 cr 125 that needs a new cylinder and top end but otherwise looks to be in good shape and he wants $900 for it, any bad sides to this bike? thanks again for all the replies and sorry for askin so many questions thanks again, Jacob
I think $900.00 for a bike that needs a cylinder is kind of high.....I paid $1000.00 for my 96 CR125 with a fresh top end,it also came with boots, gloves, helmet, stand and a hitch carrier....that stuff alone is worth over $200.00



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ok, well he wont come down any so im puttin that one out, the only other bikes near me that are in my budget are 250 four strokes, i found an 06 kawasaki 250f that is in great shape for 3500, are those alright for a beginner, i asked my friends dad who used to be a pro motocross racer and he said as long as im easy on it it will be, sorry for all the questions again, thank you, jacob

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the cr 125 is the way to go man. I had one for a long time and it was a great bike to get into the sport with. Not fast enough to kill you but fast enough to have some fun with. I'd highly recommend it. If you get it take pics of it and post them on pinitmx.com. Also, its a pretty good site if you want to interact with other people who ride
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3500 hundred for the kxf is way high to me. it was a lemon at that time to boot.
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