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Old 06-16-2009, 10:17 PM
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Default YZ125 okay for a beginner?

     

I'm somewhere around 5'10" and weight about 114-115 pounds last I checked.

This is really the only bike available to me at the moment but I don't want to get myself hurt on the wrong bike either. It's this whole "powerband" thing that concerns me. :P

Thanks for any and all advice.

Oh, for that matter what might be a good place to learn the very basics of riding?
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:01 PM
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It should be fine for you, just go steady as you are learning and you will love it!

What model YZ is it? The newer they are the smoother the power generally is. For examples, a 1989 YZ125 will generally have a more aggressive band of power than a 1999 YZ125.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:20 PM
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Oh, sorry. It's one of the 2005 models so it at least has the newer engine.
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One of my very new riding buddies is starting off on a 2000 yz125 and it's suiting him very well. This was and is his first bike -- and he's about your size, but might be a tad heavier.

The powerband hasn't been a problem. I'm actually surprised by how ridable the powerband on the yz125 is. Don't get me wrong it's got plenty of bark, but it doesn't have a huge hit to it. Very nice bikes actually.
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Thanks, that makes me feel better. I mainly just needed a confidence boost. The last time I was on a dirtbike at all was nearly a decade ago when I was still a kid.

I think I'll be sticking around this board. Two helpful mods replying in the span of an hour? Sign me up guys!
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125 is for sure the way go starting out at your hieght and weight like they said above, give it some time and just take things easy at first next thing you know you'll be ripp'n in no time.

also for a good place to learn the basic is just find a open field. The thing thats going slow you down the most is turning. Everyone can go straight fast. I'd say just ride around and get comfortable leanng the bike over. good luck
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Let us know when you get it and we will do our best to answer any questions might have.

I rode a 2000 YZ125 a few years ago and gleaned pretty much all of my knowledge on maintaining it from this site! Great place and great people!

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You'll do great with the 125,they are very ridable and still plenty of go. You will love this site and the folks on here are amazing. Good luck have a blast and send pics when you get them.We love pics!!......Jerry
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Oh, we've already had the bike for two months or so. I just haven't ridden it yet. I've still gotta get my own gear. We don't have still pictures up yet but there is some video from April.


That's my brother right at the opening and gearing up to ride.
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Oh, for that matter what might be a good place to learn the very basics of riding?
if you don't have a group of riding buddies with expieriance then your best shot is to go to a coaching clinic. I highly recommend them, you will learn more in one weekend than you can handle. Even the Pro's don't stop being coached through their career's.
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My brother and his friends are going to help me learn. I just want to know as much as possible before I even go out.
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If your still a little bit nervous about the 125 powerband I would suggest a kx 100 just because there powerband isnt as strong and there about 65 pounds lighter than a 125 so you could probably handle it easier.
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cool little video nice editing
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have you ever rode a dirtbike before?
if you have not rode a dirtbike before your going to stall out alot and prob you will foul the spark plug. you have to keep your rev up. try not to bog.
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