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Old 03-16-2008, 06:58 AM
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Default Which bike as project?

(I already posted this in the general discussion thread but figured since both bikes were Hondas I'd post here also)

Ok, I have been looking for a project dirtbike for cheap (under $300), and now have two possibilities in sight.

I am only 16 and poor and just looking to learn how to work on engines.

Here are my two possibilities, which would you recommend?

1.) A guy is selling a 1987 CR250R for $100... It ran last summer, but can't get it to start right now. He is just looking to get rid of it. Whole bike is there, engine turns over, has spark and fuel, just won't start. He says its a 4-stroke, but I e-mailed him back asking if he was sure and he again said its a 4-stroke (but arent the older cr250's 2 strokes?).

2.) Another local guy is selling a 1996 CR125 for $200... The engine was rebuilt about 15 hours ago, it was raced flat track last year and the suspension is lowered. It doesn't have tires, but runs good and the whole bike (minus tires) is there. He claims it has a fairly new exhaust and some new electrical components.


Which bike would you recommend for me as a project? I am not worried about power (250 v. 125) as this is just a fun project I am looking to get into.

Thanks.
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:42 AM
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Default Re: Which bike as project?

The only way the '87 is a 4 stroke is if it is an XR. The CR's are all 2 strokes and the CRF's didn't come out until 2004.
I like your ambition. I would spend the $100 on the '87 if parts availability is not an issue. Do a quick check on Motorcycle Parts, Motorcycle Accessories by BikeBandit.com to make sure the '87 still has parts readily available. If not, I would spend the extra bill and get the 125. My thoughts for what they're worth.
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:58 AM
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Why not spend $300 and get both....makes the decision easier....
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Why not spend $300 and get both....makes the decision easier....

I wish I could, but if I buy one I'll need that extra money to buy other stuff for it.

How much do you think it would cost me to get rims and tires for the cr125 (the cheapest available)?

Thanks

P.S. Thanks for the clarification on the XR250... that is probably what it is since orginally he only told me it was a "250R"

I am leaning more towards the cr125 because its a 2-stroke and easier to work on.
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I wish I could, but if I buy one I'll need that extra money to buy other stuff for it.

How much do you think it would cost me to get rims and tires for the cr125 (the cheapest available)?

Thanks

P.S. Thanks for the clarification on the XR250... that is probably what it is since orginally he only told me it was a "250R"

I am leaning more towards the cr125 because its a 2-stroke and easier to work on.

If it is an XR, then I'd get the 125 for sure. You can find wheels on Ebay for about $300-$400 (maybe even cheaper). Brand new, your looking at around $600-$800 for cheap, complete wheels. If you just need tires, then you can get both front and rear Kenda's for $95 from Motorcycle Parts, Gear and Accessories at MotoSport
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:34 PM
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Well great news, I got the 96 cr125. Its in suprisingly great condition, just needs tires and rims.

The whole engine was redone approx. 12 hours ago, including piston, rod, seals, everything!

I'm so happy.
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Good luck.
Keep us updated on the build. I'm in the same boat as you as far as learning about dirt bike engines.
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:45 PM
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Congratulations on the bike! And welcome to a great sport/ lifestyle!!
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