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Old 02-05-2010, 11:18 AM   #1
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KX 125 - Good Deal?

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I just got my tax return in and I'm looking for a cheap dirt bike to try out. Is this a good deal? Don't know too much about dirt, but I've always wanted to try it out.

Any things I should look for or ask when going to look at some?
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:21 AM   #2
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I would ask how fresh the top end and bottom end are. If there is low hours on both, then yeah, not a bad deal. Look for something in the less than 10 hours range.

Also check for seals, brake pads, chain, sprockets and rear shock. If you have to start replacing that stuff soon, I'd keep shopping.
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how does someone get screwed on taxes????

what year is it? looks older to me.
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Thanks for the advice! I'll definately keep an eye on those things.

A couple of the ads says it's an '02, but one said it was a '00. He's reposted it quite a few times from the search I did. I did email him asking that same question and about the title....haven't heard back yet.
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What are you you looking to do with it, MX or trails or both? How big are you? A 10 yr old 125 would need to be in perfect condition for me to pay over 1k for it. It's a pretty good time of year to score a deal on a used bike.
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:37 PM   #6
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I guess I would say "both". I've never ridden dirt, so I would like to experience a little of both. Nothing extreme though, just mainly for recreation. I'm pretty hefty at 5'10" and about 250 pounds.

I'm not looking for anything crazy, just cheap and fun to see if I like it. My budget's about 1k to 1,300 range. I'm not really sure what a "good deal" is, so I'm open to suggestions or offers if somebody has something for sale!
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I guess I would say "both". I've never ridden dirt, so I would like to experience a little of both. Nothing extreme though, just mainly for recreation. I'm pretty hefty at 5'10" and about 250 pounds.

I'm not looking for anything crazy, just cheap and fun to see if I like it. My budget's about 1k to 1,300 range. I'm not really sure what a "good deal" is, so I'm open to suggestions or offers if somebody has something for sale!
Plenty of bikes locally sold in that price range....1200 is not a great deal, but it seems fair if everything is in working order.

things to look for....
dry rotted tires, dry rotted o-rings on the chain (if has an O-ring chain), leaky/dry rotted fork seals, pull the seat off and see what kind of shape the air filter is in, maybe pull the radiator cap and look at the coolant.

This will let you know what kind of shape it is in and how well it has been maintained. These things are pretty much bullet proof if maintenance is kept up.

Check here for some decent deals...I picked my 97 kx up for like 900 on here 2 yrs ago...granted I had to put $300 into it.

http://www.texasoffroad.net/forum/ub..._bike_For_Sale

For someone your size, I'd suggest a 250...but starting on a 125 probably wouldn't be a bad choice and still have some room for "error".

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At 250 lbs I would look for a 250cc 2t and forget the 125s, check out texasoffroad network and houston motocross too, not just cl.
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I'd definately want to check this bike out thouroughly before you buy it.. I remember this ad on CL he originally had it posted as a 250 not a 125. He apparently doesn't know jack about what he even owns let alone how to care for and maintain it.. Only a semi-safe assumption and my .02

Still fairly cheap for the bike either way. +1 to what godzuki said. Inspect the outta that bike. If you don't know what to look for ask a friend to tag along who may know to look for.

Your gonna have fun riding in the dirt by the way!
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Thanks for the advice fellas! I guess I'll keep looking around for a bike that isn't so "questionable". I'll keep my eye's out for some 250's too and check out those sites ya'll recommended. At least I now have a better idea of what to look for if I see something I like.

I can't wait to pick one up and try it out!!
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if i were you i would look for an older 4 stroke. 2 strokes are a whole other animal especially if you are just learning to ride dirt. That bike looks pretty clean, but you never know what shape its in until you see it in person. My brother in law has an older cr250r that he is tryin to get rid of, if you put 800 cash in his face i bet he would take it, its a great trail bike and you cant go wrong with a honda. Theres nothing really wrong with 2 strokes, they generally just need more maintenance and the powerband is a little different thing to get used to.
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How old are you talking? I don't want something that needs a lot of work to enjoy, but I'm definately interested for that price! Please PM me more details if you don't mind. I don't really know the difference between 4 stroke and 2 stroke, so I can't say I have a preference.
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Staying in your price range you'll have better luck finding a good 2 stroke.
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I'm all about the 2t offroad, and that's all I'll probably ever ride. That being said, I would keep my eye out for a 99-01 xr400 or drz, both can be found in that price range.
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+1. Try one of these

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1588998116.html The TTR250 has a 1200 asking.

I was going to go look at this, here in Katy, but bought a different bike yesterday.

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/1579305243.html

They are asking 1800 but also mention to make an offer. Two strokes are nice, but if you are just starting off and are going to trail ride, a TTR250, XR250R, XR400R, DR350, DRZ250, XT350 or other nice four stroke will do all you need. I am 260 lbs and I have had a lot of fun on CRF150's, XR100's, CRF150R's, etc. A TTR 250 has a decent size, magic button, and they are bullet proof as well. I am not a fan of the TTR225 though. I did not like the one I rode.

Another option you may look for if you are stuck on wanting a two smoke, is a KDX220, I've not ridden one, but I have been told it is a good transition bike from a four strok to a two stroke.

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Another option you may look for if you are stuck on wanting a two smoke, is a KDX220, I've not ridden one, but I have been told it is a good transition bike from a four strok to a two stroke.

http://www.dirtrider.com/features/we...220/index.html
here is a kdx being sold on the board here...

http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...&highlight=kdx

While that would make an excellent trail bike, not sure it would handle motocross super well. I'll say this...when I started I was all about the MX. Then I got a taste of trail riding with Sandman and a few others. Trails are where it's at.

MX riding is just asking to break bones....but it's fun too.
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Good find.

I didn't know it was on here. I would say that would be a great choice for trails. I really need to get a ride on one of those.

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Haha, dont tell my 15 yr old not to mx the kdx220: I think I wound up selling this bike for about $1k, would definately need to be resprung for a 220lb guy.
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