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Old 08-01-2013, 01:17 AM   #1
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Good first dirt bike

Im 18 155lb and 5' 10". I rode dirt when i was really young like 4 or 5
I went to az and rode dirt with my bro and discovered that i suck a lot in the dirt
Fell 5 times in 20 mins lol
So i disided id like to start again but im clueless. What is the 250 ninja of the dirt world? I want something 650rish as in enough power to entertain but not enough to destroy my face on a bolder
Something cheap and reliable as im kinda poor ha with a decent enough suspension
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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KTM 200 xc or xcw. Light, reliable, easy to start, upgraded from the factory, all around fantastic bike that will accommodate you as a noob but you will never outgrow. Look for the 200 exc if you go back a few years.
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KTMs are nice but pricey. Kawasaki KLX models are pretty reliable and cheap. Suzuki DR models and Honda XR models are also cheap and reliable. Not the fastest ones or the best suspension but you can only afford what you can afford. 125 or 250 Japanese two strokes like the Yamaha YZ have better suspension and are really cheap and light. Not sure what you want to spend but if I only had $1,500 that is what I would probably get. The 250s are scary fast though. I rode one for the first time the other day and handling one of those through some tight single track is a job that would take a while to get used to. Personally, I would wind up in tree a few times before I got very proficient with it. LOL.
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Would a 125 two stroke be a pain in the on a trail?
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Would a 125 two stroke be a pain in the on a trail?
I've never ridden one but riding behind one and watching them tap dance on the shifter looks like a bit of work in tight single track. That said some people can rip on them. You can mod a 250 so it isn't so peaky though and they shouldn't be quite the amount of work, but in my opinion if you are trying to find a cheap dirt bike then two stroke is the way to go. Going cheap on a four stroke could hit your wallet pretty hard if something goes wrong so it's best to get a newer one.
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KTM 200 xc or xcw. Light, reliable, easy to start, upgraded from the factory, all around fantastic bike that will accommodate you as a noob but you will never outgrow. Look for the 200 exc if you go back a few years.
^^ this
Im s newb to the dirt and just bought a KTM 300 XC and love it....Id imagine a 200 to be fast enough too...
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Here are some choices in order from expensive to cheapest. As you can see the KTMs tend to be a little pricier but they are nice. Then the YZ250s for around $1500-$2k or you can get a YZ125 for around $1,500-$1k.

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/3919924094.html

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http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/3935973811.html

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/3896705971.html

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/3930153470.html

http://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/3973615767.html

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If you get a 2 stroke, get a trail, or enduro oriented bike with a heavy flywheel. You dont want a hyper MX bike. The powerband comes on strong and sudden on a lot of MX bikes.

A mild 4 stroke would be the best, as far as power delivery, but they would be heavier. I wouldnt buy a kick start 4 storke as a trail/play bike. they can be a PITA to start when hot, especially after a spill.
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What gear is most important? And r there dirt bike squids?
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What gear is most important? And r there dirt bike squids?
Dirt gear is pretty cheap. I wouldnt ride without decent boots. getting your foot caught on a log, or just some stones from a roost can mess your foot up if you wear sneakers.

I would also get bark busters if you plan on trail riding. Get your hand pinched between a tree and your bars just once. You will scream like a little girl.
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Im s newb to the dirt and just bought a KTM 300 XC and love it....Id imagine a 200 to be fast enough too...
I have had a 300xc and a 200exc, and honestly think I was faster on the 200. 6spd tranny and light as a mountain bike, it was like a 125 with a bottom end. I think it's the perfect all around dirtbike, followed closely by the 300xc.
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I have had a 300xc and a 200exc, and honestly think I was faster on the 200. 6spd tranny and light as a mountain bike, it was like a 125 with a bottom end. I think it's the perfect all around dirtbike, followed closely by the 300xc.
I would love 200 or 300 KTM. Purchased a new bike recently but wanted an 09 or up and the KTMs were a bit pricey or ragged out. Not many garage queen KTMs floating around like there are Japanese bikes.
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