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Old 03-20-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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YZ125 for trail riding

hey guys. Got a question. I just bought a 2012 yz125. I don't race. But love trail riding. I'd like to know what I need to do to set up the bike for for trail riding. I'm planning a trip to Terlingua. I've read something about putting weights on the flywheel. (Anyone ever had experience doing this)? I just want to do things to make the bike safer to damage.
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:05 PM   #2
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I have a 2007 YZ250 and i'm looking at adding a flywheel Weight also. I haven't read anything bad about them yet. I'll probably order one in the next week or so. Get some hand guards, I just put on the Cycra Pro-bends on my bike and they look really nice and looks like they will provide good protection.
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:07 PM   #3
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Tyler. What about a skid plate underneath or exhaust protection (if there is such a thing)
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:13 PM   #4
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Yea that's another thing I've been thinking about, I will probably have a skid plate on it too. The bike has a new Gnarly pipe on it so i'm probably just going to just run it and see what happens, I think they are supposed to be thicker than other pipes. I see they do make carbon fiber pipe guards but I have no experience with them.
Lets see a pic of your bike, I'd love to have a late model Yz125 also.
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Old 03-20-2015, 01:28 PM   #5
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I bought it on Wednesday. I'm in New Jersey til Sunday and pick the bike up Wednesday. I'm jonesin to ride it. It's from a friend of a friend that vouched for it highly. I'm interested in seeing what you do to you bike. Thanks for the response
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Old 03-20-2015, 02:39 PM   #6
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Agent216, Larry here. I just sold a KTM 125 I rode in the SHNF quite a bit. They are light and fun to ride. You mentioned riding in Terlingua, unless it's riding on private land, you'll need to be street legal out there, and if you're riding the 125, better get a pipe guard, radiator guards, and skid plate because it's all rock there. Hand guards are a good investment also, and probends are about the best out there, but I got cheap this time around and bought the $19.99 hand guards at Cycle Gear, and they work just fine so far. I ride the SHNF about every week and if you ever want to bring it out there, just shout and we'll meet and ride.
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Just keep in mind, on a 125 you're going to have to stay in the pipe if you want to ride it any kind of fast. If you get a pipe guard, make sure to remove it periodically to inspect the pipe, Carbon is strong and even though it doesn't break when you hit something, doesn't mean that your pipe isn't bent or dented enough to restrict exhaust flow.
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Old 03-20-2015, 03:50 PM   #8
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Awesome info. Thanks very much? Is there anyway to make a 125 street legal? I'm guessing not,because of emissions.
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:17 PM   #9
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Sure can, but it's usually not cost effective. Texas will pass a 2 stroke if you can get everything to pass state inspection, which is not that easy. You'll need insurance liability first, and BTW this insurance needs to cover theft, etc as you void it being covered under homeowners when you legalize it. Doesn't have to pass emmisions like a car, but does have to have a headlight with hi and lo beams, horn that work, tail light and brake lights, and license plate light, street legal tires, and since most 125's don't have a battery, makes things a little more difficult. Other thing to consider is a 2 stroke doesn't like running highway speeds where you keep the throttle on a constant, so your revving in and out of the throttle all the time and you have to carry 2 stoke mix with you cause you can't just pull up to the pump on the hwy and fill up, got to mix the fuel and oil ratio. Good luck.....

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Yeah. Never thought about the fuel thing.
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I bought a 125 a few weeks ago, but I plan on tracking it. I've taken it out on the trails with my buddy and his 250f and I wish I had a 4 stroke on the trail. I'd go with the above skid plate, hand guards, and aluminum radiator guards. Those carbon fiber pipe guards a're nice to have on the trails as well, but I wouldn't say it's a necessity. Also, a $20 hour meter will sure as make your life WAY easier. Just stay in the pipe and that SOB will rip! I love my 125, but a 250 is probably in my near future.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:20 PM   #12
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I bought a 125 a few weeks ago, but I plan on tracking it. I've taken it out on the trails with my buddy and his 250f and I wish I had a 4 stroke on the trail. I'd go with the above skid plate, hand guards, and aluminum radiator guards. Those carbon fiber pipe guards a're nice to have on the trails as well, but I wouldn't say it's a necessity. Also, a $20 hour meter will sure as make your life WAY easier. Just stay in the pipe and that SOB will rip! I love my 125, but a 250 is probably in my near future.
What's an hour meter. I'm totally new to dirt
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:30 PM   #13
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Here are some (sorry, not $20)...

http://www.motosport.com/dirtbike/se...rch=hour+meter

They're used to track maintenance as there's no odometer. Get your service manual and you'll see how often things need to be checked/adjusted/cleaned. Most importantly on our bikes (2-strokes) is the top end. Trail riding, you can probably get 30'ish hours if you're running a good oil in your premix. I use Bel-Ray H1-R and it's probably the best imo.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:45 PM   #14
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Ok. So I got some more info on the bike. I guess I should know what I'm buying. It's a TTR125L Single 4. I'm so new to dirt. Sorry guys. Plus I'm in jersey drinking tequila shots with my family.
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Ok. So I got some more info on the bike. I guess I should know what I'm buying. It's a TTR125L Single 4. I'm so new to dirt. Sorry guys. Plus I'm in jersey drinking tequila shots with my family.
Did you pay for it already? If possible, skip out on this one if you want to trail ride.

A TTR125, while not the ideal track or trail bike, with proper experience can still be quite a fast ride.
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:12 PM   #16
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I picked it up for $800. Is that a juicy deal? Go with it?
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800 for a teeter? sure go ahead
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I'd walk away. They're a good learner bike, but you already know how to ride a motorcycle. I'd hold out for something a little more suited to riding trails or the occasional track. A 250 2-stroke or a 250 4-stroke would be what I would aim for.

Edit: You could always buy it and flip it though. It's worth roughly twice the $800 sale price you mentioned.
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Old 03-21-2015, 03:26 PM   #19
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Thanks 40. After seeing the responses last night. I decided to do just that. Buy it n flip it.
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Flippin' it is a good idea.

Riding Big Bend, Terlingua, or anywhere else down there WILL require a plate.

You can find good deals on WR450/WR426. easy to street legal. The old guy forgot to tell you that DOT approved tires are part of the inspection.....although some places never think to look.

Hi/Lo beam
Tail/Brake light
plate light, and most dont even check that.
Horn, gotta have a horn....a bicycle shop will have what you need, just get a aqueeze horn.

I got my Ins. through Dairyland for $100 a year (includes theft)

Get it inspected, GET THE GREEN SHEET!, take Insp. GREEN SHEET, proof of Ins., and cash to DPS.
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