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Old 11-16-2007, 06:19 PM   #1
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starter dirtbike.. 250 or 450?

have tooled around a bit on smaller dirt bikes as a kid, but now that I'm a bit older and, ahem, heavier, what would be a good size dirt bike to start out on?
It will be used for trail riding mostly and possibly some supermoto far down the road.
I'm considering either the honda 250x or crf450x.

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the two that I'm looking at are nearly new with about $1000 seperating the two.
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:36 PM   #2
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It all depends on throttle control. The 450 scares the out of me for now but again throttle control my friend. You will learn a lot about sliding(btw at the bar come up!)
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trail riding a wr250 no one makes a bike to compare

mx crf250 or similar
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:23 PM   #4
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:31 PM   #5
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I'm thinking 250 also.
This is gonna be just something to goof off on during the off season and it seemed like the 250's were going plenty fast at moody gardens a few weeks ago. The 450 just seems like a beast. Almost every for sale ad I've seen on the 450 had "scary fast" somewhere in the description.
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I went with a 400, but the XR doesn't have near the power that the CRFs and WRs have. Besides, I'm slooooooo
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have tooled around a bit on smaller dirt bikes as a kid, but now that I'm a bit older and, ahem, heavier, what would be a good size dirt bike to start out on?
It will be used for trail riding mostly and possibly some supermoto far down the road.
I'm considering either the honda 250x or crf450x.

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the two that I'm looking at are nearly new with about $1000 seperating the two.
Tom you can definately handle a 450. You don't have to give it full throttle and the two bikes are basically the same size and weight. If you've riden and you have I wouldn't waste time with a 250 if you think you'll keep it and move on up. I have XR400 Dualsported that I'm going to sell if you'd like to try it out.

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Old 11-16-2007, 09:43 PM   #8
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:51 AM   #9
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CR250X or as glen said... Yamaha WR250(probably my next bike)
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first off, you will get used to the power of a 250
second , when your buddy blows by on his 450 you will wish you had more motor
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go with the 450, no regrets
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what is the difference between the xr, crf, and wr designations? is one better for a certain style of riding?
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Old 11-17-2007, 09:18 AM   #13
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5 votes for 250
4 votes for 450 soo far

maybe I'll take one of you guys up on that offer to try your 450 out first before I make the call.

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what is the difference between the xr, crf, and wr designations? is one better for a certain style of riding?
xr=trail bike (xr 400 makes maybe as much hp as most 250 modern bikes)
wr= trail bike wr (means wide ratio transmission made for trail not mx)
crf250 = mx bike
crf250x= trail bike

edit I know most of the modern 250s make way more hp then my DRZ400
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xr=trail bike (xr 400 makes maybe as much hp as most 250 modern bikes)
wr= trail bike wr (means wide ratio transmission made for trail not mx)
crf250 = mx bike
crf250x= trail bike

edit I know most of the modern 250s make way more hp then my DRZ400
cool thanks for the info
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xr=trail bike (xr 400 makes maybe as much hp as most 250 modern bikes)
wr= trail bike wr (means wide ratio transmission made for trail not mx)
crf250 = mx bike
crf250x= trail bike
Swapped my XR400R and BC's CRF450 today for a little while, and his was certainly more powerful!

On mine in the trails I can stay in 2nd gear pretty much all day and not worry about it trying to launch me into the woods.

I like trails better than MX.
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Tom... depending on what type of riding you plan on doing with it, here's my suggestions.

MX riding... CRF250
Trail riding... CRF250, CRF250x, or WR250
Motard... CRF450

If you plan on mainly doing trails like you mentioned in your first post... stay away from the bigger bikes. The extra weight and HP won't be needed.
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:08 PM   #19
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we're going to three trees? since when? okay!
i didn't know that, last i heard, the BC was looking for Rio today.

Tom, a 250f may easily be plenty of bike for you, as will a 450f. it all depends on your riding style, and what you expect to achieve out of the bike. I can handle martin's 450 around the motocross track very easily (except for the broken brake lever). I can also not fully use my 250f. I imagine if I were to try to tard out my 250, i'd run into "lack of motor" problems...but still it would be loads of fun...and when it really comes down to my riding style, "fun" is the keyword.

i'm still looking at some technical issues with my bike, but i'd love for you to run around one of the tracks with mine (i'm having starting issues), or my buddy's (that I was telling you about) and you'd see that for an immediate smile, adrenaline shot, and good time, the 250f would probably be plenty.

it's basically a welcoming into something new.

** Warning - These are the wise words of a rather drunk me right now.

so ya...it you were to go dirt/trails...250 will do. if you are going for a supermoto...eh, get a 450.
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we're going to three trees? since when? okay!
i didn't know that, last i heard, the BC was looking for Rio today.
Under the "you break it you fix/buy it" rules, y'all can come get my XR for him to try if you think it might be a good fit for him.
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