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Old 04-30-2009, 03:24 PM   #21
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plus it can do anything. i have never trail road just all tracks so for the track the 250 is great. and i see alot used to use the 250 on trails when i watched it on tv.
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:31 PM   #22
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i think weight will play a major role in your decision.

my 135 lb. self needs to get off that 426f on the trails/track and back onto a 250f.
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how much do you weigh? height?
6ft 3, around 180-190
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:49 PM   #24
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6ft 3, around 180-190
250 is what you want....125 would do the trick (most 125 and 250 2-smokes have very similar seat heights), but it would be lacking power when you go looking for it. I like a bike that is EZ to ride. I don't like banging through gears all day when I have the option to keep it in 2nd or 3rd for the majority of the ride.

Check here for good used dirtbikes.

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this looks like a good deal...$1,100 for a 99 KX250

http://www.texasoffroad.net/forum/ub...250#Post412336

My bike is a 97 KX250....I beat the heck out of it when I ride and have had no issues, but I do clean my bike after every ride, lube the chain, change the gear oil every 2 or 3 rides, and air filter regularly. Maintenance goes a long ways.
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Old 04-30-2009, 04:46 PM   #26
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no offense to dbuck but the modern 4 strokes are where its at. I am similar height and weight to specter...i'd recommend a used 450 (honda crf, suzuki rmz, or kawi) anywhere from 2005 and newer. if you get a good deal on one, maybe $3000 for an 05 to $4000 for an 08... you can turn it over and sell it for about what you paid for it in 6 months to a year. You do not want to mess with a ragged out 99 model 2 stroke. An old bike will be more painful to get it in safe running condition and it will suck in performance compared to modern bikes. Since 03, the dirbikes have come a long way.

You should go out to 3 Palms mx track(just north of Woodlands) on any weekend and check it out. Watch the riders and talk to them. Dirtbikers are very friendly to noobs and any one of them will talk to you all day long.

ive been doing the mx thing for a long time and just got into streetbikes last year. love em both but for a true all day bike experience, in houston there is at least one mx track open every day of the week (unless its raining!) and it is around $15.
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no offense taken, but find me an 03 or newer four stroke in the 1k-1500 dollar price range. good luck. And not all older dirtbikes are "ragged out". A lot of people buy these things, use them twice a year and sit the remainder of time. I paid 1100 for mine ( a year ago) and have done nothing but maintenance to keep it running (unless I crash and break stuff). It's all relative to your experience and cash flow. I could buy 3 of mine before he could buy one decent used 4 stroke.
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if i was to ever quit riding on road tracks......i can handle just riding on MX tracks.

that's how much fun it is. my opinion of course.
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2 strokes and 4 strokes have their pro's and con's...

i have a 2stroke right now, but i'm on the hunt for a 250 4 stroke.
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a 450 4-stroke bike is a tractor compared to a 250f or most of the 2 strokes.. I love 2 strokes don't get me wrong. I grew up to the sound of a 2 stroke. But when i bought my first honda 250f i felt like i was on a cheater bike is was so much better than my 125. Here and there i would race my boss's 450 and that thing was a blast! i'd start off the gate in 3rd gear and it would wheelie from the time the gate dropped till a put the brakes on for the first turn. A 450 you can ride most tracks in 2 gears. It's got that much torque.

just my 2 cents ... good luck!
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:37 PM   #32
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i will sell my 426f for about $2k.

in getting in with the 2T vs. 4T debate....eh, i like both!
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i love dirt way more than street. and shadman is right the less the cc's the more fun. i have more fun on a 50 or 110 than i do on my cr125. your lower to the ground and it feels like your really hauling . and easier to throw around in corners. dirt bikes FTMFW
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Totally agree, the smaller the CC, the more you can push yourself and have real fun. Commuting is fine on a dual sport if you don't mind riding a tall bike with relatively low power output. I commuted on a DR250 dual sport for a couple of years. It had 17 HP, topped at 82 mph, and got great mileage. Not a good street biie, not a good dirt bike, but I could ride it just about anywhere and ride it at it's limits all day long. Now with bikes like the WR250 and DRZ400 options are much better.
Oh yea most fun. however if you have a long commute the fun factor sort of goes away after about 30 miles on a small bike. After about 100 miles on a wr or a drz.
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i will sell my 426f for about $2k.

in getting in with the 2T vs. 4T debate....eh, i like both!
off topic where did you pick up 2t/4t from I had never heard that until I had to buy oil in Honduras.
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picked it up from oil bottles, and people typing. a lot of people shorten it up that way.
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Ok I knew it was German for 2 times and 4 times but I had never seen it before.
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thanks, i never did understand why it was a T and not a S....
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do you have to do engine rebuilds on the 4 strokes and 2 strokes? i'm not very handy with all that right now, so I'd like something that isn't full race maintence, just normal stuff like chain, tires, oil etc. I heard 2 strokes are a piece of cake to fix rebuild, but 4 strokes are entirely a tougher story... true?
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do you have to do engine rebuilds on the 4 strokes and 2 strokes? i'm not very handy with all that right now, so I'd like something that isn't full race maintence, just normal stuff like chain, tires, oil etc. I heard 2 strokes are a piece of cake to fix rebuild, but 4 strokes are entirely a tougher story... true?
I hear 2 stroke rebuilds are a cinch....although I haven't done mine yet. I do have a competent friend who has done a few in his day so I'll be looking for his help when the time comes. I heard it can be a bear to adjust valves on the 4 strokes, but Cliff will probably disagree with me. He's the four stroke guru here.
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