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Old Yesterday, 04:12 PM   #1
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Need help for purchase tomorrow on 2014 xt250

I may buy a 2014 xt250 tomorrow and need help.

They have a new 2014 xt250 for $3995.00, a wr250r for $5995.00 and a crf250l for $5299.00 at local dealer.

The price is what got be really interested in buying new.

My last bike was 20 years ago. I am 5'10 and 195lbs without gear.

The wr250r is tall but nice, I don't think I need this much bike.

The crf250l is a good height. Still not flatfoot.

The xt250 does feel smaller and softer suspension in the rear we sitting on in the showroom. The salesman said it was not set up yet.

My needs are.
Driving to work one or two days a week if I feel like not getting in the car. The drive is about 30 minutes with 5 minutes being highway.

Trail and old logging roads the rest of the time with a drive on the highway 20 to 30 minutes on some occasions to get to some trails.

I would also like to be able to take the wife to work some days and head for the trails after dropping her off. The combined weight would be 350lbs. its hard to find anything on riding with a passenger. I know she may not be comfortable. I just want to know it the bike is capable of this. The drive to her work is 30 minutes with 5 to 10 minutes of highway. I can avoid some highway.

I do not get to drive any of these before making purchase.

My concerns are.

Is the rear suspension to soft compared to the crl250l? How do I tell the dealer to set it up correct. Give them weight or set it stiffer because I may want a passenger?

Will I find it under powered compared to the crf250l?

Will I just find it under powered because of my weight? 195lbs without gear.

Regret the bike seat height too low? I am flatfoot on this.

Can this bike climb steep dirt logging roads and a decent speed.

Is the price good?

The salesman said the crf250l is only worth the extra money it if you plan on doing mods to the bike.

Any other thoughts?
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Old Yesterday, 04:25 PM   #2
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it hurts to say it, but the WhRrZZzzRRrrr is the the best of the lot. the honda is a pig, i rode one.... that's a good price for the blue one too..... my $.03.....
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Old Yesterday, 04:34 PM   #3
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I agree with davesupreme.....go for the WRR. It will handle all you've described, well enough.

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Old Yesterday, 04:40 PM   #4
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what about the klx250?
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Old Yesterday, 04:43 PM   #5
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I agree with the wr250r for what you described even if its a lil expensive but you get what you pay for right :). It is powerful enough to handle freeway speeds and tall enough to handle rough terrain. The other bikes you described are a lil underpowered and youll feel it in the highway.
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Old Yesterday, 04:52 PM   #6
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The price of $3995.00 is what really got me interested in new. Its hard to find any WRs in my area used. The new is 7 hours round trip away and $2300.00 with tax in the difference.

I guess I was asking more about XT250 and CRF250l.
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Old Yesterday, 04:55 PM   #7
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what about the klx250?
The KLX250 is $1300 more than the xt250 in my area.
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Old Yesterday, 05:03 PM   #8
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The crf will have more power and a 6 speed trans I think.
The XT is a bit of a dog by todays standards.

A used dr650 would be nice.

Buying a nice new expensive bike and riding it into a mud hole always bothered me.
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Old Yesterday, 05:13 PM   #9
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The crf will have more power and a 6 speed trans I think.
The XT is a bit of a dog by todays standards.

A used dr650 would be nice.

Buying a nice new expensive bike and riding it into a mud hole always bothered me.
I went to see a used dr650 and the owner talked me out of buying it. He told me to buy a 250 for trail riding or ATV. He does not like riding his on trails when going slow. Its too heavy and no good at low speeds too much clutch work. Dirt roads great but trails no. I left.
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Old Yesterday, 05:19 PM   #10
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None of those are decent trail bikes but the order I would rate them for any use is whirr, klx, crf and last xt.

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