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Old 07-05-2013, 09:08 AM   #36376
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Pretty sure a WR250R is my next bike, but just starting to learn about them. Ideally, I'd like a clean, unmolested bike. Just never can tell what someone did once they start tweaking

With that in mind, there is a nice clean, low mileage 2008 WITH some mods. some of the mods I know about, some not so much. I don't really want to pay the sellers asking for a 5 yr. old bike, but it might be worth it, considering the low mileage AND the mods done.

I have not seen this bike yet, but the sellers seems very responsive and genuine. These bikes sure seem to hold their value!

Localish craigslist ad.

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Offer him $3500 or less. Throw a skidplate on it and ride the snot out of it. The years are all the same except color.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:19 AM   #36377
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Are there any noise/reliability issues with the mods on this bike?
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:20 AM   #36378
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tire pressure

Hey guys, heading out to run about 1,000 miles through Colorado and Moab. Have a mt43's on the front and rear wheel. What air pressure would you run on the pavement, with high heat of 100 degrees?

I normally run 12-13 lbs full time; dirt and pavement. Just not sure with 800 miles of hot pavement if i should up the pressure. I know increasing it much can kill the center of the tire.

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Old 07-05-2013, 10:39 AM   #36379
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Pretty sure a WR250R is my next bike, but just starting to learn about them. Ideally, I'd like a clean, unmolested bike. Just never can tell what someone did once they start tweaking

With that in mind, there is a nice clean, low mileage 2008 WITH some mods. some of the mods I know about, some not so much. I don't really want to pay the sellers asking for a 5 yr. old bike, but it might be worth it, considering the low mileage AND the mods done.

I have not seen this bike yet, but the sellers seems very responsive and genuine. These bikes sure seem to hold their value!

Localish craigslist ad.

Thoughts on this bike?
Bike looks nice. The modifications all look good to me, if you'll be doing off-road. Gearing is good, and the new tires are good for dirt. It really needs a skidplate. I would ask whether the OEM exhaust is included, it likely is because it doesn't have much resale value.

Price seems high, though there are regional differences in bike prices (in Canada $4,500 would be a good price). If in person it's as clean as it looks, I'd probably offer $3,600, and be willing to go a few hundred higher.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:55 AM   #36380
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Pretty sure a WR250R is my next bike, but just starting to learn about them. Ideally, I'd like a clean, unmolested bike. Just never can tell what someone did once they start tweaking

With that in mind, there is a nice clean, low mileage 2008 WITH some mods. some of the mods I know about, some not so much. I don't really want to pay the sellers asking for a 5 yr. old bike, but it might be worth it, considering the low mileage AND the mods done.

I have not seen this bike yet, but the sellers seems very responsive and genuine. These bikes sure seem to hold their value!

Localish craigslist ad.

Thoughts on this bike?
Mine is for sale if you want yo come down to Alabama to get it :)
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #36381
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Hey guys, heading out to run about 1,000 miles through Colorado and Moab. Have a mt43's on the front and rear wheel. What air pressure would you run on the pavement, with high heat of 100 degrees?

I normally run 12-13 lbs full time; dirt and pavement. Just not sure with 800 miles of hot pavement if i should up the pressure. I know increasing it much can kill the center of the tire.

Thoughts?

Thanks
Yeah, but running it too low will cause the center rib to chunk at least in my experience. 12psi is probably pushing it, 15psi is probably safer for the tire. This is why I don't run and don't recommend this tire for a traveling dual sport. Air down to 8psi off-road.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:56 AM   #36382
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Are there any noise/reliability issues with the mods on this bike?
I'd replace the K&N filter with an oiled foam filter asap if you plan to ride off-road.

The FMF exhaust is a lot louder than stock and will need to be repacked every couple thousand miles. It also really adds to the motor's top end and helps a lot on the highway, not so much on trails.

I think its priced somewhat high, but given the area thats appropriate. It looks clean and well taken care of at least. The sting of 'paying too much' only really hurts when you go to resell it, if you ever do.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:37 PM   #36383
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Yeah, but running it too low will cause the center rib to chunk at least in my experience. 12psi is probably pushing it, 15psi is probably safer for the tire. This is why I don't run and don't recommend this tire for a traveling dual sport. Air down to 8psi off-road.
Thanks for your input. Although I love the mt43 on the trails here in Colorado, amazing grip in sand soils and hard pack...certainly don't like the road manners much, corning is horrific and not a very long tread life overall. Will be switching to something more like a D606 or T63 on the next test of tires.

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Old 07-05-2013, 02:14 PM   #36384
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Funny, most folks report terrific street longevity on the MT-43 with appropriate air pressure, even on 450-650 DS bikes; certainly better than the D606 and T63. I guess everybody has a different riding style and circumstances.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:46 PM   #36385
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I'm running 16ish psi on MT43's and they are wearing well. I also like their road manners compared to knobbies. I ran 606's on my old DRZ for a long time. They weren't bad, but I feel more cofidence on the MT43's in almost all conditions.

Your experience may be different.
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #36386
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Funny, most folks report terrific street longevity on the MT-43 with appropriate air pressure, even on 450-650 DS bikes; certainly better than the D606 and T63. I guess everybody has a different riding style and circumstances.
I should qualify my above statements with this... I got 8,500 miles from the stock tires. My guess is the MT's will be 3-4k which IS great life still considering how excellent it does in the dirt.

Just out of curiosity what do you consider appropriate air pressure, I'm at 12-13 psi nearly full time (sometimes 10-11 for certain dirt rides)?

My road manners comment comes grooved pavement track problems (the mt grips so much it follows the grooves back and forth, guess I can't fault it for have too much traction but at 65mph it isn't ideal), and corning. Without a doubt the higher square profile can't corner as well as rounder profile tires. The outside nobbies on the front and rear are too soft when you lean it over far. I can corner at least 10 mph faster on my wifes xt225 with T63s vs my wr250 with mt 43s.

I'm going to increase the pressure some and test. I know these tires are very responsive to air pressure change.

Thanks for the comments.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:38 PM   #36387
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:15 PM   #36388
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Thanks guys. Maybe, I need to start a separate thread on this, since its probably been answered somewhere in the last million pages, but.....

Is there much of a difference between the various years? 08 just seems old to be asking so much, but maybe its more in the mileage/mods where the value lies?
The 08' years had a silly rubber deal on the front sprocket that they promptly got rid of. There were also some grown pains with the fuel pump where they would seize during hot rides, and stop delivering fuel. The newer fuel pumps are interchangeable, but it's something to keep an eye on and you might be able to use it to lower the price some.

Otherwise, the price is pretty static, a lot like DRZ's and KLR's.

I wouldn't pay what the guy is asking for, but you're basically looking at a haggling buffer +summer premium.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:53 PM   #36389
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Thanks guys. Maybe, I need to start a separate thread on this, since its probably been answered somewhere in the last million pages, but.....

Is there much of a difference between the various years? 08 just seems old to be asking so much, but maybe its more in the mileage/mods where the value lies?
I think the price is too high. It is a sellers market though, and you need to take that into account.
Also I think you are in CO and the bike is on the east coast. By the time you pay for shipping, you could have bought a new one.

If you want a good deal, wait. The summer is almost over for you, and a better deal will come along. jmho
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Old 07-06-2013, 05:53 AM   #36390
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Just for another reference point

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Thanks guys. Maybe, I need to start a separate thread on this, since its probably been answered somewhere in the last million pages, but.....

Is there much of a difference between the various years? 08 just seems old to be asking so much, but maybe its more in the mileage/mods where the value lies?
Just my 2-cents for another point of reference for you.

I just bought an '08 in May with only 900 miles on it. I think it was an outstanding deal at $2500., but, other than having the faulty fuel pump replaced, it is completely stock...not one single farkle. It was in showroom condition and had never been off the pavement, but it would cost me at least another $2k to get mine to the state of performance of that one.

The one you are looking at has at least $2000 in extras, plus the sweat equity. So, I don't think that $4500. would be a bad deal. It looks great and already has all the main things everybody wants done to it, including the programmer, exhaust bomb and new knobbies. Go for it.
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