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Old 12-01-2014, 08:31 PM   #1
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DRZ 125 or XR100 (CRF100r)

My 11 year old son is ready (beyond ready) to move up from his 90cc china bike. He started with a PW50, then this 90cc and now the 30.5" seat height of these two bikes will fit him well. I think both are good bikes, but the XR100 is like hen's teeth around here. Either I find them abused by tards or located 1,000 miles away. I have a line on a clean DRZ 125 locally.

The DRZ has a curb weight of 190lbs.
Honda CRF100 & XR 100 has curb weight of 173lbs.
Both have same seat height 30.5"

Will the extra 17 pounds feel like too big of a jump up to an 11 year old? I doubt that power difference will knock his socks off from 100 vs 125.

Am I over obsessing and should just jump on an available clean bike and get him riding?

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Old 12-01-2014, 09:41 PM   #2
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Toss him on whatever you can get. He will learn and be better for it between your choices given.

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I have seen some young folks riding much bigger and powerful bikes. At 6 years old I was having a blast on the full size ATV's and I was tiny!
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Old 12-02-2014, 05:41 AM   #3
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What about a Yamaha TT-R125LE?

They are just slightly taller than the CRF100F.

Just picked up one for my 11 year old daughter this summer, and it fits her perfect.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:42 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Scoutin Wyo View Post
Am I over obsessing and should just jump on an available clean bike and get him riding?
11? just get him whatever bike comes up first that is clean and a nice price.

To me the XR100/CRF100 is in a class by itself.

The DRZ125 (also a KLX125 is the same bike) is more like the Honda CRF150F and Kawi KLX140 as well as the TTR125 already mentioned.

An 11 year old will do fine on any of those bikes. If he's like most 11 year olds he'll catch on quick and be riding the thing to the limit in a few short hours. And he'll probably be begging to get a faster bike in a year.
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Old 12-02-2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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Keep it for yourself when he is done with it and turn it into a crf100 BEASTMODE
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Old 12-03-2014, 09:47 AM   #6
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11? just get him whatever bike comes up first that is clean and a nice price.
Yep. All the 100/125 bikes mentioned are pretty bullet proof trail bikes.

And yes! Definitely plan on keeping it for yourself and making a killer play bike out of it. I'm (very slowly) installing KX100 suspension, wheels, brakes, etc onto our '03 DRZ 125.

Those trail bikes are great for putting around, but the minute you start going at any pace they are downright scary.
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