Newbie needs bike purchase advice!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Hbomb80, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Hbomb80

    Hbomb80 n00b

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    Good afternoon guys. I am currently weaning myself off of my street riding and plan to play in the dirt a bit more. I am in the market for a lightly used bike. I rode motocross and some enduro as a child (I am now 32) so I am somewhat experienced offroad. Here are some things I would like for you to consider with my new purchase.

    My size: 6'2 210lbs

    Where I will be riding: Mountainous and Tight trails 75% of time, open fire roads 25% of time

    Budget: $2500-$4000

    Bikes: I have done some research and friends have steered me towards the CRF450X and KLX 450R. Although I would prefer to get a KTM, they might be too expensive? XCW 400 or an EXC model...
    *** ORRRR, Save my dough and buy a nice used XR 400? They can be had around here for $1700-2300.

    2 stroke or 4 stroke? I may be restricted to trails or other parks if on a two stroke...

    Any opinions or insight you guys have would be greatly appreciated! thanks in advance!!!
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  2. crypto666

    crypto666 Long timer

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    Do you plan on plating it for street use? If not, you have many more options.

    Yes, 4t is the popular choice. However, many of us, including yourself, are wanting to go back to 2t, especially on smaller bikes, because of the cost.

    You can rebuild a 2t top end for 1/4 what it costs a 4t, give or take.

    However, that shouldn't be your only reason. I would never consider owning a 2t if I didn't already have a overweight 4t.

    IN that price range you should be able to find a decent bike. However, because of the reason I mentioned about cost of rebuilding a 4t, be very careful with what you buy. You could easliy buy a motor that needs $1000 to get it back in to shape. DO not be afraid to remove seats and fuel tanks and check valves, compression, etc. before you buy.

    I personally, if having to buy just one bike, would probably go with something like a Beta 350-400, for the type of riding you want. Even a 250 4t would be awesome. I love 250s in the tight stuff. I don't think KTMs are too expensive if buying used; I think parts wise there are about the same.

    Another thing to consider is service. How frequently do you want to change oil, rebuild the top end, etc. Some of the high strung 250 are a little rediculous as far as service goes.

    To keep it simple, find anything 250lbs or less and you should be having fun.
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  3. ccooper

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    I say get something that's road legal so you can dual sport it. It's cool to ride around on the asphalt and be able to hit the trails and forest service roads when you want. The KTM EXC's are road legal...I had a 2011 530exc I sold awhile back, but they are pricey and high maintenance. The Jap dual sports are girly looking, but you can find them reasonable. Suzuki DRZ400S and Yamaha WR250R are pretty nice. The N GA mts offer awesome dual sporting. If you're gonna be hardcore motocross/enduro style riding though, you probably need a motocross bike or one of the KTM's to handle it.
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  4. Hbomb80

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    thanks guys! anybody else chime in? I appreciate it!
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