The KDX thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by gplassm, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. KiwiMtnClmbr

    KiwiMtnClmbr lightweight

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    Would you drop $500 on a 1988 kdx 200? It looks to be in pretty good shape, still runs and used infrequently but recently it seems. Looking to get my first woods bike, and hopefully plate it for some light enduro work... my only real moto experience to speak of is on my '02 ninja.
  2. Hockeygod

    Hockeygod Been here awhile

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    My KDX is a great machine for the woods! I got it back in 89 but I honestly haven't ridden many newer bikes in the woods, aside from the 2000 KX 100 I bought for my wife, so I really can't compare... I suspect if I rode a 5 year old KTM 200, I would fall in love, so I deliberately haven't done so!!!

    If memory serves, 88 was the last year of the air-cooled engine; not sure if it had front and rear disks either. They seemed to be pretty reliable IMHO.

    So long as you give it a once-over or have a mechanic check it out (your expense if you buy it, owners if you don't - but owner gets copy of report) and things are as expected for a bike that age. Understand that lots of things like seals, bearings can dry out or seize up, and many are fairly cheap / relatively easy to change if you have some tools and experience.

    Check with your local dealer - in my area, many (big, brand names) will not service anything older than 10 years - with older bikes, I use smaller shops or independent shops if I can't DIY.

    Parts for an 88 should still be available and there are lots of sites, knowledge around for KDXs. Check out Fredette Racing website as I have bought shock springs from them.

    I don't know the market value for the KDX in your area, check blue book value (online) or ask a dealer for their opinion. $500 isn't a lot (?) to me, but understand that it may need at least another couple hundred bucks and some elbow grease to ensure it is mechanically sufficient. Work that eventuality into your budget/decision. The deeper you look into anything, the more it will cost because nothing is perfect and age compounds that....

    There are more newer bikes for sale that might fit your bill and the added price should provide for less age-related things being wrong... But it does depend on the previous owner and how well they cared for their bike! Each case is different and 'caveat emptor' - buyer beware!

    Hope this helps, good luck and please update your decision! :ear

    Dean
  3. KiwiMtnClmbr

    KiwiMtnClmbr lightweight

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    Hockey God you are a true gent for taking the time to share all that with me/us. I was so stoked to go back and check the bike again with my new expertise. Life however has conspired against me. I had a very sobering get off in a construction zone yesterday evening on a local county road that put me in the ER and my bike in the hands of a Neanderthal (my wife's words!) with a tow truck.

    I'm not sure how long it will be until I can ride again and equally importantly I now need to replace my commuter. I think there are some dual sports which could fit the bill but the KDX dream might have to wait a while. stay safe and wear your gear!
  4. Hockeygod

    Hockeygod Been here awhile

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    Kiwi,

    Oh no, I hope you are doing ok given the circumstances! Sounds like your daily commuter might not be fixable, so you will be soon be shopping for a new bike. I hope the thought of a newer ride (even if its not a KDX) cheers you up through the tough times. Get well!

    PS I am an ATGATT kind of guy, thanks to my moms regular insistence when growing up!

    Dean
  5. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    So waiting for my 2014 KTM 350EXC-F I bought a brand new 2004 KDX 220R only two tanks of fuel run through it. Not a scratch on it yet. :huh
  6. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    Fresh mx51s and first ride this weekend. Cedro :clap
  7. Huskyfatman

    Huskyfatman Stinky Wizzleteats

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    Are you aware of the piston issue on the 220's? Do a search kdxrider.net
    http://www.kdxrider.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=74387
  8. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    I guess I will be doing the same. :cry

  9. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    Went for a ride today. :clap

    Riding tomorrow. I been warned :deal
  10. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    Where's the pics of this supposedly new ride? :deal
  11. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    I ask you host and post. :deal :dunno


  12. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Ask and ye shall receive!! :deal

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    Sweet new ride Derek!! :clap
  13. gplassm

    gplassm Been here awhile

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    Yep. That is where a KDX belongs!
  14. gplassm

    gplassm Been here awhile

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    I really want to get another one. My KTM350 EXC is absolutely *Brilliant*, but the utter simplicity and performance of the KDX will always have me lusting to own another one.
    One of these days, I hope to find a clean, rarely used one to hold on to...

    FWIW - That last bike is a set of fork springs and a pipe away from perfection.
  15. AtomicGeo

    AtomicGeo Yep, ranked 49th.

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    That is bone stock...:1drink

    Except for the GPS of course.


    Nice.

  16. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    Thanks Curtis for posting the pic. Sundays ride was with Ditch we went back at Cedro. We rode the new trail on the west side of south 14. I think the trails named Birdcage, should of got some pic. That trail is on the edge.
    The KDX is sufficiently scratched up and ready for Sipipu.
  17. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    Kick stands up 7:00 am coyote trail head. Over and under the tunnel up tunnel canyon to birdcage and beyond. :D There will be pic. :evil Hopped up my bike.......ok just jetted it. Oh yea I've been warned.

    Any one get there new KTM 350exc-f yet?
  18. retroone

    retroone Long timer

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    What a perfect day. I love to ride alone. The new trail is birdhouse not birdcage. :thwak I have pictures. :evil
  19. kwb377

    kwb377 Non-Professional Rider On A Not-So-Closed Course

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    Add me to the list of "had a KDX, wish I'd never sold it..."

    Bought my '04 new, sold it in '08...

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  20. De250r

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