What small 250-400cc Bike to Get?

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  1. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Congratulations! Welcome to the world of low-buck trail riding fun!
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  2. Grreatdog

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    I followed a woman on a KDX for several miles on very rocky two track. She was making good enough time that I had trouble making a clean, easy pass on my 640. I don't punt people into the weeds or roost the hell out of them on dual sport rides. So I hung back waiting for a chance to pass without being an ass.

    She was holding us up a little but I also don't think she was pushing it much.I was impressed at her pace given how little effort it was taking. So they will cover rough ground at a pretty good clip. I liked the way that bike was working enough that if I had tripped over a titled KDX instead of my MXC I would have bought it instead.
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  3. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I've found that the KDX can go about fast enough to be scary in most trail-riding conditions if you lean on it a little. It also is a very forgiving bike in the woods with a lighter touch. If you equip it with the "gnarly woods pipe," it has good low-end, so you don't have to rev the snot out of it.

    For very technical stuff, some people speak well of the Steahly off-road flywheel weight. (Others find it completely useless.) This adds another ten ounces to what is already considered to be a massive flywheel, if you like to tractor over things. I'm considering one for technical riding. It's fairly easy to swap on and off.
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  4. Grreatdog

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    The Steahly on my MXC is useless. The bike is still like riding a little Tasmanian Devil. :clap
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  5. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    Picked up a 98 KDX 200 from an inmate in snowy OH. Actually didn't even test ride it. It sounded great though. :rofl

    But looks like the PO went through it very thoroughly and I'm excited to get on it. Based on some reading I have done and all the input from ya'll, I've made a good decision. I should be able to learn a lot on the bike, and more than likely I'll never outgrow its abilities. Hope to see some of ya'll on a trail or race someday! Thanks again for all the advice!
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  6. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Hey! That's the fastest color! Wait, it was the only color! Just think how fast it will go when it gets ripe!

    Congrats!


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