Kids moving up, TTR125LE what next?

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  1. tundra61

    tundra61 I wish I had a title

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    Hey all - wanted to get your opinion. My son who's 14 seems ready to move up in bike. He's currently on a TTR125LE. I consider him an intermediate trail rider having run through all the route path of bikes since he was 5 (crf50>crf70>crf80>ttr125le). He's about 5'9 and 140.

    I've had him sit on a few full sized bikes, but they seem just a little to big for him still. I don't want to put him on anything that won't be fun for him. I was looking at the CRF230F and bikes in it's category, but they all weigh a ton and I feel like I'd rather put him on an older KTM 250. But then I'm concerned about putting him on more bike than he's ready to safely handle.

    What do y'all think? What's other bikes should we consider?
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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    125 twanger. Its time. Woods it up with a FWW or find a nice older EXC125.

    Or if its in the budget, a new/newer one, XC150/TE125.

    Dont bother with the 100/105 class, he is too big already.
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  3. MotoChris521

    MotoChris521 expert apprentice

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    Well, when I was 15 and the same size as your boy, I had one of these.

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  4. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    What about taking a look at the new klx230r?
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  5. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    If he wants a heavyish air cooled thumper the GPX is a better deal and a lotta bike for the $$$.

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  6. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    Any color of 125 2-stroke will teach him how to ride. Cheap to buy and maintain, and easy enough to fix when he cartwheels it. Here’s my shithead kid in the summer of ‘08 at age 12. He really grew into that bike well, which is what I was after.

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  7. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Should be up to a CR500 by morning! :clap
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  8. plumber mike

    plumber mike Highdive Deepened

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    The bullheadedtaco sez dis b da won me boyz should get.
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  9. bobfab

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    If he is an agressive rider not afraid of a little power I would vote yz125. If he is a little more timid a air-cooled 250 trail bike would suffice crf230f, xt250, ttr250 etc...

    I personally think the yz125 is a killer bike for any rider that wants to ride seriously!
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  10. oldoval

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    I think the answer comes down to what type of rider he is.

    Unless he's an aggressive rider already hammering that TTR, he probably won't like a 125 two-stroke MX bike. They make poor trail bikes for most people. Coming from mellow four-stroke playbikes, any two-stroke might be too big of a jump. The power delivery will be really foreign to him.

    If he sees himself as the next Kurt Caselli, then by all means don't hold him back.

    The biggest improvement he'll notice going to a big bike will be the full size wheels. So much easier to ride terrain with 21/18 wheels.

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  11. Bucho

    Bucho DAMNrider

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    Kawasaki KLX140G is basically his TTR but with full sized wheels.
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  12. brgsprint

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    Did you ask him?

    At that age, I knew what I wanted.
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