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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by enewmen, Jun 3, 2021.
You were already here!
And I got out. And stayed out.
Want to thank you for all the good advice on what bike to get. I hope this thread can help others that want a multi-purpose dirt bike.
I'll give an update later after I finally move and buy the bike.
^Fact. Experienced this moving from a 690 to a 500 and again moving from a 500 to a 300 and 250.
I always feel a little guilty wearing a half-helmet riding around town an this is why, look at that useless thing flying off
Boots stayed on...
Anyway, after LOTS of thinking, I finally decided on the KTM 125 XC and that is not as easy to outgrow as I first thought. I wanted the 300 XC TPI for the power, less shifting, fuel injection, and fewer top-rebuilds. But as others suggested, I should start on a bike I can thrash around and ride the piss out of. Then I better learn the limits of the bike and myself.
Even if I am as good as I think I am(hope I am), I don't see myself riding 300 XC at full throttle-even if I can handle the power. I also don't consider the CRF250F that might break in 2 after the first unsuccessful jump. The 125 XC also seems better than the YZ125X in many ways.
I also checked the 150 XC-W, but on other forums, that bike is more focused on trails than the track. I need a bike that can do both trails and MX well-even though the XC-W can do mild MX. I don't plan to ever ride on an MX track hard, just clear a tabletop or a double, but the XC seems to feel more like an MX bike than a XC-W. I plan to get the bike as soon as the borers open-op and I fly back home. I will rather get a 150 XC TPI if that did exist though. Again, thanks for all the good advice!
PS: I'll also get FULL riding gear including durable boots, knee braces, elbow guards, a chest plate with neck-brace, and a full-face helmet that doesn't fall off.
Good call on that bike. Friend @N8 put a 150 kit on his, so there's room to grow the power.
Sweet bike, and it's perfect for growing your skills
Funny ...I dont usually throw my hat into these kind of convos, I was going to suggest a 125 2T.
Most of us old guys cut our teeth on these, less weight ,less overall power, very little torque.
Because of these traits ,you learn to keep the engine where it wants to work, you can carry insane amounts of momentum which teaches cornering speed and how to flow through sections.
IF & when you master a 125 , then you will be ready to move up to the "FAST" bikes.
IMHO a 125 is an amazing learning tool and just so much fun.
I think you have chosen wisely.