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9/26/2018 4:38 AM

Looking at getting into MX, What sort of price should I be looking for? 250 not bothered what brand... also from the U.K., just don’t want to be being ripped off, thanks

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9/26/2018 10:51 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/26/2018 10:53 AM

Here in the states I've found 18 yz250 out the door prices 6899 usd 18 yz125 6198 out the door usd. 2019 ktm 125sx 6799 18 ktm250sx 6999 and what I went with a 19 ktm 150sx 6999.00 hope that helps you a little bit..... Welcome To The sport!

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9/26/2018 1:55 PM

Thank you very much! I’m seeing stuff like 2008-2010 kx250s for around I’d guess $3000 ? What stuff would you suggest looking at inspecting to see if the bike is in good nick? Also.. seen a lot about bikes needing too end rebuilds after so many hours... is this true? Doesn’t seem like your use it long before your spending $300+ on pistons e.g

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9/26/2018 2:02 PM

John_West210398 wrote:

Thank you very much! I’m seeing stuff like 2008-2010 kx250s for around I’d guess $3000 ? What stuff would you suggest looking ...more

Youre not. Buying used bikes means you get the luxury of working on the motor. Plan on it or buy a new one.

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9/26/2018 2:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/26/2018 2:04 PM

John_West210398 wrote:

Thank you very much! I’m seeing stuff like 2008-2010 kx250s for around I’d guess $3000 ? What stuff would you suggest looking ...more

kb228 wrote:

Youre not. Buying used bikes means you get the luxury of working on the motor. Plan on it or buy a new one.

This 100%.

I will never buy a used bike without rebuilding it before I ride it.

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

9/27/2018 9:17 AM

Thanks for the reply’s, what year bike should I be looking at? Things to check for when going to see the bike

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9/27/2018 9:29 AM

Think you're being a bit too vague, let us know a bit more info so we can work with you -

What's your budget?
Have you ever ridden before?
Are you thinking of racing competitively?

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9/27/2018 10:34 AM

Budget just over $2000 , have ridden the odd pit bike and I couldn’t really answer the last one just yet, could either be used for racing or more trials

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9/27/2018 10:42 AM

John_West210398 wrote:

Budget just over $2000 , have ridden the odd pit bike and I couldn’t really answer the last one just yet, could either be used ...more

Age, weight and height?

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

9/27/2018 11:28 AM

21-200lbs-6’0

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9/27/2018 11:31 AM

John_West210398 wrote:

21-200lbs-6’0

Check out a 250 2 stroke.

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

9/27/2018 11:32 AM

What they like Maintainence wise? And if I was to go look at a used bike, what should I be looking for to make sure I’m not being sold a shed on wheels?

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9/27/2018 11:36 AM

John_West210398 wrote:

What they like Maintainence wise? And if I was to go look at a used bike, what should I be looking for to make sure I’m not ...more

Change oil every 3-6 hours like any other bike. Depending on how you ride will decide on how long you can go on a piston. Could be between 20-80 hours. All depends on how you ride it.

Plan on a full rebuild on any bike unless the owner has proof of it being done recently.

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

9/27/2018 11:38 AM

How much would a full rebuild be? “ roughly “

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9/27/2018 11:39 AM

Two strokes are much easier to work on than 4 strokes, however (and I may be wrong on this) they do require maintenance much more often than a four stroke. As far as what to look for when buying a used bike, check here >>>https://www.vitalmx.com/forums/New-Rider-Questions,44/What-to-look-for-buying-used-bike,1299198 lots of good info there.

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9/27/2018 11:40 AM

John_West210398 wrote:

How much would a full rebuild be? “ roughly “

I bought an 05 yz250 in April from a fellow vital member and rebuilt it with a new cylinder, crank, main bearings, piston kit and upgraded plastic kit for like $1300. The plastic kit and graphics were $400 alone. Motor was around $900

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

9/27/2018 11:43 AM

Cheers pkiczuk will have a look! And would this be decent to handle myself? Like rebuilding it all? So would you get a “ cheaper “ bike and just rebuild it all? Jeeze this is going to be more expensive than I thought ?

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9/27/2018 11:49 AM

John_West210398 wrote:

Cheers pkiczuk will have a look! And would this be decent to handle myself? Like rebuilding it all? So would you get a “ ...more

Haha. It's not a cheap hobby, but it is the cheapest form of motorsport.

Idk what the market is like in GBR, but here in the states, the 2 strokes are holding their value pretty well. So even a thrashed one isn't all that cheap.

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

9/27/2018 11:56 AM

John_West210398 wrote:

Cheers pkiczuk will have a look! And would this be decent to handle myself? Like rebuilding it all? So would you get a “ ...more

Buddy im going to be real with you. A $3000 2012 kx250f isnt going to cost you $3000. Plan on adding $1500 on top of that for engine work and things like tires. Youre going to need to pay a guy to do this work for you. Dont take it the wrong way but youre just not experienced enough in all this to be able to do that without a buddy to help you. Look for a bike thats been taken care of. Theres a difference in two 8 year old kx250s when one looks like its in showroom condition and the other has brown aluminum.

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9/27/2018 12:02 PM

If you don't have to have a 2 stroke your options will be greater to find a bike. Being your just getting into the sport you don't need a new bike. A few years back when I was between bikes I found a 2006 Yamaha yz450. maybe had 10 hours on it looked new still all original everything. $2300.00 Rode it for a while only oil filter and air filter. Good hardly used bikes are out there.

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9/27/2018 12:07 PM

I have to agree... I just see it as... I don’t drink , smoke , do drugs... so I’d rather spalsh money on something that I’m going to love and I’ll see if I can attach the photo... it’s a mix between under $1000 to around 2-3000 ..... I’m seeing some of these big 450s going cheaper than these 250s it’s strange Photo
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9/27/2018 12:14 PM

John_West210398 wrote:

Cheers pkiczuk will have a look! And would this be decent to handle myself? Like rebuilding it all? So would you get a “ ...more

kb228 wrote:

Buddy im going to be real with you. A $3000 2012 kx250f isnt going to cost you $3000. Plan on adding $1500 on top of that for ...more

Just not worth it at that. Not when I see Good dealers blowing out 18 kx250f for 5789 out the door. Dealer in NC has a new 17 crf250r 5399.00 out the door.

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9/27/2018 12:42 PM

mattyhamz2 wrote:

Check out a 250 2 stroke.

Yep - its a clear choice.

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9/27/2018 2:02 PM

So you think to just save up longer and either get a brand new or something that got next to nothing hours? And 2 stroke or 4....

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9/27/2018 3:43 PM

John_West210398 wrote:

So you think to just save up longer and either get a brand new or something that got next to nothing hours? And 2 stroke or ...more

If it were me and you had a good down payment I'd go new. There's nothing like a new bike. Or save a little more and get a very low hour bike. In the states theres plenty of low hour bikes. Most buy new and just dont have time or injury forces sale. As far as 2 stroke 4 stroke. That's a hard choice. The modern 4 stroke with proper maintenance can last 100 hours now a days without major overhaul. A 250 2 stroke is also very reliable. The debate between 2 and 4 strokes can go on and on. I personally own a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke. And as far as pure fun I'm loving my 2 stroke so far. The 4 stroke 450 is much easier to ride and race. I would start to go look at bikes with a open mind as I'm just looking and get to see what's out there. Here's a picture of my son's bike he's selling it's a 16 Yamaha yz250f with 13 hours on it 800 dollar rocket exhaust. He got a 17 ktm 350sx and doesn't ride it. He's asking 4800 but would take 4500 just so you can compare what's for sale by you Photo

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9/28/2018 1:04 AM

Where abouts in the UK are you based John?

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@russ_69

9/28/2018 1:30 AM

Cheers for the reply’s guys, and I’m in Manchester mate... quite awkward as the council website says “ if your planning on getting a off-road vehicle don’t, as their is no where to ride them “ there’s literally one palace I can ride it... around 30 minuets in a car, small MX track and the rest is just a “ free roam “ quarry Photo

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9/28/2018 2:04 AM

John_West210398 wrote:

Cheers for the reply’s guys, and I’m in Manchester mate... quite awkward as the council website says “ if your planning on ...more

Ah shame, I'm Worcester based, so over 3 hours south of you. Otherwise I could of helped point you in the direction of some good local bikes for sale.

Yeah you're guna need a van, or a trailer at the very least. MX bikes are for designated tracks only, or if you know of a farmer or someone with land who is 100% okay with you riding there. Turning up and riding on private land is a bad idea.

You're quite lucky being sort of near Doncaster, as that is a fantastic spot for riding with some of the UK best tracks (in my opinion) there such as Fatcats and DMP. Not too far from Preston Docks either.

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