2 stroke or 4 stroke. Dont hate me please.

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2/14/2020 4:34 PM

Hman144 wrote:

Gonna throw in my vote for an early 2000's KTM 300. Very tractable power, doesn't hit like a 250, but plenty of sing. Adding a flywheel weight not needed. Most used ones are going to be ex-vet bikes, so they may not be as thrashed as a 250 mxer.

Won't be as sharp of a carver as a YZ or RM, but coming off that ATK you'll think it's a surgical scalpel.

I've seen a few of these around my parts! How are they maintenance wise? Same as most other 2 strokes?

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2/14/2020 4:45 PM

I was gonna say get a 350 until i saw the budget. It’s the perfect vet bike

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2/14/2020 4:50 PM

Later model yz250 at least 03 plus i believe the same applies for the ktm 250/300. Some engine changes that make getting parts easier nowadays like cranks n such.

I know for certain that the yz250 is pretty much the same thing 03 through 2020 engine wise.

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2/14/2020 5:35 PM

blockhead17 wrote:

Get a 3 stroke!

Best of both worlds!

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No brains, No headaches.

2/14/2020 5:40 PM

Hman144 wrote:

Gonna throw in my vote for an early 2000's KTM 300. Very tractable power, doesn't hit like a 250, but plenty of sing. Adding a flywheel weight not needed. Most used ones are going to be ex-vet bikes, so they may not be as thrashed as a 250 mxer.

Won't be as sharp of a carver as a YZ or RM, but coming off that ATK you'll think it's a surgical scalpel.

Ranchorat wrote:

I've seen a few of these around my parts! How are they maintenance wise? Same as most other 2 strokes?

They don't get wrung out as hard, typically don't need as high of a rebuild frequency. I had one that was vet mx'd, cross-country raced and trail ridden for 10 years on one top end. Seriously. Still was tight and had great compression. Outside of crash damage freakin' thing was absolutely bullet proof.

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2/15/2020 3:32 AM

Fact that you have a low budget plan on having to spend another 3 to 5 hundred, chain, tires, bearings etc. Also any other worn parts, so i would say yz250 all day, pretty sure no other bike has part availability luke the yz, search ebay and you will see.

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2/17/2020 2:24 AM

2 stroke 250 or 125. Much cheaper to run, easier to fix.

I'd stay away from older 4 strokes for that budget.

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2/17/2020 3:03 AM

06+ yz 250 2T with a flywheel weight

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2/18/2020 8:12 AM

arunkxf wrote:

2 stroke 250 or 125. Much cheaper to run, easier to fix.

I'd stay away from older 4 strokes for that budget.

I've been seeing a bunch of 125s. I think for my MX skill level and what I want to do it would be fun..🤔

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2/18/2020 9:09 AM

arunkxf wrote:

2 stroke 250 or 125. Much cheaper to run, easier to fix.

I'd stay away from older 4 strokes for that budget.

Ranchorat wrote:

I've been seeing a bunch of 125s. I think for my MX skill level and what I want to do it would be fun..🤔

100%

I had a new kxf250, used my brothers 10 year old cr125 and loved it so much I sold the kxf and bought myself a 125.

so much fun, I don't think I'd ever get another 4stroke again. I'm a intermediate rider and for my speed etc... I'm more than happy on a 125

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2/18/2020 12:16 PM

misterwaterfallin wrote:

Tough to find for 2k but agree, yz 250 all day

Not in Southern California in the area he’s in. There’s tons of yz250’s out here for that price

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2/18/2020 12:24 PM

You sound like a weekend hack rider ( like most of us ) just look for the freshest 450 you can afford.

The lack of torque on any bike you can buy will kill you, especially a two stroke, you will be miserable.

I have been there done that.

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2/18/2020 4:16 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/18/2020 4:19 PM

With your budget I would stay away from any 4 stroke. My best advice would be to save up a bit more to buy a decent maintained KTM / Husky 350 4 stroke. The bike you are coming from being a 4 stroke the 350 is going to give you more confidence then any 2 stroke. It is easy to ride and is amazing fun. You are a big guy is assume so I would make sure the bike you will get has the proper springs in it for your weight. If you still want to go for the 2 stroke route I would reccomend going for a bike that suits the type of track you are going to ride the most. Hard pack you could have a lot of fun on a 150. Deep sand 2 stroke riding is very demanding and very hard work. I rode motocross my whole life but even I had troubles riding a 250 2 stroke in deep sand tracks because you have to work really hard (I'm 30 yo a well) If the YZ 250 is out of your budget I would consider the RM 250 if parts are not an issue in your area. I had a terrible time to get OEM parts so I kicked it out of my garage. Good luck and let us know what you ended up with!

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2/19/2020 1:11 AM

I don't get the comments about being miserable on a stroke ^

Yes, they are harder to ride with more shifting, less torque etc... but they can be more fun.

Like @2F4A said maybe a 150/ 144 just gives you that little more power and more forgiving if you're in the wrong gear

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4/9/2020 10:49 PM

Update: I e Photonded up getting a 2006 RMZ250 for FREE..! I got it running pretty damn good with a carb rebuild and fresh liquids. I figure, even if it isnt exactly what I was looking for, I cant go wrong with a FREE platform to start with.
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4/10/2020 6:37 AM

Ranchorat wrote:

Update: I e Photonded up getting a 2006 RMZ250 for FREE..! I got it running pretty damn good with a carb rebuild and fresh liquids. I figure, even if it isnt exactly what I was looking for, I cant go wrong with a FREE platform to start with.
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How in the hell did you get it FREE? Somebody with Covid lick all over it? You guys on the Bernie plan out in CA? Looks like a great bike you got for FREE! Congrats!!!

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4/10/2020 5:26 PM

First bike I have seen on here for free. shocked

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4/10/2020 6:03 PM

Ranchorat wrote:

Update: I e Photonded up getting a 2006 RMZ250 for FREE..! I got it running pretty damn good with a carb rebuild and fresh liquids. I figure, even if it isnt exactly what I was looking for, I cant go wrong with a FREE platform to start with.
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mxracer106 wrote:

How in the hell did you get it FREE? Somebody with Covid lick all over it? You guys on the Bernie plan out in CA? Looks like a great bike you got for FREE! Congrats!!!

It's was passed to me by a buddy getting out of the Marine Corps who had no space or way to get it home. It was a last minute thing and he had to get rid of it! I filled up his gas tank in his truck so I guess it cost me $48.

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