Are 125s universally fun?

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4/21/2019 2:48 PM

Or have you ridden one after a four-stroke and been like nah this sucks?

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4/21/2019 2:52 PM

Both

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4/21/2019 2:53 PM

Riding a dirt bike is universally fun so that's how I voted but honestly I've just always had trouble on 125s because I really dont like to rev a bike and I'm not an aggressive enough rider. They are the least fun to ride for me.

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4/21/2019 2:58 PM

Fun! What us is wrong with people ? Lol

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4/21/2019 2:59 PM

Most of us ride/race for fun. Yes a 125 is fun to ride. They can be fun to race with other 125's.

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4/21/2019 3:13 PM

Always loved 125's and still do. But when I got on a 450, it was instant love.

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4/21/2019 3:15 PM

When I bought my new 2001 YZ250f I bought the oldest son a 2001 RM125. That little RM was a freaking blast. So much lighter, cornered like it was on rails and stopped on a dime. It was a bit of a revver too. Swapping bikes was always an eye opener first lap out. Grabbing a handful of front brake on the RM first corner out would put you on your ass. laughing Good times!

It was clearly evident though that the 250f being considered an equal to the 125 was going to skullphuck the sport in a bad way.

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4/21/2019 3:16 PM

Always chose the chic that is 60lb lighter and smells better is the rule

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4/21/2019 3:16 PM

OP let me guess you grew up riding 4 strokes?

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4/21/2019 3:19 PM

zehn wrote:

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Funny. About a month ago I rode my 125 back to back with my 350 and thought, screw this I'm gonna sell the 125 and have the 350. Rode the 125 yesterday and had a blast!

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4/21/2019 3:22 PM

689 wrote:

OP let me guess you grew up riding 4 strokes?

No. I had 125s until my last bike, which was a 250F. I didn't adapt well. But I do remember riding a 125 shortly afterward and completely blowing a corner with no engine braking. I'm actually looking for the perspective of people who grew up riding four strokes, and/or had only ridden a four stroke for a long time before riding a 125 (again).

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4/21/2019 3:25 PM

I think 125's definitely make you appreciate the metered power and planted feel of a modern 4 stroke.

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4/21/2019 3:36 PM

I am faster on my RMZ450 but my RM125 is X 2 the fun to ride and is really good training for the bigger bikes on entrance speed and late braking.

So my thesis is everyone should have a 125 to train on as it converts to quicker lap times on the bigger bikes.
Your mileage might vary.

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4/21/2019 3:37 PM

125's are great, no matter what age they are , and you are.

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4/21/2019 3:43 PM

I like extremes. I loved the 125 but also the 500 2 stroke. 250 2 strokes did absolutely nothing for me. 4 strokes remind me of my old XR500.

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4/21/2019 3:53 PM

I raced a run whatever you have type race one time on my 125. The track was flat, high speed and full of nice berms so I could almost rail the whole track pinned. I ended up in a battle with a friend who was on a 500. I dogged him the whole race, and would pull up beside him when I railed the shiz out of the corners with berms. He would ride the inside line and slowly pull back ahead on the straight away. I never did managed to pull off the pass for the lead but had the time of my life racing so aggressive.
In the end he won but I can't imagine it was as fun. I have also raced 500's and sure you go fast and easier to win on, but no where near as fun.
It comes down to ego a lot I think. I wish 125's were more popular with Vet racers, as to have its own class. There are guys who care more about trophies though, and race 450's so than everyone almost has to.

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4/21/2019 4:00 PM

I’m actually considering selling/trading my ‘17 RMZ250 to get a 125. I rode one at a demo day and I was grinning from cheek pad to cheek pad. Felt like such a hero with it wide open in a turn!

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4/21/2019 4:13 PM

one cannot acquire happiness lest they own a 1-2-5.

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4/21/2019 6:05 PM

I recently got a 150 after never owning a 2 stroke since 50cc. I have more fun riding my 150 than my 250f

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4/21/2019 6:17 PM

GeorgiePorgie wrote:

one cannot acquire happiness lest they own a 1-2-5.

Is that Nietszche?

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I ripped a start from Egypt and I was happy about that.

4/21/2019 6:23 PM

I wish Yamaha made a yz150.

I went from a KX450 and rode my kids 125 and loved it. Got a yz250 to match, 450 was great but got a little boring.

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4/21/2019 6:29 PM

Are 125s universally fun? The answer is yes.
A 125 is alive! It's not as fast as four strokes but it doesn't know that. It demands your attention but rewards those who put in the effort to master and maintain proper revs. The 125 is loyal to all that bond with and love its hyper intense attitude.

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4/21/2019 6:29 PM

I have ridden many, many 125s. Got a 250f in 2004, hated it, dropped it like a hot rock, and went back to a 125. Then I got a 250t.
Every now and then, I think "4 strokes are getting so developed now, they must be better. I think I could probably ride one now." So I do. And I instantly remember why I hate 4 strokes.

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Braaapin' aint easy.

4/21/2019 6:51 PM

Falcon wrote:

I have ridden many, many 125s. Got a 250f in 2004, hated it, dropped it like a hot rock, and went back to a 125. Then I got a 250t.
Every now and then, I think "4 strokes are getting so developed now, they must be better. I think I could probably ride one now." So I do. And I instantly remember why I hate 4 strokes.

I've known of you since Ronronmx and if I remember right the 250 was to be able to compete in the Vet class. Which bike would you take to the track if everyone else was going to ride the same one?

I had a 2005 CRF250 and it felt like a bloated turd. I didn't like it, and, it turns out, I didn't know how to ride it. I assumed it wanted to be lugged down low. The newest bike I've ridden since then was a 2015 CRF250 and it was my favorite track experience ever. Everything was tight, responsive and predictable. I didn't want to give it back.

I've been daydreaming of buying a bike and getting a 125 (as a primary bike) feels like it would be going back in time. I had a 2005 YZ125 and I don't think they've changed a whole lot since then.

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4/21/2019 6:52 PM

Rev, bog, rev, bog, no fun for a fat old novice.

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4/21/2019 7:00 PM

When you ring out a 125, you literally start to think you are 03 Bubba Stewart... soooo much fun!!

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4/21/2019 7:06 PM

125's are a blast.

Be tough to have as your only bike though..

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Tomac and/or Anderson for 2020.....

4/21/2019 7:07 PM

When I am in shape and the moto skills are there, the 125 is the most fun.... and the opposite is true also.

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4/21/2019 7:14 PM

I've been riding a 125 for the past 10 years, got a 450 this year and I honestly don't miss the 125 at all. I do think it helped me learn cornering speed and keeping momentum. I'm still slow though.

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4/21/2019 7:20 PM

GeorgiePorgie wrote:

one cannot acquire happiness lest they own a 1-2-5.

TeamGreen wrote:

Is that Nietszche?

Nietzsche and happiness? Not even the will to power.

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