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12/18/2018 7:08 PM

Hey guys, I am 17 years old, about 145 pounds and a beginner/novice rider, i own a 2017 FC250. I have had the bike since its release and so far Its been a great bike but i feel like the bike isn't for me. I struggle with setup and comfort. I was curious if a different bike like a rmz250 or a yz250f would be beneficial for me. Let me know what you guys think, thanks!


12/18/2018 7:46 PM

Spend money on a spring conversion kit.


12/18/2018 8:20 PM

You have got a great bike there and being a novice/beginner you don't have any pre-conceived ideas about what should or shouldn't be as far as bike bias. Work on setting your bike up and getting to know it better and how to go fast on it. I would agree with Denn700 with the spring conversion kit, but first fully exhaust your stock set up. And ride-LOTS!! And have a blast. Keep us posted on how it goes for you. Lots of great resources in here.


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12/18/2018 8:23 PM

145 pound beginner on a 250 2 stroke blink

Try a 125


12/18/2018 8:36 PM

bents wrote:

You have got a great bike there and being a novice/beginner you don't have any pre-conceived ideas about what should or ...more

Thank you for the feedback, I will look into the spring conversion kit for sure. I will definitely keep you guys posted!


12/18/2018 8:46 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/18/2018 8:51 PM

“145 pound beginner on a 250 2 stroke

Try a 125”

I don’t think a 2-Stroke was mentioned.


12/18/2018 9:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/18/2018 9:08 PM

Spring conversion kit ? Why?!?! There’s so much adjustment in the aer48.

You need to ride over to the local suspension guy outta
The back of a box truck. Pick his brain. Give him $20 to help set you up.

Get the fork height and sag right first.

Give us more detail on your strugggles....it isn’t the bike I assure you.


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12/18/2018 9:20 PM

Do you have the correct Real spring? I wonder if 1 rate softer would help.

The yZ250f is a great bike, I also really like the 18-19 Honda CRF250. It’s very comfortable out of the box.


12/18/2018 10:27 PM

The RMZ is a great bike. I have a ‘16 RMZ250 and for it being my first 4 stroke I love it. The FC250 you have is a great bike as well. My advice is ride ALOT. I’m a novice rider, 165lbs.

If you make suspension adjustments, write it down. Take time with it. Suspension can be complex. With time and patience, you will find a set up for you.


12/19/2018 4:03 AM

Damn, when I was a beginner, I cleaned the air filter, oiled the chain, fueled the bike and rode the hell of it. I never touched a clicker the entire time I rode the bike. I kept everything toward the middle and then I knew how the bike would react. I could alter my style or how I approached an obstacle to work with the bike. Of course, that was back in the ‘80’s. As long as I had decent tread on my tires, I was good to go.


12/19/2018 4:22 AM

Maybe look into setting your sag. Theres a lot of youtube videos from rocky mountain that go over bike setup. Try to identify exactly what it is you dont like. Being. A new rider, id be willing to bet youre just plain uncomfortable on a dirtbike in general. A diff bike isnt going to help much.


12/19/2018 11:38 AM

Send me a private message if you want to sell your FC250. I might be interested if the hours are low. I had a 2014 YZ250F and I really liked that bike.


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