Help please. Honda cr250

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9/14/2017 8:51 AM

So I will say now I am COMPLETELY new to anything dealing with motocross. I have a Honda f4i 600rr street bike and I LOVE it. However I just came across this deal in my town. Wondered if I could get some tips, help, thoughts, ideas, advice ANYTHING is helpful.
The bike is a 1986 Honda CR250. Looks super good in my opinion for the age but then again I'm a complete dummy with this. The guy said if I wanted it he would drop the price to $500 since he thinks it's awesome a girl is trying to get into the hobby. Has clean title in hand. Lots of receipts for any work done. Had been sitting for 6 months in a shed but fired right up on the second try. (A buddy that rides was with me as I've not been on one) so I'm just looking to see what other people may think that have had experience and been around this scene. Thank you in advance. I apologize for the grainy photos as it was night time.

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9/14/2017 8:59 AM

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STFU Newb.
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9/14/2017 9:13 AM

Buy a newer one. This one will turn into working on it more than riding it. For 1000 you can get something year 2000 or newer and be way happier.

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9/14/2017 9:23 AM

I would invest in something a bit newer. A bike that old is kinda hard to find parts and it doesnt ride the smoothest

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9/14/2017 9:41 AM

Thank you very much. As I stated really new so wasn't sure. Any suggestions for a good beginner bike?

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9/14/2017 9:42 AM

125 two stroke.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

9/14/2017 10:00 AM

What ever you decide to go with just make sure you get a quality torque wrench for the sprocket bolts. Don't want those bad dogs coming loose on you...

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9/14/2017 10:10 AM

I am open to suggestions for what to go with. I don't know anything. I'm clueless and not afraid to admit it. But wow. That looks like a ton of fun. Not sad

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9/14/2017 10:13 AM

VenomGirl3 wrote:

I am open to suggestions for what to go with. I don't know anything. I'm clueless and not afraid to admit it. But wow. That looks like a ton of fun. Not sad

Yamaha YZ125

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9/14/2017 10:14 AM

VenomGirl3 wrote:

I am open to suggestions for what to go with. I don't know anything. I'm clueless and not afraid to admit it. But wow. That looks like a ton of fun. Not sad

Frodad78 wrote:

Yamaha YZ125

May I ask why?? Not disrespecting just trying to learn

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9/14/2017 10:28 AM

VenomGirl3 wrote:

I am open to suggestions for what to go with. I don't know anything. I'm clueless and not afraid to admit it. But wow. That looks like a ton of fun. Not sad

Frodad78 wrote:

Yamaha YZ125

VenomGirl3 wrote:

May I ask why?? Not disrespecting just trying to learn

Reliable bike and tons of parts available because Yamaha is still making the YZ 125.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

9/14/2017 10:57 AM

That CR250 is a great bike but not for you. That is for the vintage nut that doesn't mind chasing parts down through internet searches. I agree with others about the YZ125. If you get one and decide you need more power down the road there is still a huge hop up market out there including big bore kits. Honda has decent parts availability too but not as strong as Yamaha.

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The older I get, the faster I was.

9/14/2017 11:00 AM

KTM 200 would be a fun bike, but finding a decent priced used YZ 125 will probably be easier to find

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9/14/2017 12:17 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2017 12:19 PM

If you can get it looking like this

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and going like this

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you should do alright. And end up a Vitalstar, with a free new bike
I'd start with the power bands. While they are good in those when new, they tend to get a little stretched out and soft with age. Bit like tits

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9/14/2017 12:20 PM

Yz125

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Osama Bin Mixin - Head of the 2-stroke Taliban

9/14/2017 12:25 PM

$800

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9/14/2017 12:27 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2017 12:41 PM

Find a yz125 2002 or newer. If possible find a 2005 or newer. There are a lot of parts for these bikes and they are easy to ride and cheap on repairs and parts. You are a beginner, even if you ride a street bike riding a fast bike on a track is a different world, not trying to be disrespectful to your previous experience.
A 250 will be to much for you and as the others have said the parts and maintenance for that bike are not something you want to deal with starting off.

A 125 2 stroke makes 35 horse power and a 250 2 stroke will make 45 horse power.

A 250 4 stroke makes 35-40 horse power and a 450 4 stroke makes 50+ horse power.

4 strokes are easier to ride but they are heavier and more expensive and complicated to fix.

If you read around on a yz125 many people will say they are slow but trust me they are plenty fast enough even for experienced riders.

Good luck

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9/14/2017 12:28 PM

What kind of riding are you going to be doing? More track or trail time?

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9/14/2017 12:29 PM

And if you want help don't be afraid to ask or admit you don't know. But as a tip ask in the tech section not the main moto related forum. You will get less replies but you won't get hassled as much.

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9/14/2017 12:31 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2017 12:44 PM

I would agree with all who said not to purchase it.

That's an amazing bike though. Prob one of the best bikes made. And historically significant as the quantum leap of being the first production bike with a cartridge fork.

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9/14/2017 12:32 PM

I don't know guys. The advice about the YZ125 may be a bit rushed.

Where are you going to use this bike? Back yard, single track trails, MX track?

If she can ride a 600 crotch rocket, I say hop up to the YZ250. So much more forgiving on the trails and the track. Much easier to ride. Those 125's are hard to ride, as well as mentally taxing to go fast on any terrain.

Yep, I say YZ250. If you can afford it, 2007 and newer. Easy to find parts for. Easy to find one in your price range. And literally they are all over the place. Probably one for sale on your street!

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A big thanks goes out to Donnie at Morgantown Powersports and RJ at Beaver Creek Cycles

9/14/2017 12:32 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/14/2017 12:38 PM

I think 250 four stroke would be easyer for complete beginner to ride than a 125 two stroke. I would try to find low hour bike with good service record

I think 250 two stroke might be too powerful and quite difficult to handle in difficult terrain

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9/14/2017 12:34 PM

Definitely a YZ125. Cheap, reliable, fun and power isn't too gnarly.

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9/14/2017 12:45 PM

Can't go wrong with a yz125 as everyone's said and it won't cost much more than that the old Honda, just not the right bike for you. The Yz is a great bike for beginners, still a blast to ride for the pros too.

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9/14/2017 12:49 PM

slipdog wrote:

What ever you decide to go with just make sure you get a quality torque wrench for the sprocket bolts. Don't want those bad dogs coming loose on you...

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how many times can you tell someone elses joke and it still be funny or relevant?

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9/14/2017 12:51 PM

how tall are you? if you are on the shorter side, I would highly recommend a KTM 105SX or XC Super Mini!
Cheers and welcome to the Dirt!

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Old guys rule!

9/14/2017 1:09 PM

Budget- yz125
Rider friendly mx bike -250f (more complex to maintain)

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9/14/2017 2:53 PM

Holy crap? The majority of advice is from never riding MX straight to a YZ125? Try a TTR125/CRF150/DRZ125 etc first and see how you even like it. Get used to a bike that you are better than instead of trying to control a 125 race bike. Buy a YZ125 and chances are you will be selling or in the hospital within a month. For beginners nothing beats a easy to ride four stroke trail bike. And you can keep it after you move up as a pitbike........

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9/14/2017 2:56 PM

RPM93 wrote:

how tall are you? if you are on the shorter side, I would highly recommend a KTM 105SX or XC Super Mini!
Cheers and welcome to the Dirt!

I'm 5'8"

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9/14/2017 2:59 PM

Zesiger 112 wrote:

And if you want help don't be afraid to ask or admit you don't know. But as a tip ask in the tech section not the main moto related forum. You will get less replies but you won't get hassled as much.

Thank you I happened to stumble across this site and still am not quite sure how to use properly. I do apologize if I'm bothering or bugging anyone with the "new" questions. I just would like advice from people are experienced. I want to learn and the proper way. I do appreciate all the advice and pointers from everyone very much so

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