Not gelling with a bike?

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9/22/2020 4:08 PM

Hi, I would like to know if any of you guys had a bike that you never gelled with?
I have a 2016 350sxf I have put 100hour on it and im thinking about selling it because it seems like no mater what i do I can't seems to get the bike working right for. I even changed the forks for aer 48 and that helped a lot with the front en washing out in every corner but it still dont feels right.
Maybe Im retarded and Im the problem haha
B class rider in canada so I think Im not too bad of rider.

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9/22/2020 4:16 PM

Hahaha
Some bikes just dont work. Usually its an engine that makes or breaks me. Had a 17 250 SX, could not ride that bike a 1/4 as good as I ride my 19 Honda 250F. Maybe do small changes in gearing or get the stock ECU remapped. Totally change how the bike feels in every which way. Then change up your suspension settings to something way different. Sucks when a bike is just a bit off or something.

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2019 CRF250R
"Suck less, get better"

9/22/2020 4:27 PM

Yea I would say at 100 hours it’s time. It took me about 70 hours to really feel fast and comfortable coming from my 03 Cr250r to my 19 kx450 (first four stroke) and now at 100 hours I feel like I can do no wrong on it.

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9/22/2020 4:39 PM

rivvs wrote:

Hi, I would like to know if any of you guys had a bike that you never gelled with?
I have a 2016 350sxf I have put 100hour on it and im thinking about selling it because it seems like no mater what i do I can't seems to get the bike working right for. I even changed the forks for aer 48 and that helped a lot with the front en washing out in every corner but it still dont feels right.
Maybe Im retarded and Im the problem haha
B class rider in canada so I think Im not too bad of rider.

Nope, you are dead on....owned several bikes that simply didn't fit well and had to cut bait and move on. Trying harder only poured gasoline on the fire

2006 KX250, no matter the sweet engine, couldn't gel with that horrible chassis no matter what I did. Even tried a Showa fork conversion which was throwing bad money after bad

Sometimes you just need a reset, I always say the best bike is the next bike

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9/22/2020 4:45 PM

I had the same thing with my 06 RM250. Such a sweet looking bike with a great engine... But I've never crashed so much in my life!

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9/22/2020 4:50 PM

rivvs wrote:

Hi, I would like to know if any of you guys had a bike that you never gelled with?
I have a 2016 350sxf I have put 100hour on it and im thinking about selling it because it seems like no mater what i do I can't seems to get the bike working right for. I even changed the forks for aer 48 and that helped a lot with the front en washing out in every corner but it still dont feels right.
Maybe Im retarded and Im the problem haha
B class rider in canada so I think Im not too bad of rider.

20.5 ktm 450 f.e. awful fork, notchy clutch feel, extremely touchy brakes. Couldn't get used to it

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9/22/2020 4:55 PM

I don’t blame you.. had a 16 450sxf that fell apart in 30 hours and rode like junk.

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9/22/2020 4:55 PM

13 rmz450, hated it, I go back and forth between my yz250, and 19 ktm 450, love em both for diiferent reason's

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9/22/2020 5:03 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/22/2020 5:06 PM

I might be the only person who never got along with my 07 CRF450. To be fair, it had been set up for a bigger vet rider and I didn't keep it long enough to really get it set up properly for me. Couldn't turn it.

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9/22/2020 5:10 PM

Leeham wrote:

Hahaha
Some bikes just dont work. Usually its an engine that makes or breaks me. Had a 17 250 SX, could not ride that bike a 1/4 as good as I ride my 19 Honda 250F. Maybe do small changes in gearing or get the stock ECU remapped. Totally change how the bike feels in every which way. Then change up your suspension settings to something way different. Sucks when a bike is just a bit off or something.

Haha I had the 17 TC 250, also couldn't get with it and ditched it in about four months. Powerband was narrow and abrupt.

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9/22/2020 5:10 PM

Every YZ 450f that I’ve ever tried to ride.

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9/22/2020 5:17 PM

2014 KTM 300XC. I was coming off a 2012 YZ250. I was over 3.5 minutes a lap slower on my 10 mile harescramble loop. The suspension was pure garbage and the power delivery was just odd to me. The best decision I ever made was to get rid of that turd.

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9/22/2020 5:20 PM

Just eventually got to chalk it up as a loss and find something new. Been there done that, and will continue to do it 😂 Eyeing a new yz250f 👀

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2019 CRF250R
"Suck less, get better"

9/22/2020 5:41 PM

I had a 15 350sxf, and was convinced the 4cs was the main problem with that bike, but I just wasn't willing to spend the money to fix it, so I went to a 19 yz450 which has the best suspension i've ever ridden. I love the bike, but I think my next bike might be a 250f or a 125. I can mob on the yz compared to the 350, but the older I get, the more I want something lighter..Have even considered giving a newer 350 another shot... It's never ending man.

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9/22/2020 5:45 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/22/2020 5:45 PM

100 hours is about 85 more hours than I would put on a bike I clearly didn't get along with

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9/22/2020 5:55 PM

I bought a 2001KX250-2 about a year ago, I mean it rides like a hornet, but It feels like a tank to me,...I think I am going to put it on the market in spring,...but especially after I ride my 2012 YZ250F, so much smoother and easy handling.

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9/22/2020 5:58 PM

My 2008 RMZ 450. It pushed so bad in the turns I thought there was a problem and replaced the triple clamp. Didn't help much. I went from top 3 in Vet Class on my RM250 to 11-12 in outdoor race on that 450. I did have my best ever amateur AX season, and rode in Vegas. But damn, that bike was big, heavy and hot. It just had so much power. AX on a 450 is a whole different ballgame but I just left it in second gear and blipped around the track.
Back on the two-strokes now!

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9/22/2020 6:20 PM

My ktm was the same way, messed with fork. Handle bars, and gearing also remapped, helped a ton, but my yz just does some things better, or maybe its me

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9/22/2020 6:35 PM

Jbulz wrote:

I had the same thing with my 06 RM250. Such a sweet looking bike with a great engine... But I've never crashed so much in my life!

+1. The 06 RM250 I have has a decent engine, but the handling on that bike sucks..

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Speak softly and carry a big stick.

9/22/2020 6:37 PM

‘81 CR450R. lol

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9/22/2020 7:40 PM

chasetwo79 wrote:

Every YZ 450f that I’ve ever tried to ride.

I’ve got 50 hours on my ‘16 and eyeing a Kawi

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Life's a garden, dig it.

1996 CR250R
2016 YZ450F
2001 Suzuki Bandit 600

9/22/2020 8:02 PM

1979 YZ125, 1982 CR125, 2003 KTM SX250.

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9/22/2020 8:07 PM

09 KX450F. Sold my dialed-in 07 CRF450R and didn’t want the 09 Honda. I didn’t hate the KX, but I never felt comfortable on it. 11 was slightly better, 13 better still and I love my 18.

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9/22/2020 8:11 PM

97 CR250......fuck me

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9/22/2020 8:18 PM

Moto520 wrote:

97 CR250......fuck me

Hahaha. I had just moved up to 125s so my dad and I each had Honda’s. I got the last steel frame 125 and it was awesome and he got the first edition aluminum frame and It was awful, terrifying, and fun all at the same time. It spit him off hard a few times and I didn’t feel his pain until I got the 1st aluminum 125 the next year. I hated those frames and never rode a Honda again until the first edition 450 came out. The difference in 4-6 years in frame technology was insane!

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9/22/2020 8:29 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/22/2020 8:29 PM

inthebadboycorner wrote:

1979 YZ125, 1982 CR125, 2003 KTM SX250.

The 03 ktm250sx was like riding a radical saw horse, with 500cc handle bar vibes. Lol

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9/22/2020 8:32 PM

Moto520 wrote:

97 CR250......fuck me

Club member wanted to ride my Noleen yz125, I rode his 97 cr250. I used the same rut as my 125, that took a angle off the jump. Land a bit sideways, no problem wo on the 125. On his 250 I,m wo going for the woods. 97 cr250 you had to hv it pointed straight. Great motor tho, 1st lap you could jump everything . My 98 yz250 felt real light in the front end. Put a applied Triple clamp on, still twisted the forks hitting rutted corners. Bought new sold 3 months later.

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9/22/2020 8:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/22/2020 8:45 PM

agn5009 wrote:

2014 KTM 300XC. I was coming off a 2012 YZ250. I was over 3.5 minutes a lap slower on my 10 mile harescramble loop. The suspension was pure garbage and the power delivery was just odd to me. The best decision I ever made was to get rid of that turd.

15 KTM 300 XC, bought it new coming off a YZ250 and sold it with about 20 hours on it after a two week trip to the desert. Hated the fork. Got a 15 KX450 and loved it(that mid-range hit!). After a few Kawi's I went back to KTM in 2017 and have had four of them including my current snowbike. The KTM's got really good in 2017 IMO. Even the 17 300XC was way better than the 15 to me.

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9/22/2020 8:53 PM

Moto520 wrote:

97 CR250......fuck me

Haha, yeah that one too. I didn’t ride much in 97, lol...

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9/22/2020 11:03 PM

I had some problem with the feeling of the steel chassis after years of perimetral aluminium frames.
Don't know if that may be it. But after 100 hours i'd say you should have understand the way it feels/reacts.
I would change bike.

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