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1/8/2020 11:12 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/8/2020 11:41 AM

I am currently looking at buying a new 450 but was wondering if it was the best choice for me. I have owned a 250f,125, and a 250 two stroke and have been riding on and off since i was about 7 years old. And i plan on riding mostly tracks but also trails and hare scrambles with some buddy's of mine. I would say my skill on a track is a beginner to C rider because i just recently started riding on tracks. I have rode my buddy's crf450 plenty of times and can handle the power of the bike but not so sure if its the best thing to start with by learning how to ride on a track better. So i was wondering if should stick with buying new 250f instead of 450f because as of right now i dont currently own a bike. any opinions help, thank you. I am 19 and weigh 175-180

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1/8/2020 11:21 AM

Prob 250f is best choice. 450 will throw you down the second you think you can control it

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1/8/2020 11:23 AM

250F. I rode both 250 and 450 when I was younger and raced the B class. 32 now and a 250F is perfect. If it’s enough for me, it’s enough for you, unless you are over 200 pounds.

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1/8/2020 12:55 PM

250F is basically made for riders like you.

They are all quite reliable nowadays. Read some shootouts, pick the color you like and enjoy.

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1/8/2020 1:10 PM

Go for the 450.

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1/8/2020 1:39 PM

I never ride trails, but own a 450 and can't imagine it would be much fun on trails vs. a 250F or 250 2 stroke.

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1/8/2020 2:05 PM

250F. They are great bikes now a days. Pop in a high compression piston and or a bigbore kit with ECU map and you have a great bike that won't chase you down and try an hurt you like a 450 would. )

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1/8/2020 2:11 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/8/2020 2:14 PM

I'd buy a 2020 YZ250fx, they just updated it with all the upgrades from the 19' track bike. I'm currently looking at them myself. It will be plenty easy platform to learn and get comfortable on. Great engine, great suspension that is proven, electric start.

Plus it's basically a race bike that's got a 6 speed and an 18" rear wheel so it's a little better on trails but no worse on the track. Not to mention the power tuner, you can tame it down for trails and then go to the track and go WFO on the tuner.

My only other suggestion would be a 350 XC-F which is basically a big bore 250 with a 6 speed and a 18" rear wheel. KTM will be a bit more expensive but you could proably find a 2016+ for a reasonable amount.

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1/8/2020 2:16 PM

I am biased, 350SXF.
My son had one when he was 19, ( he had a 250 , rode my 350 so I had to buy him one as well.)

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1/8/2020 2:32 PM

350

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1/8/2020 3:20 PM

125. You will learn more riding skills in 2 Moto's on the 125 than 20 on a 250. Nothing is more fun than wringing a 125s neck and making it scream.

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1/8/2020 3:37 PM

I am in the exact same boat as you. Same skill, I like riding woods and track, and I’m 6 foot 195 and almost 18. I just got my first new bike, a 19 Kx450. I love it in the woods and on the track (plan on doing first 5 gnccs in the bike bike stock with softer springs) the biggest reason for getting a 450 was the reliability and ease of maintenance. It’s a great bike but I feel like every rider should experience a 125 or 250 2 stroke. side note if i was buying my own bike I would get a leftover 450 or a 2 stroke for the simple fact that it will be more reliable. But first and foremost if your just starting on the track get a 125. At 195 pounds I had a blast racing mine. Most fun race I ever had was on my 125 with a 20 man gate in d class.

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1/8/2020 6:52 PM

What kind of power do you like?

Do you Like Reving and clutching like a 125 get a 250F and be ready for rebuilding it before it grenades.

Torque power and reliability ? Get a 450

Have fun!

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1/8/2020 7:13 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/8/2020 7:29 PM

Yz 250x or a 250f

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1/8/2020 8:03 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/8/2020 8:12 PM

So going to chim in F it. This should really help smile
I loved this bike !!! See below
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bk-211fBRyk/

I bought it back in October of 2016, Its a 2013 CRF450R ...what you see is the end result of a lot of work! and I almost killed my self on the bike, the previous owner had a bunch of goofy fixes on the wiring. Had to re wire from the kill switch all the way to the capacitor. I was at a fair AX race and it started to stall, I got really lucky. Had it fixed with a close friend at his shop and was great after. Sold this bike to lease my 18 f150.....
Last time I race it
https://www.instagram.com/p/BbvXgZWlrSx/

Bike number 2 Great friend at work got this for his son !
Bought for 2500 like this
https://www.instagram.com/p/BrrepGhB9eD/
Added the follwing goods
Wheels, pipe, silencer was good, foot peg pins and brackets, whole seat, ebay graphics ,re style kit
fatbars and Odi lock on grips then added race tech springs as I knew the dude I bought it from was 170 with full gear. It turned out also great.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwOGXdSBXlh/

Just sold the 2 smoker yesterday and am planning on my next move ! Progression has many stages when riding, get a 450. Even if the compression is low it will still have power... You will know whats up. us your friends as resources. The 2 stroke bike didn't go far from me so I will always be able to ride it and was by FAR the easiest bike to get use to

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1/9/2020 4:47 AM

Similar song here.

Rode a 250f last year - bought a 125 this fall

Power wise I jumped everything on a 250f - so I don't think I NEED a 450, but a few of the jumps it would have been nice.

At this point I'm probably going with whatever I can get a deal on. I found some leftover Honda 250f's for a smoking deal, maybe a husky 350.

Suspension you're comfortable on is really important - dual springs sprung for your weight I don't think you can go wrong.

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1/9/2020 4:56 AM

My vote goes to the 350. Yeah, I know it wasn’t in your list, but it really should’ve been.

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1/9/2020 6:40 AM

250F. Main reason I’m on a 450 is because of my size I need the xtra torque. Under 200#’s a 250f is more than sufficient for the majority of riders.

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Speak softly and carry a big stick.

1/9/2020 8:00 AM

FX 350. I feel this is the perfect bike to go from track to woods. I put a street legal kit on mine and now can ride it on the road too. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1/9/2020 8:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/9/2020 8:27 AM

Tough choice when considering riding tracks and trails. If you want a do all bike I’d look at Yamaha 250fx, and any of the KTM/Husky line up for XC’s or TX’s 2 or 4 stroke.

Myself for this season will be purchasing a Husqvarna TX300i. Ride mostly woods with a little moto and race GP/Harescrammble once a month. Will be my First season in the B class.

If wanting a strictly MX bike any of the 250f’s will do. I’ll be keeping my KX250F around for days I want to strictly moto. If I didn’t have that option I’d go with any of the above I listed and sell the kx.

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1/9/2020 10:07 AM

im 32 and 195 now. If i was about 40lbs lighter and rode more aggressively i would pick a 250f.

I enjoy riding 450's now, but if i was buying a new bike id pick a 350 since i only race vet classes now

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"If you feel in control, you're not going fast enough" ~Mario Andretti