Travel to get a used RM250 - 5 Hours - *Updated*

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12/13/2018 3:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/13/2018 3:11 PM

Normally I wouldn't ask this question because everybody is different. However, I struck a deal yesterday to purchase a 05 RM250 for dirt cheap (under $1000) plus I have all the parts to repair the engine. (Right case has a hole). Other than that, the bike is in great shape.

I had a 06 RM250 RC Edition and absolutely loved it, honestly my favorite bike of all time. Unfortunately, I had to sell it due to tearing my ACL and having to pay my truck payments.

I found this RM250 but the only problem is that it's 5 hours away and the person can't meet me to shorten the distance. This may be a stupid question however for the right deal, 5 hours (one way) isn't too terrible, right?

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I will mention that 04+ RM250's are north of $2500 in my area. Reason, why I don't want to spend that much, is that with every used bike I buy, I strip it down, rebuild the motor, and replace wear parts. I want this 05 RM250 because for the price and condition, it would be a cheaper start to my build.

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12/13/2018 3:11 PM

I drove 19 hours round trip non stop to look at an RV that turned out to be a turd. I say go for it.

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12/13/2018 3:18 PM

I drove six hours one way to buy a 1979 YZ 250,the price was right and my wife and I made a weekend trip out of it.Had a fun trip and got a vintage racer.We both ended up happy with the deal.

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12/13/2018 3:21 PM

Go get it man!

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12/13/2018 3:21 PM

What are you waiting for...it's gonna be sold,if you wait to long?

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12/13/2018 3:26 PM

Oh man... those 06 Suzuki’s have a soft spot in my heart

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12/13/2018 3:27 PM

Do it...

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12/13/2018 3:30 PM

Go get it. Assuming it’s 5 hours one way, take the first five dreaming what you’ll do to it. Then, on the way home, spend the next five hours to figure out how the hell you are gonna pull off all the shit you dreamed up a few hours earlier. See? What could go wrong?

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12/13/2018 3:32 PM

try uship on the internet. I was facing the exact issue yesterday. 6.5 hr drive each way to pick up a bike. I got a guy to pick it up and bring it within a 45 min drive for $180 bucks. Gas would have cost me $110. So I m having him get it.

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12/13/2018 3:34 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/13/2018 3:35 PM

God I love this forum, thank you all! I called the guy and arranged pick up for Monday. It'll be a long day, however I know it'll be worth it!

Again, thank you guys! I will post pictures of it when it arrives. Keep an eye on the forum.

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12/13/2018 3:38 PM

pulp mx pod cast & cruise control

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12/13/2018 3:38 PM

Here was my old 2006 RM250 RC Edition. Bought it the same day it was listed in 2014. Sold it for $3000. Wish I kept it.

**The wooden stand was a factory Suzuki stand LOL!**

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12/13/2018 5:23 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/13/2018 5:23 PM

10 hour round trip to get another example of "the best bike you have ever ridden," super cheap?

That's a no-brainer, dude. Get a Big Gulp and some beef jerky and get driving, now.

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Braaapin' aint easy.

12/13/2018 5:40 PM

I have driven that far to get bikes...If the seller is being up front & telling you and showing you what you will see when you get there it's all good...you know what to expect... I find that if a seller won't take a few up close photos to show what it really looks like then they are hiding the true condition. I drove 3 hrs one way to look at A bike that looked decent based off the deceptive photos the seller used, and the seller told me it was in good condition. when I got there it only took 1 minute to realize the bike was a basket case p.o.s.... I wanted to deck the kid, but just got back in my truck & drove home. I don't mind driving for the bike I"m looking for, but donot like getting a line of bullshit about the condition. If a seller can't send me some additional photos showing me all the flaws up front, I don't make the drive.

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12/13/2018 5:54 PM

Bought this '06 here on Vital this summer. Never started.

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12/13/2018 6:05 PM

I have one and I for sure would make the drive.

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12/13/2018 8:36 PM

I drove 8hrs 1 way 18hr trip to pick up an 06 a few months ago. Was a fun roadtrip and I picked up a sweet bike. I say do it!
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12/14/2018 1:02 AM

Where are y’all finding these bikes!?!

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12/14/2018 1:18 AM

I drove 30+ hours round trip to pick up a 1978 RM125 in Seattle that I had shipped from Florida. It all depends on if you really want it. The bike went from Florida to Seattle, then I picked it up at my uncles, crossed the Canadian border and drove it back to Manitoba.

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12/14/2018 1:50 AM

Fuck yeah, pack up and go save her! smile

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12/14/2018 2:03 AM

Wife went on a girls weekend left me alone with our 1 year old at the time. I see a Noce RM250 online so I put my Nissan GTiR up for sale sell it 3 hours later get the cash and hop in the can with the little guy and we do an 8 hour around trip to pick up my 06 was a great day.... so go for it.

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12/14/2018 3:37 AM

The bike wasn’t in Jersey by any chance was it? I had my eye in one that just disappeared yesterday.

Either way... good luck!!

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12/14/2018 3:48 AM

I got a little carried away with an Ebay auction back in 2005, for a Can-Am & SWM basket case lot, that cost me a 1700km one way drive to NJ and weeks in the doghouse. When I got there I discovered a set of Fox Factory Forks I wasn't expecting, and I did manage to time things so I could catch the Southwick National on the way back - so it had its bonuses.

So yah, watchya waitin for? smile

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12/14/2018 4:47 AM

Go for it man. I had to scratch that itch myself this year. Absolute blast to ride.



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12/14/2018 4:49 AM

DerickYZ wrote:

Normally I wouldn't ask this question because everybody is different. However, I struck a deal yesterday to purchase a 05 RM250 for dirt cheap (under $1000) plus I have all the parts to repair the engine. (Right case has a hole). Other than that, the bike is in great shape.

I had a 06 RM250 RC Edition and absolutely loved it, honestly my favorite bike of all time. Unfortunately, I had to sell it due to tearing my ACL and having to pay my truck payments.

I found this RM250 but the only problem is that it's 5 hours away and the person can't meet me to shorten the distance. This may be a stupid question however for the right deal, 5 hours (one way) isn't too terrible, right?

**Edit**

I will mention that 04+ RM250's are north of $2500 in my area. Reason, why I don't want to spend that much, is that with every used bike I buy, I strip it down, rebuild the motor, and replace wear parts. I want this 05 RM250 because for the price and condition, it would be a cheaper start to my build.

I'd drive that in a heartbeat...especially knowing that you're the guy that tears them down and rebuilds anyway. You only live once go get that beast.

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12/14/2018 6:03 AM

Lol 5 hours is nothing, I drove 14 hours through an ice storm and a blizzard back in 2008 to get a bike I bought off eBay. Ended up taking 20 hours on the return trip due to the ice. I was driving across a bridge and the wind pushed me into the 2nd lane... Gotta love that new bike feeling.

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12/14/2018 6:06 AM

I drove 100hrs across the Atlantic Ocean for one

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12/14/2018 6:24 AM

romankelevra00 wrote:

Where are y’all finding these bikes!?!

I've been trying to sell an 06 RM250 RC Edition for a couple of months with no luck in my area. If you're interested send me a pm.. Not a Zuk fan.

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OP - Sorry for the hijack.. I've driven up to 16 hr. round trips for the right bikes, glad to see I'm not the only one that has been bitten with the mx bug. The wife & kids think I'm bordering on the crazy side.. tongue

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Speak softly and carry a big stick.

12/14/2018 7:37 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/14/2018 7:39 AM

I have driven 16hrs to get a 05 RM back in 08. Drove trough the night slept in a Walmart parking lot ..10hr road trip isn’t bad at all..

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12/14/2018 8:50 AM

GforceCoatings wrote:

Go for it man. I had to scratch that itch myself this year. Absolute blast to ride.



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Oh holy shit that bike looks cool. cheerful

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Braaapin' aint easy.