New 250F (2018/2019) for novice rider

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7/16/2018 4:00 PM

Hey all,

I didnt see a recent thread on this but if I'm repeating a question then apologies in advance. After about 10 years away from the sport I bought a used modified 2016 YZ250F last year and wish I just got a stock one, so I'm going to now. I'm sort of torn though because it seems like the top-rated bikes for 2018 and 2019 are Husky/KTM, Yamaha and Honda. But none of the reviews really include much about matching for skill level and maintenance requirements.

Any recommendations for a fairly low maintenance bike for a novice? Sounds like every brand redid everything in 2019 but for my skill level are those changes anything I would even need/notice?

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7/16/2018 4:22 PM

Can’t go wrong when it comes to a Honda and their reliability

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7/16/2018 5:54 PM

The Yamaha is the best bike for a slower/novice rider IMO. Tons of low end torque compared to the other 250F's, very reliable, spring fork is easy to set up, ect.

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Race Bike: 2018 KTM 350SXF

Other Bikes: 1985 CR80R, 1990 CR250R, 1998 PW80, Specialized Fuse Comp 29.

Sold: 2016 YZ250F, 2012 CRF250R

7/16/2018 6:58 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/16/2018 7:02 PM

I just got rid of my 2017 Husqvarna FC250, and I can honestly tell you it’s a great bike if you’re getting back into the sport. Power is really linear with the stock gearing. Bike is light and very predictable. I put 40 hours on it and it didn’t skip a beat. You can’t go wrong. My second choice would have been a YZ250F followed by the new Honda CRF250R. All really good bikes, just pick a color you like. Here’s a picture of my husky before I sold it. Photo

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7/16/2018 10:45 PM

2018 crf250r here, changed the rear sprocket to a 49 and absolutely love it.

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7/17/2018 2:22 AM

Theres no such thing as low maintenance dirtbikes lol. Yamaha is the most reliable hands down tho.

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7/17/2018 6:00 AM

You can get a new suzuki pretty cheap, if you can live with kick start, but there reliable

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7/17/2018 6:01 AM

kb228 wrote:

Theres no such thing as low maintenance dirtbikes lol. Yamaha is the most reliable hands down tho.

YZF’s through the years have always seemed to be the most reliable 4 strokes. HP on the KTM/Husqvarna and Yamaha 250F’s are at the top

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7/17/2018 7:24 AM

Dustin_McGovney23 wrote:

I just got rid of my 2017 Husqvarna FC250, and I can honestly tell you it’s a great bike if you’re getting back into the ...more

holy tight chain

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7/17/2018 8:25 AM

Dustin_McGovney23 wrote:

I just got rid of my 2017 Husqvarna FC250, and I can honestly tell you it’s a great bike if you’re getting back into the ...more

fourfourone wrote:

holy tight chain

He watched ronnie macs tech tips. You want it tighter than your sister on prom night

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7/17/2018 8:41 AM

For a novice, they will all be great. Look for a deal at a good dealer, sit on it to make sure it doesn't feel strange to you and go from there. Good luck!

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7/17/2018 5:38 PM

So it probably wouldn't be worth snagging a 2019?

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7/17/2018 6:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/17/2018 6:39 PM

Dustin_McGovney23 wrote:

I just got rid of my 2017 Husqvarna FC250, and I can honestly tell you it’s a great bike if you’re getting back into the ...more

fourfourone wrote:

holy tight chain

kb228 wrote:

He watched ronnie macs tech tips. You want it tighter than your sister on prom night

Lmao, just the picture. I couldn’t ride with my chain tight. I’m a 3 finger guy ?

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7/17/2018 6:40 PM

CRich425 wrote:

So it probably wouldn't be worth snagging a 2019?

After all the info that was released today, definitely get a 19 over the 18.

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7/17/2018 7:48 PM

CRich425 wrote:

So it probably wouldn't be worth snagging a 2019?

Dustin_McGovney23 wrote:

After all the info that was released today, definitely get a 19 over the 18.

19... all the way!!!

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7/18/2018 2:35 PM

CRich425 wrote:

So it probably wouldn't be worth snagging a 2019?

Dustin_McGovney23 wrote:

After all the info that was released today, definitely get a 19 over the 18.

Meaning info released about the yz250f? Or did I miss something? I hear honda has a huge recall (related to the clutch?) which is unfortunate

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7/18/2018 5:31 PM

CRich425 wrote:

So it probably wouldn't be worth snagging a 2019?

Dustin_McGovney23 wrote:

After all the info that was released today, definitely get a 19 over the 18.

CRich425 wrote:

Meaning info released about the yz250f? Or did I miss something? I hear honda has a huge recall (related to the clutch?) which ...more

Yes, the YZ250F. Several first impressions were posted yesterday on YouTube. Bike seems very promising.

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7/20/2018 11:35 PM

Picked up the 2019 yzf250 today! Super stoked!

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7/21/2018 9:32 AM

CRich425 wrote:

Picked up the 2019 yzf250 today! Super stoked!

Siiiiiick! Go rip it up!

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7/27/2018 12:00 PM

Post review!

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1/14/2020 9:19 AM

Gotta know what you think of the yamaha!?

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