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#1 User is offline   Will Lane 

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 07:09 PM

Looking to pick up a 2 smoke for a possible enduro bike. What opinion's do you guy's have? best bike, bike's to stay away from. I have been riding 4 stroke's since I got back into dirt bike's 4 year's ago, so I have no experience with them.. I'm riding C senior so I'm not to fast or need alot of power. suggestion's? Thank's
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#2 User is offline   Mark Schleeweis 

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 07:35 PM

cant beat the ktm 200 if your not looking for a big bike
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 07:54 PM

ktm 250 exc is pretty mild. depending on how you want to ride it, it can be pretty fast too. atleast an 04
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 08:03 PM

QUOTE (DeanSemus @ Oct 2 2009, 08:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ktm 250 exc is pretty mild. depending on how you want to ride it, it can be pretty fast too. atleast an 04


I liked my '03 better tahn my '04
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 08:29 PM

yz250 dont think you can go wrong! cool.gif
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 09:35 PM

The YZ250 can be a handful in the woods. The KTM 200 will go fast or slow all day long and you can lug it more than you should be able to.
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 10:06 PM

I love my KDX 200 !!!
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Posted 03 October 2009 - 04:53 AM

Green bike? That way you can throw it over in the woods and be "camo' when you come in 7 minutes hot right John!!
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Posted 03 October 2009 - 08:22 AM

Will,
I think unless you are at the pro level, you can do well with almost any of the KTM EXC, XC, or XCW's, any of the Husky WR models (but the 125 might be a little underpowered, depending on your weight), any of the Jap bikes from 2002 forward, but I would especially consider the CR Honda and the Rm Suzukis. Gas Gas is also well liked, but I'm not convinced of the dealer network.
There is a LOT to choose from. The bigger concerns are probably what are you capable of working on (or familiar with), where is there a dealer for you, and what kind of buy you can find. Remember, if you get a raw MXer, regardless of the condition, you will need to change all or at least some of the following: tank, headlite, taillite, final gearing, suspension, spark arrestor, handguards, and skidplate (assuming you want to woods ride). One advantage of a used KTM is the hour meter, you can hope to tell how long its been run.
Keep watching this site for used sales, and also try the back of the Trail Rider magazine.
Good luck,
Mike

ps: Definitely STAY AWAY from Bultaco, Benelli, Can Am, SWM, TM, Beta, Ossa, Montesa, CZ, Maico, Hodaka, Derbi, Hercules, and Harley Davidson (yes, there was a 2-stroke MX'er from Italy), unless of course you really want to make a project of this by living in the garage and searching the globe for parts and info. No disrespect to some of these, I am often tempted to make a project of this by living in the garage and searching the globe for parts and info.
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Posted 03 October 2009 - 08:31 AM

I would go with KTM 200. I had a 03 300exc now have 08 200xc. The 200 is my favorite so far. Great power, light tons of fun to ride. Hope this helped.
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Posted 03 October 2009 - 08:59 AM

will talk to me Sunday at Lucilles.

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 09:28 AM

husky wr 300. you can probably get a great deal on an 09.
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Posted 03 October 2009 - 11:46 AM

Will.. Hare Scrambles or enduro.. Just to have the lights alone is worth the money.. Street title or doesn't matter ??

H/s.. YZ 250 with 11/13 oz flywheel weight and a spark arestor cap

Kdx 200 and or 220 are smooth, able to go slow, don't foul plugs and could go fast or faster.. Cheap parts and ton of them interchangable.

KTM 200's all good bikes.. some parts are pricey but KTM market is flooded with these and there are many parts for sale too



If you can buy new or used will also make the difference and how much you like a e button.

2010 Husqvarna TE 250 4 banger is the next on our team but the Husky 250 or 300 2 stk's get stellar reveiws too.



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Posted 03 October 2009 - 03:07 PM

I am first and foremost an enduro guy. Maybe a h/s or fun run once in a while.. I was a Honda guy before ktm's and still have a great dealer to work with. (Fairway) My ktm dealer is town and county 2 hrs away from me. I'm not to worried about the magic button with a 2 stroke. Street title is very nice. I have access to a really nice kdx 200 ,but I'm not sure if its goin to work. ktm 200 sounds good to
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Posted 03 October 2009 - 05:48 PM

I really don't think there is any "Do it all" bike like a KTM 300. Lug it down low, Rev it to the moon, it does it all. If you have been riding for a while I think you would outgrow the KDX pretty quickly. (Sorry John, you just never grew up and out of it, LOL) If you plan on owning the same bike for a long time, the 300 will grow with you.
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