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Posted 02 October 2009 - 07:09 PM
Posted 03 October 2009 - 08:22 AM
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.
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.
Posted 03 October 2009 - 11:46 AM
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.
Posted 03 October 2009 - 03:07 PM
Posted 03 October 2009 - 05:48 PM