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    ttr230 vs crf230

    First off I am a noob when it comes to dirt biking and ATV's. Just recently decided to get into dirt biking with some friends (most on ATV's but couple on bikes). I will be doing trails mostly. Up and down hills here in WV so I am looking at the mid-size 230 series yamaha ttr230 or the honda crf230. I have been reading reviews and people seem to think the Honda is built better and faster.

    I plan on buying a bike very very soon. I am 5' 9'' and 180lbs. I know these bikes are alittle heavy but I am strong. Most of that 180lbs is muscle (260 max bench right now ). I am also 21 so I don't expect to get any taller. I have sat on both bikes and they honestly feel the same height and weight wise. However I do like the fact the honda has a key and not a switch.





    Dealer I am going through is pushing the ttr230 on me. It is also cheaper at 2995$ compared to the honda at 3200$. However if the Honda is better I will pay the extra 200$. He is telling me the ttr230 will be faster. He runs the honda side of the shop but is recommending yamaha bikes

    As far as power, reliability, and all around performance goes which of these bikes do you prefer?

    Right now these are the only two I am considering. They are shorter agile 4 strokes which is what I really need for the riding I will be doing. Most trails here are of course up and down hills, sometimes having to go rather slow so a 2 smoke is out of the question.

    Thanks for any help.
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    If you're happy with it, buy a 230, but I would buy something with a little more performance capabilities. A KDX 200 would wipe the trails with the 230 when you want to, while being just as easy to ride. The 230's are very tame, and will likely become boring in a short time. A KDX is built for the type of riding you describe, it isn't a peaky, high revving motocross bike.




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    look into a wr250f if you want a fast trail bike....its basicly a yz250f set up for off road riding. But...if you want a cheaper, more tame bike go with either one of the 230's you mentioned, you wont be disappointed with either one




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    I don't need anything completely crazy fast. Most of the guys I ride with ride 4x4 quads so I don't need something extremely fast to keep up.

    Another reason I am looking at the 230 series is the price. I can't afford anything real expensive right now.




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    It's your money and we can't force you to buy something you don't want to, but if money is a concern, then look for a used bike. That way you can afford to getsomething that has some performance, as well as being cheap. You might not think you need something more than a slow, porky playbike now, but once you get on it, you will soon find the limitations of the 230's. Even though you're only having to keep up to quads, you will start wanting to play around, try a few jumps, and generally push the bike ahrder. A higher performance bike like a KDX or WR can accomodate this much better than either of the 230's. If you don't mind a slow bike that has to stay stuck to the dirt because it doesn't have the suspension for anything more, then buy the CRF or TTR.




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    What about the ttr250? Is it a better bike? Oh and I am pretty much stuck with buying new. Because I am financing.

    Just checked out the kdx200 and it does have some really good features for the price. I also assume it is much faster since it is a 2 stroke. If I can find a good dealer locally I may go with the kdx200. How often do these things need rebuilt? And whats the average cost to build a 2 stroke?
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    There is a KDX section in this forum. You should give it a look. I feel sure can find an answer to just about any question there. A rebuild on a 2t is fairly cheap so will not hit you 2 hard. If you do not ride all out every weekend, you could get away with an annual rebuild for less than $175 if you do it yourself. Of coarse you could go longer but that is not responsible maint. and would not keep the bike at reasonable performance.

    I have a friend with an '05 crf230. He purchased it around xmas and now wants to ride my kx250 all the time because he has lost interest in the 230 4t. Also the front suspension sux IMO.




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    The TTR 250 will offer quite a bit more performance than will a 230, but A KDX is still a better choice IMO.

    Here is the dealer Locator for Kawasaki, to help you find your local dealer.

    Kawi Dealer Locator




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    i would say go for the kdx. its got power when you need it and youll be able to beat your quad-riding friends anytime( once you get used to it).




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    A KDX does not need to be rebuilt very often if it's well maintained (clean air filter, change oil, good premix at a reasonable ratio). You should be able to get atleast 2 seasons (probably A LOT more) out of a top end.




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