I lowballed the KX @ $350 sight unseen. Told them blue book for one in excellent condition was $1300.
Told them it needed new top-end not just rings so that around $200, plus carb rebuild, chain and sprockets, brakes, fork and shock rebuild, bearings and bushings all around. Not to mention all the piddly stuff. Got a reply that the lowest offer was $800.
$800 is too much but they will probably get it from an unsuspecting buyer who wants something cheap and thinks they are getting a deal. They probably know they will get $800 from somebody. I am guessing looking at it the linkage bearings, wheel bearings and probably the steering stem bearings are all shot as well. I would be shocked if the bottom end doesn't need to be rebuilt on something that old. Carb probably needs jets completely cleaned or replaced.
I knew a guy with a KTM300 who literally never rode it b/c he was working harescrambles so much and the bottom end actually got rust in it. No telling what has happened internally on that thing.
The 90's bikes are great engine wise and the 96 KX is really really good and smooth (I almost bought one back in early 2000) but you will need to sink some money in the suspension which may not be a bad thing, especially if you want to do it yourself. RaceTech should still have some good video's on re-valving these.
I have seen early 2000 250'sin the $1500-$2000 range in good condition in the Southeast and we have a lot of demand b/c we can ride year round.
On a local board last year there was a 2009 YZ250 tricked out and in great condition for $3200: 2009 YZ265
Now take 13 years off, add all the work you need to do to the KX and you can see that $800 is too high... but I don't know the market in Canada.
I have been to Portland and Beaverton and there are some good dealers there (or were a long time ago when I stopped in). I haven't ridden there but did a lot of window shopping. It may be worthwhile to check to see what you can do buying over the border? I don't know the rules so I may be wrong on that advice.
The 2007 KXF is priced more appropriate. However, plan to test the compression and look closely at the airbox to see how well it was maintained. A dirty airbox will equal dirty intake and scoured cylinder.
The 96 CR is way overpriced. He says he hasn't had it long so I have no clue why he would think it commands that price.
Around here a 2001 426 would go around $1500 but the 426 is a great bike and very reliable... however, after 17 years there is bound to be issues that will need to be fixed to get it back to the original state of reliability
Well today I got to spend about 40 minutes at the track on a CRF230F.
The suspension is awful.
The size is better for me than the CRF150F.
It has decent power given I only weigh 165#It’s heavy, I could definitely feel it’s weight when landing the small jumps.
They don’t sell cheaply here, the lowest asking price I’ve seen was $2000.
Adding in suspension improvements will take the investment to the far side of $2400 when shipping and exchange are factored in.
I have a line on a 2001 YZ125 that need a top end. Asking $1200. Could likely get it for an even thousand.
The big factor for me is that I’ll likely never hit a trail because of the access issues here.
If you are only going to ride on MX tracks then it's best to avoid trail bikes. You'll never be able to modify them enough to make them work on an MX track. Keep looking till you find a real MX bike that you can afford. Better to wait a bit than to buy a bike that you'll never be satisfied with.