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1985 CR250 Is it worth fixing?

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I am having a hard decision on what to do.My bike (1985 CR250) my parents got it for $700.00 and after we got it we knoticed it had cooling problems.It wouldn't hold coolant only shoot it out the overflow.So we took it to Iron Horse Motorcycle's.They took it apart and said it needs to be bored over again (It's 20 over now).Also it needs new crankshaft bearings and a new waterpump seal.The reason they said it was overheating was because it had a blown head gasket.They said all of that would run us $1500.BUT we called another place L&J Cycles and he said he would do it all for $800.00 is it worth getting it fixed.We already owe Iron Horse $200.00 for a pilot screw in the carb and a new spark plug.Is it worth getting it fixed?? I am pretty closed on options really I mean I could part it out but wouldn't be able to ride for awhile.Please let me know what You think.
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Hmmm. That's really a question only you can answer. If you could do all but the machining work yourself, you could probably do this for around $350-$400 or so. Obviously you probably will have to pay someone to bore and replate the cylinder or to resleeve the cylinder, but the piston kit, bearings and gaskets should only set you back about $175-$200 or so.
Do you have someone you trust that knows dirt bikes?? Maybe they could look it over real good and give you an opinion. It would be a shame to pump another $800 into it and then have to immediately change wheel bearings, triple tree bearings, sprockets, chain and other things that can add up pretty quick.
From the picture, the bike looks pretty good for its age.
 
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Thanks for Your opinion,And it's not really in bad shape.I mean the Actually BIKE itself is in great condition.I mean I don't really have many options available.My parents don't really want to just give me the money for a new one because they just spent $700.00 on that one and they said they would ralther just get that one fixed because we wouldn't be able to get our $700.00 plus the $200.00 out of that one if we sell it or sompthing.So probably my best option would be to get it fixed,But I am asking for a 2nd opinion on here because I hoestly don't know what to do.
 
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if it was me i would fix it. ask around see if you know people who know engines and can give you hand. it anything try doing some of the work yourself cuz A) it will cuz down the cost. and B) bikes are more fun when you put the time and work into them.

just make sure that the person you ask knows what they are doing.

hope this helps

ps bike looks great.
 
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At least take it to another shop to get another opinion. $200 to change a spark plug and pilot jet seems ridiculous for less than $10 in parts and twenty minutes work.

If you buy another old bike, unless it is low hour and mint, you might end up in a similar situation. Like all machines, parts break and wear out over time. It would be a good idea to buy a manual and maybe enlist the help of someone who is mechanicaly inclined to help you learn to work on it yourself.
 
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If you do the work yourself it will cost a lot less than $800. How can a pilot screw and spark plug cost $200? You should just send the whole engine to Eric Gorr, I think his labor on a rebuild is something like $350.
 
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Well we just went and got it at Iron Horse and they said the $200 was for labor and he gave it to us for $150.I am probably going to fix it because I wouldn't get much for parting it out.More opinions would be greatly apprecaited.
 
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Do you know what is involved in replacing a spark plug and pilot screw? It took them more time to open the packages for hte parts than it did to actually replace them.
 
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I say fix it too. I think that just because its older, doesn't mean its not worth what you'd put into a newer bike. Especially since its realllllly clean. In my opinion, not to thrash anyone in anyway but I find that some older bikes have more of a "no nonsense" feel. When I jump on some of the newer 2 strokes, they almost feel like toys to me. Don't get me wrong, if I had the choice I would go newer but I think old bikes deserve a little credit.

Also you have to remember, this sport isnt cheap. If you end up putting over $1500 into it and getting hours of using it for what its meant, and turn around and sell it for a little less than its not a bad deal. If you have ridden it, and like the feel and all around like it then its worth the fix. You won't appreciate anything more than if you put time and effort into it.
 
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docgonzo does make a good point: putting a fresh top end, waterpump seal and crank bearings is not unexpected in ANY used bike. Even an '02 bike might need the exact same thing after you buy it.

And I'd get a second opinion on the crank bearings. Who knows, the other shop may find it only needs a new piston, rings and head gasket. But even if the first shop is correct, it's not a bad list for a used bike, especially one that age.
 
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I agree w/ what everyone else seems to be thinking... the thing is in good shape, that is a pretty good era for CRs (i have one myself) and any used MX'er/offroader is likely to need this type of work.

Buy the manual, ask around to see if you can find someone mechanically inclined to help you work on it so you can save yourself some bux and learn how to keept he thing running.

As someone else said, even if you end up putting another 7-800 in to it, you'll have a nice bike w/ lots of hours of fun in it which will have decent resale value down the road... if you take care of it.

I say go for it!