Am I too big for a YZ125?

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1) your physical size: 6' 230lbs (planning on getting down to 200 by the end of the summer)

2) How physical / aggressive are you: I'd rather brake me than my bike...

3) what do you plan to ride- MX/SX tracks, woods, fields with friends or ?: All of the above.

4) Do you have any riding experience? Yes

5) Do you think you will race ? Wanting to get into it.

6) Are you mechanically inclined and will you be doing your own bike work? I will be doing ALL of my own work.

7) Do YOU have a preference to a brand/ motor choice (2 or 4 stroke)? Yamaha or Honda.. 2-stroke

8) Do you have a dealer close by your home that you might use and what brand(s) does he carry? Cycle Design right next door and they carry everything.

9) How much do you plan to spend on a bike? 1000-2000 used.

10) Do you live in California? No.

11) anything else:

I'm looking into getting a YZ125 but don't know if I'm physically too big for it. I would like to get into racing in an amature sense and would just like to keep up.

I want something fast, light, easy to work on, and easily modified with a high after-market support base.

I really love Yammi's and really don't want to go for anything bigger than a 250, or a 4 stroke.

Any suggestions?

Dan
 
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I would say you are not to big for a 125. I am 220-250 depending on the deason and i can race 125s and not do to bad. You just need to keep up the RPMs.
 

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2 strokes for life said:
I would say you are not to big for a 125. I am 220-250 depending on the deason and i can race 125s and not do to bad. You just need to keep up the RPMs.

ditto, youre not too big for it, but youll need to keep it up in the RPM's to get you going. once you get used to it, youll probably do very well on it :cool: .
 
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What's your age? If you fit in any of the "+" classes, they usually allow whatever size bike you bring... in that case, the 125 will be a problem against mostly 450F's .
 
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The YZ-125 is a full size frame, you definately are not too big for it as far as the suspension and frame size goes. The power is another issue.

For a beginner a 125 cc two stroke is more than enough power. As you gain experience you will discover that the smaller engine bikes need a little more finesse when climbing hills, you really need to keep the RPMs up!

As for racing, you need to get a bike that fits the class of racing that you want to do. In many of the races they divide the contestants up into engine size classes so if you were riding a 125cc you would be racing against other 125cc bikes. If you intend to ride Enduros there might not be any such engine size classes in which case a 125 cc will be a disadvantage.

You should be able to find a 5 year old YZ-125 or an 8 to 10 year old YZ-250 in your price range. If after market support is a concern then the newer YZ-125 would be your best bet.

My recommendation would be to start off on the YZ-125. If you start yearning for a 250 in a couple of years you should have no trouble selling the 125 with very little, if any, loss.

Rod

PS: I am 6' tall, ~195 Lbs and I ride a YZ-125 and love it.
 
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what do you mean yz's are reliable

my friend's yz125 has run through everything with minimal maitmence(yea i know i spelled that wrong :( )

but i do like honda.....