Beginner Bike for $2500 or less?

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Hello all, first of I would like to say this is an awesome site! It is very hard these days to find a good community on the internet. I am a Mountain Biker and decided to try riding with a motor ;) I weigh about 230lbs and I am 5'8. As you can tell from the topic I am on somewhat of a budget for my 'first' bike. I heard that I should go with a 400 or so, but not sure if that is true. I want to be able to do trails and some MotoX. I have no problem buying a bike that is a few years old. After reading all of these threads about 4-strokes, should I try to find one? Or stick with a 2-stroke? I am a complete newbie when it comes to this, so bare with me please.

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Three letters, K D X. Check out the forum on this site. It is a 2-stroke trail bike but is very oftently used for MX.
 
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For a 230lb guy I would suggest to look at nothing less poweful than a 250cc 2-stroke MX bike.

MX bikes ride better on trails, than trail bikes ride on the MX track.

Any late model high-tech 4-stroke MX bike will cost more than $2500.

A 10 year old 250cc MX bike is still a very viable track machine. Also repairs are cheaper for them compared to 4-strokes.

I weigh 165lbs and I ride a 1994 CR250, and a 2001 CR500. My 1994 MX bike has no inherent disadvantage on a track when racing brand new bikes.

Other good choices would be a used XR400, XR600, DRZ400, etc. These trail bikes would be easier for you too ride initially, but you will shortly realize their limitations on the MX track.

Honestly, a guy your size will typically ride something bigger than a 250cc MX bike, but since you are just starting out and since used 250's are highly abundant, it would be a good choice IMO. Use the 250 to establish a baseline, then sell it for what you paid for it, and move on to something that suits your preference better.
 

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A KTM 300 E/XC is another good choice. You can pick up a '99 for that price(but don't go any older than '99). It was bike of the year that year and they've mostly gotten better each year, though I'd take a '99 over an '00.
 
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Thank you for the replies. I think a 250cc would be fine for me, will it be able to pull my weight fine?
 

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I was just like you about a year ago, mountain biker looking for something else to do for fun. I purchased a older 250 MX 2stroke, realized how fun it was and bought a 02 Rm 250. I also weigh about 230 and my bike has all the power I need.
 

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A 250 MXer won't have any trouble pulling a 230 lb beginner, if it's running like it's supposed to.  At $2500 you should have lots of bike options.  Make sure you set aside funds for safety equipment. 
 
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A 250cc MX bike it is! Thank you very much for the input. I love mountain biking, but just need something different. I have always wanted a dirt bike too.
 
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be careful with the power at first, they are a hanfull - most likely much faster then you can imagine right now.. they will flip you over in a heartbeat.. remember, im not trying to scare you - 250s are the best all around bikes imo! im 16, 185lbs and love my 04RM250 - good luck
 
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I went to a local bike shop and purchased a 2000 Kawasaki KX250, I am picking it up tomorrow morning. Thanks for all of the help guys!
 

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Welcome to the club. Your life will never be the same!
 

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Originally posted by dirt bike dave
Make sure you set aside funds for safety equipment. 
Please take Dave's advice seriously. Conditions will dictate what's essential but the obvious minimum would be helmet, boots, goggles and gloves. If the terrain is rocky or you're headed for the trees, elbow & knee protection will pay dividends as well.

Especially with the KX (can you say light switch?). If you haven't ridden before, you are in for the eye opening experience of what a modern dirt bike can do. So be sure you're pointed in the direction you want to go when you light the fuse.

And riding with someone who has some experience will make it much more fun (not to mention it's good policy to not ride alone).

Have fun!
 
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I purchased the following equip along with my bike:

Jersey
Pants
Chest Guard (I guess thats what it is called?)
Boots
Knee Braces
Goggles

Anything for arms?

I completely agree that safety equipment is VERY important, that is the last thing I would overlook on something as serious as a dirt bike. I appreciate all of the great feedback. Yes, this is my first dirt bike and from what I understand the 250 does have more power than I need, but you have to start from somewhere right? I didn't want to jump on a 450 or anything, knowing that I would probably hurt myself. I plan on doing a lot of trail riding, and hare scrambles with the bike, while occasionally hitting the track for some fun (No races). My big question I guess is, am I too heavy for the 250? I weigh 230 lbs.
 

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A 2 stroke engine puts out almost twice the power of a 4 stroke (it would be exactly twice except for pumping losses). That's why the AMA rules specify a maximum displacement of 250 for 2-strokes or 450 for 4-strokes (and 250 4-strokes compete against the 125 2-strokes). Thus a 250 2-stroke is plenty of bike for you -- in fact when it "gets on the pipe" somewhere around half throttle hold on tight!
 
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Originally posted by DougRoost
in fact when it "gets on the pipe" somewhere around half throttle hold on tight!
I took it for a spin today..It has an aftermarket exhaust from the motor back to the tip of the muffler, omg that thing is fast! It is very tall though and I have trouble kick starting it..I assume there is a way to adjust the fork so that it is lower..correct?

Travis