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Beginner here..What kind of bike?

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1) Weight - 105 Height - 6'0"
2) How physical / aggressive are you ? Somewhat physical
3) what do you plan to ride- woods, fields with friends
4) Do you have any riding experience? Only on quads
5) Do you think you will race ? No
6) Are you mechanically inclined and will you be doing your own bike work? Depends on the severity of the problem
7) Do YOU have a preferance to a brand/ motor choice (2 or 4 stroke)? People have told me to learn on a 4 stroke
8) Do you have a dealer close by your home that you might use and what brand(s) does he carry? No dealer
9) How much ($) do you plan to spend on a bike? Not much, looking more for a used bike
10) Do you live in California? No
11) Your age? 16
12) I have been talking with my uncle about it, as he knows a bit about bikes, and said I should go with a Duramax (I think thats what its called..) instead of a YZ, as YZ's need to keep the RPM's high.
 
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Arent 4-strokes harder to maintain? And would a 250 4stroke be better than a 125 2stroke?
 

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You really are 6 foot and 105lbs? And what the hell is a Duramax? I thought that was a GM diesel.
 
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_JOE_ said:
You really are 6 foot and 105lbs? And what the hell is a Duramax? I thought that was a GM diesel.
Yeah, im skinny..I might be more than 105 now, I havn't weighed myself in a while, but meh. And I guess Duramax isn't the name of it, i'm thinking of something else..What are the two types? YZ, which you always have to keep the RPM's high, and what else?
 
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2 strokes (RM, YZ, CR, KX) you need to keep RPMs high to stay in the powerband whereas a 4 stroke (RM-Z, YZ-F, CRF, KX-F) you are at a constant powerband for the most part but the 2 stroke's powerband is really huge when you hit it.
 
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Ah, that makes sense.

Well, ive been talking to a couple of people near my house that has bikes for sale. One of them is a Honda CR125, the other is a Honda CR250.

The 125 is $1200, and has new tires, and some new parts in it. Its a 97.

The 250 is $1000, its a '93. This is what it says on it's Craig's list ad:
NEW CHAIN.
SHOCKS ALL REBUILT.
EXHAUST PACKED.
PACKED ALL TECH CARE SUSPENSION.
REVALVED SHOCKS.
SHOCKS ARE SET UP FOR 180-200 LBS. NO TRADES


Seeing as its my first bike, im not sure if i'd want to go a 250 CR, however its cheaper which would give me some money to get gear and a trailer. What do you guys think?

EDIT: Just found a third. Its a '94 Yamaha YZ125, and the owner said he would go down to $900 for it. The front tire is starting to dry-rot, but tires arent that expensive are they?

So..Which should I take.

'97 CR125 for $1200
'93 CR250 for $1000
'94 YZ125 for $900
 
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i think the better would be the 97 cr 125.. try to go with the youngest one. If i were you i would go even younger!!!
 
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Well, I plan on getting the cr125 then.

I'm trying to sell one of my old Blazers though and just got a call, someone wants to trade a '90 YZ250 for it, fresh rebuild with the clutch rebuilt recently and an extra set of handlebars..I dont really want a 250, but that would be a damn good deal. He said it starts fine and doesnt leak anything..

Humm..Ill probably just go with the Cr125, as its the perfect size for me and is the newest..
 
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yz 250 are a lot more performant then the cr 125 but, i think you will have a lot more fun with the 125 if you are beginner. More recent bike = Engine is better, driving also and looks nicer!!!
 
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Yeah, just need another $150 to get the cr125, hoping I can scavange some things around my room and take em to a pawn shop. Either that, or get my parents to lend me some money =P

Still need a helmet/boots/trailer too =(
 
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125 2 strokes are the best bikes if your looking for a powerband and a great jumping experience. 4 strokes, I started riding at 7 and my first bike was a ttr-125 (small yamaha 4 stroke bike) I converted to 2 strokes and they are about 100000x as fun. You just can't be scared of the power on the bike and you will be fine. My suggestion for you is look for a YZ,CR,KX 125 if you know how to ride a clutch bike already. You can easily upgrade the bikes to make it into a cheap racing bike.
 
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Well, I finally got the go-ahead to get a bike from both of my parents. The CR125 that ive been looking at, the '97, is $1200..Right now I have $1100. Im gonna go up there later and offer them $1100 cash to take it. If they dont, guess i'm gonna be searching through my room for games, etc, that I can go pawn off..I dont get payed for another 2 weeks, and by then it has a good chance its gone.

Plus, that extra $100 saved will be enough to get me a helmet and part way for a trailer.

Thanks for all your help guys, you've taught me a lot. I'll be sticking around these forums for a while now that im finally getting a bike =)