Kawi or Honda???? please help!

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Hey guys,
Im in the market for a new bike. I want either a Kawi or a Honda. I was thinking the KX250F, CRF250R, Kx450F, or the CRF450R. Will use the bike mostly for trails, but will aslo ride on tracks 25% of the time. I have an Xr400 and that **** is too heavy.
) your physical size (both height and weight are important)
6"2' 195
2) How physical / aggressive are you ?
strong guy.....mildly aggressive
3) what do you plan to ride- MX/SX tracks, woods, fields with friends or ?????
25%track 75%trails....with friends
4) Do you have any riding experience?
started in May.....xr200 1st bike, then xr400, now i want something better
5) Do you think you will race ?
just agianst my buddies.....thats it
6) Are you mechanically inclined and will you be doing your own bike work?
yes, i do all my own maintainance
7) Do YOU have a preferance to a brand/ motor choice (2 or 4 stroke)?
4 stroke.......well, i want reliability. so wahtever that is
8) Do you have a dealer close by your home that you might use and what brand(s) does he carry?
kawi, yamaha, honda, suzuki all of them are close
9) How much ($) do you plan to spend on a bike?
3500 -4000 used
10) Do you live in California?
yea, it sucks. sometimes
11) Your age?
17


Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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You forgot to mention your weight. Assuming you are in proportion to your height I would reccomend the CRF450X (not "R") You said you will be doing 75% trail riding with no plans to race. The "X" model will better suit your needs.

I have ridden Kawis my entire life excluding the best bike I have ever raced IMO....my CR125. I love Hondas! In the 450 class nothing can hold a candle to it.
 
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Well, the X's are a little expensive.
Thats why I wanted the Race bikes. Should I go with the 450 or the 250???

Douglas777 said:
You forgot to mention your weight. Assuming you are in proportion to your height I would reccomend the CRF450X (not "R") You said you will be doing 75% trail riding with no plans to race. The "X" model will better suit your needs.

I have ridden Kawis my entire life excluding the best bike I have ever raced IMO....my CR125. I love Hondas! In the 450 class nothing can hold a candle to it.
 
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I say you should go with a 450 since you have experience on an XR400. But, I wouldn't recommend a full on MX 450. Pick up one of the off-road/trail 450's that have MX worthy suspension.

KLX450R
CRF450X
WR450F if you would go Yamaha
 
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How much heavier are they than the race bikes????
The problem I have with the XR is that its too damn heavy.
Thanks for the help
 
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The CRF450X is 31 pounds heavier than the 450R.
The KLX450R is 33 pounds heavier than the 450F.

They are lighter than your XR400 but not a considerable amount. They will feel lighter because they have more power and better ergonomics.
 
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So i should definately go with the 450 then???
Which is better, the Kawi or the CRF???
 
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hey my friend rides motocross and trails hes totally happy with his stock 07 KX250F and he got right off an XR400... i rode it and im about your same weight and the motor has alot of torque and i hear the 08 has even more top end with the same amount of torque

just my $0.02