KTM 125 SX... good beginner bike?

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Hi, I am 15, am about 5"11 and weigh 155lbs. Would a KTM 125 SX be a good beginner bike for me? I have little experience in riding. I will mostly be casually riding with friends and do some trailing. Please give me your impressions on the bike. Does it have good low-end power?
 

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The 125sx is the most powerful 125 aroundand unless you are experienced it wont make a good beginner bike im afraid.Its suspension will also be harsh for you.A better bike would be a 125exc or 125mxc or consider the 200exc.
 
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I was going to get a 200 M/XC but none of the dealers could find one. The dealer told us that he would configure the bike for me if I decided to take it. He also cut 1,000 bucks off the retail price of the 125 SX since he could not find a 200 M/XC. Does KTM make a 125 M/XC? I do not see it on their web-site. He is also going to add a large fuel tank for me. It is one heck of a deal.
 

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If it's a 125 you want, the 2000 YZwas supposed to be the smoothest 125 with the most bottom end. I have ridden a 01 RM 125 and thought it was great! Very fun to ride—light and responsive. I ride a 200 EXC and cannot say enough good things about the bike. Very nice.

Marcusgunby, they don’t import a 125 M/XC here—only the 125 E/XC and 200 enduro and offroad bikes. Do they offer one over there?
 

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Hey Nuke,
I love my 125sx...but it has NO bottom. It wants to go fast and faster.
My son has a yz125...his first full frame bike, and it has gr8 low end. He is much more confident on his bike than on mine. Both my boys learned on 4 stroke xr's.
 
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No doubt about it. Buy a KDX200. Greatest beginner/all around bike for everybody. It helped me become a good rider.

A 125 or 250 could be your second bike when you graduate HS.
 

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Sorry brain fade no 125mxc here but we do get an autolube road version of a 200exc:confused:
 
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Hmmmmmm, so you all are saying that I should get a YZ-125? ****, now I am really confused... the very first bike I thought about buying was a YZ-125... then a YZ-250F... then a WR-250F... then a KTM 200 M/XC... and a KTM 125 SX . Please help me decide which bike I should buy. I am a very confused man... I want a bike with good low-end. I also want something that is comfortable to ride and has good suspension. Thanks in advance for helping me out.
 
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I've owned pretty DR's, XR's, KX's, YZ's, KTM's, CR's,....




Start with a KDX200. It is a perfect bike for a beginner/novice/intermediate. You can progess most rapidly on this bike. You will learn to clutch, turn,..... You can run most of the guys in your town once you learn command of the KDX. It is a great price, and quite reliable. You can even street legal it and run to school on it.

If you are tall enough (and you are) it is the perfect first couple of years racing bike.

I now own a 2000 KTM380exc and a 2000 XR650R and race as an A enduro rider. I can still ride a KDX (loaners) quite quickly, and the skills you learn riding the KDX will transfer perfectly to any bike. I raced a KDX on MX tracks, HS's and enduro's in my early days.

Buy the KDX200. Almost as fast as a 125 in peak HP when ported (won't want that power for a few years) and far better low rpm HP.
 
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Hi again, I just found out that the dealer I am buying the KTM 125 SX from is going to gear the bike down for more low-end power. He is also putting a 3.2 gallon fuel tank on and he is also going to tweak the suspension for my weight all free of charge since he could not find a 200M/XC! And on top of that, he knocked 1,000 bucks off the retail price! The price is right at 5,000 bucks out the door.
 

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Hmm, you ask people's opinion and then you ignore it. I hope you enjoy the SX for trail riding...

Is the dealer going to revalve & respring the suspension for a self proclaimed beginner who trail rides or is he going to just back off the compression clickers?

Is the bike a '01 or '00 model? The dealer may just be getting rid of last years model. Might explain a $1000 reduction.

Listen to the opinions of those who have gone before you - some of us speak from personal experience.

Brian
 
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Just as a question what price is he offering for the bike before knocking $1000 off? A 125 SX should be right at $5000 before knocking the $1000 off. Seroiusly a 125 doesn't make the best trail bike, little low end and the power is located high in the powerband. I'd say a TTR 250, XR 250, KLX 300, or a KDX 200/220 would be your best bet. Of these the KDX is probably the best bet and has so much potential. Check out the KDX forum to learn more about them.
 
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Hey Nukemall, for $5000 you could get a brand new KX500 or CR500. I am sure that you can use all that power, cuz the magazines say so, and they have like 50hp and everybody knows that you can never have enough power. Plus they weigh about 20 lbs more and you get even more high techness for your money.

Since the 500's have 4X the engine size, you would be paying like 1/4 the price on a per cc basis. And your dealer wouldn't have to adjust gearing.

Ooooohhhh, open bikes for everybody. Why do they even make those sissy KDX's and XR250's and KLX 300's?
 
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First of all, the price is a bit less than 5,000 INCLUDING taxes and all that sort of thing. He is adding a 3.2 gal. fuel tank, and is gearing it lower. I am not sure on the suspension. It is a 2001 model and it is brand new. One of the reasons he is knocking 1,000 off is we are buying 2 bikes from them with upfront cash. Another reason is that I originally wanted a 200 M/XC but he could not find one.

Buck- One of the reasons I am buying a 125 is so I can race against some of my friends who also have 125s. Also, keep in mind that this is going to be my first bike and I would probably hurt my self on a 500.

IDkTm- The original price was right at 5,000 without tax, which brings it to about 5,700 - 5,800 with tax. The price now with the 1,000 reduction is just shy of 5,000 with tax. So I think it is a pretty decent price, expecially since we are getting a larger fuel tank and he is gearing it lower.

All- The guy who is making all the adjustments and doing all the mods to the bike works on factory bikes for pro riders. We specifically told him that we would be doing mostly trail riding and he acknowledged that. He said that it would be a decent trail bike after all the adjustments and modifications he does to it. I am also going to be able to take the bike around a track he has at his place before I decide if I will take it or not, so I shall see how it is. I am still not sure as to what he is doing with the suspension. I will clear that up soon. He said we tell him how much we weigh and he will adjust the suspension to our weight for trailing. I am heading out to his dealership this friday to check out the bike and ride it, and hopefully bring it home with me of I like it. My dad is buying a 300 E/XC and he is getting a different silencer on it to make it faster for free as well.