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I'm looking at getting a good trail bike to ride here in texas, and i know that the KDX200/220 fits the bill. I'm also thinking about a 250 fourstroke... depends on what i find in my budget (1-2k). This will be my first dirt bike.

I found a KDX200 and it seems like a good buy, but the guy says he has been racing it and runing it on Jet Fuel? :whoa: I race road bikes, so i know all about VP Race Fuel and all that, but Jet Fuel? Even if it was VP, isn't that stuff hard on gaskets and parts in general? also, anyone recognize what these forks are from? they appear to be inverted MX style forks, but i'm not sure.

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/421325603.html

any other general advice to spot problems is appreciated. i did a forum search and found a couple pieces of advice here and there, but the more the better!

Thanks for the Help!

Jon
 
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Here is some extremely specific advice. RUN AWAY!! from that bike at that price. If it was in such great condition, then why are there no fork guards to protect fork and route the brake line properly?

The forks look like 1993 - 1994 KDX200 forks, so I guess it is a 1993 or 1994 KDX200. It has a Ceet brand seat cover on it, not a stock 1989 OEM cover (which Ceet makes a replica of - the one on the bike).

The lights are gone, the kickstand is gone, fuel tank is somewhat brown stained from gasoline, seat seems to have a nasty layer of black crud on it (left outside??).

You can find an excellent condition late '90's or early 2000's KDX200 / KDX220R at the $2,000 price range. If you are lucky, you might find a recent model at that price, but condition may not command a $2,000+ price.
 

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LMAO - Jet Fuel. Jet fuel is similar to diesel and kerosene. Do ya think a bike will run well on diesel?

Bike looks a little rough. Pred will be in soon to tell you that KDX's suck.
 
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keep shopping. i just picked up a 2000 model kdx220 that is probably an 8/10 condition wise... and it was less $$ than that beater
 
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haha... thanks guys. i'll keep looking

found this one too. looks pretty clean, but not much info. i contacted the seller via email and he said:

"I purchased this bike from a gentleman in Lubbock about three years ago and ride it a little bit every once in a while. The only issue I have had is a spark plug going bad and that's it. It runs great and is in good condition ready to ride."

http://austin.craigslist.org/mcy/413000968.html

bonus is that its a 220, and from what i've read i think i'd like a 220 better :debil:
 
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ohh... i just called a local kawi dealer. he has a new 05 200 still on the floor that he'll let go for 3500. also found a new 04 220 for 3500 out the door... mmm...

this will be my first dirt bike, but i've been racing street bikes, so i'm not afraid to work on a bike. is it worth paying the extra 2k for new?
 
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The KDX is a solid bike, but it's old technology. The motor is solid (but will need mods) and the suspension is very poor. For $3500 you can buy a newer (used) KTM or 250 4-stroke that will smoke a KDX in every way. Just my opinion.
 
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hey crhines
can you fill us in on why the suspension is poor ? would you say it is poor for mx racing or poor for an average joe riding trails ?
 
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For starters the spring weight is for a 150 pound rider, but that can be fixed with a heavier spring. The suspension in general does not have the compression and rebound characteristics of the newer bikes - its more rigid and less forgiving.
 
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i read a couple posts reffering to the kdx suspension and how its dangerous unless upgraded, but for the most part everyone seems to think its fine.

i'll only be on trails for the most part and i'm about 150#s, so is the stock suspension good or does it need upgrading?
 
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ignorance is bliss i guess.....
i'm just getting going again after a 20 plus year layoff from dirt riding. the kdx suspension feels pretty darn good to me compared to the old Carabela i rode back then . course, i'm just shy of 160lbs @ 5'9".
 
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Jon,

You should be able to get a new 05 220 for around the $3200.

For trail riding you will not find any problem with the suspension with your weight.

I always stay away from used dirt bikes regardless of the brand unless you know the entire history of the bike or have the ability to assess the mechanical condition thoroughly.

The KDX is a solid bike that is very reliable and makes a great trail ride for many happy owners. It is not a race bike.

Good luck on your hunt.
 
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Be patient and you will find a much better deal. FYI Jet fuel is not diesel fuel but it is very similar if not identical to kerosene. IT WILL NOT RUN IN THAT KDX or any other 2 stroke. Pump gas will work just fine, however if you are going to leave the bike set without running for a period of time you will want to drain the fuel.