The Honda XRs are very reliable bikes, but not intended to race enduros. Everyone is expecting me to say that KTMs are the only way to go, but I realize that a Kawasaki KDX can be a good enduro bike. If you want to stay with a four stroke, you must have the button and Yamaha makes a number of bikes with lights.
I have ridden KTMs for a number of years - their motto is "Race Ready". Good luck!
I feel I am an ok rider but need more experience in those little darn trees. Right now I am run second or first in my class. The XR is smoking a little bit, so its a bore and rebuild or upgrade. I have had good like with XRs. I would like to stay with a 4 stoke.
Things are ok with the bike but thats all I know is the XR ride.
Jumping to a 2st would not be a problem. The biggest change would be the better suspension allowing you to go faster in the bumps. Plus, even a 200 2st has some nice low end torque and grunt compared to your XR. Depending on your size a 200 2st should be your next choice (I'm 210 to 215 pounds before gear and ride a 200). I can't believe how nice my '02 EXC 200 is compared to the bikes I rode in the 70's, 80's and 90's. You should be able to find a nice used 200 for $2000 to $3000. Any year 250 4st would cost you more then the same year 200 and the cost to rebuild it is higher but you get the "button". Good luck in finding your next bike!
I to agree lots of good bikes out there each brand makes something that's good.Even brands you don't here much about.I ride an 07 Gas Gas and love it.I also know where there is an other 07 gas gas forsale.
Just about anything this decade is going to be worlds better than a 20 year old XR. Great trail-bike, but no speedster. A newer KDX would still be a huge improvement if you are on a tight budget. If you like 4Ts a 250 will work or you could get a 450 if you want more guts. If it's a KTM 250 4T get an 07 or newer since the old RFS 250 was a heavy pig imo. Nice KTMs can be found a few years old for very reasonable. If you find a MX bike you can rig up 9V headlight and tailight or bicycle tail-light pretty easy and cheap to pass enduro tech inspection.
Hey Silver (other Mike) - glad the wrist is OK. I saw Rick H and family at Upland - they asked if I knew what was up - then all I new was you had an appointment with the orthopod.
Back to the original posters question - like others have said - anything newer, say 95 and up? would likely be better than your trusty old XR (other than another newer XR that is - they never changed a lot) - and you can find some great deals ($2500 and under, even around $1500 you can find some good stuff) if you shop around. In KTMs in a lower price range, shoot for 2000 and newer if possible. As F&S said, the KDX can be a super pick as well. My son has one - works super for him (though I do hope to move him up to a KTM sometime) - fun bike to ride, and with a bit of tweeking, can be set up rather well (Fredette racing is a great source of info, parts etc.). Dont dismiss a 200 as to small - power wise it would be way stronger than a XR250, and have better boingers. A KTM 200 is stronger yet motor and suspension wise. Ignore Gas Gas Man (silver) - he just likes being odd :nener: Though...his Gasser is one sweet bike to ride - take a look on page 84 of the November issue of Dirt Bike Magazine - that is his actual bike (he can only dream that was actually him on it in that picture though!) If he knows of another 07 for sale...I suspect it might be an outstanding deal...
If you only plan to race FES events, you wont need a headlight and taillight or plate. The AMA events you will need lights, plates etc for most (some dont require them though). If no light needed, a lot of MX bikes are options, but suspension wise and motor wise are not as well suited to offroad use (stock that is...they can be modified).
Good luck in your quest for a bike...and have fun!
After talking to a couple of people. I think I am going to look for something that is set up for woods. Mainly the transmission, looking to not shift as much, should save time in the race. I think the KTM has the W series, what is it called in the old years/series? What are some bikes that are set up for woods riding?