looking for opinions/ ulitmate trail bike

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Here the deal" I'm never satisfied" I like my current XR600, yet it's heavy and bulky for tight trails.

I'm looking for a semi-street legal bike I can play ride and take on trails. I don't ever ride on the street but alot of the local trails require duel sport. I am considering a used xr 250 and going with a 280 kit, pipe, and gearing it way down. I've heard alot of good things about this little thumper. I don't care much about top end speed but I don't want to be shifting like crazy either. What do you guys think?

I thought of the xr400, but the 250 only weighs an advertised 240lbs.

Fyi I'm 6'3" and weigh 220 lbs.
 

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I never thought of that bike. I see it wieghs only an advertised 230lbs. I might have to look into that one also. Do you know if you can get a plate for them???
 

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What about a WR250 with a 300CC kit, Dirt Bike liked it a lot. My personal choice is a KTM 200 because I too had a XR 600 and I hate hard starting heavy bikes, better to have light easy starting and good handling bikes! That said, I loved that engine on the 600! So I guess I have not helped you much, but I'm not sure you will find a consensus on this because like they say.... opinions are like #@#% everyone has one.
Do you homework, figure out what YOU want and go for it!

Good Luck !!!
Kevin
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Also if you are not into REALLY being street legal, you can license it in Vermont!!!!!

Kevin
 
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You could go for an XR250L, they are street legal and will go on any trail you can find, unless it involves going over big jumps. I vote for an XR250R or L. Good bikes, and you can pick up a nice used one for a good price. Hop up potential galore!!
 
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Scar -- Yes, you can plate a KLX300 in Cal. -- legally. They, the Xr's, and the ATK's, are the only bikes that the manufacturers bothered to get Cali. emissions clearance for. I have been thinking long and hard about a KLX -- do a search for them and you'll see they have a lot of "true believers". They are last generation (like the XR's, and thus behind the new WR-f's, etc), but they are very lightweight, great-handling bikes. Remember, though, that they'll have a lot less torque than your 600. But with the pumper carb, idler gear, etc, I'll bet you could grow to love one. :) I know it's on my short list. . . . :p
 
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How about the TTR250

I have a ttr250 and it handles trails very well. It is not the fastest bike out, however, it is strong trail power. E-Start helps when you get stuck on a hill and don't have an easy way of kicking it b/c of lack of leverage. I have dumped it, stalled it flooded it and it always starts with a push of a button. It is heavy but if your not doing freestyle and motocross than you don't notice it. The bike handles junk well and rocks and hills and mud ruts with ease. It has a full loop under the rear fender for mounting things like L-Plates and turn signals so conversion would be simple. I have a friend that has a kdx and that is also a nice bike 2 stroke fast but I like 4 strokes.
 
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if you dont want high end -ultimate- stuff (ktm520, 426, ect) get an xr4; cheap, relyable, still pretty small and manouverable, ok power (more avail with carb & bore), ok trail suspension, ect.

i'd probably only go smaller (xr280 or bored ttr or drz250??) if i was really only riding tight snotty stuff all the time.

for general trail riding (includes fanging around as well as cruising) a bit of extra power = extra fun

enjoy!
 
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Since you are comming off a big heavy fast XR, I say WR 426. It will be lighter than the XR by far and just as fast. I think if you go with anything less you will be disapointed with the power or suspension. What good is a light bike if it wont go as fast or handel as well as you are used to?? Justify the higher cost by knowing that it will need very little aftermarket stuff and you can ride it for many years before it will be as outdated as the KLX or XR 400 will be when you roll them off the showroom floor.
 
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i can't imagine you'd be that happy with a 250 at your size. i'd look at an xr400 or klx300. both are easily street licensed in california (i have a 2001 klx300). as a 160 lb intermediate rider, i wouldn't want any less power than the klx. the 400 would probably be satisfactory without any motor mods.

either one is way lighter than your xr600, and also way better handling on tight trails. i also considered wr426 and drz400, but i'd have to do the big runaround to get one of them registered in california. if i were doing it all over again, i might get the xr400, but i was just a beginner then, and i couldn't imagine needing more power than a 300 off-road. haha.
mw