Need a bike recommendation

TC21

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1) your physical size (both height and weight are important)
5'8" 137

2) How physical / aggressive are you ?
8/10

3) what do you plan to ride- MX/SX tracks, woods, fields with friends or ?????
woods, fields, friends, trails, and 4 to 15 foot jumps

4) Do you have any riding experience?
4 years xr80 and xr200

5) Do you think you will race ?
probably not

6) Are you mechanically inclined and will you be doing your own bike work?
yes

7) Do YOU have a preferance to a brand/ motor choice (2 or 4 stroke)?
no preferance

8) Do you have a dealer close by your home that you might use and what brand(s) does he carry?
All brands

9) How much ($) do you plan to spend on a bike?
1300 tops

10) Do you live in California?
Washington

11) Your age?
14yo

12) anything else that you think would help form an opinion

Thanks for your time :laugh:
 
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TC21, with a 1300 price tag a older Yamaha IT175, IT200, or 250 would do good. Get a 1981 or newer because the suspension is much more aggresive on the 81s and up.

You could also do a fork conversion to make a CR125 front inverted fork fit on your bike ang then get the rear shock revalved for your weight and ridding style. Also, Powroll.com dose a really good big bore and stroker kit that would really wake up you bike. and the top it off with a pipe.
 

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Could the suspension handle 4 to 15' jumps. I know my xr200's couldn't. It would bottom out at 10 feet of air.
 
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TC21, at you weight i would say it could handle it. But you might not be able to. I find that most dirt bikers that have not come from a balabce and sport of grace like mountain biking or BMXing they dont know how to absorbe the impact of hard landings as well as a say a mountain biker.

So, if you teach yourself to absorb hard landings almost any suspension on a bike should do you. On my 175 with 7 inches of travel both ways i did a 30 ft table top and a 40-50 ft step up.

The KDX would make a good bike for you and you can upgrade it as you go along.
 

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I jump my xr everyday and it still bottoms out. I was wondering if the kdx220 has more bottom end grunt, does the "hit" on the powerband not as much as the kdx200 or is it the same?