need help, 2 or 4 stroke?

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ok, this is the 2nd time that one of my forums has gotten closed, so hopefully this time will work out...
1) I am about 5'8" and about 150 lbs
2) I'm somewhat aggressive
3) I love riding on tracks, but i will mostly ride on woods trails
4) I have been riding for about 1 and a half years
5) I might race in the future
6) I dont know anything about the inside of my bike, but i would like to learn
7) I dont have a big preference for brand and im trying to find out whether a 2 or 4 stroke would be good for me
8) I have a local dealer, but i probably wont buy from them, ill look for a used bike over the internet or out side of my city
9) Im not too worried about money at this point
10) i dont like in california
11) Im almost 16
12) My old TTR125L is getting too small for me and my dad says i should consider keeping a 4 stroke but i want the opinion of other riders. Could you guys tell some of the main differences between 4 & 2 Strokes (Maintainance, Performance, ect.) Thanks guys.
 
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btw i would like something that would have as much power as 125 2 stroke if i do get a 4 stroke because thats what all my friends have.
 
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250f 4 stroke has more torque and about the same peak HP as a 125 2 stroke. It also has a much broader power spread than a 125 - thus, easier to ride because of the low end power. However, many of the pro GNCC riders are still on 2 strokes - but they're usually on 250 2 strokes, not 125s. Most people consider a 125s power too "peaky" for woods riding, although I don't have any trouble with it.

250f 4 strokes have a more complicated engine design than a 125 2 stroke. Thus, you'll have a bit more maintenance to do. The 250f 4 strokes are quite expensive to fix if you blow the motor, so if you buy one, be sure to keep up with the regular maintenance.

Otherwise, pick one and go with it.
 
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i heard that you have to change the rings on a 2 stroke like every 10 hours you ride, and i dint think i would know how to do that... Is it easy to learn in case that i decide to go with a 2 stroke.
 
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no you dont that is only for motocross riding you can go more like 60-70 hours or about every 3-4 months just keep the filter real clean like every 2 rides and use a 32:1 mix ratio. but i would proly wana 250f if i was you.
 
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so u think a 250 4 stroke would be good? ok, but should i get a reg. 4 stroke or a racing 4 stroke?
 
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If you're going with a four stroke, you probably want a YZ250F. I'd go with a 2 stroke though. Insane fun.
 

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If you are a woods/trail rider my suggestions would be a CRF250X or a WR250F for 4 strokes or a KTM 200EXC or XC 2 stroke.
 
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I just bought my bike and went through the same quandry. I think it really come down to price. I found I got more bang for my buck with the two strokes. I ended up with a 1994 CR250 set up for trail riding. So far it's only been to the track, but I'm having a blast on it. Best part was that I got it for $1300, much cheaper than any decent similar year 4 stroke.
 
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yeah the wr250f and the crf x comes standed with the lights and stuff so it would save you a bit of money trying to fit them onto a yzf.
 
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I just got into bikes and was askin alot of the same questions. I ended up finding a nice 2001 WR250F. super nice, easy to ride, lots of lil upgrades you can do to it, can use a bunch of YZ250 parts/upgrades.

good luck, have fun
 
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i think the crf250x would be a killer bike. my friend just got one and it has tons of power and tork, their a crazey bike