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I'm in the market to purchase a new bike .Currently I ride a 86 CR125 with a beefed up suspension .I ride on all kinds of different terrain . I lke my 125 but it's worn out .I'm 6'4" weigh 225 and old enough to know better.I have only been riding for 4 years but love it . Looking at 4 strokes ,any and all suggestions on this purchase would greatly be aprechated. dbd

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You're a big man so you should have no problem handling either a DRZ400, XR650, or XR400. I'd look at any of those three. The thought of you on that 125 is rather amusing! Whatever you get, your first mod. should be a triple clamp that moves the bars forward and up! I'm 6'3" and this mod is a huge improvement.

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Originally posted by dbd:
I'm in the market to purchase a new bike .Currently I ride a 86 CR125 with a beefed up suspension .I ride on all kinds of different terrain . I lke my 125 but it's worn out .I'm 6'4" weigh 225 and old enough to know better.I have only been riding for 4 years but love it . Looking at 4 strokes ,any and all suggestions on this purchase would greatly be aprechated. dbd

Your taller than me (5'10") and I weigh 210 and I own a Suzuki DRZ400 and I have NO complaints so far. I just wish it weighed about 30 lbs less but other than that I would not change a thing again, so far!
Good luck and enjoy

PS: Mental pic of you on a 125 makes me chuckle too :)

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You're on the right track looking at larger 4 stroke. I'm just over 6', and have a tall seat on my XR 400.
At 6'4" you should consider moving the bars forward, to get a little more room on the bike.
With the bike and suspension set-up for your weight, no matter what you get, going off-roading is going to be waaaaaay more fun!

DAVE

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Look at the KTM 520SX, Juice clutch, adjustable Oversize bars (move forward), excel rims, a motor with tons of low down power, and quality parts throughout the bike -- buy it, ride it, no mods required.

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Originally posted by CAB:
You're a big man so you should have no problem handling either a DRZ400, XR650, or XR400. I'd look at any of those three. The thought of you on that 125 is rather amusing! Whatever you get, your first mod. should be a triple clamp that moves the bars forward and up! I'm 6'3" and this mod is a huge improvement.



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I'll agree with all above, my only input is if your riding all types of terrain maybe the 520SX (motorcross version)isn't the way to go, how about the M/XC or E/XC version?

Headlight (EXC) different gear box and bigger tanks too.

Just my couple a pennies

Yea the thought of you on the 125 made me grin as well ;)

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Originally posted by CAB:
You're a big man so you should have no problem handling either a DRZ400, XR650, or XR400. I'd look at any of those three. The thought of you on that 125 is rather amusing! Whatever you get, your first mod. should be a triple clamp that moves the bars forward and up! I'm 6'3" and this mod is a huge improvement.
I was thinking about all those bikes and then some .The wr250f caught my eye ,so have the DRZ400,WR400F ,and the XR400.The XR600's I think are to big for woods riding and the KTM's are a bit to pricey . I wish I could test ride them all .thanks for the input.


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I am 6'1" ,230lbs. I currently ride the XR 650. I came from riding an 83 XR500. I liked the width of the seat on this new thumper. You however might like the skinnier seat of the new Xr 450 that is coming out, or (and I say this with some reservations)the new WR from Yamaha is a pretty impressive new ride. This is the first bike I have ever thought about owning since I've owned Hondas since 1973. My suggestion to you would be to go to your bike shop and sit on the ones you like and see which one "suits your Fanny" :)

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Originally posted by honDAN:
I am 6'1" ,230lbs. I currently ride the XR 650. I came from riding an 83 XR500. I liked the width of the seat on this new thumper. You however might like the skinnier seat of the new Xr 450 that is coming out, or (and I say this with some reservations)the new WR from Yamaha is a pretty impressive new ride. This is the first bike I have ever thought about owning since I've owned Hondas since 1973. My suggestion to you would be to go to your bike shop and sit on the ones you like and see which one "suits your Fanny" :)


I'm a big Honda fan myself , reliable motors and trans .That XR650 seems like alot of bike to run around trees other land marks .The XR400 seems to be a bit old in the tech. department .YZ400's seem to be the way to go , but the WR and YZ250F's look very promising also .Can't deside, thanks for the input. dbd


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I must agree with everybody on the 400 & up
I don't think you'll be happy on a WR or YZ250F they are really nothing more than a 4s
version of a 2s 125 got to ride them high in on the pipe. I'm looking to go from a 01 250YZ to a 520 E/XC

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I'm 6', 200lbs, 32 years old. Mainly been a Honda man, since I really appreciate their workmanship (I can't wait for their aluminum framed 250 4 stroke, maybe 2003?) I've had different 125's, 250's, and a 500 over the years. For a few years I had both a 125 and 250, and for play riding the 250 always stayed in the garage. 125's are just a ton of fun *if* you like that style of high revving power. I think it's great.

When I saw the YZ250f, I really started to think that it's the bike for me. High revving power, relatively light weight, and more low end torque that any 125 to carry my extra weight. I now have a brand new YZ250f in my garage, just waiting for it's first ride tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes. Since you're a little "biggie sized", you may prefer the 426 :)

One more point: I've ridden the XR400 and XR650, and I don't have as much fun on either of them. I'd still rather have a good 125 or 250. I hope nobody's offended but they just don't suit my riding style. I prefer hard charging, high revving bikes to smooth torquers.

Just one man's slightly biased opinion...

-Joe

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#14
In your post, you say you like your 125.
If so, you may not like the power delivery of a thumper.
(then again, you may love it. who knows?)
You might want to consider a move to a bigger 2-stroke.
A 250, or even a 500 maybe.
(this IS supposed to be the last year for the mighty CR500R i believe.)
I'm a thumper guy myself, but if you've been weaned on 2 strokes you may not be happy with valves and cams!
Just a thought.

PS: TEST RIDE first! :)

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6'8", 260 lbs, and I ride a basically stock XR400. It'll pull me around, but make sure to get stiffer fork springs!

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