To tell you the truth you cant go wrong with either of them. I have a 00'KDX 200, and my riding partner, has a 98'KDX220. He has had his since it came outta the box, and tooken great care of it. The bike is a Lion. I purchased mine from a guy who road it twice and didnt like the suspenion.(he was a heavy guy). And the top speed on my friends, and mine are the same, but he has a FMF rev pipe on his, and that really pulls alot more bottom than my 200. Both bikes are great.
The 200 has a more hop up potetial than 220. If you going to hop-up the thing, go with a 200. IF youre just going to stay stock, or add few things(pipe, silencer etc.) I say go with the KDX 220.
I went with the 200 mainly for the price. The magazines reported that there was not a big difference between the bikes. I read a lot of posts on the forum and came to the same conclusion. If anything, I wanted my bike to rev out on top rather than go flat. I haven't regreted my decision to go with the 200. I really like the bike. I came off a '93 WR 250 that was just too much of a handful in tight conditions. My KDX is superb for my riding area. This spring the WR is going up for sale. I rode it only once last summer and while it can smoke my 200, the KDX is an all around nicer, easier to ride, much more fun type of motorcycle.
First of all, everything you have already read:
Lack of much difference from the 220
Top of the the 200 class vs. bottom of the 250 class
It seemed to me from what I've read that it is easier to make the 200 what the 220 is and more, rather than make the 220 what the 200 is and more...do you follow me?
Would you rather buy a bike and simply place some after-market junk on it to make it rip, or would you rather buy a bike that you may someday feel the need to send the carb out and have it machined?
It appeared to me that adding an o-ring chain to the 200 was a good starting point. Then, a torgue pipe, air box mod, and reeds would put you well on your way.
With the money you save by purchasing the 200, you can get all of this stuff! Just my opinion.
For the 200 a torque pipe (FMF), for the 220 a rev pipe(Pro Circut).
You really should go to just kdx and read for yourself the differences and what the results are when modified. The carb boring for the 220 is $60.
99 WR400f, White Bros E-Series silencer and tapered head pipe. YZ seat and tank. Thumper rad guards, works frame guards, scots steering damper. Soon to be MX-Tech suspension. SETRA, AMA, Happy Ramblers MC.
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Well I think that will settle it, I am getting the 200. Thank you all for the info, I am glad to say that you guys are a very friendly owners group! Once I actually get the bike, I will have questions galore :)
'81 KE 125 faster than your......oh wait never mind it isnt,
I have a 98 kdx 220 with some mods and it is the perfect hybrid between a trails bike and a motorccoss bike. Do the suspension mods with a piston, pipe, reeds and you have the low end with some great zip. I bought the bike new and liked it stock. I love it with the new attitude.
I only see one reference to a weak point in the 220..the piston. Supposedly it's only a problem with a modified engine. I'd as soon avoid the chance of it altogether. I wouldn't care for rebuilding the topend on a bike that was brand new..'just in case'. Some guys have done it.
Regarding a carb mod for the 220's liddle biddy carbonator..that mod works great on the 200's 35mm PWK, too!
The 200 is considerably cheaper. The money saved over a 220 will get you a headstart on a decent chain (don't change it and you'll be changing your sprockets in a couple months), the pipe of your choice and a set of boyesen reeds. Throw in a good set of bars, a ceet-cover, carb mod, suspension, graphics etc etc, and before you know it, you'll have yourself a $7000 bike!!
I 'bought' a 200 cuz my wife got me one, said, 'Here. Go forth and ride.' Being the dutiful husband, I did as I was told.
...always trying to please.......... :)
'oh-oh' KDX 200
'86 Nighthawk 700 SC
(a motorcyle even if it doesn't have a chain!)
I bought a highly modified 99 fredette 220 burly pipe race tech, carb and IMS large fuel tank. so I can't tell what a stocker feels like? but this bike will rev to no end! and still tractor on the bottom end and I never felt it bottm out either.
99 fredette kdx 220
so many stickers so few places to put them.
86 kx 80
83 rm 125