Would like a 4 stroke for ~$2000

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Are there any 95 or newer XR400's out there for around $2000? I ride a 96 KDX200 now but I think a 4 stroke would suit my riding style better. Would an XR250 be a big loss in power? What about a 400? I have heard good things about KLX300's but I like the simplicity of the air-cooled XR's. I ride woods only. I almost thought of a KX250 modded for woods, but Im not sure if I want to deal with that much maintanance. I am not the best rider but I feel like I have learned alot of things riding my KDX in the past 5 months. What should I get?

Joey
 
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Just for an idea, I bought a XR250 94 £950. I don't think it is a real loss in power, the 400 might perhaps be too big.
 
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I will just have to check around and go ride some bikes and see what I like best. I haven't ruled out a KX250 yet just for the raw power but I think an Xr400 would be my best choice. I am 6' 215lbs so the xr250 might be a little small.
 
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The kdx will run off from the xr. I think you would be taking a step backwards. The xr is more of a play bike vs. the kdx can be turned into a serious woods weapon. If you want to go thumper look at one that is "race ready" as apposed to spending alot of money on a play bike. The xr is in the 260-270lb range and the kdx is 230-240lb range(ride ready).

Good Luck with your decision!

PS>> I know where a very clean,well maintained xr400 is - $2,500 and I've ridden it.
 
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At 215 pounds , you are too heavy for an xr250, and yes it will be taking a step backwards. I had an ' 89 and raced it in 96-98 and it was just out-done by all the newer horses.
You would be a lot better off finding a 97-99 KX or RM 250 for $2k. That would be a realistic price for them. The kx's were the "sh%t " for Hare scrambles during those years......lots of lo-end and handled really well.
I also owned a98rm250 and it is a super nice handling bike in the woods....not a HP king by any means but it has a nice forgiving powerband.
I also rode a 90 model KDX200 in several enduros and HS races and liked the way they handled and the power they have. I like 250's power though.
And weigh about the same as you.

good luck on your choice,

see ya