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I ride a CRF150f and it's great on our trails, which are pretty tight. We have some other land running along a field thats open, but it's mostly trails. I want to upgrade to a more fun, lighter bike. I was thinking about the YZ 85. Is this bike good good for trail riding??

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I ride a CRF150f and it's great on our trails, which are pretty tight. We have some other land running along a field thats open, but it's mostly trails. I want to upgrade to a more fun, lighter bike. I was thinking about the YZ 85. Is this bike good good for trail riding??

 

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Many people say the 85-125 2 smokes are bad for trails but I disagree. I own a 125 and being around 120 lbs, I assume you are close to that since you ride 150, it carries me well. I feel the advantage to a small bore two stroke for trails are its lightness and handling. When kept in the power band, I think the 85 will be a capable and fun trail ripper.

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A pretty successful racer at my work rides a CR85 in the woods.  He's approaching retirement age and is bigger then you.  I wouldn't ever make fun of him for riding an 85, cause he'll smoke me.

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Many people say the 85-125 2 smokes are bad for trails but I disagree. I own a 125 and being around 120 lbs, I assume you are close to that since you ride 150, it carries me well. I feel the advantage to a small bore two stroke for trails are its lightness and handling. When kept in the power band, I think the 85 will be a capable and fun trail ripper.

This is the key for any small 2t woods bike. Or have it jetted lean and never ride WOT.

 

I am glad to be out of the mini's but when we were we ran a CRF150rb with excellent results when set-up correctly. Proper jetting and sprung for your weight is the minimum needed. Larger tank if you ride more than 30 miles at a time. It's lighter by 40lbs, great suspension and extra power while being smooth. This bike rewards you anyway you ride it which is nice not to have to be on the pipe.

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If you really want to upgrade to a fun and lighter bike, get a Trials bike. My 300 Beta Evo 2T weighs in at a petite 147lbs.

It will creep along a rabbits trail without getting off line, or propel me like an Atlas V rocket up any angle grade. Very reluctant to stall and will stand straight up with just a twist of the wrist in any gear, sixth included. Add on the long range tank seat combo and it holds a full 2gl. of fuel.

I wish I had this bike all of my life.

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And with the rake better not ever come up short on a jump, rocks or a log. Trials bikes are fun until the speed increases

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For woods the kx seems a bit better with the power valve. My son had two and likes then allot compared to the yz

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My son had that on his woods kx also. Very good add on.

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If your riding area has a lot of rocks or your likely to grow, look for a mini with big wheels. A KX 100 or KTM 105 with fly wheel weight will give you much more bottom end to work with than an 85.

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