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What year of 250sx to buy?

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I am new to this forum and tried to search the forum for the answer. 

 

I was curious if any of you would know first hand the difference the year of the bike makes.  I have been doing research on sx 250's. 

 

Will  the average rider feel any difference between  a 2003  250sx to a  2006 250sx  to a 2014 250 sx  in the suspension and handling.

 

I will mostly ride on trails but I will get on the track once in awhile.  I have read all the reviews I could find but they are done by professionals and they make it sound like they change a lot.

 

If it makes a difference I would not have a problem spending the extra money for a newer model that handles better.  If it doesn't make a big difference I would just look for a nice used bike.

 

Thanks for your help.

Edited by Kellermw

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Not much difference between my 05.5 250SXF and 09 250SX. Both pretty poorly suspended bikes stock.

In my opinion the 12+ SX models are the ones to get if you are gonna get one because they switched to a linkage. And yes the average guy will appreciate the better suspension.

I almost wound up with a 14 250SX but got a YZ250 instead.

Edited by MXRider72

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I don't know about 03, but my 09 had a bigger hit than my 13 YZ does. It was a fast bike in that regard, but it wasn't close to the same handling league as the Yamaha.

However KTM did lose some power when they went to a linkage as the airbox routing wasn't a direct shot like the PDS bikes.

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Well, I bought a use 2012.....rode it pretty hard this weekend on trails and love it.  I will look into a different seat as the factory low seat is a little too hard for my taste.  Thanks for the advice.

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