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2004 cr250r vs 2013 ktm 250sx

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Ok I have a question that might seem like a no brainer but I am looking at both an 04 cr250r and a 13 ktm 250sx. I would be getting the ktm for a steal at $3400 and it is mint with only 21 hours on it. The reason I am unsure is because I am considering getting one bike for Moto and one for woods. If I got the cr250r I would be able to also get a woods bike without having to swap things on a bike when I want to do one or the other.

 

What do you guys think, should I go with the two bikes or get the ktm and use it for both?

 

I was thinking 250f for the woods btw

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I would buy the CR.... For no logical reason other then it's not a KTM and something different. CRs from everything I've read are a great platform as a "do it all bike".....

Having two bikes, though it has some benefits is also a pain in the ass. Say your woods bike breaks down, then you have to ride your strict moto bike in the bush. It will be a miserable ride and vice versa. Buy 1 bike and outfit to do everything. I can race my YZ offroad on Saturday and race moto on it on Sunday will no changes....

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you kind of contradicted yourself with my question, if I buy the ktm then I would only have that bike. but if I buy the CR then I could afford to get another. or are you saying get the cr and use the extra cash to get things for both?

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you kind of contradicted yourself with my question, if I buy the ktm then I would only have that bike. but if I buy the CR then I could afford to get another. or are you saying get the cr and use the extra cash to get things for both?

Yes, buy the CR and build it up....

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Dude if you can afford it id get the ktm. i doubt youd be miserable in the woods on it. But i bet you could spend half as much and have a pretty able bike..or two.

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3400 is a steal. Think I would go with the newer bike vs a 10 year old bike.

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Buy the honda had great results on mine off road and at moto not hard to convert between both hers mine in both trims

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I think I am leaning towards the Honda just due to the fact that I don't ride that much (30-40 hrs a season in a good season) and I could never sell that ktm for a profit just knowing that my buddy had that option to do so as well. That and this might sound weird but I think I might want the 44hp instead of the 50+ hp, might be a little easier to ride. I have owned a 2010 ktm 250 and loved it but it was for sure riding me. The one hard part with knowing that the KTM is such a good deal is that the CR really isn't in comparison at $1800, it is super clean with new tires, chain, sprockets, new PC system, V-Force reeds, and some other little things. What do you guys think?

 

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Get the cr!! Sweet bike cheaper and awsum. Your not racing it any way you will have a blast on it. And save money aswell, win win. :D

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I would buy the CR.... For no logical reason other then it's not a KTM and something different. CRs from everything I've read are a great platform as a "do it all bike".....

Having two bikes, though it has some benefits is also a pain in the ass. Say your woods bike breaks down, then you have to ride your strict moto bike in the bush. It will be a miserable ride and vice versa. Buy 1 bike and outfit to do everything. I can race my YZ offroad on Saturday and race moto on it on Sunday will no changes....

i have two bikes and the only down fall I see is cost of buying and maintaining two bikes. To the question of if my woods bike breaks and I HAVE to ride my track bike, at least I am still riding and not waiting to fix my trail bike while everybody goes without me.

By the way I have ridden my 350xcf on the track and my yz250f on the trail and both can work really good with just a few suspension adjustments.

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I have two bikes (02 cr125, 02 yz426), well really three. My brother in law's 250f is practically mine. I do all the work on it and most of the riding....he keeps mentioning giving me the title :ride:

 

Anyway, having multiple bikes is great. Sometimes one is down waiting for a part, or needs maintenance, or one of my friends bike is down.

 

I just grab the other bike. I hate, hate, hate giving up a weekend of riding because of something like that. I would much rather be on the "wrong" bike for the job then not ride.

 

Downside is having to buy parts for two bikes. I don't mind the time spent wrenching on them.

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I did end up buying the bike, it is super clean, only issues are minor, needs linkage bearings and the rear tire is a cheapo.

 

Not sure how I feel about it, holy crap is it the hardest thing I have ever ridden, I felt like I totally forgot how to ride. The power is like a light switch and all mid power, seems to have no bottom and signs off very early. It has a PC pipe and silencer, vforce reedds, and PC jet kit. If I am going to keep it I for sure need to find a way to broaden and smooth out the power. Does anyone have any suggestions that wont totally break the bank? Would porting help a lot?

 

I have owned a 2010 ktm 250sx and it was nothing like this, power wise, or was it the same and I was drunk the whole time?

 

please help, at this point its for sale again.

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yes bought the cr, and the bike is fresh with receipts from dealership.

 

What do you mean mill the base? like between case and cylinder? can I sill use stock rod and piston?

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Its an 04, install an 05 base gasket, it lowers the cylinder the same as milling.

Put on a pwk carb,

Make sure the powervalve is adjusted correctly. Very common on the crs.

Those three things once dialed in jetting wise will be a new bike I promise.

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what MM bore for the carb? and what makes it better than stock?

 

With doing the top end recently do the aftermarket gaskets fix that issue?

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Not unless an 05 spec base gasket was used. They are thinner and thus lower the cylinder.

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