Buying my first 250 2 smoke!

So I just sold my 06 yz125. I'm in the market for a 250 and just need a little input. I'm 19,6'2 and 175lbs.

I want to buy a nice 2 stroke for under $2000. So far I found an 06 kx250, 02 kx250,01 YZ250, 03 RM250,06 ktm 250xc,03 ktm250sx

My question is what bike is the best year? I am partial to the Yz and have heard really good things about suzuki... And I know almost nothing about ktm and kawasaki.

Any help guys?

Well personally man I have a 2002 yz 250 and I Paid 2400 for the bike plus a lot extra and so far it has treated me really well.ImageUploadedByThumper Talk1427857859.691443.jpg

I'd save up and buy a newer bike than those you've mentionned.

 

Since you've had a latest generation YZ125 and familiar with Yamaha chassis layout / maintenance, find a 2006+ YZ250.

 

It's a proven great design, apart from a few cosmetic changes it's the same bike up to 2015.

Another consideration unlike older bikes, is that brand new OEM parts are still in production and easily available at any Yamaha dealership.

Edited by mlatour

Thanks Dave and Mlatour. A nice looking Yz seems to be few and far between, so I WI be on the lookout.

You guys recommend a 450f by chance? They are completely different beasts from what I'm used to But seem like they might be a lot of fun.

Any thoughts on a 08-09 yz450f or an 06 450f?

It depends really, you riding mx or trails? I like my 250 in the trails more than my 450, but like my 450 on the track more than my 250. I also just finished up rebuilding my 450, was a bit of money. I think I could rebuild the 250 twice for the price of my 450 rebuild.... Not that it should sway you really though as the 450's are monster and great bikes to ride

250 vs 450, depending what type of riding you do,

the 450 is an extra 20lbs and more top heavy.

 

If you are accustomed to a having a light 125,

 

125: 207lbs

250: 227lbs

450: 247lbs.

Edited by mlatour

Yeah that's what I was thinking. I have no problem doing maintenance, and actually enjoy doing all that stuff, but my dad nor myself knows anything about rebuilding 4t's or what maintenance to do on them.

I'll be riding mostly trials,and tight woods so that's another thing to factor in.

Any idea what price range I should be looking for? I'm going to post a picture of the 450f and 250 I found.

03 Rm 250 $2000/$1700

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4945788250.html

05 YZ 250 $2850

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/mcy/4952341971.html

02 kx 250 $2200

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4917813432.html

06 kx 250 - $2000

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/mcy/4955956332.html

01 Yz 250 $1750

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4955551797.html

And then there is a 450f just down the road from me that I'm going to take a look at.

06 kx450f $2000,looks really clean... What do I look for?

03 Rm 250 $2000/$1700

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4945788250.html

05 YZ 250 $2850

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/mcy/4952341971.html

02 kx 250 $2200

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4917813432.html

06 kx 250 - $2000

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/mcy/4955956332.html

01 Yz 250 $1750

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4955551797.html

And then there is a 450f just down the road from me that I'm going to take a look at.

06 kx450f $2000,looks really clean... What do I look for?

Do not buy the kx450 ... You do not know what you are getting into with a 10 year old 4 stroke... Out of all of those choices the 05 yz250 looks best and cleanest but 2800 is pretty high. Keep looking

If the guy has receipts, and everything for the 450f does it make it any better? He told me his mechanic, and he said everything was just redone. Valves were in check, new parts and everything... Still a bad idea?

03 Rm 250 $2000/$1700

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4945788250.html

05 YZ 250 $2850

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/mcy/4952341971.html

02 kx 250 $2200

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4917813432.html

06 kx 250 - $2000

http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/mcy/4955956332.html

01 Yz 250 $1750

http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mcy/4955551797.html

And then there is a 450f just down the road from me that I'm going to take a look at.

06 kx450f $2000,looks really clean... What do I look for?

Um, gosh- that 06 kx250 looks very nice and low price too. Best value out of those listed.

The Kx's are both in great shape by the looks of it. Expect to buy a filter, chain, slider, rollers, sprockets, and prob some bearings regardless.

 

The Yz at the right price is hands down the one I'd pick. Looks like it was barely lugged around on some trails.

Here's a pic of the kx450f too

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If the guy has receipts, and everything for the 450f does it make it any better? He told me his mechanic, and he said everything was just redone. Valves were in check, new parts and everything... Still a bad idea?

 

At least ask if he's the original owner and,

what usage does he do with it: recreational or competitive

Edited by mlatour

Mlatour, he is the second owner. It has some work done to it. Like the suspension, and like I said he takes it to a local dealer and just had it maintained. He used it for recreational use. Did not race

Mlatour, he is the second owner. It has some work done to it. Like the suspension, and like I said he takes it to a local dealer and just had it maintained. He used it for recreational use. Did not race

Guess it comes down to if you trust him or not. Still IMO i would not even consider a 10 year old 4 stroke. Just a bad investment

Yeah I checked it out... Thing was beat lol. Back to the drawing board

If the guy has receipts, and everything for the 450f does it make it any better? He told me his mechanic, and he said everything was just redone. Valves were in check, new parts and everything... Still a bad idea?

People who say 'my mechanic says...' are automatically rejected. If someone is too incompetent to work on their own bike then it hasn't gotten all the maintenance it needs. Plus, as an ex mechanic I can say with some authority that most of them are morons, drunks or tweakers. I'd never let a mechanic dink around with my bike.

That's been my experience. Bikes need a lot of quality upkeep and unless it just hasn't been ridden much it's going to need a lot of work.

05 YZ is the way I would go.  I believe that was the first year that they put the SSS forks on and the alum frame came the next year.  Great overall bike and very reliable.

05 YZ is the way I would go. I believe that was the first year that they put the SSS forks on and the alum frame came the next year. Great overall bike and very reliable.

05 is the first year of the aluminum frame, SSS came out in 06.

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