Hey guys new to the site, figured i'd share my bike. A little background on me, I have ridden four wheelers since I was a little one. I always wanted a dirtbike but my father (an ex racer) always said 'no to dangerous'... We rode alot of rough trails so I cant rag on him to hard for that (he did buy me my own quad eventually). Now that i've grown up a bit and he bought another bike (2013 KTM 250xc) I figured it was a great time to fulfill that need i've always wanted. I bought the bike not knowing much about them. I didn't want to spend a lot on my first bike incase I wasn't a fan of riding it. I did a little research on it when it came up and it seemed the 07 was a descent year for these bikes. I wasnt to fond of getting such a 'big' bike but i was relieved to find out its really just a 250 with a 450 stuffed in there. I originally was looking for a 125 2 smoke to start out on but everyone I talked to was like 'no way man your gonna get so bored with that so quickly!'. Im not a huge fan of 2 stroked anyways so I wasnt heart broken when I stumbled upon this deal. My buddy texted me one day and said hey man im trying to get rid of my bike if you know anyone that wants it.... After some finagling I got the price down for $900 and went and scooped it up. Dirty, not running, cheap- just what I was looking for. I took her home and immediately started diagnosing. This thing had crazy compression, i could hardly even get it to turn over... After some reading i decided i'd crack open the valve cover and have a look see. It was apparent that it had jumped timing. Im not sure if these are interference engines or not but no valves were bent (what a relief). I ordered new guides, chain, tensioner, headgasket, side cover gasket, spark plug, oil & air filter & went to town. While waiting on parts I was tinkering around. It looks like someone stripped the oil drain plug & proceeded to jb weld it in. I finally got it out and cleaned everything up, right now its just got a hefty amount of teflon tape but its not leaking, im going to get one of those dorman plugs that are oversized with a little drain bolt in the middle. After I got it to fire up i was extremely happy. I flushed the coolant before I had the head off and forgot to order some so I went out and got that blue stuff whatever its called. Its running great at the moment but it still needs a few little things to be perfect. I ordered and installed new tires but the front tube is leaking, new grips on the way & a new front brake lever. My front for seals are shot so ill be doing those soon. My hot start cable doesnt thread into the carb properly so id like to replace that soon but it doesnt seem to affect how it runs. The kickstart is worn out and flips open when riding/ givin it the berries, I tried taking it apart but the screw that hold its together wont budge, a replacement is $100+ so not that high on the priority list yet. The shifter is loose and stripped out so im going to have to drill and tap or just get a new one in there. It could use brake pads all around but not that big of a deal yet. The throttle was very sloppy but a little cable adjustment solved that. It came with renthal handlebars & a what I assume is a powerbomb header, it also has an after market seat but so far thats all I think it has upgrade wise. I think my valves are off a bit it takes 5+ kicks to get her goin if its chilly out and when I stall out it takes quite a few kicks to get her going again. After its warm it starts up pretty easily. I have a shim kit I just need some time now. Some things ive noticed so far, it could really use a heavier flywheel & maybe one of those 'rekluse' clutches since all I do is woods ride. Id like to also get a front rotor & radiator guards. A oversized tank is also on the list but not a huge priority right now. The plastics were stained brown wherever it was white a little goof off did pretty well. the plastics are scratched to hell but for a first bike its gonna get thrashed a bit so ill run em for while. I spent around $400 for new parts so im a little over 1k but whatever. Anyways enough of my ramblin... Heres some pics. The pics inside are the first couple I took. The one on the car is right after I got it runnin.