What dirtbike?

My son is 13 years old, and has some experience riding his friends 1984 kd80. He pushes the bike as hard as it can go. He saved up about $900 for the bike itself. He will mostly be using it for trails, but occasional high rpm rip. he is 5'7" and growing rapidly. He wants something he can ride comfortably but grown into. He can do basic maintenance himself, but would prefer a lower maintenance bike. Right now he is leaning towards a kx100, xr200, or a drz200. 

 

All help is appreciated! 

Just from what you said I would look into getting him a 125 2 stroke, the Xr and bikes like that wouldn't be bad either. I'm about your sons height and am very comfortable on my full sized bikes. I think he will outgrow the 100 fairly quickly.

I'm just like him in height and age, and 900 dollars I saved up, don't know about weight I weigh 110 pounds I went for a Honda cr80 big wheel a kx100 would be a good choice has smoother power personally I would get a cr or a yz. Tell him to take it easy the bike is soo much faster he will end up on his ass if he throttles it first time on the bike. I paid 900 for my bike it was advertised at 1200. Definitely go for a 2 stroke unless he weighs over 140 pounds don't go for a 125 it will be to much at his skill level I got an 80 for this reason it was gonna be more fun easier to ride and all around more comfortable less tiring wheel won't spin as easily due to lack of weight. I would have gone with a kx 100 but I'm not a fan Kawasaki. Go for a big wheel 80/85 or kx100 whatever you can find. The 200 will be heavy and sluggish the 80 will be light and it weighs 120 pounds and easy to throw around with a solid 20-25 hp

2 stroke 125

I'm just like him in height and age, and 900 dollars I saved up, don't know about weight I weigh 110 pounds I went for a Honda cr80 big wheel a kx100 would be a good choice has smoother power personally I would get a cr or a yz. Tell him to take it easy the bike is soo much faster he will end up on his ass if he throttles it first time on the bike. I paid 900 for my bike it was advertised at 1200. Definitely go for a 2 stroke unless he weighs over 140 pounds don't go for a 125 it will be to much at his skill level I got an 80 for this reason it was gonna be more fun easier to ride and all around more comfortable less tiring wheel won't spin as easily due to lack of weight. I would have gone with a kx 100 but I'm not a fan Kawasaki. Go for a big wheel 80/85 or kx100 whatever you can find. The 200 will be heavy and sluggish the 80 will be light and it weighs 120 pounds and easy to throw around with a solid 20-25 hp

you fail to notice that he said ride comfortably and grow into, a 125 fits that description a lot better than a 85 or 100. You seem to have made your choice and are happy with it but 5'7" is tall for a "mini" and there isn't room to grow really. Smaller bikes are also very twitchy compared to a full sized bike. The 125 isn't really much more power compared to a 100, plus with the extra weight of the 125 it isn't really much faster. 125s do not weigh much and will allow room to grow. The 125 will be a more stable bike all around

Kdx200. One of the best woods bikes ever made. A125 will just get up in his face. A kdx200-220. Is a good mellow bike that will never be mean to him. Great bikes

Kdx200. One of the best woods bikes ever made. A125 will just get up in his face. A kdx200-220. Is a good mellow bike that will never be mean to him. Great bikes

sorry to tell you any bike will get you hurt, it's a matter of respecting the bike. He has ridden before so should know throttle control. You are right the kdx is a great bike but they are usually harder to find and more expensive from my experiences, he's got 900 to find a decent bike and finding a 125 2 stroke in decent shape should be a bit easier.

sorry to tell you any bike will get you hurt, it's a matter of respecting the bike. He has ridden before so should know throttle control. You are right the kdx is a great bike but they are usually harder to find and more expensive from my experiences, he's got 900 to find a decent bike and finding a 125 2 stroke in decent shape should be a bit easier.

very true. I scored my 97 in decent shape for 700. But yes u have to respect any bike

very true. I scored my 97 in decent shape for 700. But yes u have to respect any bike

yeah 125s come cheap in good shape but like you said the kdx would be a perfect bike if he can find one for the price

yeah 125s come cheap in good shape but like you said the kdx would be a perfect bike if he can find one for the price

i know here in Eastern ky there all over the place.

KDX 220. Its a nice tame bike when you want it to be and will rip when you give it gas. I love mine....... The KDX will last a very long time. They run forever with basic maintenance. They are great

Thanks for all the great answers! I found a good 1989 KDX200 for sale. Listing price is $850. Vey fair price considering the condition. This might be the one. Any comments about why the bike would or would not be a good choice are greatly appreciated!

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Thanks for all the great answers! I found a good 1989 KDX200 for sale. Listing price is $850. Vey fair price considering the condition. This might be the one. Any comments about why the bike would or would not be a good choice are greatly appreciated!

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the e series are great bikes. Has more low end grunt than the h series

What do you mean about e and h series Brain 212?

The e series was produced 89-94. Was replaced with the h series in 95. With a new kips system setup and a lot better look

That's a nice bike! If you do go with that one make sure you buy some fork boots to protect your front forks.

Great choice. Looks very clean.

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