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Hello i am wanting to pick up a XC bike for running Hare scrambles in Illinois District 17. 

I have always rode trx 450r for trails and hare scrambles. I am looking at getting a bike to ride trails and eventually ride HS. When i get good enough i'm sure there will be a learning curve coming from a quad. I have only riden a couple dirt bikes but have owned and ridden several street bikes 600 f2 zx 600 954RR heritage classic and road glide.

So i am not sure what to get leaning towards a 450FX im sure its a lot of bike for me but will grow in to it. The problem is i am not sure what they guys run local for HS typical size. So if i could get some suggestions that would be great. I am not brand specific just have always like the look of the Husky and from reading seems to me the husky is at the top of there game right now. I am also not sure if i should buy used and try and find one wit some mods or if these bikes come ready to rock for the most part BN. I know with the 450r i built it and it wasnt cheap.  Thanks for your time

 

5'10  275lbs 40YO

riding experience started 

age 4 110 honda

age 7 175 Yamaha

10 200X

13 250R 3 wheeler

16 250R 4 wheeler

18 350 banshee & 600F2

21 Wave raider 1100 & Zrt 600 & 954RR

27 450R HS setup Ran WFO District 17 HD Heritage classic & Rev 800X

35 HD Road Glide AC F-8000

38 SD 300 RXTX & Yamaha FX SVHO

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Well... a Husky would be starting with one of the best! Hard to go wrong with anything from KTM or Husky that is made for off-road or trail riding. Just stay away from getting a slightly cheaper "SX" model, as the gearing will be way wrong. I rode a 9 mile hare scramble loop on a KTM450SX once and it was miserable... mostly 1st and 2nd gear! Killed it 3 times and it was a beast to start. The KTM/Husky bikes for enduro riding come with nice plush (soft) suspension, the right gearing in the tranny, electric start (newer ones)... You'll enjoy yourself more on a bike set up for what you want to do. Don't buy a ready to go motocrosser for woods and trails.

You might try out a bike or two if you know some local riders... You know, see if you like a 250 or 450 4-stroke vs a 200, 250, or 300 2-stroke. Might be worth going to a local riding area and talking to some guys and maybe they'd let you try some out. Or maybe a local shop with used bikes? The 4-stroke bikes have a more linear power curve, although they say the 300 2-stroke will lug down low in the rpm's too.

If you want the BEST recommendation... the top riders mostly go for the 300cc 2-stroke KTM's, Husky's, etc. But poor people like me ride whatever they can get... In my case it's an old 2002 TTR250 air cooled e-start Yamaha I paid $800 for about 5 years ago. It's heavy but it is a killer woods bike... short wheelbase gets through the twisty trails good.

Good luck!

 

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25 minutes ago, verticaltwin said:

Well... a Husky would be starting with one of the best! Hard to go wrong with anything from KTM or Husky that is made for off-road or trial riding. Just stay away from getting a slightly cheaper "SX" model, as the gearing will be way wrong. I rode a 9 mile hare scramble loop on a KTM450sx once and it was miserable... mostly 1st and 2nd gear! Killed it 3 times and it was a beast to start. The KTM/Husky bikes for endure come with nice plush (soft) suspension, the right gearing in the tranny, electric start (newer ones)... You'll enjoy yourself more on a bike set up for what you want to do. Don't buy a ready to go motocrosser for woods and trails.

You might try out a bike or two if you know some local riders... You know, see if you like a 250 or 450 4-stroke vs a 200, 250, or 300 2-stroke. Might be worth going to a local riding area and talking to some guys and maybe they'd let you try some out. Or maybe a local shop with used bikes? The 4-stroke bikes have a more linear power curve, although they say the 300 2-stroke will lug down low in the rpm's too.

If you want the BEST recommendation... the top rider mostly go for the 300cc 2-stroke KTM's, Husky's, etc.

Good luck!

 

Thank you for the quick response. I am the type of guy that buys once and i like to buy the best. The difference in the 2 stroke and 4 stroke for me has been done for quit some time coming from the 450r 4 stroker hated it at first missed the power ban of the 2 stroke now i have come to love the 4 stroker but i do read a lot of guys run the 2 strokes still with DBs. I like the idea of going to a event and talking with the riders. I found a 2017 450fx OTD 8,800 that seems like a screaming deal. From what i am reading most of the major changes on the 450 were done in 2017 being the front fork. with 18 so far all see is new brakes

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I'd recommend staying away from the 450 if you plan on racing D17. They are heavy and not so nimble. I'd be looking for a 250/350 4 stroke, or a 200/250 2 stroke. I'm on a Yz250fx this year and love it. More than enough power to lug my 225lbs around. 

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I'd recommend staying away from the 450 if you plan on racing D17. They are heavy and not so nimble. I'd be looking for a 250/350 4 stroke, or a 200/250 2 stroke. I'm on a Yz250fx this year and love it. More than enough power to lug my 225lbs around. 

Thanks for the response. It's been awhile since I ran D17 and never on a bike. And all the events I went to were on Sunday's and bikes ran on Saturday's so I really never even saw what the guys were riding.

 

But I am close to making a deal on a 2017 TE 250 we are 300.00 apart but hopefully they will decide 300 isn't worth losing a sell. To me that's a set of fast flex bars

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