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Well, it has been approximately 5 years since i have owned anything ATV related. I went to the AMA Supercross race in Tampa a few weeks ago and absolutely HAD to buy a bike after watching the races. I have always wanted a smoker and conveniently, a family member of my girlfriend had a 2001 KX250 sitting in the garage. It was difficult to start as it had been sitting for months, needed a few small repairs, but had great compression. I negotiated him down to $1300.

Got the bike home, opened up the carb, drained the fuel and coolant. Cleaned it up, put it back together and bought some fresh fuel. It started cold on the second kick... Awesome. It was a first kick start every each time after warm.

I took it for its very first ride and I am absolutely thrilled. There truly is no feeling quite like the mid throttle hit of a two stroke. Needless to say, i have a lot of practice and learning to do but i am absolutely hooked.

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Welcome to the addiction. At $1300 you did great! Enjoy the ride and learn skills at your own pace. :ride: 

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Nice bike and welcome to the club. Dirt bikes are definitely addicting. And two strokes...well, they are quite special!

Next step should be a visit to Croom!

 

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I have been to Croom in the past on my quads. Previously owned a 400ex and warrior 350. One thing i have learned is that just about anyone can jump on a quad for the first time and be fast. These bikes take skill. Especially in the soft grove sand we have here in Polk county.

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Sahweet!

You got a great deal on a bike that looks like its in good shape.

Have fun man. Make sure and get some boots and be safe!

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Braaap! There’s nothing like mixing gas and hauling ass!!!

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You got great deal👍 raced those back then they're bulletproof ☺ welcome back 

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 I learned to ride my 1st MX bike, an 89 CR125, many years ago at Croom, what a blast it was!  It was my 2nd 2stroke, and the bike ran great and really hauled. The first couple of times riding it there, I wasn't used to the bike, or sand riding, and had the bike unexpectedly hook up while accelerating in the meat of the powerband and the bike would just come out from under me, launching the bike, and leaving me face first in the sand... yeah, good times!      BTW, nice bike

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Next step is to get your jets and needles recipe down. Keep a book, mark and record. That’s part of the fun of owning a 2 stroke. 

Congrats, remember to live on the pipe. 

 

 

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If you ride mainly sand get some soft terrain tires. The difference will be huge.

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There’s nothing quite like em. You don’t hear them enough. I’ve got a PE and spend a lot of time twatting around my neighbourhood like 16yr old 😮

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Get a V-force reed block for it if it doesn't already have it.  Be prepared to lower your idle screw. That's how much better they flow.

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Boots were ordered the same day I bought the bike. Should be here on Wednesday. I bought the Oneal Rider 2.0 boots. The bike came with the Vforce reeds and the FMF Gnarly pipe. Today i did an oil change and an examination of the bike. Found a leaking oil seal on the countershaft. Parts are on order. Love the bike so far.

 

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On 3/12/2018 at 10:13 PM, brblommel said:

There truly is no feeling quite like the mid throttle hit of a two stroke.

Yep, you got that right. I love it. I mean, dont get me wrong, i like 4 strokes too. But something about that powerband.....Ive had my bike for 6 months now, and still havent gotten tired of it. I actually bought the bike the day after my 17th birthday.

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Get Body armor!  There's only two kinds of riders: Those who have been down, and those who will be going down.  And this is what is said about street riders.

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^^This. Besides all the basic wear, get some knee braces or at the very least knee/shin guards.

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Agreed... I’ve been back on the horse for about 4 years after a 20 year break. I figured out a two things real quick; I’m not 18 anymore and ground still hurts. My first season back, I got bucked off my seat by a nasty rut and snapped a colar bone and 4 ribs. Last season, in the muddiest terrain ever ridden by man, I broke an elbow whiskey throttling at the lip of a insanely steep hill and rolling down the other side. My bike was nice enough to land on me, though. 

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12 hours ago, Jibrok1 said:

Agreed... I’ve been back on the horse for about 4 years after a 20 year break. I figured out a two things real quick; I’m not 18 anymore and ground still hurts. My first season back, I got bucked off my seat by a nasty rut and snapped a colar bone and 4 ribs. Last season, in the muddiest terrain ever ridden by man, I broke an elbow whiskey throttling at the lip of a insanely steep hill and rolling down the other side. My bike was nice enough to land on me, though. 

At least you broke its fall.

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