Out of these 3 bikes, which one should i choose(pictures)

Alright, found three bikes all located where i live in Texas. I know they're all very different, but if you could tell me what you think each bike is worth, and which one would be the best deal. Thanks.

Notes: Both 2 strokes have new top ends. I think the front brake lever is broken on the kawasaki.

KX250 2002 $800-$1000?

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YZ125 2000 $1250

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KTM 400SX 2002 $1200

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What’s your experience level and what kind of riding do you plan on doing?

1 minute ago, woods-rider said:

What’s your experience level and what kind of riding do you plan on doing?

I'm a beginner, but i'm very experienced with mountainbiking. I plan on doing mostly trail riding, with some motocross tracks later down the road.

I'm a beginner, but i'm very experienced with mountainbiking. I plan on doing mostly trail riding, with some motocross tracks later down the road.


I would say the KX250 if you are 180lbs+ and don’t scare easy. If you are smaller or more timid then the YZ125 would be a better choice.

FYI, nearly all used two strokes listed for sale claim to have a “new top end”, but most don’t. Best to check/replace the top end as soon as you get it just to be sure.
47 minutes ago, woods-rider said:

 


I would say the KX250 if you are 180lbs+ and don’t scare easy. If you are smaller or more timid then the YZ125 would be a better choice.

FYI, nearly all used two strokes listed for sale claim to have a “new top end”, but most don’t. Best to check/replace the top end as soon as you get it just to be sure.

 

I'm 135-140lbs so i'm a bit smaller. Thinking about the yz125, but the price of the kx250 is very appealing.

Choose the one that is in the best shape.

Ask the owners about maintenance. Ask about oils used. What oil ratio on the pre-mix. How frequently did they change air filters.

The answers or empty looks might direct you one way or the other.

For me it would a choice between the YZ and KX.

 

 

Edited by allrightythen

Going to be easier to get parts for the YZ for a long time to come. Not so much for the KX.

18 minutes ago, nobade said:

Going to be easier to get parts for the YZ for a long time to come. Not so much for the KX.

True, kx parts are typically a bit more expensive but i don't mind if it means i pay $800 for the kx vs $1250 for the yz.

You are looking at 3 very different machines and none of them are really trail bikes.  I would say the kx250 would be the best bet, they have good torquey motors and you can gear it down or put a flywheel weight on it and do ok.  The yz125 looks decent but 125 2 strokes have to be ridden on the pipe and a lot of clutch in the woods for hills and nasty terrain.  The 400 can be a lot of bike and with it being pretty old if it hasn't been rebuilt it could easily cost more than the bike is worth to rebuild if the motor goes south.  The 2 strokes can be rebuilt for much less.

Imho to Me a light weight beginner on a 250 2 stroke (or the 400 for that matter) makes no sense, these aren't the sort of thing to learn on. I see too many guys get on stuff to big and powerful for them and get put off after 2-3 rides, sell the bike and go back to whatever they were doing before.

Find something smaller and more suitable so you can enjoy the riding experience instead of spending it hanging on for grim death wondering why the h*ll you got into this dirt bike thing. You can always upgrade later.

Just now, DEATH_INC. said:

Imho to Me a light weight beginner on a 250 2 stroke (or the 400 for that matter) makes no sense, these aren't the sort of thing to learn on. I see too many guys get on stuff to big and powerful for them and get put off after 2-3 rides, sell the bike and go back to whatever they were doing before.

Find something smaller and more suitable so you can enjoy the riding experience instead of spending it hanging on for grim death wondering why the h*ll you got into this dirt bike thing. You can always upgrade later.

So the 125 2 stroke would be the better option? or a smaller bike for that matter?

Can I choose neither? The YZ looks like it’s in the best shape though out of the three. Dude didn’t even brush the dust off for the KX pics. Tbh I would wait, save more money, and hone in on a better bike. Maybe look around in your neighboring states. I find the best deals in states where there aren’t much riding options, like Iowa.

 

The 02 KX isn't a 02, it's a 94-98

I'd suggest a KDX200 or 220 etc. they are a bit lower and have a more placid easy to use engine and it'd be ok for novice mx even. A 125 would be better than the 250's, especially for your size. You may never want bigger, they are a lot of fun.

The 00 YZ isn't a 00, it's a 98/99 model

And I wouldn't buy the KTM simply cause it's a early model year, parts 'could' be difficult and/or expensive to get... 

5 minutes ago, Hans Schmid said:

The 00 YZ isn't a 00, it's a 98/99 model

Interesting i'll ask them about that. Maybe if they found out it's an earlier model i can bring them down on the price.

9 minutes ago, Hans Schmid said:

The 02 KX isn't a 02, it's a 94-98

Also how'd you know they weren't an 00' and 02'?

 

1 minute ago, Zach121 said:

Also how'd you know they weren't an 00' and 02'?

Body style... 

6 minutes ago, Zach121 said:

Interesting i'll ask them about that. Maybe if they found out it's an earlier model i can bring them down on the price.

The 00/01 YZs had a white airbox, this is black...

The body style of the 99/02 KX had a more sweeping design, this doesn't... 

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