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I've been thinking about getting a yz250f. A lot of people have told me to get the 2003 yz250f. does it really matter if I get the 2003 or is an older one just as good? I'd like to go cheap but I just wanted to know if there's really something special about the 2003 that the others don't have. any suggestions? thanks.

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I'd say the biggest difference is the automatic decompression. You can start it quick!

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If possible I would get an 03' or newer, because they are much lighter and have been refined compared to the previous years. That being said, I still have my 01' and you can still win races on the 01's - 02's, and for harescrambles I prefer the bigger stock tank on the early models.

Just buy what you can afford and check out the bike real well before you purchase, then go have fun.

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yeah i gotta choice to trade my 01 race rdy in for a 03 stock because my motor is getting worn out. and the only downside of it is because the new bike will have to stay stock a while.

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XR400PSG: I was wondering about any of the 250fs. I just bought a '01 yzf250 with '03 autocam. Really liking the ride & easy start. Previously rode '90 DR350 (4-stroke) & '90 WR250 (2-stroke & 13oz weight). YZF is the best of both worlds, although 2-stroke has more snap.

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I have an 01 250F with an auto decomp and it is a sinch to start and really cranks! I dont know that for the novice to intermediate rider that there is much that you would gain from an 01 to an 03-05 other than overall youth. Face it, if you have the cash you cant trick out an 01 that will blow you away.

I love my 01 250F! 😢

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I noticed that you live in SLO County too, food for thought; 2002/01 YZ250F are Green Sticker legal in California. All 2003 and newer YZ250Fs will be issued Red Stickers which means you'll have a limited riding season. PM if you have more questions about Green vs Red Stickers.

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