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I am currently serving in OIFII-2, and will be looking to buy a new thumper (250F) when I get back to the states. My cousin just bought a YZ250F, and he said that it ripps. I am torn between the Yamaha and the Honda. I am an intermidate rider, but I have never raced a thumper. Any insight that anyone will be willing to share with me will be very much appriciated.

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First, thanks Marine. I got back from OIF 1 in April 04. I know what it is like over there. The Marines took over our AO so we could come home, the Marines never looked so good to me.

Anyway, I bought on 04 250X when I got back. I wanted one ever since I learned they were coming out with them. I wasn't disappointed at all. I know several people with the 250R's and they are happy about them as well. In a nut shell, the Honda has superior handling and feels light as a feather. The Yammy does have the hardest pulling engine, and by no means handles poorly. The Honda will require more maintainence as they are experiencing valve issues a little more frequently than the Yammy.

I dont think you will go wrong with either bike. Good luck over there in the sandbox. Hope you make it home safe.

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I am currently serving in OIFII-2, and will be looking to buy a new thumper (250F) when I get back to the states. My cousin just bought a YZ250F, and he said that it ripps. I am torn between the Yamaha and the Honda. I am an intermidate rider, but I have never raced a thumper. Any insight that anyone will be willing to share with me will be very much appriciated.
First, Semper Fi and thanks for your service. :cry: :cry: :cry:

Watching the elections and the stability you have helped secure is nothing short of awesome. You done good Marine!

Where are you at in the Raq?

I was over there with the first push in Spring 03 and then stayed in Tikrit.

As was stated before, they are both great bikes. You can go to either forum and get the buy this one from each, depends on if you have a preference on bikes from your past, or a better deal locally when you get home etc.

Honestly cant go wrong with either one.

Are you going to moto or off-road more?

I can comment on that way more than moto, I own two WRs and one CRF-X, and have ridden a new WR250f as well.

For me, the X wins for off road at least between those two, mostly weight, low end response, finish of the bike and the top heavy feel of the Yamaha.

That said, the WRs are wonderful bikes and you cant go wrong with one at all. I love the ones we have and have been XR reliable!

Good Luck, keep your 4th point low and return home safe and sound!

My oldest son reports to San diego in august to start his journey with the Corps....hes gonna have fun!




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Thanks for reponding so quickly. I am currently in Al Taqaddum, but look forward to coming home in the near future. Tell you son good luck with his new career in the Corps. It is sure to be challenging in the up coming years. I just can't wait to get a new bike. It has been a while since I have competed in MX, and I will just now be getting in a postion to start riding like I want. I tend to lean towards the MX side of the house, however I took the number 2 plate in the Texas Cross Country Racing Association season before joining the Corps. Thanks for the help.

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Soldier from Camp Al- Tahreer (liberty) reccomends a honda. I got one when I was on EML and just took it out for one ride. Im in love with the thing. Im expecting to get out of here in about a month and go to Kuwait, Home in time for the racing season, thats what im talking about!!

1st Cav represent!!!!!

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What is the matenince like on the stroker? I am pretty confident in my two stroke abilities, but I have never worked on a four stroke machine. Everything I have been reading sounds pretty crazy. I realize that every one has different opinions, but if it's alot more work I may just got back to the old two stroke 250. :cry:

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