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I ride enduros, trails, hill climbs (stonyford mostly) and currently ride an 03 RM 250. I have ridden 2 strokes my whole life and I think it is time to change to a 4 stroke. I am 6'1" 260 pounds and I always wind up clutching the bike to much on long steep uphills. I am thinking of an RMZ 450 or a YZ 450. I have tried the WR and it is just too heavy and not snappy enough for me. Maybe I should just lose weight, but it is probably easier to buy a bigger bike...

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although its probably EASIER to buy a new bike, its probably BETTER to lose weight. Although i dont weigh as much as you, i was still 230. Im 6'6 200 now. My doctor put me on a diet, and after losing those 30 pounds, my bike feels like a whole new world. its a cr250. So, i would suggest just losing wieght (unless this is your excuse to get a new bike, lol). Even if its just 30 pounds, im sure it would help, cause then you would be down to 230, adn that is what i was at, and my bike was fine. GOod luck

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If you are more into off road i would go with a Green sticker bike like a 450X or the WR450. Just curious, was the WR you rode in stock form. WR's need to be uncorked for you to get any power out of them.The 450 X has alot more power out of the box than the WR. I have been researching this too.I am coming off an 01 CR250. I will be going with the X, I personally like the way the X feels and handles better than the WR. I am kind of a big guy too at 225lbs and the X carried me just fine.Now i just need to get the CR sold.

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The WR was an 03, it had a power bomb and aftermarket exhaust. It had the pull power and can pull me up the hills and I could lug it down as well, it just was not snappy enough and felt way too heavy. It did have an electric start... The only thing that concerns me a little is that the gearing might be too tall on the RMZ 450. I can change the gearing enough to fix it I think. I think with the YZ or RMZ it will be a little more nimble in the real tight stuff and have the power to fly up any hill climb. The other problem I run into here in CA is the elevation changes and my 2 stroke is jetting sensitive it seems...

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i'm not a big guy...i'm a fat guy..6' 300lbs....i ride a 2000 kx500, and a 1999 husqvarna te610(for sale)...and they both rip...don't lose weight, you just need more cc's than lbs :thumbsup:...u might try the 300 ktm, or is it a 380?...supposed to be good bikes, but i wouldn't trade my 5hundo for the world, it does everything

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theres a ktm 300 AND 380 (or is it a 360?) ether way, theres both of those. Ive ridden a 300 and at the time it seemed way fast (that was when i was riding on my 125). but now that i have my 250, you can BARELY tell the difference.

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I'm 6-5, 275 and my WR450 hauls my fat ass everywhere. I know what you mean about being a little heavy, though. As my skills improve I feel the need for a lighter machine. My last bike was a Husky 350 2 stroke. That also had tons of power and was as light as a 250, but it was getting old. If I had it to do again, I'd get the YZ450.

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I think I will lose a little weight and probably go for the YZ or RMZ. Then I can at least occasionally ride the track in the summer months to stay in riding shape. :thumbsup:

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YZ450F or CRF450R for sure, any big bike will work for ya (250 2-Stroke or 450F) you will never use all the power they produce, just get suspension setup for you're weight.

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Let me give you some first hand information.

First off. I've been riding for 40 years. So I've gone through a few bikes.

Fast forward to the past 4 years.

I was riding a KX 250 in my 40s and loved it, "BUT" I felt like I was having to work to hard. My other OFG friends. ( old fat guy ) all were riding 450s and kept telling me I needed to do the same. But I didn't want to admit that I was getting to the point where I needed that extra edge. And loved two strokes because thats all I've ever ridden ( dirt bikes that is ). But finally gave in and bought my RM-Z450. This bike made riding much smoother for me. Which at the end of the day. I found that I wasn't as tired as I was with my 2 stroke. But the 4 speed tranny just didn't quite get it for me. So I went ahead and sold it and got the 06 450X. So far I'm loving the 5 speed tranny, and the electric start. To us OFG's it's a big +.

The RM-Z450 would not be my recommendation for you, unless you plan to ride it on the track primarily.

As a fellow big bike guy. I would recommend either the WR450 or the CRF450X. They both have wide ratio tranny's and electric starts. For trail riding. You will be glad you made this a priority when deciding on which bike to choose. Once you go 4 stroke, you wont miss the 2 stroke.

Signed, 6'2 250pnds. 49 yrs young. :thumbsup:

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I think KTM 525 would be the best bet 4 ya!!! those extra 75 cc's will help u out in a lot of stituation compare to 450! And YZ450F is more of a track bike whereas ktm525 is more setup 4 the desert!

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I think KTM 525 would be the best bet 4 ya!!! those extra 75 cc's will help u out in a lot of stituation compare to 450! And YZ450F is more of a track bike whereas ktm525 is more setup 4 the desert!

They didn't make the 525SX for '07 did they? I take it they weren't selling to hot? I know they still make the EXC or whatever, trail bike one.

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Being a BFG (big fat guy) myself 6'2" - 310 LBS, i ride a '99 XR650l & a '03 CRF450R (RESPRUNG OFCOARSE) I think a 450 is the ticket, weight loss is overated-lol, actually my dr. said my cholesterol is a little hi & i need to loose weight also, so i'm looking foward to riding at around 250lbs, someday :thumbsup:

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Being a BFG (big fat guy) myself 6'2" - 310 LBS, i ride a '99 XR650l & a '03 CRF450R (RESPRUNG OFCOARSE) I think a 450 is the ticket, weight loss is overated-lol, actually my dr. said my cholesterol is a little hi & i need to loose weight also, so i'm looking foward to riding at around 250lbs, someday :thumbsup:

You are BIG fella.

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They didn't make the 525SX for '07 did they? I take it they weren't selling to hot? I know they still make the EXC or whatever, trail bike one.

I hevent been following KTM models lately because they have so many of them :thumbsup: My uncle has 2005 525MXC and he rides it in the desert even though it it was more of a MX model and the EXC was the desert one with lights and e-start. His MXC also has e-start and hook ups for lights!!!

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