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I recently bought a RMZ450. I haven't even ridden the bike yet, it's still in the crate.

I found out a dealership is selling their leftover KTM 250SXF's for 6499$ Canadian.

I could sell my RMZ make money off what I paid for it and pick one of these up.

I really really REALLY love the KTM 250SXFs and how they ride and handle etc. I also know the KTM quality and all that (I still have and ride my 144)

Issue is...I was really excited to ride the big bike class. Not sure if I could handle it, but I'm 6'4 and 207 pounds. 250fs aren't as powerful (but still fast enough) but the issue I think is either maintenance or the fact that everyone and their dog rides 250fs. I'd have to be racing against kids who weigh 120 pounds and nothing I could do can make up the HP/weight ratio.

Thoughts?

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They're (250f's) great for skill development, learning how to ride a slow bike fast, carrying corner speed, though it sounds like you already have that with your 144. Your weight's a bit of a liability, but I know plenty of fast heavy riders and slow lightweight riders on all CCs.

I'd like a 250f or small bore two stroke just for practice laps, but I don't haven enough time for all the bikes I have anyways.

Just from a brand perspective (not CCs), I'd go with a KTM over a Suzuki any day. Not anti-Suzuki by any means just pro-KTM over all other brands. Good luck with your decision! Go KTM!

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Can you get a good deal on -09 450 SXF instead ? By the way - a friend of mine just broke his RMZ 450 -09 today. Main bearings .. Those are said to be very weak on 450 RMZ´s. I´ve heard about half a dozen of these incidents this year. Low hour bikes . My friends bike had only 20 hrs. on it ..

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Any major difference between an 09 250 SXF and an 10? Can you tell the difference when you ride?

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Any major difference between an 09 250 SXF and an 10? Can you tell the difference when you ride?
450 yes 250 no

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i cant tell the difference on the 09 sxf 250 to the 2010

havnt had a chance to ride the 2010 450

but id deff go ktm, but like someone said try to get the 450

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I could get the 09 450 for 6999$ That's not OTD though. Perhaps I could try and haggle.

Though the KTM 450 scares me for some reason.

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Alright I did it. I just put that shit up for sale haha.

Now I gotta make the hard decision between 250F or 450.

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450 yes 250 no

the biggest difference that I can tell on paper at least, between years, is the 22mm offset on the 2010 vs the variable 18-20mm offset on the 09. Seems significant?

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It´s damned significant. Combined with the new frame (10 mm lower by the steering head) it makes the bike both more stable and more agile at the same time.

And the -10 450 has the 5 sp. gearbox.

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I don´t know actually. When i ride 250 SXF my main concern is to try keep it going faster forward (i´m used to "big" bikes,remember :-) so the -09 & -10 feel about the same in handling department. Both (all) 250 F´s feel so easy to ride so i probably wouldn´t feel the difference between an -06 and a -10 bike - expect enginewise.

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I bought my 08 450 sx-f from blackfoot in calgary in february for $6299 . All said and done(taxes and PDI) it was right around $7000.I got a few shipping quotes around $600, but decided to go pick it up. Im sure they'll be doing the same thing this winter...

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Interesting...I forgot about Blackfoot. I should let them know that I have to travel 3.5 hours to see them, and 5 to see Blackfoot. If they make it worth my time, they have my business.

I thought the 09 was a good bike Ville?

I can't really afford the 2010, and would prefer to ride and race the 450 although I loves me the 250F.

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I thought the 09 was a good bike Ville?

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And so it is. But the -10 bike (i´m now talking about the 450 SXF here) is better still.

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I rode a TR 320 BB bike the other day and that thing felt as light as a 250 but with power close to a 450. I was really surprised at the power delivery because I weigh 205 and expected it to be a dog with my gravity loving body but not so. the kitted bike took less energy to ride then my 450 and I felt like I was riding as fast if not faster then if I was on my bike.

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Hmm.

I read MXA's review on the 2010 KTM and they seem to give the idea that it's the 450 winner of the year in their opinions.

I guess the frame and suspension changes made a huge difference.

I wonder if I can talk my mom into paying the difference for the 2010.

For a junior level rider, do you think it would make much of a difference to me? Would I be better off just saving the money and putting that into suspension and oil/gas/track time?

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IMO, the 09 is what you should consider. You can save a lot. I've ridden the 09 and the bike worked just fine. Surprised at how well it turned and planted and the motor worked great. Super smooth powerband.

Hmm.

I read MXA's review on the 2010 KTM and they seem to give the idea that it's the 450 winner of the year in their opinions.

I guess the frame and suspension changes made a huge difference.

I wonder if I can talk my mom into paying the difference for the 2010.

For a junior level rider, do you think it would make much of a difference to me? Would I be better off just saving the money and putting that into suspension and oil/gas/track time?

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Hmm.

I read MXA's review on the 2010 KTM and they seem to give the idea that it's the 450 winner of the year in their opinions.

I guess the frame and suspension changes made a huge difference.

I wonder if I can talk my mom into paying the difference for the 2010.

For a junior level rider, do you think it would make much of a difference to me? Would I be better off just saving the money and putting that into suspension and oil/gas/track time?

It´s not like we´re comparing apples & oranges here. The -09 is one potent MX bike as well. You´ll be more than fine with it.

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I figured as much.

For my level of riding, I don't think it will make me an intermediate overnight.... :banghead:

Suspension and holeshot device it is.

Any must do mods for this bike you've come across KTM expert?

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