Since my old thread is very convoluted with information, I figured I would make a new thread with a more exact question. I want to get a CRF250x since it seems to be the best bike with someone of my riding level (newbie) and it seems like it would be a bike that I can grow into without getting bored of it. I found a 2004 CRF250x for $2900, I know these bikes have valve problems, but he hasn't had any issues with his in 7 years of riding, so I'm hoping that his bike is fine. I haven't gone to check it out yet, but I may be on the 30th. I also found a 2006 CRF250x for $3400, I don't know how low I could get this guy, but assuming that he is stubborn as hell, is the extra $500 worth getting it two years newer? Also: My friend (with riding experience) wants me to look at other bikes along with the 250x, particularly a 2000 KTM 250 sx for $2000. While the cheaper the bike the better for me, I do want this bike to be good for a newbie like me, while also being able to last a long time without getting bored of it. How would the KTM stack up?