Chosing a 250F

Hi, I am looking into getting a newer bike as I have an 04 250X and would like something newer. I don't have a ton of money to blow as I will have to sell the X cheap because I just shimmed the valves and I would have to of course warn any potential buyers of the impending valve job. Ideally I would spend around 5k but I can move in either directing give or take 1k if the bike is really worth it.

I want to stick with a 250 as I want to progress naturally in skill and I don't want to compensate for lack of skill with a larger displacement. I've been riding since grade 6, never been to a track but I ride trails and sand pits as well as a jump we have built that is about a 40 to 50 foot double. Jumping is my favorite part of riding and I like learning new tricks, my best trick thus far is probably my "nothing". I'm about 5'8 150-160 lbs without gear and 18 years old. Soon a friend and I are hoping to buy an 8 foot high freestyle ramp which we will build a 11 to 14 foot high landing ramp for in my field. we will of course start backing the ramp up and I hope to be jumping 80 feet by the end of the summer who knows maybe more, depends on how well it is working for us and I wanna do it safely.

So, I really like my 250X and I would like another but since I like riding fast and jumping should I look into an R? Would the Xs suspension handle all the jumping? Maintenace wise I shimmed the valves on my X and that was the biggest job I've done, I didin't find it very hard so I would possibly go further. I know hondas are bad for valves but I really like Honda all though I would definatly consider any other make.

Are the 2010 250Rs really that bad? It won dirt riders shootout and I'd really like EFI but the leaking injectors and blown cranks steer me towards a 09 or later. (I am looking an 07 and newer bikes)

i would defiantly get rid of your x if you are going to be doing jumps and what not. if i remember right the x has an electric start and possibly a headlight? my buddy has a 2007 crf250r and another buddy has a 2007 yz250f. the buddy with the Honda always has starting problems and not as much power IMO. i would look at a newer yamaha or i have heard kawisaki makes very good 250f bikes. hope i could help and good luck.

Yeah it has electric start and a headlight. If that guy is having problems starting the valves are probably out of spec. If he shimmed them it would start first kick. When my 250X valves were bad it was hard to start, after shimming it would start in 1-3 kicks.

I don't have anything against yamaha but I just don't think they are well suited for me, I tried a YZ 125 06 and allthough I like the powerband there is just something that doesn't fit well with me on it. I thought it was that I am just no good on a 2t but I tried a 01 CR250 today and I liked it a lot. I also tried an RMZ450 and it was great too, but I like the ergonomics of a HOnda better. I would consider the bigger bikes like 250 2t and 450s too, but I don't want to get ahead of myself either.

for jumping and stuff you may want to consider a 2 stroke. there much lighter and thats big thing if your jumping. try a 125/150cc 2 stroke and see if you like it. there about the same power as your 250f. but if you do want another 4 stroke id recommend KTM. or yamaha because there one of the best japanese brands in my opinion.

I think you cant go worng with a 250r. tehre great bikes i have a 2010 crf 250r and it is filled with power. i rode a 2007 crf 250r that had all kinds of goodies on it. it was a pro racers bike i forgot his name. but my 2010 has loads of more power than that bike. i havent had anyhting go wrong with my 2010 yet(hopefully never). but i dont think you can go wrong with a 250r. if anything i think you should bite the bullet and get a used 2011 or a 2010. because like i said you are going to be stuck shoving money into a 2009 or older. because no matter what it wont be as good as a fuel injected bike. so stick with a newer bike fuel injected bike.

If you are looking to do jumping i would go with a 2 stroke. Look at all most freestyle riders and they stick with a smoker.:smirk:

I have considered a 2t, but personally I much prefer 4. It is probably just because I havn't owned a 2t since I was 11. I do really like the 2010 250R it's just that a 2000$ bottom end job is not within my price range and also this will not be my last bike so I have to consider resale value.

I have considered a 2t, but personally I much prefer 4. It is probably just because I havn't owned a 2t since I was 11. I do really like the 2010 250R it's just that a 2000$ bottom end job is not within my price range and also this will not be my last bike so I have to consider resale value.

i really like the yamaha's but for tall guys like me the ergo's just arent right. if you are over 6' get a kawi or a zook

I have considered a 2t, but personally I much prefer 4. It is probably just because I havn't owned a 2t since I was 11. I do really like the 2010 250R it's just that a 2000$ bottom end job is not within my price range and also this will not be my last bike so I have to consider resale value.

i can do a bottom end for $200

Give or take a grand on 5 k, thats 6k. I just bought a NEW 2011 kx250f off the dealer floor for 5600. I know the exchange rate is working in your favor right now. Buying used 250f's is hard. If you want it to last, stay away from hondas. You'll spend more then 200 just on a crank to drop on any of those new ones, not to mention its pretty well known their valve train is plain crap. If you want FI, really kawi is the only way to go because the RMZ's seem to be having some tranny trouble the past two years. Yamaha is still carbed in 2011.

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