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I'm looking to buy a new bike soon, and my budget is around $1500. I would like a 2t for the easier maintenace and lightness. I will be mostly riding woods, trails, fields, and very little track. Ive owned a cr 125 and ktm 200exc. The ktm was nice but i cant afford a decent one now. Is there any suggestions to what i might be looking for. Thanks

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Ive been contimplating the same thing. Looking at 01 rm250 and 98-02 cr250. Ive ridden an 01 rm250 extensively and it handles so well! Ive heard great things about the 01 cr250 motor. The rm in general has been about 600-800$ cheaper than the cr. Looks wise, id say the cr wins as the modern day aluminum frame looks nicer. Personaly unless i found a great deal on a cr, id get an rm and have the suspension done asap cause at 190lbs, the suspension is stiff as rails for woods riding. Nice on the mx course but stupid stiff for woods riding.

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No better than ol' reliable. I am obsessed with my 1998 cr250, although many people put it down for being too stiff. If you do get to thinking clearly and decide to ride red, the 01 cr250 is the best 2t 250 motor Honda ever manufactured. It's not any faster or anything, but it's just the best, most solid engineered motor ever. My buddy also has a 2000 that is amazing. Yea, I'm die hard Honda guy. You may decide on something else, but just know, if you do ride red, you can't go wrong with any of them. Keep an eye out for an 01'. A member just bought one for $1300 in great condition. Most people who own them just think it's another bike and have no idea what they have.

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99+ yz250, hard to beat for aftermarket support, good engine/suspension.

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Go with an RM or KX, i have one of each and rode YZ's and CR's and they were not even compareable to the RM and KX. Also the reliability of the RM and KX is unbelievable. I had a CR and it was nothing but problems everytime i took it out!

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Thanks for the suggestions. They all seem to be a good choice. And RRx14, youve been missing out if you havent rode a euro bike. Woo Doo Doo.

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I get top 5's in 250C with my 2001 yz250. You can do a lot to make the bike look newer also, like put a brand new gast tank almost directly bolted up..

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Best bikes in years.

1998 - CR250

1999 - CR250 and YZ250 (this is the year when Yamaha copied Honda's 66.4mm x 72.0mm bore and stroke and started to really improve the engine)

2000 - YZ250

2001 - YZ250 and CR250

2002 - YZ250

2003 - YZ250

2004 - RM250

2005 - RM250 and KX250

2006 - YZ250 and RM250

2007 - YZ250

2008 - YZ250

2009 - YZ250

2010 - YZ250

2011 - 250SX

2012 - 250SX

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