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    This is a hybrid build.  TTR230 engine in a YZ250F frame. 
    What would an ultimate TTR230 build look like?   I looked up an AJP 230 and whoa.... what a bike, and still a hefty price.
    One of my recent  project bikes was a 2011 TTR230.  It was low, so easy to mount, had decent power, 6 speed gearbox, disc front and drum rear brake.  I took  it on a local single track run, and it did just fine, but was lacking in brakes, and suspension.  So my "wheels started turning".  Maybe I could do a version of the AJP, only full on Yamaha all the way thru.  All disc brakes, lower seat, simple air cooled.  So install a 230 in a YZ250F frame.  And all of a sudden, there was a 250F frame for sale.... and then a 230 engine.  Oh man, there it is!  So I snapped on both, and started the build back in October, 2019.  
    Only way dreams become reality is to bring out the Sawzall and the MIG.  Here goes...... and ......... its a bike!  Date is Jan 2, 2020.  I've ridden it up and down the street, and still have some finish and detail work before a trail ride, but it runs, and proof of concept is definitely there.  Its in Thumpertalk TTR section as: TTR230 Ultimate Build.  I'll post more when I get a ride in.
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    This is a really nice bike to learn the basics on and have a lot of fun learning.  It is super easy to ride.  The engine is crisp and powerful.  Transmission is a 6 speed, and the first 3 speeds are low, so this bike has torque on command and will climb if you can hang on.  Bought as a project bike, and glad I did it.  All it needed was cleaning, new tires, new seat and cover, number plates, fenders, battery, graphics... and carb cleaned.  At first, I wanted to do some radical mods to the suspension, and jack it up and make a tight woods bike out of it.  But it was so nice and performed so well as is, I decided to not molest it.  Sold it, but it was a fun bike and project. 
    I am working on another TTR230 / YZ250F hybrid project... I'll post it when I'm done....  This is for the people who want more suspension and brakes with this engine package.  It'll be a great build.!!
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    05 WR250F, Got it sorted out. Got it as replacement for the '04 when son confiscated the 04.  A huge difference between the 05/04.  Jet kit, fork and seals; a little time well spent has this one up to snuff. Worked on jetting, seat foam from Guts Racing, changed tires, suspension sag, etc. Had to swap the CDI to test it which was a bummer, same as '03. The actual issue turned out to be jetting... too rich on the needle. When I dropped it down, it ran great like the 04.  Also swapped out the fuel screw.  PO had put an aluminum fuel screw in it.  Rear brake pads are different on this from the 04... but a few minutes with a 4" cutoff wheel will fix them.  Another keeper.
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    The Yamaha YZ/WR 250F have been the best bikes for my riding style and are personal favorites. This one has JD jetting, Guts Racing tall soft seat foam, Cycra hand guards, YZ rear fender with LED tail light, and YZ muffler with sparky. Has Fast Lap stickers and PO said they had worked on it.  Forks are soft, so is the rear.  I'm still fast on it.  Still own this bike after 10 years, never been into the engine.... rock solid.  E-start is great.  Just did a suspension bearing rebuild on it, first time 9-15-19.  Lots of great memories in it, and left to go on it.
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    Picked up this project earlier this year; 98 KTM 250EXC.  Had Millennium Tech plate the cylinder and provide a ProX piston kit for it.  Engine runs great, cranks in 1-2 kicks and has plenty of power for this old guy.   I tried a Shinko 505 on the rear and it hooks.  It'll probably wear quickly, but that's ok.
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    This is a project I got in 2014, not running. August 2016 and I'm just now getting it running after wiring harness and valve issues, shock rebuild, and lights. This one is a beast (it was geared low).  Did replace all the valves, it didn't need a piston.  Time to RRRRRip.  Finally did a top end on it, did a once over and checked out.  Got it running perfect... did my usual mods to it... Guts Racing seat foam, YZ muffler with sparky, and some other personal items.  It was a good bike, almost kept it.
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    Personal 03 YZ250F Custom: has WR250F transmission and re-valved shock and forks. This bike is YZ quick and WR fast. By that I mean 219 lbs with a wide ratio tranny gets going fast in the woods, so I have to be careful with it. The light weight with wide ratio tranny is flat out awesome. Everyone who rides this bike comes back with a WIDE smile on their face. It is not a bike you take up to TN and ride in the rocks though. The light flywheel is not friendly and a GYTR flywheel didn't help the way I wanted. So I just enjoy it for what it is, and take a different bike if conditions dictate. When I know the trail will be open and fast, this one goes on the trailer.
    MODS: Suspension revalve by Rocket City Racing, Scott, you did an awesome job with it!, thanks.
    WR transmission
    Guts Racing tall soft seat foam
    Gripper seatcover under stock seat cover
    1" Bar risers
    Welded on bracket for WR kickstand
    Installed Honda XL350 chain guard keep dirt off.
    Michelin Starcross front tire, Dunlop rear.
    Akropovic muffler w/spark arrestor
    Getting ready to go thru another generation with this one.
    Recently sold this bike.  Had the most fun with this bike of any I've owned.  Highly recommend the YZ250F in any generation, though the steel framed bikes are much easier to work on.
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    98 KLX300, I call it the gentleman bike.... good for old men.
    SOLD
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    77 XL350, old school, dependable, still has points ignition. Nostalgia time, reminds me of the old 73 Motorsport 250 I used to have. 50 mpg comes in handy sometimes. Sold
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    The absolute best handling, best suspension action of any offroad bike I've owned. Also one of the best basket cases I've ever brought home. 1 gasket set and 2 tranny gears later, this one was ripping. Huge 50mm fork tubes and steel braided front brake line made stoppies easy. Only thing I did not like to do was mix gas n oil for it. 1 kick starter, always. I knew I could get hurt with this so its SOLD.... but I still loved it. Dreaming about a WR motor in this frame.
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    Got this bike for a deal hoping to fix and move daughter to it. Gnarley pipe had all choked up and it didn't have power to pull the front wheel up. Installed stock pipe and it ran great. SOLD
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    I got this old bike as a basket case just for the engine for another project. Then I found another engine. Old school doesn't begin to describe it. Time capsule more likely. Bike still runs but smokes, so I'm taking it offline for a rebuild sometime this year. Nephew rode the bike for several years, got him thru high school in one piece. He also likes the KLX300.
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    83 IT 250 Franken bike
    with 82 TT250 4-stroke engine
    why.... because it was there
    Still have it, and its brother, stock TT250.
    Going to put it back together one day with a fresh engine.
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    86 DR200, daughter's favorite bike. We added new tires, air filer, front master cylinder and changed the oil regularly. Another one that made someone happy for Christmas. Sold it, but have a lotta good memories with it. It always started and was low to the ground for easy stops. Great bike to teach riding skills with.
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    Jeckle and Hyde; love and hate.
    Power galore, soft suspension, great brakes, seat made of a brick!
    Braided stainless steel brake lines made stoppies a daily occurrence.
    Again, 2T oil mixing required. I knew the power would get me into trouble with this one. Sold
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    Found this little bike for my daughter to move up to. Ran good, but suspension was not as capable as I would have liked. Everybody liked the E-start though. Made a good Christmas present for someone.
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    This was our first Yamaha 250F bike. Good bike, intimidating at first. Son took it over, so I found the '03. We kept this bike for 7 yrs. just recently sold it.
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