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  1. SilvFx

    Pueblo PMI

    @Raymo2.0 sorry to hear your wife is in hospice care. That's gotta be tough for both of you.
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    best old man bike ?

    For single track and woods get a purpose built offroad/enduro bike. Wide ratio transmission, softer suspension setup. Lighting. Motor setup for trail riding (e.g. not all top end screaming horsepower). Will be way funner and less work than riding a YZ450F on the trails. This pretty much puts you in Euro bike territory if you want a 4 stroke. Although Yamaha makes WR250F/WR450F and YZ250FX/YZ450FX for consideration. For KTM you want to look at the XCF-W/EXC-F models. For Husky you want to look at the FE models. For Beta you want to look at the RR/RS models. I still wouldnt throw out the two strokes. Generally speaking two strokes are 15-25 lbs lighter than similarly equipped 4 stroke enduro/offroad models. One noteable exception is the KTM 350 XCF-W/EXC-F where the overall weight is pretty close to a two stroke. I am 5'11, 170 lbs and while I have and ride a WR450F at times, it is more work and will wear you out on the tighter stuff. I also find the two stroke is less likely to stall or flame out like a 4 stroke when you hit some of the hard stuff.
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    Cheap Weekend Warrior Bike -

    hah...just looked up the Africa Twin. With MSRP starting around $15K and a modest 508 lbs. but does meet the automatic transmission requirement. Might be a handful on steep trails and hills. ­čśë
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    Cheap Weekend Warrior Bike -

    Well to be honest....I have spent no time reading up on the Chinese Bikes. Like everything else they may be improving in quality and I havent begun to notice. I can tell you that I have seen zero on the offroad trails that I ride in Colorado (they may be out there, but I dont see them yet) There is a forum here on ThumperTalk for Chinese Bikes: https://thumpertalk.com/forums/forum/207-chinese/ You can read up more there about models, issues, reliability, resale, etc. I think you will find that the general consensus here on the 'What Bike Should I Buy' forum is that the Chinese bikes are not reliable and not worth considering. Aircooled trail bikes such as mentioned above if purchased used in very good or excellent condition (and kept that way) can be resold for almost what you bought them for. For example, when my kids were learning, I purchased an '06 CRF150F for $1650 (this was probably 8-9 years ago). We rode it for two years and resold it for $1575. And it sold within 24 hours. I probably could have asked for more. Bought a CRF100F for $1250. Rode that for two seasons. Sold for $1250. Bought '03 XR80 (same as CRF80F) for $800. Rode for two seasons. Sold for $800. Now if you overpay, dont maintain it, or if you buy new, you could lose some bigger money if you turn it within a year or two. Now, all of these are aircooled (not watercooled). Even the older ones hold their value since they arent high tech and there arent big design changes or improvements from year to year. None are automatic, but its not difficult to learn how to use a clutch and shift them. Here is a more complete list of potential Japanese aircooled trail bikes that are good for beginners. You also didnt mention your size. Some of these are smaller with 19"/16" wheels, some are 'full size" with 21"/18" wheels. Depending on your age, height and weight you might want the larger, full size ones. CRF230F CRF150F CRF100F CRF125F Big Wheel TT-R 125 LE TT-R 230 KLX-140G KLX-140L DRZ-125L Good luck with your research.
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    Cheap Weekend Warrior Bike -

    You might try the land of unicorns. I'm sure you will find this bike sold there. In all seriousness. I dont think the combination of characteristics that you have described exists. Not watercooled, but a good solid reliable trail bike is the CRF230F or TTR230. Could maybe add an autoclutch (not automatic transmission because you still have to shift it with your left foot). These hold their value (if purchased used) and are low tech and pretty rock solid reliable. I dont know any adult motorcycles that are auto transmission. Of course, they make auto transmission ATVs so that might be a route to consider. The problem with cheap bikes is many may be low quality and wont even be reliable the couple of times a year that you use them (e.g. chinese bikes).
  6. yeah no kidding. I am guessing that is the price without sales tax (normal) and without any fees...which are probably going to be $500 or more. So my guess is that with sales taxes and fees you are going to be closer to $7500....but I certainly hope I am wrong. If you can get a '19 YZ250X close to the $6500 out the door, I would jump on it in a heartbeat. Dont worry about e-start in subsequent years lowering the value....it will still be relative to the original MSRP. The big issue is if you plan to sell or tradein a bike within a couple years you are going to take a big depreciation hit. That is an adult big boy, big money game and there are plenty of guys that do that who ride bikes a year or two and then trade them in or sell them. Not really a game that should be played by 16 year olds.
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    my first dirt bike

    +1 Yep...you are ultimately going to want a "street legal" dirt bike...not a dual sport. And a bigger budget -- but a DRZ400 would be a decent place to start on a true dual sport and get in under budget. My understanding of UT is that you can take any dirt bike and add the required equipment to get plated. See recent thread in Rocky Mountain forum here at TT.
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    Old guy new hobby

    YZ250 is a pretty fast hard hitting MX bike. I think you will find the 300cc 2t enduro bikes wont be any faster than a YZ250 but will be more torquey and tractable at lower RPM. I frankly didnt see much difference between my 86 CR250R and my '12 KTM 300 XCW as far as sheer acceleration (based entirely on seat of the pants feel). Big difference in low end response and lugability.
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    Old guy new hobby

    KTM 250/300 XCW. Now that you have a couple years of trials bike experience, a two stroke wide ratio enduro bike should be no problem for single track. Hell even the 350 EXC-F or 350 XCF-W that you had before would probably work just fine now that you have sorted your skills. Take a look at the Beta 250/300 RR models too. Is your current 300 cc trails bike a two stroke or 4 stroke?
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    Which 350?

    Dont know anything about the KTM MAP switch you mentioned, but my understanding of what KTM, Husky, Husaberg have offered for years is a switch that remaps the ignition timing only. Had one on my FE 450 and have one on KTM 300 XC-W. While I can/could feel some difference between the settings, it was hardly noticeable (to me). Perhaps they are offering new map switches that modify both the timing and the fuel map....but frankly I am skeptical it would include fuel mapping. On my Husaberg FE450, I added a JD Power Tuner and had the ECU remapped to Euro specs that did enable you to fiddle with the fuel mapping. That was a noticeable difference in performance. Unfortunately, I think the future with any fuel injected bike is going to be dictated by both replacing the ECU for competition and being able to fiddle with the fuel mapping. For example, with the Yamaha fuel injected bikes, you have to buy the GYTR ECU (about $120) and you can by a GYTR fuel mapping tuner for about $220. Cheaper than what the KTM guys have to do on the EXC-F models. Dont know why KTM cant/wont offer something similar to the GYTR fuel map tuner but my guess is simply regulatory/emissions trouble if they do so....so they leave it to others such as JD or Vortex. Perhaps the KTM ECU is much harder and more expensive to 'crack the code' since it doesnt appear you are replacing the ECU. You have the same issue with automobiles. Guys are spending fortunes on tuners, powerchips, reflashing ECUs etc to change the factory setup. Sucks but what can you do....either bitch about it and do nothing and live with it (not that you are doing that), or spend the money for the work around and unfortunately the KTM /Husky workaround seems to be more expensive than the Yamaha workaround. Dont know anything about the other manufacturers. I dont think i would worry so much about the flywheel weight...but would be more concerned about the ECU/fuel mapping on the EXC and how to get around it.
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    Killpecker dunes question

    well maybe when the Wyoming guys get done 'tending' their sheep, they might have a chance to answer your question here on the forum. ....just kidding our WY friends..... well sort of.
  12. Other than the Betas/Beta Cross Trainer mentioned above, they dont really make high powered, hi tech bikes that are shorter. To me, the first things to address in order are: Get the rear shock sag set up properly for his weight (this can include changing our the stock spring to match his weight and check the preload so the sag is equivalent to 33% of the total rear shock travel). Cost is zero other than time. Lower the seat height by either cutting down the foam or getting an aftermarket low seat. KTM/Husky offer lower seats from the power parts catalog. Expect to spend $130-$200. If those don't work, look at having the suspension professionally lowered. A number of suspension places offer mods to lower the bike. Expect to spend $500-$1000 to have this done. Note on my bias: while you can use lowering links and push the front forks up in the triple clamp as another option to lower the bike, I don't like this approach because it changes the steering geometry and can affect the handling. I already find the KTM/Husky handling to be a bit more squirrel-ly at speed than the Japanese bikes so I don't think this is the best approach especially if you are buying a high dollar/high tech bike to begin with. Taking the approach outlined above, leaves every possible bike on the table rather than having to find the one magic manufacturer/model that may work for him.
  13. I dont know. I even own a '06 KDX200. Not sure I can get behind a recommendation to buy either KDX200 or XR200 or XR250. Kid stated he is 15 years old. He doesn't have any dirt bike experience. I am also assuming he doesnt have much mechanical expertise (certainly not with motorcycles) and he made no mention that his Dad has some either. While these bikes we are mentioning and even the used one he referenced might be good, they require a certain level of mechanical expertise to make sure they are up to snuff. I cant see him buying any of those used and not having to throw some more money at them and some elbow grease to bring them up to snuff (im thinking of swingarm bearings, chains, sprockets, wheel bearings, steering head bearings, chain guides, jetting etc). All this stuff can add up quickly and/or take some mechanical expertise to inspect/lube. Kid has never owned a motorcycle. I really think a somewhat newer CRF230F or TTR230 that is in very good or excellent condition would be a better place to start. And he will be able to sell the used one he bought for pretty much the same price as he purchases it for (assuming he maintains the condition). I just think it is a less risky way to go given the OPs stated situation.
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    Wondering uf my son needs a 85

    XR70R = ~5hp with automatic CR85R = 25 hp with 5 speed and clutch. That's a very big step up. I would move him to a lower power bike with a 5 speed and a clutch before making the leap to a watercooled MX bike that rips. Something like CRF100F, CRF125 BigWheel, TTR-125, KLX140 etc. Can you tell us how tall he is in feet and inches rather than us having to interpret what height might be for someone to be mid chest to a six foot six individual.
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    Looking to get into enduro...

    well, I dont know the market in GA, but I doubt you are going to get a decent KTM/Husky Enduro (XC-W, XCF-W/TE, FE) within your $4K budget. I think a 450 4 stroke will wear you out enduro racing. I would be looking at 250 or 300 2stroke models. You can also look at the Cross Country Models (e.g. XC, TX). Probably looking at anything from $5-$7K to find a low hour used one (at least based on what I know about the Colorado market).