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  1. If you have to ask then it doesn't matter. Seriously. Buy the one that is in the best condition for the money (i.e. value). People here like to throw around handling / power delivery / what-have-you but most couldn't tell the difference as they're all good bikes. You'll be happy with whatever you buy as long as it's in good condition.
  2. reco2011

    125 as beginner bike?

    It was just my way of implying many a 15 year old is a pro rider and they were doing so on 125's and 250's. Good luck on your purchase. Let us know what you pick up. I think you'll like a 125.
  3. reco2011

    125 as beginner bike?

    At 15 years old you should beginning to think about retiring from this sport. But seriously...at your age a 125 two stroke would not be a problem for you. Even a 250 would be a good fit.
  4. I've run all types of gas in all types of motorcycles over the years. I haven't observed any appreciable difference from regular grade to premium grade or brand A versus brand B. Use what is recommended by the manufacturer and you should be OK. With that said I use premium in my bikes. A 20 cent difference with a tank that holds 1.5 gallons means it costs me an extra 30 cents to fill. That amounts to an additional $78 over the course of a year (five gallons every week for a year).
  5. 1. By "Plated dirt bike" he means taking a dirt bike, which was not designed for on road use, and registering it for street use. What it would take to meet the requirements in order to do so various from state to state so you would need to look into the specific requirements for your state. 2. I can't speak to this however I would be surprisd if you couldn't have a hitch installed. However, as you've noted, you need to be aware of the weigh limitations. 3. Tires used on the road typically have to meet DOT specifications. In order to do so they end up being a compromise for both street and off road use. For light trail riding, which is typically where a dual purpose bike would be used, they should be sufficient. 4. YMMV = Your mileage may vary. It means that, being in Texas the requirements to register a dirt bike are likely to be different than where he is. In the end a dual purpose bike is a compromise for both street and dirt use. If you're looking for something to do some light trail riding they're great solutions...ride to the trail, ride the trail, then ride home (unless you break something on the trail). I used to own one and it was fun but its off road use was severaly limited (though it was a 1982 XL 500R...I hear they've been significantly improved since then). I think before anyone can give you specific advice you should let us know what you'd like to do with the bike both on and off the road. Things like how frequently will you ride it on the road compared to off road. Type of off road riding (trail, track, desert, other) you'd like to do. Since you mentioned the Honda can I assume this will not be your only means of transportation?
  6. Use the highest resolution mode: 1080p @ 30 fps. Even if you're going to record to a lower quality format it's nice to have the highest quality source. Given the price of storage media there's no reason not to. You'll run out of battery before running out of storage capacity. With a high quality source you can transcode (change the format) with standard editing software (iMovie, MoveMaker, etc) or Handbrake.
  7. reco2011

    250F vs 250

    If it were me I'd look into purchasing a 450 for this kind of riding. While 250's aren't bad the extra HP of a 450 would allow for taller gearing compared to the 250's (either two or four stroke).
  8. reco2011

    Upgrading from TTR 125

    I second a look into the CRF230 or TTR230.
  9. I'd say two strokes require slightly less maintenance than four strokes. But neither really requires any more / less than the other. A two stroke can be easier to work on when it comes to the top end and things around the top end. But I wouldn't let that be a significant buying consideration. As for being faster it all depends on the bike. Finding the correct bike for you is more important than finding a two or four stoke. Don't dismiss a two stoke because of how fast it is. There are some good, "slow" two stokes.
  10. reco2011

    Price if bike

    Look for existing sales in your local area to guage what people are asking for them.
  11. reco2011

    Moving to Colorado

    ^^^ What he said ^^^
  12. Maybe a TTR230 which is the replacement for the TTR225? I don't know if there are any significant differences. With that said a TTR230 or CRF230 are about your only choices given your criteria. I own a TTR125L and CRF230 and it's likely the CRF150 (and TTR125L) would be too small for you. TTR230 and CRF230 are great trail bikes for someone your size who isn't looking for high performance.
  13. reco2011

    Moving to Colorado

    Welcome! Colorado has a lot of great riding areas. Note you'll need to obtain an OHV permit to ride in the public parks. At $25.00/year it's a fanatstic value.
  14. reco2011

    Help me identify this machine

    He doesn't? Given the prestine condition I must say I am shocked!
  15. reco2011

    Crf230 vs ttr230

    When I was looking to purchase one of these two bikes last year my researched revealed neither one stands out above the other. In the end I ended up purchasing a CRF230 not because it was better but rather because I found a CRF230 in the condition for the price I was willing to pay. If I had come across a TTR230 first I'd have bought it. IMO either one is a great bike and I wouldn't worry about which of the two to get.