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  1. Lone Danger

    YZ125 vs KTM150 EXC

    What do you guys think....would a gnarly pipe do much for a 125? I know on a 200 it helps, but is it any different on a smaller bore?
  2. Lone Danger

    YZ125 vs KTM150 EXC

    I am definetly chasing the band wagon on this one. I am craving a shorter seat height. This maybe the way to go...and cheaper
  3. Lone Danger

    YZ125 vs KTM150 EXC

    I'm also wondering if a Recluse clutch might help my bottom end challenged 125 to make it up those hill climbs a little easier? I mean I would prefer a traditional clutch but maybe the recluse could help? Has anyone used one on a small bore? Maybe I could be a gear higher. Not real sure how they work save some youtube videos.
  4. Lone Danger

    YZ125 vs KTM150 EXC

    Please feel free to update! This is the direction I seem to be heading. There is an '04 200 8 hours from me for sale and I would love to hear your take. The smaller frame is peaking my interest.
  5. Lone Danger

    YZ125 vs KTM150 EXC

    Thanks everyone for the great info. Hearing from experience is the way to go. I was originally leaning toward doing suspension on the yz125. I know the old steel frames have more give and are supposed to be the best out of the yz's for offroad (that's why I bought it), and I really love the low weight. I was turned off of the ktm 250 xc because of weight...it wasn't a 'no-go' but, I just prefer something lighter. It's more fun for me. I think the 150 is maybe a better option (although more expensive) for me. So I am going to have to weigh that. However, you guys have peaked my interest in the pre-2007 ktm 200. Less weight and lower seat height. I think I'm going to look into that first. I'm not a tall man, and even my yz seems tall in most situations beside the mx track.
  6. Lone Danger

    YZ125 vs KTM150 EXC

    I guess I didn't specify. I was thinking in terms of the older models because the brand new ones take an arm and a leg and your first born as deposit. But I am also interested for comparison sake. I didn't realize the '10 models would be that much different than the new ones.
  7. Lone Danger

    YZ125 vs KTM150 EXC

    That's a valid option...however I'm not sure I want to go that route. I'm with speedtoad on this one, the rebuilds would be more difficult. I'm not that good of mech.
  8. Lone Danger

    YZ125 vs KTM150 EXC

    Do you mind me asking what weight range you are and what level you race at? I appreciate the comments.
  9. Lone Danger

    YZ125 vs KTM150 EXC

    How would a 150 EXC/XCW engine differ from a 125? Yes, it will have more power, I get that. But does it have enough bottom end for the semi casual racer to justify the hassel of locating (used ones seem to not be commonly for sale) and spending the extra cash? Or am I better off just doing a revalve on my mint '01 yz125 and calling it good. I would prefer opinions from people that have rode both. I have done lots of small bore two stroke off road racing...just not with a 150exc. I rode a friends 250 xcw and it was a dream, but I want something lighter...I ride harescramble in the rocky mountains and race mx. 5'7", 165lbs. Thanks.
  10. Ok so I'm looking for opinions from those who have been on yz125s and 150 exc/xcw's and maybe the ktm 200's exc/xcw's. You gotta be out there. Here's the deal...I'm 5'7" 165lbs. A couple years back I was looking for a small bike for my wife to learn on and for me to play around with and race. Could only afford one bike. I got a '09 ktm 105 sx. Once I got it sprung for my weight it was great. I have been top five consistently in my local harescrambles B class, believe it or not. Ya, you were not the only ones shocked. And did pretty good in the local mx races as well, junior class up here in Canada. Lack of power was sometimes an issue but I learned to deal with it and just scream, scream, scream! However my wife is a complete beginner and she is scared of it. I have since moved her to a 4 stroke. Just got a mint '01 yz15 mid summer. Like less than 200 hrs! I have absolutely loved it on the mx track. Suspension is perfect and I love the extra power. I had planned to set it up for woods/mx with a suspension revalve. However, did a harescramble race a month ago that was really technical. Granted I have not done anything to the suspension minus clickers, had too much psi in the tires (13 front and 15 rear) (yes I know that's wonkey, I only had time to get a heavy duty tube in the front and had a stock tube in back. Less psi in the back would have been instant pinch flat because its so rocky) and it was running rich. I had to scream the thing to keep it running and even changed a plug mid race. Well I'm sure you can guess but it was the worst experience I have ever had on a motorcycle. The more open sections I passed a lot of people but the tech sections required way more effort than I liked and the suspension beat the hell out of me!!! Like my knees, wrists, and shoulders were just done. (I was out there for three hours). So keep in mind that I just came off a 105sx with suspension mods (set up for woods/mx). I have no problem slipping clutch and shifting precisely, yatta yatta. (I don't think the 105 would have done well here either due to even less power, however...) I've been second guessing fixing this 125 up for woods ever since I rode a friends '09 ktm 250xcw. I rode it on a local mx track. The power was just so effortless and I was absolutely floored by how the suspension worked. I never thought that I could hit the woops that hard and clear every jump on the track on an xcw and feel THAT good! It felt a lot heavier though, and I think the price tag on these things are going to be a stretch. So here's my question. I want the lightness of a 125, but want to be able to race both woods and mx. How does a 150 exc/xcw ENGINE compare to an mx 125 engine? I love the 125 engine, but more low end would be usefull in tech areas. But if there is not a huge difference, I will probably just revalve the yz for woods and go tubless, etc. The 150exc's are so expensive and I hardly ever even see one for sale unless its brand new. I don't want the weight of a 200/250/300. I barely touch the ground on a 125....so it has to at least be light. Is it worth waiting for a 150 engine? Thanks guys.
  11. Lone Danger

    2001 yz125 jetting ball park

    Well that's essentially what I'm doing. I'm following several different sets of instructions done by transworld mx, etc. The biggest problem is that I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the feeling of rich and lean. Sometimes I swear I can feel the described symptoms for each during a single test run. Ball park settings would greatly help point me in the right direction. As an update, I have leaned out both the pilot jet and the main jet. My plug color looks better. However there still is some hesitation. I would like to see what other guys are running.
  12. Hey guys. I am pulling my hair out trying to jet this 2001 yz125 for 3000 ft. Its rich right now. My ktm has a chart to give you ball park settings for altitude but with the yz i'm just playing pin the tail on the donkey. Anyone have a ball park setting for each circuit? (pilot jet, needle, needle position, main jet). I would really appreciate it! I've spent like 6 hours on this already and every time I make progress in one area...seems its a step backward somewhere else. Thanks
  13. Well, just to update. I have just decided to run it the way it is for a couple rides. Seems to run well, even won a race. I will probably change out the piston ring sometime in the near future though. Just cheap insurance. Thanks for all the help!
  14. Lone Danger

    '01 YZ125 solid style triple clamp/bar mount option

    Thanks for every ones help!
  15. Lone Danger

    '01 YZ125 solid style triple clamp/bar mount option

    Hey thanks for the info! That's what I was looking for! I appreciate it!
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