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  1. Just_a_trail_rider

    Rm 125 conversion kits

    Yeah, it would out-run every other steel framed two stroke it was racing against.
  2. Just_a_trail_rider

    Rm 125 conversion kits

    New 125 two strokes are currently available. There's KTM and Yamaha if you ride tracks. If you ride offroad, theres KTM, gasgas, beta, etc... Plenty of ways to get a new one. Seems to me that two strokes have become a niche market. Considering the excellent reliability of a yamaha thumper, I cannot say that a two stroke is that much cheaper to maintain over a two or three year period, but I will say that its a much simpler and easier to work on engine.
  3. Just_a_trail_rider

    Rm 125 conversion kits

    Nobody like to pay thousands for rebuilds. However, bikes are getting more and more reliable. The constant stories of 4 strokes blowing up and less than what it was 10 years ago. Suzuki seems to have recently released an off-road 450, probably because they believe it will sell. I have a two stroke and its a great and fun bike. I also have a thumper. I could argue that the long term costs of ownership, for Yamaha and KTM 4 strokes, especially when used or trail riding, isn't bad at all. I do like having more bike choices. I hope that suzuki brings back their two strokes.
  4. Just_a_trail_rider

    Rm 125 conversion kits

    The guys at Suzuki are smart. They are businessmen and would sell #2 pencils if the margins were good enough. If the market for 2 strokes was big enough to support them they'd tool up. But it isn't, so they don't.
  5. Just_a_trail_rider

    Rm 125 conversion kits

    They weren't really selling before. Why would they sell now? Is the two stroke MX market big enough to support another company?
  6. Just_a_trail_rider

    YZ250F to YZ250

    That's the point I was trying to make as well. Neither one is really any better than the other. Now, if you are neglecting your maintenance or are abusing the bike, then all bets are off. But in the course of normal operation, over a 3-4 year period, the costs are almost the same. And for me, my wr450 cost just a little less. But still a negligible amount
  7. Just_a_trail_rider

    YZ250F to YZ250

    Exactly... I have both and consider myself somewhat qualified to confirm this. With a 2 stroke, you better know what you're doing and jet your bike right, mix your gas right and keep that air filter on tight or you do some damage to your engine real quick... like in a single ride quick. Ask me how I know...
  8. Just_a_trail_rider

    YZ250F to YZ250

    ^^^^ this right here I agree. I always own one of each. The 01 and 05 yz250's I had were reliable and needed a top end every 8 months or about 100 hours at $200. Every two years, it needed a new cylinde and bottom end at about $450 more. Thats about $1000 or so every three years. My wr450 needed less than that after 8 years and a couple thousand hours at least. And it burned less gas and didn't need pre-mix. I think that the 4 stroke was cheaper overall. However, at some point, I sold the yamahas and drank the orange koolaid. It took 2 home refinances and a withdrawl from my retirement plan to keep that 09 ktm 450 running. I failed and ended up parting it out. I had a friend with a ktm 250 thumper at the same time that was also going through difficulties. The yamaha's of that generation were significantly more reliable. I think the OP is in a good position
  9. Just_a_trail_rider

    YZ250F to YZ250

    When do I know it's time for a rebuild? Put an hour meter on the bike. You can get one cheap off of ebay. I had an 05 yamaha 450 stroke years ago. I rode it hard, raced it, then plated it and used it as a dual sport bike. I drowned it several times and overheated it significantly on at least two occasions. After 8 years, several hundered hours at least, I pulled the top end and found that the piston and cylinder were good and it needed rings and the carbon deposits blasted from the head. I lightly and carefully honed the head with a tool from Autozone., and changed the piston and cam chain just because. I got a manual and asked questions on thumpertalk and did it myself. I'm pretty sure it cost me about $400. I took care of it like you take care of yours. Your first sign things are wearing out will be that it will be hard to start. thats when you check the valves. Or get a leak down tester and check the engine yourself. Once a year, I would grease my steering head bearings and linkage bearings. I also replaced the water pump seal every year while I was at it. All cheap to do if you do it before you bike breaks down. I spent more money repairing crash damage than working on the engine and drive train. Like I said... the yamaha is the good one. If you had a different color 04 4 stroke, I would be telling you to get the two stroke.
  10. Just_a_trail_rider

    YZ250F to YZ250

    Okay, thank you for the advice, I should probably stay away from reading as it makes me think too much, I'll probably be keeping my fourstroke then, thanks! That 04 yz250f is a very durable bike. You will get several hundered good hours out of it if you take care of it (change the oil, keep the air filter clean and don't ride on the rev limiter all the time. If you're going to get an older 4 stroke, then that's the one. Avoid crashing it too. Put on some wrap around handguards. Yes they are ugly, but you may break and replace a lot of levers if you don't. The time will come, however, that you'll need to rebuild it. If you do it yourself, then the cost isn't bad at all. If you have to pay to rebuild the engine, then you'll consider just buying another one. Definitely save your money for the day that it does break down. Otherwise just enjoy it.
  11. Just_a_trail_rider

    Eli did hurt his back

    Getting his ass whooped???? He sitting in third place in the standings, three points back from Cooper web with 13 rounds to go. Tomac is doing well right now. He's lurking with the top spot within one race victory. I certainly ain't a Tomac fanboy, but he's not in a bad place. He's in the same place or better place than many people criticized Dungey for while he was taking home the title year after year. Maybe he's playing the long game
  12. Just_a_trail_rider

    Eli did hurt his back

    Its not about him.. its about them. So are you suggesting that its a good strategy for him to tell his competitors that he is hurt. I'm saying he shouldn't tell then jack sh!t about how he's feeling. Hypothetically... if he's on and they know he's on, then the other riders may be happy with second place. If he's not feeling it that day and they know it, they may push harder for a win.
  13. Just_a_trail_rider

    Eli did hurt his back

    The secretive part is totally understandable. Why embolden his competitors? If he's not 100% then their strategy against him may be different.
  14. Just_a_trail_rider

    ktm300 to wr250f.... maybe

    I'm strickly an offroad guy. Don't do track. WR is the offroad version. A light would be nice, but not necessary. But, a yz250fx would do. I see them as essentially the same. The suspension is one of the main reasons to go back to a yamaha. For the past 10 years, I've been taking my KTM's to the suspension tuners and asking them to make it feel stable like a Yamaha. However, I may be getting all I can get out of a two stroke in that area. Good comments guys. Thanks
  15. Just_a_trail_rider

    ktm300 to wr250f.... maybe

    Uh... no... not quite made up. I'm trying to decide between the 250 or the 350. If its a 250, then I'll go blue. But I may need to hop it up a bit. I wonder if a 350 is a better starting point. Just looking for opinions of what people think of the new 250's
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