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  1. I am a relatively novice rider who wanted a bike mostly for trail riding with an occasional trip around the track. I found a nice 2009 YZ450F for what seemed like a reasonable price and figured I'd grow into the bike (skill-wise that is; size-wise I'm 5'10, 200lbs and can handle the weight). But in taking it out just twice now, I realize it is NOT your ideal trail bike. I found it to be really torquey at low speeds. I kill it far too often and subsequently wear myself out kicking it to life again. I'm considering a few different things to tweak it and would appreciate the expertise of some more experienced vets - which would you recommend? Option 1: Rekluse Z-Start Pro clutch. I understand this will help tremendously with killing the engine and most people who have one rave about its all around performance. $600 is a bit steep though. Option 2: Re-gear it. Stock is 13/49 and I'm leaning to a 14/49 or 15/49 but would be open to any other suggestions. (Also - how do I know what chain I need?). I'm thinking this will help make the bike more manageable at low speeds in those tight areas. But would it even be necessary w/ the Rekluse? Option 3: Add a Fly Wheel Weight (8oz+). As I understand it, this will help with killing it and is a cheaper (albeit less effective) option than the Rekluse. Is this even worth it, though? Option 4: Sell the bike and get a true trail bike - something like a KTM 250 XCF-W for roughly the same investment. Option 5: ??? Any input is appreciated - thanks!
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    TTR125 or CRF100F?

    My son is a 12 year old novice rider. He has some desire to get into racing but I don't see it being anything too serious. Mostly, we'll be riding together on trails and such. Both bikes are about the same height for him. The TTR has the electric start which seems like the key difference to me besides, of course, the engine size. Is there a big difference in power between the two bikes? Reliability? I'm buying used but both are relatively new and in good condition. Presuming I can get either one for roughly the same price, what would you recommend?
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    Good deal? 2009 YZ450F

    Thanks for the input everyone. I ended up getting the bike - paid $3800 (real dollars - not imaginary forum dollars) and I'm very happy with the deal. Have yet to get it out and do any real riding but I'm looking forward to it!
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    Good deal? 2009 YZ450F

    I have an opportunity to buy a 2009 YZ450F for $4000. It is the white version with black rims. It has been meticulously maintained (owned by a certified mechanic) and is clean as a whistle. It has a few minor mods but is mostly stock. The hour meter shows <15 hours. Is this as good a deal as I think it is? Also, I'm a fairly novice rider - maybe light intermediate. I've had a bike before but never done any hard riding (i.e. racing) and don't really intend to push it too hard on this one. It will mostly be for trail riding. My buddy is trying to tell me it's too much bike for me but I feel like there's no harm in having more power than you use. What do you think? Is this a good bike for me or should I stick with a 250? BTW, I'm 5'10, 210 lbs.
  6. I am a 40 yr old male, 5'10 about 210lbs. I had a WR250 a few years back that I used for trail riding - some track time but nothing major. I intend to get a new (used) bike and start riding with my 12 year old son. I've found 3 that I really like but am struggling with my decision between them. What would you experts suggest? Option 1: 2009 Yamaha YZ450F, white package with black rims, in like new condition, hour meter says 15 hours, owned by an automotive service manager who has taken immaculate care of it. Price $3999. Option 2: 2008 Honda CRF250R, limited edition white pkg with black rims, also in like new condition, hour meter says 11 hours, has new tires and a $1200 Yoshi (dual) exhaust. Price $3900 Option 3: 2008 KTM 250 SX-F, Yoshi pipe, looks like it may have been raced, unsure of hours/maint record. Price $2700. I'm not an expert mechanic so the 3rd one, while the price is great, scares me a little bit. I'm also a bit unsure if a 450 is too much bike for me since I don't consider myself an expert rider. What do you guys think?!
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    10s or 12s on a TTR50?

    Here's the situation - I have a 7 yr old son who has only been riding a few months but is starting to get into jumping, racing, etc. on his TTR50. We did some pretty hard riding this past week and he broke a couple of spokes and even bent a rim. Bottom line - I'm going to replace the rims and get heavy duty spoke kits. The question is whether I should stick with the stock 10" wheels or upgrade to 12"? He'd still be able to get his feet on the ground without a problem, I'm more concerned with the balance and handling of the bike - will it drastically change if I move up to the 12's? Will it be any harder to handle or just different? Any input is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    Fouling Plugs on a TTR50

    I am getting extremely frustrated with my dealer. Ever since I got my son's TTR50 for Christmas, it has been fouling plugs every 3-5 hours (max). I'm not mechnically inclined so I couldn't diagnose the problem immediately and this has resulted in several ruined weekends and too many trips to the dealer - the first of which they gave me the wrong sized plugs and I ended up bending a valve! At least they took care of the costs from that *&$% up. Anyway, even after rebuilding the engine the plugs are still fouling after just a few hours of operation. They pulled the air filter today and showed me that the filter was saturated with oil - so much so that a little puddle was even present in the filter casing. They claim that it came from the oil overflow tube (which I might be calling the wrong name) and asked me repeatedly if I had done this or that. I have not run it on choke, I have not oiled the filter myself, and the only time it has been off its two wheels is when my son dropped it which is probably less often than many of the kids who ride these bikes - and he never lets it lay. Oh - almost forgot to mention - after changing the plug and cleaning the air filter they couldn't get the bike to idle smoothly (which I've also complained about since day 1) and they said they thought some of the oil might have made its way into the carbeurator and/or jetting - they are going to check it all out tomorrow. Anyway... Has anyone else experienced this or do you have any theories why it might be happening? Again - not a big mechanic here - does all this seem on the up and up? Anything I need to make sure they do? Thanks in advance
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    New riders in Orlando

    Santa is bringing a couple dirtbikes to myself and my 6 yr old son this year - a TTR50 and a WR250F. We've only ridden a couple of times on flat terrain so we're pretty much beginners. My question is this - where is a good place for us to go in/around Orlando so that we (especially my son) can ease into riding? (I'm interested in both trails and tracks) I'm also looking for places to camp and ride for future weekends. Any recommendations would be appreciated - thanks in advance!
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    TTR50 or 90?

    This is my inaugural post to TT but I've been lurking for a while as I've settled into my decision to get into dirtbiking with my son. It's new to me and will be to him as well. He's almost 7 years old, 60 lbs, and has ridden just once before on a dirtbike, but has an electric pocket rocket that he's more than comfortable on. On the 50, he can comfortably put both feet down. On the 90, he needs to lean to one side or the other because both feet won't reach the ground (but they're very close). Which bike would you recommend? Here are my thoughts - get the 50 for now so it's easier for him to learn on and pick up etc. and then upgrade him in a year or so (maybe less). It seems the 50's hold their value quite well and with my local dealer selling them for $1050, my loss will probably be limited to $200-300 tops. Would any of you more seasoned dads/riders have advice for me? Thanks in advance - oh, and if any of you are in Central Florida and want to show a couple of rookies around, let me know!