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  1. I currently ride a KDX220 and while I really like the bike, am thinking about a WR250 or a 250X for the benefits of e-start (primary reason) and better, more tractable low end power on demand. I find myself clutching and searching for power a little too often on the KDX. Another problem is when I stall in a bad spot on the KDX, it can be hell trying to manuver around to re-start and the gears do not disengage well by simply pulling in the cluth-you have to find neutral. I rode with a friend who was on a new '06 250X and that bike seemed to have all the power and then some as my KDX, way better suspension, a friendlier clutch, and he wasn't acting as the park's fogging machine like I usually do. Long opening, but my ending question is, would a WR250 be a good bike considering the above issues and would you recommend it over the 250X? I've heard the X has valve problems and haven't heard that about the WR. It looks like the X may be a little lighter than the WR though. I'm 200#, ride mostly trails, no interest in racing. Thanks
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    New KDX

    I bought a KDX220 coming off a DRZ400E and I love the KDX. I liked the DR too, but it was a beast. I was usually pretty tired after wrestling it in woods and tight riding, but don't have that problem nearly as much with the KDX. I do miss the e-start though!
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    2 stroke trail bike

    GF, I should add that I am a pretty novice rider and the KDX works great even for me. I got the 220 because 1) I found one in great shape and the price was right 2) I was looking more for torque than speed and I understood the 220 had more torque than the 200. I would like to see what can be done on one of these bikes in the hands of a really good rider. My 220 is very forgiving of my mistakes, fairly light weight (222# I believe-dry), and I paid $2300 for my '04 in almost spotless condition. I tried an '04 KTM 200EXC and liked it as well, but the KDX was about $1000 less and seemed a little more mellow than the KTM. I think either is a great choice. Good luck with your decision.
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    2 stroke trail bike

    GF, your dad's a wise man. Besides, he'd be proud that you like his bike enough to get one too.
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    Ocelot gear?

    Fircracker, that's hilarious. I was thinking the same thing. I know this is a riding forum and it's about bikes and learning new things, but it is scary how poorly so many young people spell and how bad their grammer seems to be. Damn guys, pay attention in school or you are going to be riding a mower instead of a bike when you get older.
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    2 stroke trail bike

    I vote for the KDX 220. I bought one a few months ago and love it. Good, controlable power, decent torque, dependable, and affordable. I think they stopped making them in '06, so you may have to find a good used bike or a leftover.
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    Boot size

    Difficulty is that I don't live in a large city and the bike store in town does not carry Fox apparel. The bike stores in the nearby towns don't carry Fox either. I was just curious in general if boots tend to fit large or small. I guess it varies from one manufacturer to the next. And my wife wonders why I hate shopping. A 9MM socket is a 9MM, regardless of brand. That's why I like mechanics and hate clothes!
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    Boot size

    I would like to buy a good set of used boots off E-bay, but am not sure of the size to look for. I hear boots tend not to match shoe size in a lot of cases and since I am looking on E-bay, I obviously can't try them on before buying. I am interested in maybe some Fox Trackers. Any input on which boots tend to run big or small? I normally wear an 11 in shoes.
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    The best onlinestore?

    Bryan makes a really point. I haven't ordered a lot from anyone (online) as I try to support my local bike shop first. But when I do order, if the TT store has the part/item, that is where I will get it. Keep in mind they are hosting and paying for a site that myself and apparently thousands of others frequent and enjoy. And, this is the most well managed posting forum I have used. Take a look at KTM Talk. Nice place, but it's just not as easy to navigate as the TT forums. It's too subdivided. Anyway, before you overlook TT and your local shop, think about Wal-Mart. How many of you really like that joint and the junk they sell at super-low prices and look at how many good smaller retailers they have put out of business. Don't always get sucked into the lowest cost, big box mentality. Some things are worth a little extra effort and $.
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    KTM durability!! LOL

    And I'll be damn if I didn't jack up my own grammar. I think I'll just shut up now. Why is it so hard to type crap correctly?
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    KTM durability!! LOL

    If you question the dependability of KTM, just take a look at any serious enduro race, both inside and outside the US, and take note of the bike you see most often. It's KTM hands down. The best enduro rider in the world, D.K., rides KTM. This is coming from a guy that rides green (good old reliable KDX!). But for a serious, high performance off road bike, KTM is hard to beat. Not sure if reliability is much more of an issue with a KTM than the other 4 majors, but even within the majors, you have a lot of diff. in reliability. Look at the XR and the CRFX. The real issue here is spelling and grammar. I understand a typo or two, but DAMN. What, if anything, have public schools been teaching for the last few years???? There is a difference between 'there, their, and they're'. The 2 have very difference meanings and uses. The 'japs' are reading this forum and panicking thinking 'if these Americans aren't better educated than this, they won't have jobs or money to buy our bikes in a few years!' MotoXrider 121, did you grow up on the set of Hee Haw?
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    Are riding boots a must?

    250Thumpher (real cute there), yes, I wear goggles, gloves, and a helmet. A helmet 100% of the time and goggles most of the time unless riding in an open area w/o other bikes in front throwing roost or limbs around to take out an eye. In fact my helmet saved my noggin from its first blow a few weeks ago and I was damn glad to have it on. I'm not anti-safety, I was just curious about wearing non-traditional riding boots. I could ride in my scivies with flip flops and would be less accident prone that some of the asses I see riding like idiots in full protective gear, more than 90% of which are guys under the age of 20. I watched paramedics take off a young guys chest protector off 2 weeks ago before loading him into an ambulance. He was with his buddies showing off and riding like a fool. Using good riding sense, which I do, is just as improtant as wearing protection. I'm not beeing bull-headed. I get the picture and I'll get some boots.
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    Are riding boots a must?

    OK Bthomas, you talked me into it. That is one nasty injury. I'm not a hick at all and I don't even work in an environment where I wear work boots. The boots I have been wearing are more of a tall hicking boot with steel toe protection and a steel band in the sole. I get the picture though. I'm not trying to save $ and I'm not against wearing riding boots. It's just that I really enjoy hiking around at the park where I ride most often. Sometimes I'll park and hike a mile or so. It has tons of really cool scenery, rocky hills, and creeks that contain all kinds of fossils and junk I enjoy scouting out. But I get the picture you guys are painting. I do ride like a grandpa a good bit of the time, but I have also laid it over a few times and it only takes one bad spill or protruding rock. I will find as comfortable of a pair as I can locate and if nothing else, tote a light pair of shoes in a backpack for the walking. I didn't realize foot and ankle injuries were that prevalent. I always hear about collar bone, arm, and leg injuries. Thanks for the warnings. I've never been in the new ER @ my local hospital and don't want to with a lower leg injury.
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    Are riding boots a must?

    I see what you are saying about the bike landing on your foot/lower leg. I hadn't really thought about the possibility of a peg or gear lever landing squarely on an ankle. That would suck. It's not about the expense of the boot and I understand a bike is going to get scratched up. For me personally it is more of an issue of comfort when I get off the bike. I will try to find a boot that will offer some comfort for walking as well, maybe the hinged boot mentioned.
  15. Before I ask this, I know that you should wear all the protective gear you can afford. I am all for that. With that being said, do you take on a lot of added risk by wearing thick soled, steel toed work type boots vs. actual riding boots? I have a paid of semi-high top, thick water proof work/hunting/hicking boots that I prefer to wear, but a couple of guys have looked at me like I'm nuts for not wearing riding boots. I like to get off the bike sometimes and hike up a hill or walk around looking at interesting features in the woods rocks and hills and it is a lot nicer to do with the work boots. One other reason is that I hate to scuff the crap out of my bike frame and case guards with riding boots. I don't race or jump and don't ride that aggressively. Again, I know safety is a priority. Any thoughts on this?