I’m in the market for a used 4-stroke (CRF250R or YZ250F) probably an ’04 which is what I can afford right now. I like the Honda for the Aluminum Frame and all the good things I’ve heard about ergonomics and handling. I’m considering the YZF because I’ve heard so much about Valve troubles on Hondas and other bikes and heard the least about that problem on Yamahas. It sounds like most people having valve problems are pinning it for extended periods in the desert and not changing oil or adjusting valves often enough. If I’m just a weekend trail rider and occasionally play around on a track (not racing), is the valve concern really an issue? I’d welcome anyone’s thoughts on going Honda or Yamaha. I’m not emotional about it being Red or Blue!
Thanks! - MClark