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2007/06/20 01:03:01 (permalink)
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which motorcross bike to get?

Me and all my friends are selling our road bikes because we feel we no longer get the same buzz on the road as we used to. Seems like were all doing sillier and silleir things to get a thrill. wont be long till one of us dies. so were all selling our bikes and buying off road/motorcross bikes.

Im a total novice in this area have ridden a few off road bikes but not for any extended period. was just wondering if theres anyone on here with some knowlege. have looked at few options cr250s, yz 250s, crf250/450s, wr450s.

Basically its going to be used for green laning and few jumps here and there. needs to be quite strong cos im 16 stone but understand maybe jumping on a crf450 for first off road bike maybe a bit much. Any suggestions or advice. also minimum maintainence
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    Hendrix
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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 11:28:46 (permalink)
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    If you’re just using the bike for green laning don't go for a motocross bike. They are not legal for green lanes, have no lights, the power delivery is more aggressive and they need lots of maintance.

    Best bet is to go for an enduro bike, if you like Honda's the model to look for is a CRF250X/450X (CRF250R is the mx version). I would recommend going for a four stroke bike if your a novice, coming across from sports bikes, as you will be used to the engine characteristics. If you’re doing lots of road work between lanes it's really handy to have a 450cc bike, however they are heavier and more of a handful on some challenging routes.

    KTM's are very popular with green laners, I had a ride on a 450EXC recently and was impressed.

    I also recommend getting something with an electric start... very important!





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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 11:45:34 (permalink)
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    What street bike did you have? The 600's have a power curve much closer to a 2 stroke than a 4 stroke.

    Are 2 stroke legal in UK anymore?
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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 12:00:54 (permalink)
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    Yeah, 2 strokes are still legal over here.

    I get what your saying about a 600 being peaky, but compared to a 125/250 off road bike it's pretty linear.

    I find the 4 strokes are much easier for novices, both mx and green laning, because they have so much torque they are less intimidating and a more docile ride.

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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 12:04:54 (permalink)
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    yes two stroke are legal mate,thats what i race but as hendrix said if its going to be used for green lanes then an enduro bike would be a much better option.there may well be motorcross practise tracks near your area which would be worth checkin as youl find the thrills of motox better than an enduro bike imo,if you do decide to go for a motox bike the biggest decision for you is whethter to go 2stroke or 4,youl pick up a 2stroke for less money,they are more aggressive/rapid for example 250 two stroke race in the same class as 450 fourstroke and the 125s with the fourstroke 250s,theres less maintenance with a two stroke but they arent as hardy as th fours,A fourstroke is a much tamer but easier to ride kind of bike with a different kind of power ie smoother power delivery with more pull ,they are taking over from the two stroke for these reasons but a seasoned rider will imo have an extra edge on a two stroke.all makes are good tbh mate and there arent any i would avoid,enduro isnt my think thou so il leave that for somone else
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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 12:53:56 (permalink)
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    I don;t really know what green lanes are (sorry) but any motox 2 stroker can be converted to a enduro easily. And if you like a faster bike its alot easier to take away insane acceleration and fun than it is to add it.

    A bigger gas tank and some taller gearing may be all you need.

    4 strokes are taking over mainly (in the USA anyways) because of pressure from environmental groups. noise and smoke concerns.
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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 14:01:08 (permalink)
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    ive had loads of road bikes, r6,r1, cbr600, gsx1400, rs250 and to be honest i would probably prefer a four stroke. i hate the noise of two strokes and the power delivery seems to be a bit insane. ive been told a 250 two stroke is a bit of an animal.

    will be used for bombing through woods, tracks and green laning. cant see myself doing motorcross tracks to be honest. wouldnt want to make a fool out of myself being overtaken by 6yr olds that have been doin it for years lol.

    so its between wr400/426/450, crf250/450, ktm 450exc

    do you think ill be ok starting on a 400 four stroke ir would it be best to start on a 250 four stroke and build my way up when my skill level improves. or just buy 400 straight off and save changing up
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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 14:14:11 (permalink)
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    If you ride those sport bikes then acceleration would not really surpise you on any dirtbike. I think a 250cc 4 stroke might be a bit weak for you. If the 400 is the same size and similar weight id go with that way over a 250.
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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 14:20:02 (permalink)
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    ok so which of the 400's then. i suppose there all good. the one with the least maintenance then would be ideal
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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 14:27:56 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: odog

    ok so which of the 400's then. i suppose there all good. the one with the least maintenance then would be ideal

    dunno check them out and try to find a good deal. I persoanlly like hondas for reliability.
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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 15:24:51 (permalink)
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    my mate also suggested the drz400, what do you think of them. he suggested it cos of the electric start. i dont really like the look of them. but are they any good
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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 16:40:59 (permalink)
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    I used a DRZ on a long weekend trip laning, was surprised how good it was. It's ultra reliable compared to a competition type enduro bike and will require loads less maintence, and has a very smooth engine.

    Its fairly heavy compared to a full on enduro bike so if you drop it lots it can be a pain. I found it to be good on the road which is handy for long trips. Overall it does many things quite well but compared to a CRF450X / KTM 450EXC will feel heavy and less agile.

    It all depends on how much you want to spend, what type of terrain your going to cover and at what pace?!

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    RE: which motorcross bike to get? 2007/06/20 19:51:29 (permalink)
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    yeah the drz seems the sensible option. i know it shouldnt really matter but asethetically they look really boring too me. thats what puts me off. thing a wr426/450 is what im goin to go for my mate has one they seem really nice
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