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since we don't have any snow this winter, i'm thinkin about summer fun already, and i'm really thinking about getting a dirt bike. i was just looking for some opinions as on what to get. i only want to spend about 600-800 bucks, so anything too new is out of the question. what does anyone recommend for brand, size, etc. more than likely a 125 is all i'll need, but i want to know which bikes to look for and which to look out for. thanks guys!

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I would try to find a CR 125. If you can find one from 95 or 96 they had one kick ass powerband one of those years



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6-800 bucks. That's going to set you back to late 80's early 90's. For an older bike the 94 and newer kx 125 was a good bike. Any RM besides brand new SUCKS. Yami became pretty good in the late 90's. I don't like the none aluminum frame Cr's.

If you spend $1000 or a little more you can get a very decent bike that you'll be riding it more than fixing. Do you have much or any dirt experience?

 

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thanks for the response snoxtreme, i was hopin you'ld reply since you seem like the biggest moto-xer here. i'd like to get a nicer bike, but i'm headin to college next fall so i don't think i could spare too much. as far as experience, i have none, but am an able and anxious learner:)

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http://www.dirtbike.com/
http://www.motoclass.com/
http://www.cycletrader.com

these are a few good classifieds that should give you an idea of what you can get. Try the local newspaper, cycle trader magazine, and local dealers to see what they got. Lots of great deals right now.

With no experience don't go for a pimped out bike. They can be a pain to ride and maintain. Stock is all that is needed.

Ask when the last time the forks and top end were rebuilt. Compress the forks and if there's heavy oil rings left behind just walk away, check for nicks in the tubes also. Make sure the radiators aren't smashed, twisted, or leaking. Lift the back of the bike up then drop it to make sure there isn't any play in the rear suspension linkage. Check the rear fender/subframe and see that it isn't twisted or pointed to the left or right. Another big thing is to make sure the sprockets aren't trashed. The teeth shouldn't be bent over like waves. Don't worry about scratched or worn plastic.



Edited by - Sno-X-treme on February 12 2002 09:41:40 AM
 
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