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Old 02-11-2013, 08:07 PM   #16
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He dug up this little gem today

http://chico.craigslist.org/mcy/3529140058.html
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:17 PM   #17
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I think that XR250 posted would be far and away a better starter bike than a 490cc 2 stroke. Even an experienced rider can get into trouble very quickly on a big bore two smoke.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:54 PM   #18
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I think that XR250 posted would be far and away a better starter bike than a 490cc 2 stroke. Even an experienced rider can get into trouble very quickly on a big bore two smoke.
Yeah me too. Talked this over with a buddy that's an experienced two stroke rider and he said the same thing. Two stroke 125 max and the boy would be ok but nothing more.

I told him he had to get his grades up and get the cash from his Xbox and BMx bike. I wasn't going to front all of it.

The good thing is good weather is on the way and riding is 15 minutes from my house. So after work we can get some riding time in before sunset.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:24 PM   #19
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Yz490

Against my better judgement, I bought an '86 YZ490 this Fall for $400. It is pretty rough, but runs & has a new top end. It needs fork seals, steering head bearings & alot of TLC.
I used to race open Yamahas in the 70s so I figured that I could ride this one. Then I read that it was one of the
"10 Worst Dirt Bikes Ever Made"! I have already owned a Yamaha SC500, also on the same list.
I am going to clean it up, paint it & race it at Unadilla Vintage Weekend...then sell it!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:44 PM   #20
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this was my new yz I got twenty yrs ago brand new off the showroom floor..they are fun bikes to rip on so yeah,go for it...

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Old 02-12-2013, 09:26 PM   #21
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Good advice all. Some pretty funny stuff too. Here's the bike, it looks like a four stroke with a left side exhaust but I'm not an expert. Looking for a cheap starter.

http://redding.craigslist.org/mcy/3560390732.html









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That is an 83 model not an 85. FYI
Probably still worth the 6 hundy.
I would recommend it if you guys were going vintage racing, play riding, not so much.

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Old 02-13-2013, 09:33 AM   #22
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What got me is the left side exhaust and not seeing the expansion chamber.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:31 AM   #23
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Against my better judgement, I bought an '86 YZ490 this Fall for $400. It is pretty rough, but runs & has a new top end. It needs fork seals, steering head bearings & alot of TLC.
I used to race open Yamahas in the 70s so I figured that I could ride this one. Then I read that it was one of the
"10 Worst Dirt Bikes Ever Made"! I have already owned a Yamaha SC500, also on the same list.
I am going to clean it up, paint it & race it at Unadilla Vintage Weekend...then sell it!
Newer technology has caught up with the YZ490 to some degree,have it ported to run smoother,have the head re done for same,less compression makes for easier starting and a cooler running engine. They can be good vintage race bikes and hold together better then an old Maico/Bultaco or some other exotica.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:20 PM   #24
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My buddy gas one he is rebuilding. Can't wait to see and hear it run. We will have to go out and do some riding.

As for my son, we gave decided on either a 125cc two stroke or something like a XR200, tt500, or XR400, or 500.
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