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Old 03-09-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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CRF230 question

My local dealer has a 'new' 2009 CRF230M and I can get it for around 2800 dollars. I'm 5'11 and 155lbs.. the bike seems tall enough but it would be my first bike so I don't have much to compare it to. I guess maybe I should look at getting a 250l and putting street tires on it but at the price I'm really tempted to get it. At my size would you consider it a good buy or would you go with a 250? Mostly just want to ride around town with occasional dirt trail or highway.

I've seen people calling them decent little bikes and I've seen people call them 'toys'.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:20 AM   #2
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My local dealer has a 'new' 2009 CRF230M and I can get it for around 2800 dollars. I'm 5'11 and 155lbs.. the bike seems tall enough but it would be my first bike so I don't have much to compare it to. I guess maybe I should look at getting a 250l and putting street tires on it but at the price I'm really tempted to get it. At my size would you consider it a good buy or would you go with a 250? Mostly just want to ride around town with occasional dirt trail or highway.

I've seen people calling them decent little bikes and I've seen people call them 'toys'.
Both bikes, the 250L and the 230M are excellent machines. The 250L is about 40 lb heavier, fuel injected and water cooled. the 230 is lighter, air cooled, carbed ( a pretty simple machine).
I have a 230L, I'm 190lbs and 5'11", it hauls me around just fine. I'm getting ready to do the Shadow of the Rockies trail with it this May.
Neither one of these bikes will be a great highway bike. They are too light and both have limited top end speed. The 230 is pretty comfortable at 55 to 60 MPH, the 250 about 65 to 70.
Both machines are very affordable and both are fun to ride.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:11 AM   #3
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A new CRF230M for $2800? That's a great deal! And the CRF230M would be a perfect first bike.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:49 AM   #4
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It will be good, but you will probably bore quickly. Luckily, you will be able to get about what you payed for it in the summer.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:01 AM   #5
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One thing to watch out for is the lousy gasoline we have these days. Having had a 2008 CRF230L, I'd recommend the new 250 with fuel injection. My 230's carb gummed up; after I had it rebuilt, I just drained the fuel bowl anytime I would park it for more that a day or so. There is a drain on the bottom of the fuel bowl expressly for this--after shutting off the fuel from the tank, just place a can under the rubber drain line, and open the drain valve with a screwdriver. Pour the drained gas back into the tank.

I found it a little underpowered; my 230 felt like my old xl125, as far as engine performance goes. Brakes and suspension aren't too bad, for a trail bike. It's a nice, modern version of honda's indestructible xl's.

If I took it for spin right after riding my 1200gs, then it kind of felt like a mini-bike.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:38 AM   #6
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That is an absolute dirt cheap price for a new one. Used examples usually sell for more than that. Buy it, ride it for a few months or a year, and sell it for the same money. Can't go wrong.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:52 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. The bike was great and probably the best thing imaginable for someone to start on but...it was just so tiny... I got a klx250sf a couple weeks ago. I love this klx for around town. Little more power and I still get a kick every time I fill up at the gas station... tank is full as soon as I squeeze the nozzle.

Nice change from commuting in the truck. I'd probably be saving a fortune if I could stop buying gear...
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:59 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. The bike was great and probably the best thing imaginable for someone to start on but...it was just so tiny... I got a klx250sf a couple weeks ago. I love this klx for around town. Little more power and I still get a kick every time I fill up at the gas station... tank is full as soon as I squeeze the nozzle.

Nice change from commuting in the truck. I'd probably be saving a fortune if I could stop buying gear...
I had a 250SF for awhile. It was a really fun bike. I sold it to fund my Versys. I have a CRF250L also. Another great bike. If I found another 250SF for a steal, I'd get another one. Good choice!
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