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Old 12-19-2014, 02:15 AM   #1
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YZ125 vs YZ250 for trail bike?

Hay guys, I looking at getting used a bike for riding the local trails. I might take it to the track and dunes for kicks once in a while. I looking at the 2006 or newer YZ125 and 250s. I'm 5'10" 165 lbs, I have rode quads most my life and have spent very little time on a dirt bike. My main concern with a 125 is would i need to ride the snot out of it to really get it to move, and woud I be doing top ends all the time, and with the 250 I'm wondering if it would be as light felling and flickable as the 125. If you have spent any time on these bikes what do you think, or if you have herd of anything that might help make my decision is easier please let me know!


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Old 12-19-2014, 06:27 AM   #2
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Hello Awasome, I cant help you on your question, but I have ridden both, but only on my own or public mx tracks. In 2001 I bought a new YZ250, amazing power for such a small motor. I still smile thinking about the front wheel off the ground, which is where it was quite often. I am no longer able to ride, but if I was I would by a brand spanking new yz250 and let er rip. Best wishes. D.
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:59 AM   #3
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125 is only fun in the dunes for very small amounts. Very underpowered for real dune romping.

The 250 is a great bike with a large following and huge aftermarket.
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:08 AM   #4
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considering your weight i am sure yz125 would be ample power. I guess you need to consider are you a person who like to try to take the beast and show throttle control (yz250) or someone who would like to ride all out and not be concerned about whiskey throttle (yz125).

I would also consider a ktm 200 if i were you, it is in the middle of the two yz's and with better parts from the factory than yamaha! I loved my yz125 but my KTM200 is better in nearly every way.
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Old 12-19-2014, 11:42 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=bobfab;25742775]considering your weight i am sure yz125 would be ample power. I guess you need to consider are you a person who like to try to take the beast and show throttle control (yz250) or someone who would like to ride all out and not be concerned about whiskey throttle (yz125).

I would also consider a ktm 200 if i were you, it is in the middle of the two yz's and with better parts from the factory than yamaha! I loved my yz125 but my KTM200 is better in nearly every way. [/QUOTE
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Most the time I like to take it easy but I will twist the throttle hard if I need to. I have looked at the 200xc but there is only a few for sale in my area.
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Old 12-19-2014, 02:13 PM   #6
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If I got a 125 and rode it hard how often would I be doing top end rebuilds compared to the 250?
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:52 AM   #7
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If I got a 125 and rode it hard how often would I be doing top end rebuilds compared to the 250?
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Old 12-22-2014, 03:05 PM   #8
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I got the chance to ride a YZ125 and really liked it. I'm going to try to test out a YZ250, but the 125 seems to be perfect for what I want to do.

Thank you all for your help!
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:06 PM   #9
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Top end maintenance will vary wildly based on usage, parts used, and opinion. Some guys swear a 125 will need top ends every 15 hours, others say once a year regardless of hours. Same deal with 250's, some swear 25 hours max, others claim never. My neighbor was in that last catagory, I think it was around year 6 that the cast piston let go and destroyed everything (rod broke, cylinder hammered, crank obviously needed rebuilt to replace the rod, etc.) Bike had somewhere between 100 and 1 million hours on it at the time (he had no idea)


I typically did 30-40 hours playing on the 125's between top ends, and 50-ish on the 250, a bit longer if running a forged piston. Some guys claim 200-300 hours. I was running B and then A class hare scrambles and enduros.

I'll say again, a 125 in the dunes is fun only long enough to say you did it. I'd take my old KDX220 (modded) before my 125 to the dunes. That said, if I were chosing between a 125 and 250 right now, I'd go 125. They are just so much fun! 5'9" and 190 lbs.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:29 PM   #10
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Man, I can't make up my mind on which bike to get next. I have a few on my list right now. For some reason I would love to have a 125 in the garage. I have never owned one. Been a while since I have rode one. Seems like it would be a very fun bike.
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:27 AM   #11
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I found a 2000 YZ125, almost in top shape for $800, but it doesn't have a title, does anyone know how much it would cost to get one?

Thanks for all your help!
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Old 12-24-2014, 03:17 AM   #12
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The cost and process of getting a title will depend on what state you are in.
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Old 12-24-2014, 11:36 AM   #13
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I'm in washington state. If you don't know the price in my state, what is the price that you know of?
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Old 12-24-2014, 01:43 PM   #14
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Takes 3 years and a state patrol inspection... I think $130??? Pain in the rear it sounds like.

IMO 125 is going to take an expert rider to keep it on the pipe on any tech singletrack. I know the Huskys bored to 160 are awesome but not sure you can get the same results on a Yamaha.

I don't have it posted for sale but I have a very nice and woods setup plated CR250 that is a great trail bike if you are interested. Very similar ride to yz250. I really love riding it but my wife says I can't ride three bikes at once ..




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Old 12-24-2014, 01:47 PM   #15
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What do you want for it?
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