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Old 12-20-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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Old cheap dirt bike suggestions..

I'm considering buying my daughter a pw50 or something similiar and figured if I can swing it I'd pick up something to ride along with her. I'm not going to be flying through the air, just something to trail ride/woods type work. Biggest concerns are something reasonably reliable and easy to start(kick is fine as long as it's not something that's a pita).

There are some old dual sports out there, and alot of older mx bikes but I'm really not sure what a guy should look at. Being street legal would be nice, but I'm not going to spend alot more money on something just because it is, or not get nearly as good of a bike for it etc.

I'm thinking something in the 200cc 4 stroke range, but I'd consider any and all suggestions really. I know this is quite vague but I don't know this market segment well at all. I've ridden a 2000 RM125(not for me but fun) and a yamaha 225(not a thriller, small, soft suspension but likely would do all I need?).

I'm totally open to older machines as well as I don't want to spend much on this as I'll have to push it past the wifey.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:53 AM   #2
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The best bike out there for dirt that will cost little to maintain, easy to ride, can be still be found with low hours all across the USA...is the mighty kawasaki KDX200 or KDX220 (essentially the same bike). You can get E models ( '89 through '94) for under 1000 and H models (95 on up) between 1000 to 2000 depending on year, condition and geographic location. No valves to adjust, light, good power without a big hit, tractors like a four stroke, bulletproof, the list goes on and on.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:30 AM   #3
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A Honda XR250 would fit the bill.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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For just trail riding, id get a CRF230F.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:50 AM   #5
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CRF230 is one to consider for sure. I'll be looking into the other two...heck of a sales pitch up there on the KDX...plus there is something about a 2 stroke. Found one on CL not too far away needing a top end for cheap($250).
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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TTR225/230/250
DRZ250 DR250 DR350
XR200/250 CRF230
KLX300 KDX200/220

Should be able to get one of thoes models for around $1000, all will be fine for what you were asking for.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:26 PM   #7
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The older XR200R is actually a better bike than the 230 in my opinion. It is lighter, lacking the battery and e-start (if you cannot kickstart a mildly tuned 200cc thumper, just stay home) and it feels it! they are indestructable too. I would poke around craigslist for an XR200R anywhere from late 80's till early 2000's
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:40 PM   #8
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The Yamaha TW200 is a great trail bike! Very low seat, granny first gear, big fat tires, will climb any hill.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:41 PM   #9
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Older Yamaha XT225/250s can be had reasonably, and are easy to live with and simple to ride. If I was riding with a child and wanted minimal work load, I'd also look at a TW200. I'm a KDX owner and I love mine, but they are not the best bike because of the kicker for the sort of stop and start you'd experience riding with a kid. For this sort of riding, you want a magic button.
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:38 AM   #10
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Yamaha WR 200 (2t) ... rare but great enduro bike

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Old 12-27-2012, 11:32 AM   #11
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Thumb KDX 200 or 220

+1

I have owned mine since 1989... Still good enough for me!

Water cooled, single shock, disks, excellent power throughout and reliable.

Other options out there for sure... What brands / models seem to be easily available in your local 2nd hand market and do you have a good local dealer that supports your choice?

(Love those old 2T Yammies as pictured above!)
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:47 PM   #12
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Something to consider.

One odd thing to consider while riding/teaching the young'uns is the fact that you will have to mount/dismount, start, turn off, and remount, start again, your bike 25 times per mile while you stop, get off, pick up the kid, brush them off, kiss the boo boos, restart the flooded mini, remount, start yours again to get underway..... I owned a KDX while teaching my kids. If I had to do it again, I would go light weight, low seat, e-start. No compromise on these features.
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