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Nov 7th 2018, 10:56 PM   #1
 
  Nov 2018
  Tigard

Good but Inexpensive Dirt Bike

I'm looking for a good option for a good but inexpensive bike. I'm comfortable on 350 four strokes, but I feel that's overkill. I'm on a limited budget, so feel free to suggest a good option. Thanks!

-Nathaniel
Nov 8th 2018, 06:01 AM   #2
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  Apr 2017
  Bellevue

  2001 Aprillia Falco SL1000
I think to get the best results include a upper $ number so folks can dial their input.
Nov 8th 2018, 07:34 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  space needle

KAWASAKI!!!
looks like this one is in great shape, $1350
https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/m...743546917.html
you can get in trouble quick on 100cc
Nov 8th 2018, 07:46 AM   #4
 
  Nov 2018
  Tigard

Upper limit is about $1600, preferably a full size bike.
Nov 8th 2018, 02:24 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Muklilteo, WA

  Suzuki DL1000, Honda XR650R, KTM 250 XC-W
Xr250
Nov 8th 2018, 10:20 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
Lowest maintenance and biggest bang for the buck dirt bike is a Honda XR 250, XR 400 or XR 600. There's a reason Jimmy Lewis of Dirt Rider kept a fleet of them when he could (and did) ride every new bike that came out as editor of the magazine.

Higher tech offerings would be the WR450F. Larry at Baja Trails runs a fleet of them as rental bikes and has incredible longevity and overall good luck with them.
Nov 9th 2018, 08:17 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  space needle

definitely can't go wrong with the xr250!
couple ol' reliable '91s for sale:
street legal - $1800, may be able to talk him down to 1600
orv tabbed, looks like it's in nice shape - $1600
Nov 9th 2018, 08:32 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Yamaha TW200 should be in the mix as well.
Nov 9th 2018, 08:45 AM   #9
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

1996 was the last major revision to the XR line up.

I own a small fleet of XR's and love them all.
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Nov 9th 2018, 09:36 PM   #10
 
  Nov 2018
  Tigard

Thanks for all the feedback. Gonna Explore the options!
Nov 13th 2018, 12:39 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
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  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryanthegreat1
1996 was the last major revision to the XR line up.

I own a small fleet of XR's and love them all.
Personally, on the 400, thought the cam/carb/timing on the red models felt faster than my '96.
Nov 13th 2018, 06:33 AM   #12
 
  Apr 2016
  WA

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Originally Posted by Thumperpilot
Personally, on the 400, thought the cam/carb/timing on the red models felt faster than my '96.
They went back to red in 2000.

Seems like first gen stuff from Honda always hit hardest and made the most peak power and then each year they reduced the peak and made more power under the curve.

Look at the CR and CRF line, those were the most brutal on the first years and then got more usable each year.
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