My son....CRF100 vs. CR85
Posted November 12, 2005 - 08:53 PM
Your opinions are welcomed!
Posted November 12, 2005 - 09:25 PM
Posted November 13, 2005 - 04:40 AM
Posted November 13, 2005 - 04:47 PM
I think your son at his age and size would move right through the 100 in no time. I would not look at a 4 stroke smaller then the CRF150.
The CRF100 is a great bike but just not powerfull enough. We rode today here in NH, beautiful day, and he was getting passed without much effort by a kid on a KX65 and another passed him like he was standing still on a YZ 80.
Posted November 13, 2005 - 05:17 PM
a crf150 would be a good bike for him except for the wieght factor.....
actauly now that im thinking..... i dont kno if a 85 has a big enough gas tank to last you your 20+ miles of riding that you do... but u can get a bigger gas tank.
if a 85 is completely to much power for him, he will say i dont like that bike dad its to fast. but if it is a little to powerful for him he'll say "dad that bike is great, we should get it!" since kids always want more power
Posted November 13, 2005 - 05:46 PM
Posted November 13, 2005 - 06:11 PM
Posted November 16, 2005 - 02:22 PM
Posted November 16, 2005 - 02:33 PM
Posted November 18, 2005 - 09:06 PM
Posted November 18, 2005 - 09:42 PM
or get an RM / KX 85 they have more low end then the CR
We love our CR85R ... but we ride mostly backyard MX and tracks. I would think that the tight technical trails on the CR85 are going to be very hard for him to negotiate if they are as tight as you describe. The CR85R is a race bike ... designed for the track. If he can ride the CR85R then he can easily ride the CRF150. If you get the CRF150, drop one tooth on the CS so he can work the tight stuff.
Posted November 19, 2005 - 05:17 PM
I've checked around and Honda of Charlotte NC has two 2003 left overs for $1995, brand new!
I wish someone manufactured a four stroke for kids, with real suspension and real brakes. I know BBR has this, but they are too expensive for a 12 year old that will out grow them, heck there too expensive for me.
Posted November 21, 2005 - 04:21 PM
Posted November 21, 2005 - 04:29 PM
I think the key is which one of the 4 major MX 80/85's bikes is better on the trails? More low end and want foul plugs easily.
Well ... to be honest, the CR85 (stock) does not have very much low end ... and, if you don't keep the RPMs up then you will foul plugs (I bought them 6 at a time when we first got it). However, maybe with a smaller front sprocket or larger rear you could fix some of that. Now ... my guess is that all of the MX bikes above will have similar problems.
Maybe, you could purchase a used 85 and work from there ... then, you would not have 2.5K tied up in a new race bike ... because, that is what they are ... race bikes.
Posted November 21, 2005 - 04:41 PM
Posted November 23, 2005 - 05:49 PM
I would get the CR85 for your kid. You can always put a flywheel weight on it to tame it down and make it easier to ride in the nasty's. Spend a day getting the jetting and float level right and it should be good to go. If you need more fuel range then get a # plate tank from Acerbis to extend the range. If he likes the 2-stroke and can handle it ok them why not get it for him. Its 2x the bike that the CRF100 is. It will also teach him control. The 2-stroke is a lot pipier than a thumper. He will have to learn to control the power in the diff conditions.
Posted November 27, 2005 - 09:38 PM
I say get him the 85 and let him rip it up!!!
Posted November 30, 2005 - 06:17 PM
The weekend that we brought the CR85 home, I think I had more fun with the bike than my son did. That thing really hauls a$$.
OUT WITH OLD IN WITH THE NEW!
Here's the OLD: which is now for sale.
Here's the new:
Yes it's in the garage. He got to ride it for a complete weekend but now it is hockey season and tonight it is 18 degreesF, he (and I) cannot wait until it gets a little warmer. March-ish.
Thanks again for your comments!
Posted December 02, 2005 - 09:46 PM