Help!! I need to make a HARD choice!!
Posted October 01, 2001 - 06:25 PM
The first bike is a 98 YZ400f, with about 200 hours on it. The bike has e series exhaust, and renthal bars, but other than that it is stock, and in average condition.
The 2nd bike I am looking at is a 2001 Kawasaki KX 250 with less than 10 hours on it. Bone stock. The guy who bought it is afraid of it.
I was going to buy a new YZ 250, but cannot afford it. I am leaning towards the Kaw, but I love the YZ 4 strokes!! BUT the YZ is a 98 with ALOT of hours, and marginal maintenance.
Give me some Pros and Cons guys. Thanks!!
Posted October 01, 2001 - 07:27 PM
You answered your own question - buy the KX. You'll be dumping money into the 3 yr old YZ4 to keep it up to snuff. You can always buy a 4 stroke when funds permit.
Posted October 01, 2001 - 07:35 PM
It also depends on the price. In certain parts of the country used sells for a lot less than it does in So Cal. Here people want $500 less for a bike that is 2 years old. This is simply not worth the lower price for the hastle, unexpected repairs and giving up newer technology. But if he wants to sell the YZ400F for $2500-$3500 vs the Kawasaki at $5,000 then maybe it is a different story.
So I guess we would have to know the prices, but if prices are equal, hands down the Kawi.
2000WR - EKN#5, 172MJ, 226MAJ, MAJ Passage drilled to 278, 48PJ, 100PAJ, YZ timing, BK mod, 3/4 turn pilot screw, DSP tapered header and pipe, IMS tank & YZ seat, Scotts dampener & triple clamp & Renthal Fatbar 971, White Bros suspension, Dunlop 756's.
Posted October 01, 2001 - 08:52 PM
Posted October 02, 2001 - 03:12 AM
a) Bottom end on YZ will have to be done sooner than you may expect
used bikes are like buses, one every half hour. If you don't like = NEXT !
Good luck, keep it simple!
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Posted October 02, 2001 - 12:55 PM
I am getting rid of a 2001 Banshee, and was offered an even up trade for the 2001 KX, I was also offered the YZ and 1200 dollars for the quad. I can expect to get about 4000 to 4200 for the quad.
NOW what would you guys do.
I do like the KX, and I was really considering going back to a 2 stroke, but something in the back of my brain is saying "no". I am 35 years old, in excellent health, and excellent physical shape.
I need sugestions, my wife just says"What ever you want to do is OK with me"( Kind of a double edged sword isn't it!!)
Thanks for the replies Guys!!
Posted October 02, 2001 - 01:52 PM
Dave you even stated that the YZ has had marginal maintenance - that alone would steer me away from it. Besides it's a first year production bike - water pump shaft problems, harsh suspension?, etc....
Plus, I'm not sure I'd buy a YZ/WR if I was looking for a new (to me) bike. The other options are very tempting depending on what you're looking for.
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Posted October 03, 2001 - 04:47 PM
Posted October 03, 2001 - 05:04 PM
I think you made the smart choice.