hi i am very new

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  • TequilaRyan

Posted March 14, 2006 - 01:11 PM


My name is Ryan and I live in SoCal. I do not own a dirt bike BUT I am looking into one. just a little about my self im 6'5 250lbs and I was thinking of a 426 or a 450. I make enough to pay for my truck and girlfriend with a tad bit for myself :thumbsup: I would like to buy a used bike between 2k-3k in clean condition, If you can let me know what bike would be best and why. I plan on going to Glamis and oco, annnnd I would like to ride aggressive

  • jgerdi

Posted March 14, 2006 - 01:32 PM


You've got the right idea. Let your first bike be a good used bike . Get used to it , crash a bunch and then figure out what you really want.
The biggest piece of advice has to do with your safety. If your mx experience is little you should start on a 250 four stroke which would have plenty of power to clear any jump. A 450 four stroke can be a death machine in a novice hands. The 250f will allow you to learn proper techniques to make you a capable rider. Then decide if you need the 450. I started on a yz400 f then went to 250f to practice proper riding techniques. Now I have an 06 yz 450f and am comfortable with the hp that it produces and still ride in a smooth but fast manner.
I would suggest the yz250f for its reliabilaty. MY 04 crf250 had many valve issues. Mechanical issues take the fun out of riding.

  • TequilaRyan

Posted March 14, 2006 - 01:36 PM


but do you think that I am too fat for a 250? for like the sand and all that im not round, im just a big guy. since I was instructed to come to this forum from Dezertrangers.com I trust in what everyone says. thank you.

  • boyonblue52

Posted March 14, 2006 - 01:38 PM


Yeah i would agree with jgerdi....i started on a xr100 (laughs) and moved up to a Xr200 then to my yz450f and it was a pretty big step up but it really just takes time to get used to the bikes and there amounts of power. For a beginer with some or no time on a bike and wants to race i would say stick with the yz250f.....very dependabe and the crf's seem to have some vavle issues so thast your best bet. Try out ebay for a bike......very good place to start. I have a lot of experience with ebay so send me a line if you have some questions! Hope this helps.

  • x2stroker

Posted March 14, 2006 - 01:39 PM


I would say a 250 is too small for you.... I'd go with the 450. Ot's all about throttle control....

  • boyonblue52

Posted March 14, 2006 - 01:40 PM


No way dude yur not too fat for it.....u can play with the suspension a bit to make it fit yur weight and ability......if u just swing yur leg over a 450 yur ganna hurt yurself.....and thast ganna make u not want to comtinue riding....so for the price and power stick with a yz250f.

  • TequilaRyan

Posted March 14, 2006 - 01:46 PM


right on,
I just feel that if I take it easy at first on a 450 I would be ok I have ride a bike before and did alright but it was only a few times. also I would like to have this bike for awhile so if I did get the 450 or 426 I could keep it for a few more years.

  • crf450ds

Posted March 14, 2006 - 01:52 PM


If you plan on riding at Glamis you will want at least a 400cc 4 stroke. Sand sucks up an amazing amount of power, and with your size a 250 would be under powered out there for you. Best of luck with what ever you choose.

  • x2stroker

Posted March 14, 2006 - 01:57 PM


Go for it...

At 6' 5", I think you're better off with the 450. You'll have the strength to muscle the beast.... I have an 03 450 and rode a friends 05 250 this past weekend and I was suprised of the power difference. The 250 was definitely easier to ride and a great bike, but I missed the power of the 450. Have Fun! :thumbsup:

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  • jgerdi

Posted March 14, 2006 - 02:10 PM


I do not like broken bones or taking time off of work to heal, and I'm not 16. Lets say you buy a good 250f for 2500- 3000 and after riding it a few months, I recommend longer, and you decide that you are ready for a bigger bike. You will probably sell it for within a couple hundred dollars of what you paid for it and maybe you were able to save some more $$ to buy a nicer 450.
Remember when you are out there trying to keep up with people who have ridden for years , " some times you go faster by slowing down".

  • TequilaRyan

Posted March 14, 2006 - 04:23 PM


well what about this bike let me know!

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for the drive? its like a day drive round trip

  • WR450F_RDR

Posted March 14, 2006 - 05:17 PM


I am about same weight and height and ride a 450. I would most definitely get one if you plan to ride in the sand. 250's just dont cut it. Its all about throttle control. But and here is the but, I dont know if you are going to find a decent bike for 2-3k, maybe a 400 or 426 but not likely a newer 450.

  • TequilaRyan

Posted March 14, 2006 - 05:51 PM


what about the one in the pic does that look clean for the price? i bet i could talk it down too.

  • Supafreak_711

Posted March 14, 2006 - 06:15 PM


How about a used XR650, it would be great for the sand. Managable power, yet tons for when you need it. It wouldnt be a MX bike, but if your going to learn on it and play in the sand its something you might consider.

  • TequilaRyan

Posted March 14, 2006 - 06:23 PM


well im not looking for a XR or trail bike thats why i was looking at this bike

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  • WR450F_RDR

Posted March 14, 2006 - 06:29 PM


that 426 may be a good buy, if it was taken care of. make an offer on it.

  • sac 53

Posted March 14, 2006 - 10:24 PM


I am roughly the same size and ride a 426. Great bike tons of power but easy to control.

  • RoughR1der

Posted March 15, 2006 - 07:13 AM


go with the bigger bike. it's better to buy too much than too little considering your size. you can always grow into a big bore as you learn. but that's just me, the more horses the better :thumbsup:

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