KDX or YZ
Posted August 21, 2002 - 05:24 AM
Posted August 21, 2002 - 06:17 AM
I used to own a 99 220 KDX. Great trail bike and priced right!! I never rode it in deep sand though. I put a FMF fatty on it and was FAST in the low and mid range. The cockpit might be a bit small for you size but with 1 1/8 inch bars with a riser on it you will should be OK. The one thing is that the top end does fade a bit due to the size of the engine. It is my experience that the bike is good on the tight twisting stuff, in the sand I would get a bigger motor.
Posted August 21, 2002 - 06:29 AM
Posted August 21, 2002 - 06:44 AM
Posted August 21, 2002 - 07:27 AM
Posted August 21, 2002 - 07:31 AM
The suspension is flimsy and has no adjustability. Its setup SOFT. Forget any serious MX on it, where the 250Fs has some of the best suspension you can buy. The 250Fs are much higher performance bikes. (You can soup the KDX up considerably, try Jeff Freddette's shop).
However, the KDXs are nearly indestructable. Lots of my friends have learned to ride on it, and it has countless crashes on it. I have never had the head off! Still original rings, and it runs OK. I just replaced the rear wheel bearings, but otherwise maintenance has been nil. A great beginner bike.
[ August 21, 2002, 10:53 AM: Message edited by: mikeolichney ]
Posted August 21, 2002 - 07:38 AM
Posted August 21, 2002 - 08:34 AM
Posted August 21, 2002 - 11:31 AM
Posted August 21, 2002 - 02:13 PM
Posted August 21, 2002 - 03:40 PM
If you can afford it spend the extra 8 on the KX250. Although trashed by the mags in shootouts, it's one of the most capable of the 250 motocrossers. Tons of low and mid and better high speed stability than any headshaking Honda or Suzuki.
For what you get for what you pay, the extra money will get you a Hot Rod compared to Granny's Buick.
I'm not knocking the KDX's. They, like other trailbikes are equal in fun in their element, but not when pushed to their limits.
Posted August 23, 2002 - 10:04 AM
The problem is the 7-12K feet that we ride at. It doesn't have alot of extra power to throw around at elevation, even with the right jetting.
Originally posted by Razorback:
I'm not sure what the problem is with mikeolichneys bike but mine will pull effortless wheelies all day long first through fourth with only an exhaust upgrade and proper jets.
Posted August 24, 2002 - 05:41 AM
One of my favorite things about the KDX is that it wheelies so easy that's why I found your comment strange.You are right about the low maintenance.I had a 90 KDX200 until April of 2001 and I never had that engine apart not even for rings.By the time I traded it in it could have used a new set but I got 10 good years out of that bike.My latest 220 has the Fredette head and cylinder work,rad valve,FMF pipe,Pro Circuit sparky and new jets.The torque on this bike is so strong it can do almost anything my XR400 can do.In a drag race it won't beat a good running 250 MX bike but it will run with any bike in tight trails,woods,mountains and it's nearly impossible to stall it no matter how slow you ride it or lug it.
[ August 24, 2002, 08:58 AM: Message edited by: Razorback ]
Posted August 24, 2002 - 07:52 PM
Goodluck with your descision.
Oh by the way if this bike is only for dunes/sand riding you should consider a cr/kx500, there will be much less strain on the engine than the smaller bore 2 smokes.
Posted August 28, 2002 - 12:57 PM
Both are great bikes, the WR has gobs of power down low and the KDX has some down low but nothing like the WR. You really notice it in sandy trails: The KDX struggles in first gear, while the WR does the same trail in second gear with no problem. The KDX’s power sneaks up you and is happiest wound up, the WR in comparison hits NOW and hits HARD.
The WR is taller and heavier, but after you get used to it, it’s not bad. The KDX flings through the trails easier than the WR.
Suspension on the WR is awesome. On open trails with bumps and rocks, the WR seems to just gobble everything up. KDX, different story. On fast open trails with bumps, the suspensions weaknesses are noticed.
Another obvious difference is the throttle. I don’t if there’s a mod out yet or not but that hair trigger throttle on the WR sucks big time, could be something to do with the TPS, who knows. For trail riding it gets to be somewhat of a pain, but not so with the KDX.
As far as starting goes it makes me no difference, both start just fine.
Hill climbing both are good.
KDX runs cooler. The WR has never overheated, but you can FEEL the engine heat more so than with the KDX.
I like the sound of the WR best Harley like pop,pop. The KDX sounds like the rug cleaning attachment on a vacuum cleaner!
To me, the WR is more fun to ride (it’s modified remember). But the KDX is a blast too.
Posted August 29, 2002 - 03:33 PM
I tell ya that 200 is a sweet trail bike. even the 89 as big,bulky and heavy as it is, is pretty sweet in the single track. It dont have a ton of power. But as long as you keep your momentum up it works fine. I can run with all my friends on there thumpers.
The suspension is magic. Even though its oldasdirt it works awsome on the nasty rocky,rooty trails near my house.
I tell ya if I rode nothing but single track. Id consider a new 220.
P.S. there is additional power to be had in the stock pipe. Apperantely there is a baffle in the stock pipe. If you cut the pipe appart, gut it, and weld it together it works like a fmf. That s what I heard. I want to try it on my wifes bike one of these days.