200 lbs to heavy for a 250f?
Posted August 16, 2009 - 02:21 PM
Posted August 16, 2009 - 02:36 PM
Hello, i have a 2009 yamaha yz450f which i have been using for trail rides and sand pits for the past 4 months with little problem, i love the power for those. Went for my first ride at an actual motocross track recently, and i found the 450 to have way more power then what i need for my skill level, and i want to start riding mostly at the track (had a few good scares there on my 450) and im thinking a 250f will be much better for my skill level. Considering trading my 450 for a 250, but im a bulky lad (200-205) wondering if this is to heavy to run a 250, and looking for any other advice as to whether or not this would be a good/bad idea. Thanks...
Just my .02 I weigh about 185-190. I agree on the 450F being too much bike for an mx track. I like the 450F for trails and ride one of my sons 250fs on the mx track. The suspension works for me. The SSS suspensions on the Yami's work really well. My son only weighs about 140lbs but is also an intermediate rider about to turn pro so his suspension is pretty aggressive. I dont ride nearly as fast as him on an mx track so I think you would be fine like I am. You may just have to stiffen the compression up some. I jumped an 85ft table top with his stock suspension and overshot the landing a bit and still it wasnt too bad. It bottomed out but didnt hurt. You probably wont like the 250F on trails after riding the 450F but it also depends on what type of trails you ride. I have to shift the 250F too much on the trails I ride so I prefer the 450F there. On the mx track I am waaay more comfortable on the 250F and if I get tired it doesnt get away from me like a 450F does. Good luck what ever you decide.
Posted August 16, 2009 - 02:44 PM
Posted August 16, 2009 - 03:01 PM
Posted August 16, 2009 - 05:34 PM
Posted August 16, 2009 - 05:45 PM
Posted August 16, 2009 - 05:47 PM
I agree I love not having to rev the bike out. Just stick it in one gear and let it chug you around the track without much effort. For me i'm less worn out on a 450 because I let it do all the work without having to rev the thing to the moon.
Very good point. I have learned this as I've ridden more. I just know how I get on an mx track when I get tired on a 450F. Yes I should stop when I get tired.
Posted August 16, 2009 - 05:52 PM
Posted August 16, 2009 - 07:54 PM
200 is not too heavy for a 250f. My uncle is about 250 and rides a 07 yz250f and I can't keep up with him, and I'm riding an 06 yz250f weighing in at 180. If you want get a heavier spring, but you should be fine!
I will say though I'm advancing to the 450 here in a week or two. Selling jeep and my 250f, getting a 450. I like the 250 lightweight, but a lot more work is involved with shifting and gassing. I rode a 450 all weekend and it was so nice putting it in 1st on all the goat trails and not having to shift once.
Posted August 16, 2009 - 10:58 PM
I am 200 lbs.(I'm also 6'4" and there's not much extra to lose) and yes the 250 can struggle to clear some jumps if you don't hit the turn before properly but it's not too bad.
I ride MX exclusively and I think I will switch to the 250 for the races since I am a top-20 rider in my class (our MXB class is basically run-what-you-brung) but never get to pass anyone when I get top-5 starts on the big bike.
Posted August 17, 2009 - 04:36 AM
It was fine, but I'm on a 250T now which I like better. I can ride it a gear lower and it is like a tractor up hills.