I've currently got an 02 YZ250f that I've gotten myself back into dirt riding with. I've chatted with a couple CRF250r owners on the forum and it has been extremely helpful, but I'm looking to get some more input from others too.
I do about 60% trail riding (some single track, mostly more techincal double-track, not much fire roads) and 40% mx riding (comfortable clearing 45ft tables). I've been riding for quite a while and am comfortable working on my machines.
I'm leaning toward the 2012 CRF250r as it sounds like with its tweaked suspension would actually do pretty well on trials. The reason I haven't already purchased this bike (or any 250 mx bike) deals with engine life. While I don't mind doing the maintenance necessary to prolong life, it seems as though the engine is more of a "wear" component that will need to be rebuilt after XX hours. I know the days of the XR400 are over and you have to play," but I wanted to see what other options (if any) there are.
I'm still leaning toward the 250r, but the 2012 WR450f is a close second followed by the KTM350.
Like I said, primarily trail riding forging streams/rocks/trees, but I want the bike to be capable on the mx track for when I case a double. So...
-Will the KTM350 or a 450 require less engine maintenance since I won't have to "string it out" as much?
-Will I still be able to toss it around in the tighter stuff like I could with the CRF250r?
-Is the 450f too "soft" for mx? It's about 50lbs heavier than the 250r...
I'm 170 lbs and 5'11" and 2-strokes are not an option.
Edited by Holz, April 10, 2012 - 12:50 PM.