Am I too tall for a 125 two stroke?


23 replies to this topic
  • jschneider93

Posted December 05, 2012 - 11:53 PM

#1

I've looked for other posts about this, but all of the ones I've seen have been about if they weigh too much for a 125 two stroke. I'm 6'1" tall, and about 175 lbs, so I know I'm an alright weight for a 125, but am I too tall for one? I'll be trail riding, and track riding about 50/50, and I think I'll be on the aggressive side of riding once I get a bike. I'm just wondering which would be more comfortable/effective to ride, and if I wouldn't have to do a suspension job on a 250, but I would on a 125 for my weight, I'd probably rather get the 250. Any help is great, thanks.

  • KcDavis

Posted December 06, 2012 - 08:19 AM

#2

Well, all full size bikes are roughly the same height. 125's often have a taller seat height than the others. If you feel cramped on a bike you can do things to help with that.

  • Monk

Posted December 06, 2012 - 08:24 AM

#3

Height wise, no problems! But 175lbs, that's on the heavy side for a 125......

  • kx100rider911

Posted December 06, 2012 - 10:46 AM

#4

I would go with a 250f or 250 two stroke, you sound pretty big and 125s have good power but I think you would soon be wanting more than they have

  • Fade

Posted December 06, 2012 - 10:50 AM

#5

92 KX500....straight up :smirk:

But really, 125-sure, but weight wise, your pushing it

I'd get a 250f or 250 2 stroke if I were you.

  • jhatfie4

Posted December 06, 2012 - 11:00 AM

#6

if you have any experience id get a 250 smoker.. god I love Fade's avatar

  • crashreallyfast

Posted December 06, 2012 - 11:20 AM

#7

Height wise, no problems! But 175lbs, that's on the heavy side for a 125......

you are literally 5lbs heavier then the target weight for 125's, 125's pull riders and are designed for riders between 130lb - 170lb. so you should be fine on a 125 (as long as its running good)

  • KJ790

Posted December 06, 2012 - 11:23 AM

#8

I'm 6'-1" and 170lbs and my 125 pulls me just fine. I love blowing by guys on the outside of a corner while they are on 450's :ride:

As far as your height goes, not a problem. My 450 actually has a lower seat height than my 125 does.

Edited by KJ790, December 06, 2012 - 11:24 AM.


  • cdodge0817

Posted December 06, 2012 - 11:30 AM

#9

Just go with a 250 at least because as you improve and get comfortable on the 125 you will want the bigger bike with more power etc eventually so just start with the bigger one...just saving you some money in my opinion

  • Monk

Posted December 06, 2012 - 11:48 AM

#10

you are literally 5lbs heavier then the target weight for 125's, 125's pull riders and are designed for riders between 130lb - 170lb. so you should be fine on a 125 (as long as its running good)


Never said a 125 wouldn't work, just said he's heavy for a 125......170lbs plus 20lbs of gear is 195lbs. Now you're getting up there.....

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  • SoCaL07yz250

Posted December 06, 2012 - 11:58 AM

#11

I've looked for other posts about this, but all of the ones I've seen have been about if they weigh too much for a 125 two stroke. I'm 6'1" tall, and about 175 lbs, so I know I'm an alright weight for a 125, but am I too tall for one? I'll be trail riding, and track riding about 50/50, and I think I'll be on the aggressive side of riding once I get a bike. I'm just wondering which would be more comfortable/effective to ride, and if I wouldn't have to do a suspension job on a 250, but I would on a 125 for my weight, I'd probably rather get the 250. Any help is great, thanks.


What is your experience with dirt bikes? What did you have last?

  • crashreallyfast

Posted December 07, 2012 - 06:17 AM

#12

Never said a 125 wouldn't work, just said he's heavy for a 125......170lbs plus 20lbs of gear is 195lbs. Now you're getting up there.....

your right, i was just saying he is a little to much, the bike will just have a little less low end, and he will have to ride it a little bit harder. (not much at all though)

  • c-slak

Posted December 07, 2012 - 07:20 AM

#13

I weigh 175 without gear and am 6'1" also. My 125 pulls me just fine and is as fun to ride as my 265. This is from a Honda 125 which is considered to be one of the weakest 125s engine wise. The stock springs are too soft for MX but that is a real cheap and easy fix. They feel fine offroad though. I think the 125 is more challenging to ride than a bigger bike but that is half the fun!

  • jschneider93

Posted December 09, 2012 - 08:05 AM

#14

What is your experience with dirt bikes? What did you have last?

I guess I should have said that. It would be my first bike. As far as experience, I've only ridden around my cousin's yard that's about an acre for like 25 minutes at a time, but I've done that a good number of times. I can get on and ride fine, but I really probably have less experience than one would have after an full day of trail riding. By the way, I mostly rode the TT-R230, I rode the RM85 a good bit, and the RM125 a little.

Edited by jschneider93, December 09, 2012 - 09:00 AM.


  • SoCaL07yz250

Posted December 09, 2012 - 06:05 PM

#15

I guess I should have said that. It would be my first bike. As far as experience, I've only ridden around my cousin's yard that's about an acre for like 25 minutes at a time, but I've done that a good number of times. I can get on and ride fine, but I really probably have less experience than one would have after an full day of trail riding. By the way, I mostly rode the TT-R230, I rode the RM85 a good bit, and the RM125 a little.


If it's your first bike I would definitely go with the 125. Cheap, easy to maintain and has enough power for you.

  • BLACKeR

Posted December 09, 2012 - 06:42 PM

#16

if its your first bike a 125 is a great choice. im 6' 170 and started on a 250 2-stroke, after 1.5yrs i switched to a 125. i improved greatly as a rider, the 125 forces you to use good technique and it gives you the confidence to push yourself. there are a lot of riders on 250f's who can huck jumps but are permanent novices because they never learned how to corner.

  • newblood

Posted December 10, 2012 - 02:55 AM

#17

I'm 5''10 180lbs. My first bike was an 03 YZ 125 about 4yrs ago. I moved to a KTM 200 for a year, but I'm back on the 03 YZ 125 and I dont plan on changing. I only ride woods and race harescrambles. 125s are just plain fun to ride.

  • rjpjnk

Posted December 11, 2012 - 05:34 PM

#18

It is a common misconception that 125s are shorter than 250s or 450s. I wonder why that is...

  • Monk

Posted December 11, 2012 - 05:35 PM

#19

It is a common misconception that 125s are shorter than 250s or 450s. I wonder why that is...


TTR 125 maybe? :smirk:

Edited by originalmonk, December 11, 2012 - 05:35 PM.


  • rjpjnk

Posted December 16, 2012 - 04:24 PM

#20

TTR 125 maybe? :smirk:


You know, that may really be the reason. They should have made that TTR a different displacement. It's confusing.





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