I am thinking of getting a new bike. right now i have a honda 2005 crf230 and i am getting very bored with it. I went to a race practice once with it and it was really fun, the only thing is my bike kept bottoming out on the bigger jumps and it is really heavy. i was only getting about 5 feet of air so that kinda sucked. my friend came with me and it was also his first time, he has a 2001 yzf426 and he loves it. he has only changed the oil once and cleaned the filter once and it still runs like a charm. he has used it for about 8months now pretty much every day. but has only been at a race track once for about 5 hours. he dosent do any maintenance on it at all. so i was very impressed with his bike. I want to get a bike for my skill level, his seems to have too much power for me because i am scared to even crack on it. i am sorry if i am writing a book here but i want to know if i should go with a newer model 250 or a 426? which one would be better for a BEGINER racer and mechanic more or less? i was also thinking of getting a 2 stroke 125 cause they are nice and light and seem like they are fun. I woukd eventually learn how to check the valves and stuff like that so that shouldnt be a problem. i do general maintenance like oil changes and carb mods and stuff, but nothing inside the engine or suspension. It would be very much appretiated if all of you could give me your feedback. thanks. PS. I am in grade 12 and when i graduate i m going to trace school close to home and would like to have a bike to take to the nearby track and learn how to use it. haha.