250 or 450 for son?

My son will be 14 in Feb. and he is starting to look a little cramped on the 85.

We ride single track mostly and he has decided he wants a WR after riding my 450. Question is 450 or 250? Should I buy a 450 and leave it corked up until he's ready or just get a 250?

I think your answer is in you question.

buy a 450 and leave it corked
The 450 is pretty tame when left stock and as he improves you can unleash the beast!

Get the 250. Even though it's corked the 450 will be alot more bike to handle, weight and gyro wise. That's a huge step from an 85 to a 450. His riding will go downhill.Better to have a smaller bike he can throw around for a few years before he starts thinking 450.

Get the 250 the extra 12 to 15HP of a 450 is insane. In my experience it's easier to wind out a 250 than micro-manage a 450's throttle.

i went from a pitboss 125 with about 8hp to a crf450r(fmf ti exhuast) with arond 55hp and it was not a problem.I love the extra power and i hate to ride any 250 these days.

It depends on your sons riding ability. If he can handle your bike then why not get him one.450 all the way

look at a lot of threads on this. one thing is clear the 250s are a lot easier to handle and almost as fast. Either bike has plenty of power.

I think it greatly depends on the confidence you have in your son's riding ability. Aside from size/strength, I find "age" a weak qualification for talent on a machine. When I was 10 I was riding an XR350 (barely could touch the ground, but loved the bike).....So, find someone with a 450 and with a 250 and let him have a few laps....see what your son's capable of....and comfortable with.

You need to put it into perspective. I understand that if you get him the 450, it's a "future bike" that he will grow into, and wont have to be replaced soon if at all. However, I think the 250 sould be much more fun. I've ridden both back to back, and I'm between a beginner and a novice, and the 250 was more fun for me. (5'10" 180Lbs) Easier to handle (still has nothing on my KDX!) and for my riding style the extra oomph of the 450 didnt really matter.

The slight weight difference is an issue, but the main difference, in my opinion, is the engine inertia of the 450.

i would go 250 its a huge step going from a 85 to a 450

I had a similar question in getting my 12 year old 5'10" 185 pound son his WR. I ended up getting the 250 and he is very happy. I think in the next few years, he could move up to a 450, but the power works fine for him now and he is gaining confidence with every ride. :banghead:

I had a similar question in getting my 12 year old 5'10" 185 pound son his WR. I ended up getting the 250 and he is very happy. I think in the next few years, he could move up to a 450, but the power works fine for him now and he is gaining confidence with every ride. :banghead:

That's a big kid!!! :bonk:

That's a big kid!!! :bonk:

Starting O Line Guard and D Tackle for his Middle school team. :banghead:

I would go the 250 route to the bike will be a lot lighter for him and still have plenty of power.

Well if you want to talk light and handling get him a YZ125 or 250!

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