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Going from an XR100 to a YZ250F

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Hey Guys,

My son just turned 14 and he has grown like a weed. He is now too small with his XR100 and he wants a YZ250F. He is 5'9", 125 lbs. I am concerned that the YZ maybe too big and fast for him. He is a great rider on his XR100. I have seen him climb hills with that bike that I would not have dreamed it could make. On one nasty hill, I saw a DRZ400 rider turn around and we went flying by. He talked about it for a few days. I tried to have him look at the WR250F, but, he wants no part of it. He worships the motocross guys. Anyway, at least the YZ250F is lighter. I noticed that it does not have the radiator overflow bottle like my WR. Does that cause the YZ to overheat more on the trails. I am also concerned that the first gear of the YZ250F maybe too high. Thanks in advance on any advice you could give me. As you may know, even if there is a better bike for him, he is that age where he will not even consider it. He wants to ride what his heros ride. :)

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He is the exact size as me and I ride a GasGas 200ec. I rode a friends 250f and it was pretty good. As long as he is ready for the extra power which it sounds like he is then the 250f should be a good step up. :)

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Is there a way you can let him ride the WR and then the YZ on a tough trail? That will make up his mind. He will hate the YZ on tough trails... gauranteed!!!\

Hoss

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The 250F won't overheat on the trails unless you sit there for awhile, engine running. Turn it off if it's going to be a few minutes without airflow. Change the rear sproket to 50 tooth to slow it down, see the "Upgrades" section here: http://www.thumperfaq.com/ You'll be interested in Powernow/Homemade version (AvNow, Jamesnow, et. all), as well as the other valuable info here. You're a swell dad! :)

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