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Old 11-01-2007, 04:24 PM
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2-stroke of 4-stroke

Im lookin to buy a dirt bike and wondering what you gus thing. im 6'0" 230ish. I had a 2 stroke 125 about 10 yrs ago but time and technology has changed. I know I need a 250 but dont know about the 4 stroke and wanted you guys input

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On this one i would definetly go with a 4 stroke. The technology has changed so much in the past 10 years and the 4 stroke is now the dominate motor. They are more responsive through all power ranges (i.e. no sharp power band), they are very easy to mantain (no mixing of fuel), and they make astonishing power (most motocross guys and now riding 4 strokes). As far as CC's go a 250 is still pretty strong but the 400's and 500's are animals. I have a '97 Honda XR 400 (19 years old, 5'8", 150lbs) and my dad (smaller than me) has a 2002 KTM 520 EXC. Go with the 4 stroke!!!
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On this one i would definetly go with a 4 stroke. The technology has changed so much in the past 10 years and the 4 stroke is now the dominate motor. They are more responsive through all power ranges (i.e. no sharp power band), they are very easy to mantain (no mixing of fuel), and they make astonishing power (most motocross guys and now riding 4 strokes). As far as CC's go a 250 is still pretty strong but the 400's and 500's are animals. I have a '97 Honda XR 400 (19 years old, 5'8", 150lbs) and my dad (smaller than me) has a 2002 KTM 520 EXC. Go with the 4 stroke!!!

BAH! My cousin always loved dirtbikes and own 3 of them 1 a Kawasaki KX250, 2 KX500, and a Honda CR500. He always claimed 2 strokes always belonged in bikes, higher rev, acceleration, light weight, and cheaper to fix or rebuild. 4 strokes are basically in all the bikes now days and are getting better and better. But if I were you I would have to get a 2 stroke bike. I drove my cousin KX500 and that thing got some balls. Just my I seriously need to get a bike or quad, I really miss my banshee.
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BTW if I were you I would try out the bigger bore 2 stroke bikes. Honda CR500
or a KX500 it had plenty of torq to move my fatazz and I weigh 190lbs and 6'1". Even thought 4 strokes can create more torq than 2 strokes the KX500 or CR500 were not playing a factor in this case. It had plenty of torq and had the powerband that 2 strokes are famous for. If you don't wanna get scared and have a thrill for speed get a 4 stroke if you want that unpredictable power rush in acceleration get a bigger bore 2 stroke.
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On this one i would definetly go with a 4 stroke. The technology has changed so much in the past 10 years and the 4 stroke is now the dominate motor. They are more responsive through all power ranges (i.e. no sharp power band), they are very easy to mantain (no mixing of fuel), and they make astonishing power (most motocross guys and now riding 4 strokes). As far as CC's go a 250 is still pretty strong but the 400's and 500's are animals. I have a '97 Honda XR 400 (19 years old, 5'8", 150lbs) and my dad (smaller than me) has a 2002 KTM 520 EXC. Go with the 4 stroke!!!
You may not have to mix the oil, but four strokes are very high maintainence, 250's especially. They have regular valve adjustments and the 250's can be very hard on clutches. Some models of kx250f's had problems of the piston splitting nad others had transmission issues. IMHO for your size either a two stroke of at least 250, or four stroke 450. KTM's have some sizes in between you could look at also. As far as choosing, i think you need to ride one of each to see which one fits you best. 2 stroke steers with the rear tire, 4 stroke steers with the front. i have a 2 stroke that has been bored out to 283 and several other mods and when i can hook up i can outaccelerate 450's all day
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it depends on what you want. the 2 strokes are simple to maintain, you just have to mix the oil and fuel. the bad thing is is that they are trying to reduce the number of 2 strokes on the market. the 4 strokes are great, but require regular valve adjustments, and can be very pricey to rebuild. plus you dont have to mix fuel. i like both, but the two storkes are so much fun. if you are 230'ish i woulg go with a 250 two stroke or a 450 4 stroke. the 2 stroke will be very snappy in the power but lots of fun too. the 4 stroke wil be more smooth through the power band, but still fun!! hope this helps.
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Get the 4 stroke. The days of mixing oil and replacing the piston every 25-50 hours are gone. For your size, I would go with a 450ish bike, however the new 250s are pretty fast and cost less money. Depends on your skill level. 450 if you have more skills, and 250 if you have less. Good luck with whatever you decide. Show us a pick when you get it.
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Get the 4 stroke. The days of mixing oil and replacing the piston every 25-50 hours are gone. For your size, I would go with a 450ish bike, however the new 250s are pretty fast and cost less money. Depends on your skill level. 450 if you have more skills, and 250 if you have less. Good luck with whatever you decide. Show us a pick when you get it.

Actually you would be surprised sometimes 2 strokes that are treated well can last a very very long time, sometimes longer than a 4 stroke. And is maxing gas that much of a pain to you guys for a little bit of fun?
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thanks for the info I read every post carefully and I am goin out to see what I can find and Ill let you know
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