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MTSN
05-01-2013, 09:32 AM
Hi guys - I'm considering getting back into dirt after about 15 years out of it. I rode a lot when I was in middle school then a little in high school and a little in college. I stopped mainly because I got into street a lot more and have ridden only street now for quite some time (Ducati Monster).

I'm looking for a reliable strong bike that runs great on trails and can do the occassional track day. I've always like Honda and am drawn to the CRF150R for a couple of reasons. Mainly is its size - I'm only about 5'5" and 130 pounds soaking wet, so I like that the seat height and width is built with people my size in mind. I also like that it's a 4 stroke as I plan more trail time than anything else. Truth be told, I've literally never ridden a 4 stroke off road as I grew up on a KX80, KX100, CR125, CR250, but I've always thought/known the 4 stroke powerband is better suited to trail duty.

I realize the downfalls of this particular bike is the maintenance since it's more built for the track and the higher cost of purchase and upkeep compared with a similar size 2 stroke, but I'm not worried about that too much since they hold their value well and I'm ok with turning wrenches. Any experience/thoughts on this particular bike?

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Red_Chili
05-01-2013, 12:38 PM
Have you ridden it?

Given your experience it will likely be close to what you are used to, except down on power. Up here, it would be a handful on the trails... kinda small even for your size. But if you like the way it feels when you ride it, gopher it.

MTSN
05-01-2013, 01:20 PM
I haven't ridden one yet. Just poking around on CL right now trying to determine what would be best to focus on to try to find a good deal. I camped at Guanella Pass in the fall and rode my buddy's CR250 around all weekend on the trails and it was exhausting with the peaky power and tippy toe starts and stops (and it was jetted wrong so it took a lot of clutching and rpms to keep it from stalling constantly).

Do you have any suggestions on a bike that would be nice for the CO trails out here that wouldn't be a pain to reach the floor? When I first had my CR125 when I was 13 I couldn't touch the ground with either foot, so I'd lean it way over slap it in gear and take off in one motion - I'm kinda over that :D haha

baja1d
05-01-2013, 04:44 PM
A CRF150 is way too small. My $.02, go 250 minimum & have it lowered. Then again, once you get into that range the weight in nominal from 250-525. Other cons to the 150 would be your fuel range & lack of suspension options. I'm currently riding a titled YZ250 that's jetted correctly & geared down for trail riding only. Let us know when you pull the trigger. Riding season is nearly upon us....buraap!

MTSN
05-02-2013, 09:18 AM
Ok cool thanks for the advice! I did start looking at a CRF250x which I think would be pretty suitable with a little bit of lowering. I have avoided lowering bikes in the past because I was afraid it might mess up handling, but I would be cool with taking it to a good shop to have them dial it in because of my weight and short inseam.

I'll definitely post up here when I get a bike since all the guys I know are into strictly street and I'll be looking for people to ride with!

Red_Chili
05-02-2013, 01:41 PM
Try Hitchcock in Englewood to lower it right.

MTSN
05-02-2013, 04:02 PM
Try Hitchcock in Englewood to lower it right.

Thanks for the tip. I'm driving to Castle Rock tonight to check out this CRF250x: http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/3780375346.html

I also saw a lowering link for the bike here: http://denver.craigslist.org/mcy/3777292663.html

I'll let you know how it pans out!

MTSN
05-03-2013, 12:07 PM
Went and checked out the CRF250x. Very nice bike and very clean. It was really quick and fun, but to be honest I wouldn't even throw a leg over it until it had been lowered a minimum of 1.5-2". My inseam is 30" and the seat height is almost 38"! The seat maybe sagged a half an inch with my body weight too, so not much help there. The guy was looking to sell it really quick and had 7 other people calling yesterday, so I think I'll let this one go. I wish it would have fit even a little bit better because this one was clean and the guy was very friendly and cool.

Red_Chili
05-03-2013, 12:38 PM
They are all gonna be like that. You can check out the smaller KaTooms too. If you like, you can try my old KDX220 (from the late Pleistocene) as well... it's a sleeper. If I rode it more, I would have Neil Hitchcock go through the suspension and make it float ever so nice... Something like that might be an option to modify.

farnhamstj
05-07-2013, 05:10 PM
It's easier to ride a 450 at 11,000ft than anything else. Also, it's good to have a plate on it in CO. 250-450cc bikes are all the same chassis size. I'll suggest a Honda 450x. If mountain passes and such are on your mind. There are a few of us in the club that ride ktm 450exc's 2004-2007 I'll suggest one of those too, but are more difficult to lower.

MTSN
05-08-2013, 02:04 PM
Thanks for the good advice and the offer to let me try your KDX too!

I looked at a couple other bikes and I actually settled on a CRF150RB expert. I know it was advised against, but I found the size to feel incredibly comfortable being able to tip toe on both sides of the bike. I definitely want to feel like I'm riding the bike not the other way around for my foray back into dirt. I was able to get a screaming deal on the bike for $1k less than book because the family is moving to Alaska on Friday. I dropped it off to get new fork seals, and a clutch seal and a couple other small things at the shop. I should be ready to ride in a week's time! I figure I'll put a couple hundred miles on it getting really comfortable again, then I can get rid of it for at least as much as I paid if not making a couple benjamins.

nakman
05-08-2013, 02:56 PM
Right on, sounds like a good deal and plan. I went a similar path- started with a 250 thinking it'd be easier to handle/manage when first starting out, could always upgrade later, etc. I ended up selling it within a few months, after it flat out disappointed me a few times. But like you mention in the end I really wasn't out much money, sold it for close to what I had in it, etc. Just the time invested in the 250 couldn't be recovered, that's all. I don't regret the path though, it got me into it plus I learned a ton about how these carbs work.

MTSN
05-08-2013, 03:51 PM
Cool thanks for the insight! I could see myself getting a little bored quickly, but I'm the kinda person who would rather start off underwhelmed than overwhelmed. I'm very comfortable on the street on most any sport bike because I started riding dirt then street in 250cc>500cc>600cc>750cc>1500cc with a few Ducs mixed in there with odd ccs :D I know too many people who start off way over their heads and either get hurt or scared and don't ever ride again!

MTSN
05-09-2013, 03:23 PM
Try Hitchcock in Englewood to lower it right.

BTW - I just talked to Neil at Hitchcock, and he's going to rebuild the forks and dial in the suspension for me! :cheers:

farnhamstj
05-09-2013, 06:59 PM
I bet a 150 would be pretty fun. Not sure where you live but Eagle and McCoy are dry. I'd be happy to show you some trails. Do you have boots and a helmet?

MTSN
05-10-2013, 08:14 AM
I bet a 150 would be pretty fun. Not sure where you live but Eagle and McCoy are dry. I'd be happy to show you some trails. Do you have boots and a helmet?

I live down in Denver, but I have no problem cruising up there thank you for the offer! I have full leathers street setup and 3 street helmets, but no dirt gear yet. I'm going to go down to Performance Cycle on Broadway and pick up some gear this weekend. I will definitely be investing in good boots, helmet, roost/chest protector, gloves and probaly a few other odds and ends. I just picked up a moto carrier to slide into the hitch last night, so I should be all ready to here before long!

farnhamstj
05-10-2013, 09:13 AM
http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/43/-/439/741/-/28227/Klim-Dakar-Pant?term=dakar

great deal if you're a 30" waist.

MTSN
05-10-2013, 09:31 AM
I'm a 28 so that might be close enough - those look great!

MTSN
05-30-2013, 04:47 PM
I just picked it up from getting the forks redone by Neil over at Hitchcock Industries today! I'll be going out for a trial run this weekend and get the jetting dialed in. I picked up a helmet and a pair of those Klim Dakar pants and I'l be picking up a chest protector and boots before I go out this weekend. Hopefully I'll be able to join some of you all on a run here soon!