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Old 05-01-2013, 09:32 AM
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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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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.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:20 PM
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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 haha
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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!
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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!
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Try Hitchcock in Englewood to lower it right.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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