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post #1 of 10 Old 03-17-2009, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Bikes for the herd!

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I want to buy two dirt bikes for our four children ages 7-15. I've searched the site but have yet to find anything really on point.

These will be entry bikes so should I just assume that a used bike has had the crap beaten out of it and shop for price only?

I'm extremely loyal to the Honda brand (9er), so I am tempted to just find an 80 and a crf 100 and call it a day.

Also, I know enough to look for the obvious (cracking, leaks, will the mf actually start, idle, and run) but are there any other surefire tips I should check?

Thank you in advance for your time,

Jon

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-18-2009, 05:52 AM
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You can pick up the 4 stroke Honda CR100F and CR150F used all day long for cheap and you will have the reliability of Honda and the reliabilty of a 4 stroke...I've had 2 stokes...way fun and way fast but require more maintenance and the occassional Top End rebuild...I'd stick with a 4 stroke to jump onto first.

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Many more options for upgrades to the CRF100 if you go that route. IIRC, jetblast had a helluva time trying to find upgrades for the 80F.

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Just casue Im not a bug Honda fan , also check out Kawasaki KLX110,Suzuki DR-Z 125 and DR-Z 125L as well as TTR 125 - As food of a bike as the Honda, but, sometimes you can find them a bit cheaper - As for issues to look for, if the bike is ratty, walk away . Nope , there probally wont be any issues, but, with so many of them out there, why buy a turd when you can find a really nice one for about the same money ?

As for finding one new, good luck ! As of 3/1 NO dealership is to sell any motorcycle ATV or parts for a unit aimed at a youth model ! If they do they get BIG federal fines and alot of trouble -

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Looks like the great Malcom Smith is saying to the law ! Everyone go and buy a bike !

http://www.dealernews.com/dealernews...tegoryId=47842

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We bought an XR80 used. I think that they are practically indestructable. Lots of people buy them, then either outgrow them or don't use them like they think they will so I wouldn't have a problem at all with getting one used.

Here is my (then) 12 year old on hers. No gear, I know, she was posin'...

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All,

Thank you for the time and the insight! Kind of figured we'd end up here but I really appreciate the confirmation.

On a side note, prior to my 9er the last time I was around motorcycles was 20+ years ago and we had YZ250 and an XT500 when I lived outside of Anchorage. Even 2Ohno did not mention the Yammie. Did they actually decline?

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Even 2Ohno did not mention the Yammie. Did they actually decline?

I forgot to lable it, the TTR 125 is a Yahama, and noe -they are great bikes still. My brother has one and has beaten the living crap out of it and its still ticking right along - He totally embarresses me about it, hes has it 3 years and hasnt even changed the oil ! That says something about how good they are rights there !

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I forgot to lable it, the TTR 125 is a Yahama, and noe -they are great bikes still. My brother has one and has beaten the living crap out of it and its still ticking right along - He totally embarresses me about it, hes has it 3 years and hasnt even changed the oil ! That says something about how good they are rights there !
Yesterday morning my alarm went off at 3 am and I went, "F***, I think the TT is a Yammie. There's gonna be a post about that, I know it!"

Never mind that I am blessed with a wife I adore, 4 beautiful children, good job...this is the kind of thing I obsess about (along with my upcoming valve clearance check and exhaust mod).

I must have some sort of a disorder...

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