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The age old question of a 125 2 stroke or a 250f for a first mx bike.
Looking at getting an mx bike for the winter months before the short circuits start up again in March. The plan would be to use it at the likes of Watergrasshill and Brinny practice days for some training.
From what I've read online (open to others opinions on this) a 250f would be closer to a road bike in engine characteristics and in my mind the lower down torque would be more suited to a beginner. But the 250fs seems to be a good bit more expensive than a 2t. So I suppose my main question is, is a 250f worth the extra money?
From looking at Donedeal and a few dealers on FB a 125 2t with a recent rebuild is coming in around 2k and a 250f 2012 or newer is starting around 3k up to 4k for something that looks decent. Clonmel mx breakers have a 2015 ktm sx-f 250 that seems to be in very good condition for 3950 with all the bells and whistles, is that overkill for a first bike? Am I better off getting going on a 125 for the time being?
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Old 1st October 2018, 09:16 AM #2
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Re: First MX Bike Advice

Really depend on yourself. I do a lot of MX bikes here and its hard to beat a two stroke for balls out fun, especially on a track, but if I'm venturing in a forest or somewhere it has to be a 4t for low down lazy power. 250f works great on a track too and you can afford to be a bit more lazy with the gear lever as you can ride the torque. Maintenance is more extensive on a 4t and you have to be anal with the air filters and change EVERY ride to save your top end. Problem with a 4t though is if it pops its game over. With a two stroke their more forgiving and far cheaper to chuck a piston and ring set in once a year. Lots of MX riders now returning to 2t for that reason. I've a 300 2t fitted to a CRF 250 chassis and its a peach. Gas Gas 300 enduro engine, good low down power and very friendly.
So all in all, try and ride both and see what suits you
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Re: First MX Bike Advice

No argument for a first bike. 2T all the way. The 4T will sit in the shed broken with something that is too complicated and expensive to fix. Plus rinnngg dinnggg dinnngggg.
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Re: First MX Bike Advice

Cheers for the advice, wouldn't fancy the rebuild costs of a 4t. Is there a specific make/model of 125 to go for? There doesn't seem to be much difference in price between a 01 bike and a 05?
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Another vote for 2 stroke.Diesels are expensive and boring.
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i've a nice 07 kawasaki KX150
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Re: First MX Bike Advice

125 definitely seems to be the way to go so! Has anyone used Munster Moto x before? They seem to have a good bit of stock.

I'll keep the kx 150 in mind thanks
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