Dirt Rider’s Community section showcases dirt bike blogs and interactive discussions in our dirt bike forums. Find information about off road riding locations, racing, news, events, parts, accessories, and more.
Have yoiu looked on Ebay? I was thinking of selling my bike in the spring (it's a KX 100 so won't work for you), and I needed to get an idea of what's out there. It's a 2006 and most were going for around $1,000 in good to very good condition. Some people are leery about Ebay, but I've sold a car, 2 ATV's, 2 dirt bikes and I bought my '08 KTM XC-W from a guy in Ohio and had it shipped here to NY without any problems. If you read the item description carefully, ask any and all questions, you should be fine. Also - be SURE to ask about paperwork. Good luck
true, when my dad was looking for a bike around 6 months ago he came across a real nice 90's dr250, the description said it ran like new but when he test drived it the bike woudnt shift down properly...worst part was that the dude said he had never experienced that on it.
but thats just a precaution you should take when dealing online
Usually the suspension used in one bike is the same in the other. In other words, and for example, Yamaha used the same KYB suspension in their 125, 250, 250F, and their 450F for several years from 2006 on, if memeory serves me correctly. They were set up and sprung the same throughout, so I am unsure as to why you want a "250" to change over from a "125". What you need to do is change the spring rates, and have a suspension shop revalve the internals for your son's weight, riding style, and terrain, i.e. enduro, SX/MX, har scramble, etc. to name a few.
As for a bike that is blown, those can be more of an issue than you think. You can find any part far cheaper online if you look in the right places, but at times you may have to wait weeks to months before you find what you want and have it shipped to you. Not to mention that if the bottom end is locked you will need teh tools to get the cases aart and teh crank out, which could run severa hundred dollars unless you know of a machine shop or a dealership willing to do it for you for a decent price. I have seen several that will not, so having that done outside of your own work area is a 50/50.
That being said, I still think it is a great idea so long as you know what you will be getting into. Taking a shot bike and getting it back to tip top order is not only fun, but it can be a great challenge and learning experience. However, and again, it can get expensive as well. Top ends are a breeze and fairly cheap, so long as the cylinder is in good shape. Bottom ends are a little trickier, but are not that hard so long as you do not need to buy new cases and a crank. Opening it up and finding a bent rod and cracked case can ruin a good idea quick. Just pay attention to what the owner says about the bike you plan to buy and make sure the engine is not seized as this could be bad things just waiting to open up a money pit. also, ask tons of questions so that you can get as much info as possible and look the bike over well. Certain dents and cracks, even specific plastic rash can lead you to what happened over the bike's life.
Good luck and keep us posted. Look to ebay, Craigslist, and even talk to dealerships to see if they know of anyone with a blown bike. Drive around and see what you can see. A simple knock on a dorr can do a great number of things. Good luck again and I hope you find a diamond in teh rough.
It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!