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To be honest, it's skill level that counts way more than bike right a cross the dirt riding spectrum. It's ability that wins AMA championships, the factory bikes just help.
25 is nothing to worry about getting back into dirtbikes, I know plenty of people who started older than that. One of my favourite riding buddies started over thirty and regularly wipes the floor with me now, the bastard... LOL I ride mostly cross countries and enduro but I do a little moto for training.
The newer bike you can buy, the better off you'll be, but anything is better than nothing. You won't be seriously disadvantaged if you buy something, say, after 2000. Even, post 95, would be adequate, although it's getting pretty long in the tooth now. Probably the best value to be had would be in the 2005 - 2010 range where you're still pretty current but the cream of the value has already been paid for by someone else.
The key to safety is to ride at a pace you feel reasonably safe. It works for me. I'm never gonna win anything, but I'm always in the mix at the end. My boss would have serious issues if I snotted myself badly too. Oh well, such is life... LOL
It pays not to.
The older I get, the longer it takes to bounce back up... LOL
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