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    I'm looking at buying a dirt bike, but I'm having trouble working out what the good low maintenance bikes are that would be good first dirt bikes. I need the bike to be road registrable.

    it will be used for stuffing around out bush, no mx track work.

    budget is 4k or less.

    so far from research low maintenance bikes:
    xr 250
    drz400e/klx400
    klx 250?
    ttr 250?
    wr 250 r - not so sure about this one.

    any ideas or suggestions from more experienced people?

  • #2
    the the usethesearchengine 250 its pretty good
    IM ALWAYS ON THE EDGE, ITS ONLY THE SHARPNESS THAT VARYS

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    • #3
      ttr 250, had 2, would get another in a heart beat. older ones a reasonably priced.
      I used to have a nice sig offering to shadow ppl. Now I have no sig...

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      • #4
        drz250 or drz400e
        Originally posted by Friedrich Hayek
        "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design."

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        • #5
          DT175 or DT200.

          2 stroke, but not really high strung, i had a 175 for quite a few years as a kid growing up.

          I saw a new one in a Yamaha dealer a couple of years ago, it looked pretty much identical to the one i had new in 1994

          Fill with oil, fill with fuel, and go...


          edit:
          no power valves, only rev to about 7k... its a lot more 4 stroke like than your typical modern 2 stroke. without the oil changes, valve clearances, etc... the 175 is even air cooled - no radiator to fuck up, no worries about some arse-clown filling it with tap water and corroding the shit out of the block, etc.
          “Crashing is shit for you, shit for the bike, shit for the mechanics and shit for the set-up,” Checa told me a while back. “It’s a signal that you are heading in the wrong direction. You want to win but crashing is the opposite. It’s like being in France when you want to go to England and when you crash you go to Spain. That way you’ll never get to England!” -- Carlos Checa

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          • #6
            Yamaha XT250.
            Riding for Cameron Elliott #52
            1985 - 2009

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            • #7
              XR250/400,DRZ400, TTR250 ect are all low maintenance

              WRF/ CRF blah blah.... need servicing every 500kms, and in doing so they make 2 stroke motoX bikes look like low maintenance.





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              Lost and on reserve

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              • #8
                I just bought a ttr (my first also) and love it. There's a couple of cheap klx's here on the forum for sale

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                • #9
                  Suzuki DRZ250 - cheaper and lighter and lower maintenance than a DRZ400.
                  "Live Long and Prosper"

                  Bayswater Martial Arts and Yoga Centre

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by smitto81 View Post
                    XR250/400,DRZ400, TTR250 ect are all low maintenance

                    WRF/ CRF blah blah.... need servicing every 500kms, and in doing so they make 2 stroke motoX bikes look like low maintenance. .
                    Couldnt have put it any better! check out the aftermarket support too, ie; Ballards is Big on XR stuff.

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                    • #11
                      i'd never really ridden dirt till a month ago, but cheap, easy, simple. go a bigfoot pitbike. I got a pitpro 160 bigfoot, easy to ride, just be good with maintenance and its sweet.
                      Originally posted by Rocket
                      Hahah yeah, cos if there's one thing that scares the shit out of people, it's a bunch of 60kg computer geeks on GPX250's wobbling into a carpark.

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                      • #12
                        Couldn't go too wrong with a DT175. Absolutely indestructable, fairly light, very easy to ride, cheap to buy and dirt cheap to maintain. Parts are almost the same from about 1985 to whenever they stopped making them. I even owned one years ago and couldn't kill it despite trying to on a motocross track.

                        XR250's aren't too bad but can give trouble if really thrashed and oil not changed enough. They get hot enough for the hard casing to come off the transmission gears.

                        If after a 4 stroke, DRZ250's are virtually bullet proof and cheap.

                        If you are smaller sized, yeah one of the pit bikes could be good. Cheap to buy and can be quite reliable. Generally no reg though.
                        Paul

                        Stuff the two strokes. Joined the four stroke club.

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                        • #13
                          thanks for all the input. I'm looking at a few over the weekend klx 250, ttr 250, and a drz 400.

                          and i'm going to go around a few of the bike shops as well

                          If you are smaller sized, yeah one of the pit bikes could be good. Cheap to buy and can be quite reliable. Generally no reg though.
                          194 cm, 92 kg's

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                          • #14
                            TTR250, Refer: http://www.perthstreetbikes.com/foru...advice-110507/

                            So on the eight day, after wasting time faffing about with unimportant guff like heaven & earth & the waters & sky & creatures [& having a wee kip] & man.... God created PSB (GenesiSX-R1000)

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                            • #15
                              suzuki ts 185
                              awesome fun bike that will take a beating
                              Originally posted by nipPs
                              Fuck Oath!

                              Especially when you're playing Race-the-Train down the freeway.

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