Long time lurker here...I have a question that I could really use some help from those of you that have the experience and knowledge that I don't have. Yet.
I'm in the process of saving every extra buck I can to try to scrape enough cash to pick up a used moto. I've done a bit of research (which still has me asking more questions), and I've had a chance to get out and ride once on a friends 2000 KX250.
So here is what I know. I want a 250cc 2 stroke motocrosser. My mind has been made up on that. In regards to year, it looks like anything from 1996 or so and newer. I don't want to go too old for fear of finding parts, and of course wear and tear. The newer the better.
Budget: Maxed at $3K now. Of course, a cheaper bike that is in good shape is even more attactive. If I could find something for around $2500 I'd be pumped.
I have four friends who ride, and they all have KX250's.The bikes have been fantastic. Getting another Kawi would be good as they all familiar with them.
It seems every manufacturer puts out a pretty decent bike. I only have experience with the Green Machine.
I went a test rode a 1996 and a 1998 RM250. I liked the bikes, but didn't like the non-inverted fork. They discontinued that fork design too, which tells me it didn't work out.
The Honda's seem like great bikes, but I have concerns about an older used Honda with an aluminum frame. Aluminum has a lifespan that is shorter than a steel frame, and I don't want to drop bones on a beat bike to have the frame crack in a year. Is that a valid concern? Does this ever happen?
Yamaha's are nice looking bikes, and I live near Checkpoint Yamaha, so parts would be convenient for me. I don't know much about them though.
My concerns are durability, cost of parts, and ease of maintenance. Do any of these bikes stand out more than others in any of these regards? Is there anything I should be staying away from?
I've also noticed that bikes are considerably cheaper in the states...Browsing Craigslist in Bellingham has led me to what look like some good deals. There is a really clean looking 1996 KX250 for $1750 USD, which strikes me as a good deal if it is what the guy says it is. Anyone know what is involved in bringing a dirtbike from the USA into Canada?
Many thanks and hope to be out there in the Spring.