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There is one for sale near me and I was wondering if anyone had experience with this bike? What's the power like? It will need a top end job, new tires, a set of sprockets and a chain and a rebuild of the carb as the needle wasn't seating and gas was leaking out. What do you think I should be paying to fix or deducting from the bike price for these things.
 

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Well, does the bike run?? What is the asking price??I know first off it is expensive to referbish a bike, but it does depend on the amount of damage. What is the condition of the bike?? Check all the swingarm bearings for play and the rear shock and linkage bearings as they will most likely be needed as well. As for a price, well, do your homework, price the parts needed, don't overlook the small things cause they add up. Check the condition of the rads as they are expensive and for that year might be harder to find. Replacement plastic is also expensive. As for power, should be like a detuned rm250, better for trails and the suspention will be a little plusher.
 

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It was suzuki's answer to the wr250.Longer gears and a bit more bottom end power.Sounds like a 1700$ bike to me, depending of course on the beat factor.
 
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The asking price is 1800, it's in pretty good shape, frame looks good no cracks and paint is still intact everwhere. What do I look for with the rad? I looked at the fins and they were all straight except for a couple spots. The bike has an FMF pipe but it's a little dinged up. All the plastic was in good condition. Bike ran and sounded good, no abnormal sounds but it felt a little loose compression wise when kicking it over. Id rather do the top end than have it blow later on and costing more. There was just gas coming out of the carb when it ran, the guy also said the bike hadn't been run for a fair bit which led to the float or needle being gummed up.
 

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sounds like it needs quite a bit of work, and the price should reflect that. It seems a bit expensive to me, not terribly high though. If you keep looking you will find a better deal for sure, for example I recently bought a 94 CR250, fresh top and bottom end, lots of aftermarket stuff...handlebars, forks, sprockets, clutch, all new plastic and tires for $2000....also I know of a 91 CR250 right now, freshly serviced and lots of aftermarket stuff for $1300...too bad for you it's here on the island.....buy it if you want a bike now, but if you want a better deal keep looking and you will find one
 
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I don't mind the work aslong as I'm not ripping myself off here. What kind of price should I be wanting to buy this bike for? Are the cr250's better bikes or they just were good deals?
 

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I don't know if they're better bikes but they definetly kick ass. Offer him $1500 cash and stick to your guns, I'd say generally if the asking price is $1800 then they're probably hoping to get $1500+ If he's stubborn theres always other fish in the sea.
 
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How much (ballpark) do you think the parts that need replacing or fixed would be? The sprockets/chain, front+rear tires, top end (piston and rings? or does it need cylinder bored or something), and a carb kit or clean. Thanks for your help
 

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You could be looking at $1000 or more in repairs depending on what is wrong inside that carb. That means that you will be paying close to three grand for it and you still don't know what kind of shape all the bearings are in (swingarm, pivot, wheel and steering head). A quick look on craigslist found these
http://vancouver.craigslist.org/mcy/223727066.html
http://vancouver.craigslist.org/mcy/221327225.html
http://vancouver.craigslist.org/mcy/223365602.html
http://vancouver.craigslist.org/mcy/224661518.html

There are lots of deals out there so don't jump at one just because it's close to you unless you really want the bike and aren't afraid of doing work to it.
 

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Are you going to do the work yourself?Because if your not, you could do better getting a good deal on a newer bike, riding it for a year, and selling it for what you bought it for.But honestly, that bike could be in decent shape.You just have to go through it and check everything before you buy it.
 
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I can do most of the work myself unless the cylinder needs honing or something to that extent. I was looking to pay around 2,000 for the bike and those are all pretty expensive to me.
 

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Tires are 250 for the set, final drive about 200 and the top end is about 175 bare bones.If it need a wrist pin or the base gasket gets ruined it could be a bit more.Just Take the pipe off and look inside with a flashlight.For me the results of that inspection would be a hinging factor.E bay also has good deals on parts for that bike.
 

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Hi I owned one in 94-95...good bike for the times for x-country...wider gear ratios a larger tank..more mellow power.....softer suspension.....and a lighting coil....compared to my RM250 of around that year...I would advise you to see if you can still get parts....there were only 1 sold for every 30-50 motox bikes so not many shops even know what they are today...I would set a budget of around $2500.00 at that price your getting a 2000 or newer bike that wont need parts or very few if any....
 

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It's cool that you're willing to spend the time and do the work yourself if need be, but your time is worth money right? don't want to be wasting too much money(time) on something that should be priced lower. I don't know about you but I have to feel like I got a wicked deal with any big purchase I make.

Here I'll copy and paste the ad for that 91 CR250 I was talking about, proof that there is wicked deals if you're patient, I don't know this guy just got it from another forum.

"1991 cr 250r rebuilt last year approx 20hrs on rebuild runs good, boysen reeds, jetted, gold series exhaust, aluminum spark arrestor muffler, ProTaper bars, inverted style forks c/w extra fenders, seat, disc and fork protectors
$1300"

It might be worth it to ferry your ass over here and pick it up for that much, that's a smokin deal for that bike...I'm sure you'll find something, pm me if you want buddy's number
 

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These guys are right. You could look at what it would cost to fix and just invest that money into a newer bike that would not only perform better but have a better resale value. The work is the easy part, it's trying to asses the damage without taking the bike apart that is the hard part. To redo a cylinder (if need be) is arround $600.00 I beleive. Bottom end is another couple hundred if needed. Phone Mongoose machine works and ask what it might cost to have them do a cylinder and bottom end just so you know what you could be looking at. Hey it might not need it, but a bike of that year is definately going to have some wear, and sometimes just throwing a new piston and ring in will not do the trick. Ever heard a piston slap from side to side?? Sounds bad....
 

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If you're open to other models I'm thinking to sell my 99/2k (not exactly sure of the year - have to look at serial # again) KX125 but not that cheap. Looking for $2500 firm. Needs nothing. "Turn-key". ***SOLD***

Has pro-circuit pipe (w/small dent which I may fix shortly), aftermarket bars, rear tire 70%, no carb leaks, aluminum hand guards, w/alum stand. Hauls ass. Aways ran synthetic 2-stroke (Torco GP7) oil & premium gas. Doesn't bog and I'm on the original iridium plug (no fouling). Have a spare plug I've never installed.

I've ridden with Bill from 5thgear in the dirt many times, he knows the bike although he hasn't worked on it.

I bought it last year for $3k. I'm looking to get a street bike now.

If you're looking at older models take a look on the internet as replacement and aftermarket parts are harder to find. I used to have an 82' KDX250 before this bike and getting anything more than sprockets and a piston was hard.... or very pricey.
 

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The concept of the RMX is great. Having lights and a kickstand put it leaps and bounds ahead of other bikes in my mind. However, in your price range the choice is more limited. You'll need to be scrutinize the bikes you look at very carefully. That's the point where just basic maintenance and consumeables can put you in the next price bracket that you're trying to stay away from. There's the odd bike that's worth it but most are junk. Don't bother with a project unless it's the bike you want. They rarely turn out cheap and easy and judging by your price range, you likely don't have money for a gamble.
 
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I started riding with an older '77 tc185 and I want to step up, would a new age 125 still be way more powerful that it? Everytime I go into the sand this bike seems to be too heavy and dig into the sand and want to sway all over the place. Thanks!
 
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