sk yourself this question: Am I in the market
for a new motocross bike? Of course you are!
Teenagers with paper routes want the latest and
greatest just as much as real-estate tycoons. The real
question you must ask yourself is, can I afford a new
motorcycle? You should be able to find the answer by
reading the following paragraph.
Here are some statistics that will boggle your mind. A
2014 450 four-stroke will cost you roughly $8700. Knock
off about $1000 for a 250 four-stroke. If you want to go
the two-stroke route, plan to spend around $7200 on a
2014 Yamaha YZ250 or KTM 250SX. Yamaha and KTM
still make 125 two-strokes, which cost around $6300.
We’ll do the math for you. An off-the-showroom-floor
125 two-stroke retails for about $2400 less than a 450
four-stroke. There’s quite a disparity between the two in
terms of price, power and technology.
Perhaps you’re thinking about putting in overtime
at work, getting a second job or living off Top Ramen
noodles so you can afford a new bike. Don’t be foolish.
There are bikes for sale that won’t break the bank;
however, you must be willing to scour Craigslist, eBay,
the local “Recycler” and garage sales if you want to have
any hope of finding a decent used bike at a good price.
Diligence is the sacrifice needed for scoring a sweet deal.
Fortunately, we have a sound understanding of the
used-bike market. Here’s a quick breakdown of what a
used-bike buyer should expect to find.
(1) Although four-strokes are far more popular at the
track, used two-strokes are more sought after among
buyers. Used four-strokes are seen as ticking time bombs.
( 2) The price of secondhand two-strokes is rising due
to popular demand.
( 3) Don’t be afraid to buy a blown-up two-stroke,
especially if the model is newer. You should be able to
get a good deal, but be aware that you’re taking on an
unforeseeable risk. Odds are that the piston seized and
ruined the cylinder, but that’s mostly an assumption.
We thought it would be interesting to look for a
blown-up Kawasaki KX125. Why? Although it sounds
masochistic, we had a grand plan. Kawasaki KX125s
aren’t at the top of the used-bike totem pole. They