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« on: April 08, 2014, 05:08:45 pm »

Looking at a Yamaha TTR-250 and a KDX-200. Both are 2000 models and both look to have been well maintained. Looking to see if anyone has experience of eother  bike, and specifically a direct comparison.

The TTR is the 250 version, not the more laclustre 225 or 230 models. It's definitely beeier in the size and suspension division that the other 2 TTR models.

I keep reading how good the KDX is, but I'm not at all familiar with 2 smokers, whereas I know 4 strokes very well. I already have 2 TTR's; a 90 and a 125, but that is of zero relavence to this comparision. The bike is for me to ride on trails with my boys. Neither will see much in the way of aggressive riding, either in terms of speed, jumps or serious hooligan behavior....it just have too shepherd 2 youngsters on lesser bikes.

I'm leaning to what I know in terms of the TTR, but I don't want to shy away from the best horse just out of ignorance....I can learn to be a smoker if that is far and away the best bike for the job. The TTR is on my doorstep also, the KDX is a bit of a drive to get to. The TTR has no title, but the KDX does....possibility to plate for connecting trails (a big maybe only).

What say ye STNers.... Bigok
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2014, 10:58:56 am »

I had a KDX200 a while back.  It is not the bike for shepherding the kids.  When I had to do that when the kids were little, I rode my XR400 for that.  The KDX does not like to go slow.  Not a lot of grunt in the motor compared to the 250 so you cannot lug it at lower speeds where it sounds like you may be doing a fair amount of riding.  And with the KDX, at low engine speeds, lugging, you will have to worry about fouled plugs.  

Now, when the kids get good and you cannot keep up with them anymore, a lightweight, quick revving KDX may let you catch back up to them.
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2014, 01:40:55 pm »

I ended up buying the KDX. Simply more support for parts and great forums & information on the internet.

The 2 stroke is a bit more fiddly to set up and run than the 4 stroke for the everyday stuff like jetting and fuel, but the simplicity will be nicer in the long run. The KDX is a fun bike and I've had a blast riding it with the kids.

I still think I'm a 4 stoke guy, but it's fun having a smoker to play with.   Smile
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2014, 05:31:54 pm »

 Bigok good choice IMHO.
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2015, 10:03:47 pm »

You chose well, both are awesome bikes for what they are - the TTR only suffers from its relative obscurity in the states - but it was a great bike (that's mine in my avatar).

I've also owned several KDX200's and they're awesome woods weapons.
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