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Offline CJCombrink

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Looking to buy a RM125 - Advice?
« on: March 18, 2013, 04:01:11 pm »
Hi guys,

I'm wanting to get a cheap, nasty, old bike and fix her up to get into this whole MX jol. I love my Dakkie, but need something I can treat like a mountain bike!

What are your thoughts on the RM125? '91 model?

It's a toss-up between this and a YZ150 (or WR200) really.

Parts for the Yamaha seem readily available from the dealers! 3 weeks max waiting from the Japs, even for an old '95 model.

It really all boils down to cash and maintanance. I don't care for the plastics etc - I just want something reliable that I can thrash around Zone 7 (I've never been..) and get a handle on some MX / Enduro riding!

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Re: Looking to buy a RM125 - Advice?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 08:26:48 pm »
If you are buying that old and want availability of part, go YZ125. Lots of info on the net on how to make it more enduro orientated. The best part is it weighs less than 100kg. Long range tank options, weighted fly wheels for more low speed control etc, etc.

look here: http://motocrossactionmag.com/Main/News/beaa25ac-c32f-4977-9a53-6afcc49f37eb.aspx      YZ125 rules from 1996 to 2010, enough said.
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Re: Looking to buy a RM125 - Advice?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 08:57:40 pm »
Says the man sporting a Suzuki ;P

Thanks though boet - that's exactly the debate I'm having at the moment: parts availability. I'll have a look through your link!
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Re: Looking to buy a RM125 - Advice?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 07:18:40 pm »
Says the man sporting a Suzuki ;P

Thanks though boet - that's exactly the debate I'm having at the moment: parts availability. I'll have a look through your link!

Just remember there's a huge difference between MX- and Enduro-bike set-up and it will always cost money to make either one perform in the other's domain. Also consider a KDX200 or even a CRF230. But I'm guessing you are tall so the CRF might be too small.
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Re: Looking to buy a RM125 - Advice?
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 07:39:56 pm »
Ja boet, 189cm!

I've still got a LOT of research to do.

Right now, the idea of fixing up an old MX bike and joining the Vintage guys is super appealing!
I'd love the Enduro scene though, possibly more so due to my Mountain Biking background.. so many decisions.. so much research to do!
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Re: Looking to buy a RM125 - Advice?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 08:04:06 pm »
125 MX bikes are built for racing motocross .  They have NO other purpose. Do yourself a favour and steer clear . Rather go for a KDX 200 , WR 200 or  a RMX 250 , even if it means you have to build it up from scratch . 
 

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Re: Looking to buy a RM125 - Advice?
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2013, 09:02:50 am »
+1
KDX or WR 2smokes are legend.

 
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