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5 Most Popular Used Motorcycle/Motocross/Dirtbike

Researching used motorcycles, dirtbikes and motocross machines? Well, here are five very popular bikes and what makes them so effective for bike-lovers.

1) 1993 Honda CR250R

Honda’s 1993 CR250R was created with a stronger swingarm and a frame much more beefed up than the previous years’ model. Honda also it a point to broaden the CR250R’s power, while changing to a deep-red color for a less decayed look than in ’92.

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The ’93 model also featured a modified intake track, as well as a new reed-value. This fire-breathing mill’s low-end was punched up with a reworked airbox, creating a gentler, kinder 1993 Hot Rod. These modifications left the 1993 CR with a low-end pull much stronger than featured in ’92. All of these changes resulted in a retained firepower with holeshop-ripping force.

What actually made this bike famous? It was Honda’s decision to address the underbuilt frame of the ’92 CR, with its stress and flex fractures. In an effort to combat it, the ‘93’s frame tubes were beefed up by 5%. And, the swingarm, which was crack-prone in ’92, was also strengthened, making the 1993 Honda CR250R the era’s finest handling bike around.

2) 1996 Suzuki RM250

Suzuki’s 1996 RM250 featured a completely didn’t motor design from the previous years. Suzuki also chose to remove the case reed intake altogether. Instead, they chose to use a more traditional cylinder layout and piston reed intake. The ’96 RM’s water pump was internally housed, a unique feature for bike motors of its time. This new design helped to keep the water pump safe, while giving the bike a smoother appearance.

The decision to return to the stiff, conventional forks allowed riders to literally smash the RM250 into obstacles. Suzuki’s ’96 RM250’s shocks were built to absorb both small and large hits easily. Newly designed Showa shocks matched the forks, while a new rear linkage added to the bike’s style. Riders considered the recreated bodywork to be much slicker than previous models, with its wrap around front fork-numberplate.

Suzuki’s ’96 model was much more stable at higher speeds than the ’95, and much more precise during turns. Its new motor help the bike produce an outstanding hit of low to mid-range, with an excellent top-end pull. This tight handle and light feel of the 1996 Suzuki RM250 excelled in the ’96 motocross wars as the “jack-of-all-trades.”

3) 2003 KTM 250SX

KTM’s 2003 250SX, with its amazing horsepower, was the track’s fastest bike in its class. The bike’s success came from Austrian’s “Euro” brand of odd suspension and handling. Its brute force and power explosion left riders comparing it to a muscle car of the US.

In an effort to mellow out the bike, powervalve of the ’03 250SX was re-tuned, while the gearing was raised and crankshaft made heavier in weight. This brutally fast model was designed to pump out 49 HP, and featured a flawless hydraulic clutch with superb performance. Its Brembo brakes, Renthal Fat Bar and end-to-end quality parts set this bike apart from the competition.

The manufacturer’s goal for the completely revamped 2003 KTM 250SX was to make the bike more appealing to consumers in the US. This meant a fork offset change, a lengthening of the swingarm 10mm and a half-degree steepening of its head angle. All of this helped to create a sharper turning machine.

4) 1982 Yamaha YZ250

Yamaha’s 1982 YZ250 introduced the biking-world to the new liquid cooling and highly anticipated “Yamaha Power Valve System.” Its chassis was upgraded with a newly designed frame, and a new rear suspension system which went through a radical revision. Yamaha even recreated the graphics and plastic for the ‘82 YZ250 model.

Its YPVS, or Yamaha Power Valve System, consisted of a small rotating drum installed over the bike’s exhaust port. This helped to alter the engine’s RPM-based port timing, allowing for a broader power spread. The YPVS was complimented by Yamaha’s liquid cooling system.

The ’82 design no longer included the monoshock design of past years’ designs. That years’ YZ250 featured Yamaha’s uniquely-created rising-rate linkage, the Mono-X, a new hybrid system. Its shock, which the manufacturer chose to keep mounted under the seat, was no longer connected to a large triangular swingarm. Instead, the shock of the 1982 Yamaha YZ250 connected to the bike’s set of linkage arms.

5) 2001 Kawasaki KX250

Kawasaki’s 2001 KX250 featured newly designed flywheel and expansion chamber, and a modified porting. This resulted in a powerhouse much mellower than earlier years, which profiled its strength from the throttle’s first crack. The ’01 was smoother than previous KXs, yet just as fast. This newer version was both easier to ride and extremely effective while on the track.

Team Green decided to up the spring rates rear and front, bringing the KX250 more in line with its stiffest competitors. Its fresh, rigid settings helped improve the performance of the bladder-style Kayaba forks. This provided a better bottoming resistance and excellent feel, with the best overall ride comfort and bump absorption combination.

This ’01 model was designed with 19% larger front caliper pistons and a master cylinder piston 1.55mm larger than the ’00 model. It also featured gripper pad-sets, improving the bite and level feel. Other improvements included plastic frame guards and rubber-mounted adjustable bar clamps.

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