KDMX - Retirement / RMZ

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KDMX - Retirement / RMZ

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I took KDX back to MX track (last time), 5/8/21.
Have sold 2 bikes and was looking for last gen KX250 or alum YZ250 to bolster my MX fantasy land.
But could never find one that seemed to be within sanity of pricing, so toyed with idea of older KX250F. Since F maybe better next step for my riding capability. Found those to be just as crazy price.
Anyway... ended up with ‘17 RMZ 250. Voted with my wallet and current riding skill.
Zuk’s have fallen out of favor with hard corps racers. But are reported to one of best bikes for beginner / novice.
The RMZ was less than $1000 more than old KX250 and at least $1000 less than similar year KXF. YZ250 cannot seem be found within $1000 of what I think they should cost. And I am not up for the full hybrid project, at this time anyway.
Now KDX can go back to comfort zone.
I softened the suspension back to normal and hit gnar woods last Sat, felt like a dream. Will drop the forks a few mm again and get back to KDX sweet spot where it belongs. Then just dial a few clickers if we are racing woods. No more KDMX.
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NICE! Congratulations on the new scooter!
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You'll like the RMZ, nice linear powerband (although not as peppy as the YZ-F or the CR-F according to many), suspension works well on the track, supposed to be one of the best tracking MXers. IIRC they had adjustable offset for the front end so you could dial it in, turns on a dime. Looks like a lot of fun ahead!
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I think it’s gonna be great for me. I was fiddling around tonight trying to find sweet spot (if there is such thing on 4T) for 1-kick start.
Found it starts exactly same as my KDX if I leave the wash plug in the pipe.
It sure is a different ride. Very exciting in completely different way. I expected it to be a DRZ-light. But it’s not like that. It hits HARD and pulls fast! Will be fun to get it on the track.
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I like the 'Zooks. They are a great "mellow" bike for a novice rider, but catch a lot of flak lately for not keeping up with the competition. I don't get it, I still think there is a niche for an affordable, well rounded motocross machine without all the bells and whistles. I'd buy one for sure.
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Thanks! Nice to hear good reports.
Haha. “Mellow”......like driving the slowest F1 car.
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Congrats on the RMZ! I had an 18 and really enjoyed the motor and overall feel of the bike. The air forks need some help, but the rest of the bike was spot on. I ended up selling it, but looking back, I should have probably kept. Anyhow, you live and you learn. Enjoy!
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Thanks! I made my first big mistake though. My buddies asked if I wanted to ride hard woods last Sat.
I took the zook, since it new and I just hadn’t got it out enough.
I in about 2-hrs, I was crying like little baby that I should have brought the KDX!
Light switch throttle, MX suspension, and 4T low end do not make the hard stuff smoother.
But… live in learn.
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Oh yeah, right tools for the job. :-)
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Since I can’t seem to find time to get KDX back on the trail, the zuk has been placed in woods duty again. Still not great, but much better with suspension set to “mush”. Did everyone know that clickers go to 22?
And you can run MX tube tire at 5psi, if you’re willing to take the risk.
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Y'all kill me with those ultra low pressures. :-)
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One of the trials guys was riding with us.
His woods bike is a KTM200 (sweet machine), with Tubliss.
It was first light rain of the season so the rocks were like a saltwater boat ramp.
He suggested letting a little air out. I did not really mean to go that low, but managed to survive it with much better traction….and found I had been using 5 once I measured it back at the truck.
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