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    I guess I know most of the answers but it's good to throw it out to discussion.

    Fancy getting back into green laning, I had thought I'd buy a Yamaha WR250R the more trail orientated bike but I can't find many if any for sale and it appears Yamaha don't make them anymore.
    I didn't really want a high maintenance enduro but it could be an option, also seen the KTM freerides but not ridden one

    So what bike should I be looking at if the WR250R isn't available ?

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    Road registered?

    What about a Honda CRF250L?

    I always fancied a CRM250AR, but I bet there's no nice ones left. I loved my KDX220R, but again they'll all be shagged by now and I'm guessing you don't fancy the idea of pre-mix.

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    Yup road registered and as inoffensive as possible, just been looking at the CRF250L looks a candidate, cheap and simple and not an enduro bike. TBH from my last go at green laning nearly 10 years ago I used an XT225 serow and don't recall not making any of the lanes

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    Quote Originally Posted by couchcommando View Post
    Yup road registered and as inoffensive as possible, just been looking at the CRF250L looks a candidate, cheap and simple and not an enduro bike. TBH from my last go at green laning nearly 10 years ago I used an XT225 serow and don't recall not making any of the lanes
    I tagged along with an MCN Jap Trial bike review session, down the Desert. I went along on my KDX220 and Chris Walker turned up too. We made him ride the Serrow (there was a KDX200SR, CRM250 Mk2, The Serrow and a KLX250). Walker was doing some crazy shit on that Serrow, I was impressed by the bike and Mr Walker himself (who incidentally bought me a cup of tea at The Limes).

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    I've been looking at CRF250 but 20 BHP looks a bit wheezy

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    If it makes 20 bhp that's plenty for trail riding, XR250s made about 18, you only need more if you're a big fat fucker....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    If it makes 20 bhp that's plenty for trail riding, XR250s made about 18, you only need more if you're a big fat fucker....
    Hokey kokey. I'll be OK, but was just thinking of CC

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    Lol, I'm happy with 20hp, you can release another 5hp or so on the crf250 with a fuel module and air box mod for 150 which is a big improvement. I'm pretty sure it's the bike I'll go for as it's cheap enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by couchcommando View Post
    Lol, I'm happy with 20hp, you can release another 5hp or so on the crf250 with a fuel module and air box mod for 150 which is a big improvement. I'm pretty sure it's the bike I'll go for as it's cheap enough
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    I'd be more concerned about the 144KGs than I would the 20BHP. Thats heavier than a DRZ400.

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    Default Re: Returning to green laning

    Quote Originally Posted by Yorick View Post
    I've been looking at CRF250 but 20 BHP looks a bit wheezy
    It is exactly that IMO, and feels heavier than it is, or maybe thats just me imagining it due to its lack of puff- one one my mates has got one, and whilst its a lovely easy ride , can go pretty much everywhere with decent tyres on, and is possibly even a bit easier in some respects than a real enduro, its just really dull compared to an EXC or 'proper' CRF.
    I wouldn't buy one unless I wanted an economical road commuter that I could run up and down kerbs , but having said that in that situation I'd probably buy a maxi-scooter if it came to it .

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    Default Re: Returning to green laning

    I'd have a chat with any local green lane lads, a well looked after KDX or CRM might be for sale.
    Personally a CRF250 wouldn't interest me, but I suppose it's whatever you want.

    I've been out with lads on all sorts, and it's what you make it, one lad used to ride a CCM and loved it.
    I'd probably steer clear of the KTM two strokes, just because they're not fun to ride on the road, my 300EXC was amazing in an enduro, but miserable on the 20 mile ride up to the Lakes for decent green lanes.

    If it were me I'd probably look for a decent KDX that's been looked after, or if there were none around I'd spend a bit more and get a tidy 450EXC.

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    if you haven't been out for 10 years be prepared to be very disappointed in the amount of lanes that have been closed. round here (herts, beds, bucks, essex) thye are all shut or so smooth I could drive them in my van.

    Beta x trainer is a good bike, 2 stroke but has oil injection so its easy.

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    Still a few lanes around me, the reason for the trail bike is they are linked by a fair bit of tarmac, it would be 50/50 on a day out. Yeah some are easy so a full blown enduro bike is way OTT.

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    If your only doing lanes and are never going to ride on a track so don't want a enduro I would think about a bigger bike, xt660 or similar, make the road riding between lanes much nicer and the lanes more of a challenge at sensible speeds.

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