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    In the market for a trail bike

    Sold the G650X and looking for a new used bike for the trails. I'm used to trail riding but more of a bimbler than a racer. Regular trips are Kent lanes, trips to Salisbury and an annual weeks riding in the Pyrenees.

    Numerous previous rides though my favourites were a Gas Gas EC200 and a WR200 so both lightweight two strokes.

    This time I want similar light weight without the hassle of premix, longer range (120 miles if possible) and best quality suspension I can get. Magic button too..

    Budget us up to £4K but hopefully nearer £3.5k to allow for a tank upgrade / suspension rework

    So far I've considered a 2013 EXC-F250, same in 2011 year (cheaper and low miles /hours) and an EXC 500 ()

    Also test rode an elderly but restored EXC 525, nicely done but wasn't convinced.

    Anyone with experience of riding the above can give me their views? Have I missed the obvious choice? Should I give up and take up knitting

    Opinions welcome
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    What put you off the 525?

    I've had two (MXC & XC) with the 13 litre OE tank both fantastic trail bikes that can really get a wriggle on across the Plain
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    That RFS engine is a beauty
    2016 BMW R1200 GS Triple Black
    2017 BMW R Nine-T Scrambler X
    1996 BMW R80 GS Basic
    1980 Kawasaki Z1300
    1962 BSA Gold Flash
    2002 Triumph Bonneville (Desert Sled)
    2003 Triumph Daytona 955i (Rob North Replica)
    2001 Yamaha T-Max Mk1


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    CRF?
    450R with SS valves and springs will go forever.
    Plenty out there been converted to road legal.
    So best of both worlds.
    17's for play days, OE for green lanes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nice 'n' Fat View Post
    What put you off the 525?

    I've had two (MXC & XC) with the 13 litre OE tank both fantastic trail bikes that can really get a wriggle on across the Plain
    To be honest I just think I want something newer

    Quote Originally Posted by HammyUK View Post
    CRF?
    450R with SS valves and springs will go forever.
    Plenty out there been converted to road legal.
    So best of both worlds.
    17's for play days, OE for green lanes
    That's a Honda? Never considered it, ta

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    Had a good look around - think I want a Berg FE390. If anyone knows of one...

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    Got one - part KTM at least

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