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    Re: First dirt bike

    Only bad part about buying my bike from a friend is having to replace the bars I bent riding it 2 years ago. He wins this one.
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    Re: First dirt bike

    Quote Originally Posted by N3WMAN View Post
    Only bad part about buying my bike from a friend is having to replace the bars I bent riding it 2 years ago. He wins this one.
    Lmao So true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by N3WMAN View Post
    Only bad part about buying my bike from a friend is having to replace the bars I bent riding it 2 years ago. He wins this one.
    Ha!!

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    Did you use it as a negotiating point for a better price?

    Quote Originally Posted by N3WMAN View Post
    Only bad part about buying my bike from a friend is having to replace the bars I bent riding it 2 years ago. He wins this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVeezy View Post
    Did you use it as a negotiating point for a better price?
    lol no

    I was happy enough that I didn't have to pay for anything originally when I borrowed it to launch myself into low earth orbit trying to outrun a much better dirt rider than myself
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    For the Trials guys, what is the value of a 1990 TLM 260?

    I am looking to trade my 2005 yz250 for a trials bike and I was offered one of those. I don't know anything about trials bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX600 View Post
    For the Trials guys, what is the value of a 1990 TLM 260?

    I am looking to trade my 2005 yz250 for a trials bike and I was offered one of those. I don't know anything about trials bikes
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    Re: First dirt bike

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX600 View Post
    For the Trials guys, what is the value of a 1990 TLM 260?

    I am looking to trade my 2005 yz250 for a trials bike and I was offered one of those. I don't know anything about trials bikes
    That's a bit of a rare bike you are looking at! Bike is almost too old to be competitive in modern events and too new for vintage so the resale value will be relatively low. That being said don't let it stop you from coming out to any events, you will still have a blast. If she runs really well it would still be capable of really amazing things in the hands of a highly skilled rider. Decent photos would make it easier for us to spot potential problem areas and potential upgrades.

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    Re: First dirt bike

    Hey thanks for the reply.

    The deal didn't come through. I am going to wait until something newish comes around.



    Quote Originally Posted by Trials View Post
    That's a bit of a rare bike you are looking at! Bike is almost too old to be competitive in modern events and too new for vintage so the resale value will be relatively low. That being said don't let it stop you from coming out to any events, you will still have a blast. If she runs really well it would still be capable of really amazing things in the hands of a highly skilled rider. Decent photos would make it easier for us to spot potential problem areas and potential upgrades.
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    You're not new to motorcycles so you already know many of the potential mechanical issues to watch for; 2-strokes should start easy and have nice discernible compression, sound needs to be a nice crisp 'Pop,Pop,Pop' on idle. Issues with bottom end seals, rings or a poorly seating reed valve cages will manifest as harder starting, decreased performance and a less then crisp exhaust note. Rear suspension should not have excess free-play in the suspension linkages when you lift the rear end of the bike, front fork stanchions free of rock damage scars or signs of ignored oil seals and slide bushings, exhaust should be mounted securely and free of excess oily goop leaking out of places it shouldn't. Brakes, chain, levers, bars and foot pegs are largely interchangeable between makes and models so those are usually easy to service, maintain or replace items, internal engine parts not so much and that would be my greatest concern in purchasing a 'rare' model. Even if budget is limited I would be looking for ~1998 or newer units, more then 20 years is a long time for rubber parts to remain pliable and free of cracks even if the bike has been mostly parked. (I think a lot of the older trials bikes that appear on kijiji in mint condition have spent much of their life parked) If it's not rolling on 1 or 2 ply radial tires then the tires are probably garbage, lots of tread with nice sharp square knobs on a really old trials tire only happens when the rubber has become rock hard and turned too slippery to ride well, expect to pay 3 or 4 hundred on a new set of tires. There are a few models out there that don't fair so well in deep water, usually the ones that have a relatively small air filter located where the rear wheel throws water almost directly into the air intake (Xispa & early Scorpa models come to mind as notable examples of this) Some models have relatively fragile plastics (fenders break easy) A few have near indestructible plastics (1999 Cota 315R fenders were amazing, you could tie them in a knot and they wouldn't snap) Lift the wheels off the ground and give them a spin, rim dents or spoke issues will become immediately apparent. Watch for rear swingarm twist or cracks, some makes and models are more prone to that then others, expert and pro riders tend to test those components to their limit on a regular basis.

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    Re: First dirt bike

    It does help alot. Even when I went back to dirt bikes from superbikes there are always specific things that you forget to check so this is a good list to spark the memory.

    Appreciate the time you took to respond.
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