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Old 01-13-2020, 01:19 PM
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Ih all been away from the gas gas for a bit whilst doing mx with a Honda crf.

im looking at getting a second bike (ec 300) as I miss em.

I used to have a 03 ec300 but found the suspension a bit old but a cracking bike. with out getting a brand new bike what years are good and which are not so good

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Old 01-13-2020, 02:53 PM
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I really liked a used 2007 EC300 after I revalved the forks and shock, jetted the carb and added a thicker seat foam.

I sold that bike and bought a brand new 2018 EC300 for the newness, KYB Suspension and Electric start. I did not find the 2018 to be a significant improvement for the trail riding I do. The KYB Forks are still a bit harsher than the revalved open chamber Zokes on the 2007.

But it?s nice to have a new bike. Fit and finish and plastics are better on the new bike, the electric start is nice to quickly restart when I occasionally stall while following someone so they don?t get too far ahead and lose me in the woods. And she is drop dead gorgeous!
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I was going to be funny and say avoid the 2021 model.

An 07 will be a clunky old beast now unless you find one that has been put away carefully.

I have an 07 but as the hours mount up I've replaced carb and master cylinder etc as they eventually wear. The older a dirtbike, the longer it has been in the hands of a dirtbike owner or several. I'm holding onto mine. I have also put on KYB YZ250 forks but revalved they are oceans better than my valved zokes.
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The 2011 models are regarded as a good year, being the last of the first generation of frames.

I really love my 2015 model with its Reiger rear shock and (revalved) Marzocchi pfp forks, although others may think otherwise.

But as others have said, a 10+ year old dirtbike may have seen a lot of abuse.
Even my 5 year old one is now at 250 hours and needs some attention during my annual winter service.
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Yes sadly the later ones got taller. My mates 15 goes great after he got the pv adjusted properly and fitted an RM needle. But I cant really ride it unless I steal Gene Simmons boots.
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thanks lads some good input
money wise I was looking at say 07 to 12 ish depending on the bike and condition.
looking for something I can just jump on that's standard suspension wise and maybe at some point re valving. I would like to keep the crf for track work as I like the bike a lot but if did sell I would look at a year old GG.

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Old 01-14-2020, 12:34 PM
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I was going to be funny and say avoid the 2021 model.

An 07 will be a clunky old beast now unless you find one that has been put away carefully.

I have an 07 but as the hours mount up I've replaced carb and master cylinder etc as they eventually wear. The older a dirtbike, the longer it has been in the hands of a dirtbike owner or several. I'm holding onto mine. I have also put on KYB YZ250 forks but revalved they are oceans better than my valved zokes.
had to think about that lol whats wrong with a 21 lol
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It's not a 2011? Kidding aside, 2021 looks decent to me.
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