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Old 11-03-2010, 05:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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86 Honda TRX 250R

I am currently looking at purchasing a 1986 Honda TRX 250R. The owner says that it is stock other than the DG pipe that was put on. He has verbally confirmed that there are no cracks in the frame and no engine work has been done on it. The asking price is 2K. From the pictures, it appears to be relatively clean. Just looking for some feedback on whether or not this is a good buy.

When I checked a few years ago, it seemed like the prices were much higher on these. I assume they have come down due to the decrease in demand with the new 450R's coming out.

I previously owned a 400EX that I loved. It was low maintenance and always reliable. However, I only get out a few times a year to ride and could not justify it sitting the rest of the year. I figure something like a 250R will hold value better and I would still have something to go out and have a good time on.

I appreciate any feedback.
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums! the TRX250R was a great quad i had one in 87 wish i stll had it easy to work on doesn't cost much to rebuild and i would say if it has not had any motor work then it need to be rebuilt even if it still runs good 24 years is a long time, post some pics and lets have a look, but 2K is not a bad price, i saw a brand new 89 still in creat on ebay 88K yes thats right 88,000 liked to crap my pants,
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Here are some pictures...
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86 Honda TRX 250R-250r_1.jpg   86 Honda TRX 250R-250r_2.jpg   86 Honda TRX 250R-250r_3.jpg  
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Looks good i would offer $1500 but would probably go the 2K if he would not budge on his price, the first thing i would do is get rid of the rear tires and ger some 18 to 20" tall rears
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Yeah, the rear tires need to go. The owner has another set of rims to go with it (not sure if they are they originals) and an extra swing arm. He is the original owner and bought it 24 years ago.
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Any other ideas on this topic......

Would I be better off looking for a 250R that has had some work done to it? I have seen some out there that are in the same price range but have a lot of extras on them. Currently, I am leaning more toward an original. I do not plan on racing and it will be for recreational riding.
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I would rather have one that has not been worked on, it only costs about $200 to rebuild a top end on a 2 stroke.
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I would rather have one that has not been worked on, it only costs about $200 to rebuild a top end on a 2 stroke.
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