So heres the deal...Ive been itching to get a dirtbike lately. A couple buddies of mine go riding, and Id kind of like to see about getting into the hobby with them. Ive ALWAYS been into dirtbikes growing up, and always wanted one, but I never got one. Most of my experience is on quads and trikes. I have VERY little experience on dirtbikes, and dont know that much.
All that being said, I don't have the cash to go out and drop on a bike right now. I did however find a 2000 Suzuki RM125 on craigslist for $1000.00, and the guy is interested in perhaps trading it for my AR-15. I love my AR-15. I would have no interest at all in getting rid of it, but I see it as a possible way to get me on a dirtbike, even if its just a "beginner bike" (which I am a beginner, so that would be fine). I just don't get out and shoot my rifle enough to enjoy it. Like I said, Im in love with it, but I feel I would get much more use and enjoyment out of a bike right now. Its a tough decision, and I need help making it.
The rifle is a Stag Arms lower with a 6 position adjustable stock, mated to a Bushmaster 16" flat top upper with an M4 stepped barrel. With it, I have the following:
-Midwest Industries picattiny hand guards
-TangoDown vertical foregrip
-PentagonLight MD-2 light/laser
-Removal carry handle
-A.R.M.S. back up iron sight
-Front side sling adapter for 3 point or 2 point sling
-Single point sling adapter in the back (cant for the life of me remember the brand)
-Tapco rail covers
-8 US GI issued 30 round magazines
-UTG soft case
If all the extras were purchased brand new, we're talking at least $900+ in extras alone. I know the guy would be getting the better end of the deal...its just about whether or not Id be happy with the decision, and I also don't want to trade for a total piece of shit that will need work in a month.
The bike is a 2000 RM125 like stated. According to the owner, he has a clean and clear title (still in the previous owners name...dont understand this?). He said the plastics are all new, it has aftermarket exhaust, an extra sprocket, tires are in good shape, and it runs strong. He can't tell me much about maintenance because hes only had it for 4-5 months. He said the forks don't leak, but the petcock is starting to leak due to sitting. I priced a new one, and theyre about $20.00. Not a huge deal. Hes throwing in some boots and a helmet with the bike.
I dont have any decent pictures of it right now. Hes supposed to be sending me a bunch and based on what I see ill decide if I want to go look at it in person. Should i decide to go look at it, Id like to do a compression test. How do you do a compression test on a dirtbike? I have a compression tester for a car, but I assume the threaded end is too big for a 2 stroke dirtbike. Whats normal compression for a 2 stroke 125? What else should I look at, and what should I check out and what would be an indicator I should stay away from this deal? Im usually one to jump into bad deals and get taken for a ride because Im impatient and want everything now, but Id really like to avoid that this time and save getting rid of my rifle if it really is a piss poor deal, so any help is appreciated.
By the way...I know a 125 2 stroke will be too small for me, and it has shitty low end, and blah blah blah. Ive already considered those facts, and am weighing them heavily in my decision. I was honestly looking for a 250, but this is what I could find with an owner interested in a trade. I am a beginner, and don't honestly plan on racing this thing. Its just to cruise around on for fun, maybe hit some small jumps with, and take out into the desert. As long as my fat ass doesnt bottom the suspension out every time I sit on it, and its full size (which it is) and it has enough power to move me at a decent pace, Im fine with it.