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Deja New
11/18/2019 12:41 AM

My sone just turned 5 so getting him a TC50 and I’ve had my rm250 going on 6 years so it’s time to change and Suzuki has no new 250 2T so I thought I’d change but now I can get a good deal on a fc 350 2020 for only 1k more than a 2019 TC350.
So from guy who have them or ridden both what’s you thoughts on these bikes. I’m 2T though and through but at 45 tired of working them to keep up the speed.what are the costs like maintains the 350 a 450 is way to much for me I’m stuffed as it is after 10 minutes and I’m worried a 250f will need more servicing.
Any advice from guys that own them would be awesome.

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Pirate421
11/18/2019 2:19 AM

I’ve been a 2t guy as well. Have had kx’s, Honda, 3 yz250’s and 2 ktm 250 sx’s. Then I got a 2017 350 and it was pretty much over for me. I still love my two strokes, currently still have a yz250 left, but as far as traction, stability and a bike that’s just easy to ride fast for a long time you can’t go wrong with the 350.

350s feel very light, turn incredibly well and like I said, you won’t believe the traction and stability you get. The thing is just hooked up and pulling all the time and turns so well. Another thing that you will get used to in a hurry is the fuel injection and the estart on the 350. I never thought it would be a big deal but just walking over to the bike and stabbing the button and you’re ready to go is something you don’t want to live without once you have it. If you’re a regular vet or amateur rider I don’t see how you wouldn’t get close to 75-100 hrs without doing much maintenance at all besides air filters, oil and fuel. I would say go for it, if you don’t like it they have great resale.

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Deja New
11/18/2019 2:34 AM

Thanks for your input.... I’ve never ridden any 4 stroke ever so I’m still up in the air but the deal would be good.

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OtotheB178
11/18/2019 3:29 AM

i don't know whether i buck the trend but i seem to ride 2t better. I've had a few 4t over the years (never a 350...)
so i'd advise you to try and get a test ride if possible. I found the engine braking gave me arm pump. even on the newer 4t where they have alot of it tuned out. just my 2 "pence"

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Jeff_Crutcher
11/18/2019 3:47 AM

Don’t fix what isn’t broken. 250.

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walleyeguy
11/18/2019 5:15 AM

I'm 43 and went with a 17 FX 350. Absolutely the perfect bike for me. Feels like a 250. Runs with a 450. 120 hrs. Air filters and oil changes only.

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soggy
11/18/2019 6:00 AM

the 350 is a really fun motor to ride if you are a 2 stroke guy. similar power/rev characteristics but just more and better.if buying new it takes about 10 hrs ride time to fully break in the chassis. engine will free up as well.

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erik_94COBRA
11/18/2019 6:17 AM

The TC250 is a great bike. Best 250 2-stroke I've ridden, once setup for you. Have a 2017 that is almost just right for me.

That said, a FC350 will be my next new bike purchase. It's the most 2-strokeish 4 stroke I've ridden. Engine braking is still present, but acceptable IMO.

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seth505
11/18/2019 6:44 AM

The good news is this is a win-win situation. Each bike is awesome but I agree with above, my 250sx (similar to tc) is the best 2-stroke I've ever ridden.

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reded
11/18/2019 6:58 AM

The 350 is the best motorcycle that I’ve owned in 38yrs of riding/racing motorcycles.

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Alex.434
11/18/2019 10:42 AM

Yeah what Seth505 said.

I have a dialed in 2017 TC250 and it's the best MX bike I've ever ridden. Running it in the 'mild' map (preferred map of most magazine testers) smooths the hit out and the bike has plenty of tractional power.

I find 4-strokes tire me out quicker as they weigh more. I'm 40. Last time I rode my TC250 I did a 40 minute moto on the main track at Cahuilla...

Good luck.

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ama530
11/18/2019 10:52 AM
walleyeguy wrote:

I'm 43 and went with a 17 ...more

I'm 52 and have the same FX350. One of the best bikes I've ever ridden. I can race moto, scrambles, GPs, and enduro with it. Change the fork air pressure and a few clicks on the compression front & rear and you are good to go. I'm at 100+ hours and do the same basic maintenance. Highly recommended.

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Average Joe
11/18/2019 12:55 PM

I have a 450 now, and while I love the power, and how easy it is to ride, I am also looking to update and am considering a 150 2 stroke, 250 2 stroke or the 350 4 stroke. I haven't ridden a 2 stroke in a few years now, for those that ride both...is it just me, or are 2 strokes way easier to "save" when things go bad? I have been bitch slapped to the ground one too many times by my 450 and riding with fear vs. respect are two very different things.

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Deja New
11/18/2019 1:13 PM

Thanks guys for all your input going to have a look at them this week some time. Still leaning to the tc250 it’s scary enough changing brands for me let alone changing strokes

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Falcon
11/18/2019 2:38 PM
Deja New wrote:

Thanks for your input.... ...more

You're 45? You've only ever ridden two strokes? Get the TC250. It's the best 250 2 stroke out there, as far as I know. It will feel like a more stable version of your RM250, only faster.

At the very, very least, ride one of those ill-handling, heavy, hot, finicky, skill-sapping, track-destroying, stall-prone pieces of 4-stroke shit before you buy one. Who knows, maybe you'll love it. As for me, I can barely even ride one. I still think the entire 4-stroke revolution is some gigantic conspiracy to pull the wool over my eyes: nobody actually likes them or thinks they are better, but they're all buying them and going along with the joke until I give in, and then they'll say "gotcha!!!"

Braaapin' aint easy.

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Deja New
11/18/2019 2:44 PM

Yep 45 getting old but once mx is in your blood it’s there for good. I’m am leaning to the 250 just because of every reason I can think of love the sound, smell, riding style, look, and I can wrench on it myself.... plus a thousand others

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Ramrod
11/18/2019 3:22 PM
Deja New wrote:

Yep 45 getting old but ...more

I think you have decided,

Like others have said, you can't go wrong with either bike.

Enjoy man!

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AZRider
11/18/2019 3:31 PM

I'm 47 and have a 17 FC350 and an 18 150SX came off of 450's before. I love my 350, and dont think you can really go wrong either way.

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Superdave19
11/18/2019 3:35 PM

I had a rocket ship TC with some head work.. On mine, I had to run 50/50 C12 & pump, and dude let me tell ya it DRANK FUEL. I'd go thru 4gal a day easy. Got too expensive, and I didn't want to sacrifice the mods. One of the most fun bikes I had but couldn't feed it.

If you don't do any mods and leave her stock it helps, but it will still drink WAY more fuel than a 4 stroke.. Might not be a big deal to some but I rode so much then it killed me $$.

I've got some quality time on a 350 too- Both are awesome, awesome bikes.

Flip a coin!

Current rides-
1988 RM250
2019 KX450

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Hcallz5
11/18/2019 3:46 PM

I'm looking for a 350 right now, I had a 300 and it was fun but I was chasing carb settings. Two strokes are fun if you are either doing tight technical riding more than 50% of the time or you're a track rat that's in shape and actually knows how to ride one properly. Otherwise I'd suggest getting the 350, they're just so much easier and enjoyable to ride. If I had my way I'll have a 350 and a 125 eventually.

2019 TX300
'10 200 XC-w

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Deja New
11/18/2019 3:49 PM

saw in the other thread holy Kaboom the heads blown out has me a little worried though any sugesestions on changes or leave it stock.

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Average Joe
11/18/2019 4:25 PM
AZRider wrote:

I'm 47 and have a 17 FC350 ...more

I don't want to derail the thread, but how do you like the 150?

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AZRider
11/18/2019 5:14 PM
Average Joe wrote:

I don't want to derail the ...more

I love it. It took me about 20 hours of ride time to break some lazy habits. It has also made me a better rider overall and helped my skills. I have as much fun racing it in 2 stroke open as i do racing my 350 in 40+ and 45+. I have debated just racing it exclusively. I am still improving and wish it had more overrev, but finally remembering how to keep it singing that sweet 2 stroke sound.

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Deja New
11/18/2019 6:04 PM
AZRider wrote:

I'm 47 and have a 17 FC350 ...more

Average Joe wrote:

I don't want to derail the ...more

I’m not a patient guy and they don’t have a 150 atm or yes it would have been an option even a 125 but I’ve put a deposit on the tc50 and the tc250 an hour ago thanks everyone for your replies very much appreciated.....

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Average Joe
11/18/2019 6:09 PM
AZRider wrote:

I'm 47 and have a 17 FC350 ...more

Average Joe wrote:

I don't want to derail the ...more

Deja New wrote:

I’m not a patient guy and ...more

Awesome....Congratulations! When do you pick them up?

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Deja New
11/18/2019 6:40 PM

All going well next Monday it’s 2 hours drive one way can wait for Xmas to put the tc50 under the tree

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AH387
11/19/2019 11:09 AM

Tough call. I have a 17 FC350 and my friend has a 18 TC250. We like to go back and forth and debate the pros/cons. I think the TC is more fun to ride. The 350 is the better race bike, in my opinion. If you were looking to do some racing and could only have 1 bike, 350 all day. Just looking for a fun bike to play on, I'd to TC250 due to the simplicity of it and how fun 2strokes are to ride. I just bought a 125 since I was missing 2strokes in my life. Still have the 350 and since I'm still racing, it would be my main bike, if I could only have 1.

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Lasse
11/19/2019 12:25 PM

I took a chance with a 4stroke and instantly had maintenance issues. Fixed it, sold it. For a piece of mind, I now plan on sticking with the 2strokes.

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Denn700
11/19/2019 2:22 PM

I’ve had multiple 125’s,250f’s ,250 two strokes (including a KTM250SX) and 450’s and a 150 and a 200. Those are just the big bikes I have owned. Right now I have a factory CR125,A CR250 , one of Chad Reed’s 2011 CRF450’s, a 2018 Fully modded twisted development KTM270 SX-F and a 2019 KTM350 with just suspension and a Twisted map. The 350 is the best bike I have ever owned and I have had just about everything. I am 44 and it makes just enough power to not tire me out and get me over the jumps
and it doesn’t feel like it weighs much more than a 250F.

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jeffro503
11/20/2019 6:06 PM
Alex.434 wrote:

Yeah what Seth505 said.

I ...more

Hey Alex , I hope the pipe , silencer and CF goodies are treating you well. I sold those parts , but still have the bike. God dang it , I can't seem to get myself to sell the bike , with only 6.8hrs on it! I'll lose my ass along with $1100.00 I have in the suspension too. I may just get it toned down and try again.

And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

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