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Head To Head: Sub 150cc Trail Bikes Offroad Fun For Nearly Everyone

Chaparral Motorsports
March 22, 2018

img2018 Yamaha TT-R125LE Base

MSRP: $3,299

Engine: 124cc, air cooled, single cylinder, SOHC, four-stroke

Bore x Stroke: 54.0 x 54.0

Transmission: Constant-mesh 5-speed; multi-plate wet clutch

Fuel Delivery: Mikuni® VM20 carburetor

Curb Weight: 198 lbs.

Seat Height: 31.7"

Ground Clearance: 10.4"

Wheels (front/rear): 19"/16"

Fuel Capacity: 1.6 gal
The Yamaha TT125 might now have the larger displacement like the other two dirt bikes on this page but what it does have is a really light weight feel and low seat height making it a great bike for riders moving up to big bike features. Weighing in at less than 200 pounds the TT is the lightest and offers the shortest seat height of the bunch. Up front a 31mm fork can be adjusted with different preload settings and offers 7.1" of travel, while a single rear shock has adjustable compression and rebound and delivers 6.6" of travel. With its smooth power delivery from the square engine, riders of all levels will have fun on this Yamaha as it soaks up bumps with its adjustable front and rear suspension and more than 10" of ground clearance.

CRF150F_2017_022017 Honda CRF150F Base

MSRP: $3,799

Engine: 149cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC, four-stroke,

Bore x Stroke: 57.3mm x 57.8mm

Transmission: Five-speed, manual shift

Fuel Delivery: 24 mm piston-valve carburetor

Curb Weight: 233.9 lbs.

Seat Height: 32.8

Ground Clearance: 10.1"

Wheels (front/rear): 19"/16"

Fuel Capacity: 1.9gal.

Falling into Big Red's CRF lineage, the CRF150F delivers great handling and power that is easy to manage for beginner riders but still has enough zip to keep experienced riders grinning. A bit taller than the TT-R, Honda's 150 offers a 1" taller seat height while still maintaining similar ground clearance to help taller riders feel more comfortable on the bike. A 35mm Showa front fork provides more than 9" of travel while the Pro-Link Showa rear shock sucks up 8.9 inches of wheel travel. The CRF150F offers the peace of mind when it comes to security and safety with its keyed ignition. Backed by Honda's legendary build quality and reliability, the CRF 150 is one of those bikes you'll never want to get rid of as it will always be ready for the next adventure.

KLX®140G2018 Kawasaki KLX 140G Base

MSRP: $3,699

Engine: 144cc, air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC,

Bore x Stroke: 58mm x 54.4mm

Transmission: five-speed, manual shift

Fuel Delivery: Keihin PB20

Curb Weight: 218.2 lbs.

Seat Height: 33.9"

Ground Clearance: 12.4

Wheels (front/rear): 21"/18"

Fuel Capacity: 1.5 gal.

If you're looking for big bike fit and feel without having to jump into the realm of more powerful 200cc and larger displacement trail bikes, the KLX 140G is the way to go. Outfitted with a 21" front and 18" rear tire, you get easy maneuverability, more ground clearance, and comfortable ergos-similar to what you would find on a full size dirt bike but with easy to manager power and torque. The green machine features a 33mm telescopic front fork with 7.5" of travel and a Uni-Trak linkage system with a piggyback reservoir single shock that has fully adjustable preload and 22-way rebound damping providing 7.9" of travel.

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