My ridding buddy rides a 2000 Yamaha YZ 250. Due to the power issue and the wieght game, he does beat me. When I had stock gearing, after adding the pipe, K&N, and airbox holes, it was a very close race. Now that I went to a 13 tooth front sprocket, he beats me again. Dirt bikes are faster, but NO WAY better in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I have both a love both. But when it comes down to it, I prefer the Predator.
A dirt bike's biggest advantage is weight. A typical one is about 250 lbs, compared to our Predator at 415+.
I raced my Predator against my friend's piped Honda XR400 and it was a dead even tie every single time up to 65 mph when he'd start to pull away. I've concluded that the Predator has a top speed limiter built into the CD because for me it was like hitting a brick wall... it simply wouldn't accelerate anymore.
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