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TOPIC: Anyone on the forum have a KTM?

Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 12:54 #1

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I know it's probably heresy to even discuss this on our beloved Yamaha forum, but I'm seriously considering getting a KTM EXC (4 stroke) model to add to my collection. It certainly won't be in replacement of the IT490, just a nice addition for riding places that require a license plate to get from trail to trail. I could even see bringing both bikes to riding parks like HV or Hollister.
Anyone else have a KTM that might want to chime in with some random thoughts?? I'm not looking for something new, probably something in the 2002 to 2010 model range. There are lots to look at on CL - some that are thrashers and some that are virtually new, so the only decision is how much one wants to spend.
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2003 KTM 450exc
Too many fly rods,,,

Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 15:12 #2

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I looked into this a couple years ago... price for parts and maintenance plus the complications of a high tech four stroke scared me from buying used... then went out trail riding here in Las Vegas with a few KTM's... in the slow stuff lots of falls because they couldn't get a foot down. That sealed it for me and I stayed with the low and slow XT250! Ha!

KTM is a good bike... pretty light... only real failure I've seen was dead battery with a Rekluse clutch, no way to bump start. Swapped battery with another bike that could be bump-started so worked out okay.

You're already used to tall bikes so the height might not be as much a problem/concern for you as for me. I'd still check into cost of rebuild for the model you're considering just in case.

Or how about a DT400?? :whistle: :)

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Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 15:34 #3

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Mark, good point about the height. But like you pointed out, I'm use to it with the IT.....

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1983 IT490K; 2007 Yamaha FJR 1300,
2003 KTM 450exc
Too many fly rods,,,

Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 16:33 #4

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Great bike, starter motor issues seems to be their weak point. Valve clearances also an issue that has to be kept on top of..
My riding buddy had a 2012 250exc f before he upgraded to the 300 two stroke and I think he was faster on the 250f and didn't need to stop so often for rests... The 300 seems to be too much bike to wrestle with...
The 350f is also a great bike. A friend bought one as their first ever dirt bike and I was a bit skeptical that they had bitten off more than they could chew but the extra torque really made things forgiving for him..
Also consider the KTM350 free ride...amazing bike and seem to be better value second hand over here in Australia and are generally not thrashed by the demographic that seems to purchase them...

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Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 17:25 #5

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One of the issues here in the US is we don't get all the same great "street legal" bikes the rest of the world does... :Ugh

California is especially bad... A search says the first "factory" street legal KTM's in California were some of the 2007 models? If I lived in California, I'd look for a "factory" street legal bike rather than a "converted" bike just in case California decides they absolutely need to see an EPA or FMVSS sticker on a bike made after the late 1970's.

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Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 18:41 #6

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I would totally love a 300EXC 2-stroke, but the IT would get its feelings hurt.
I found a 450EXC down in Dana Point that has real potential.....

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2003 KTM 450exc
Too many fly rods,,,

Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 18:46 #7

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I have been approached by someone wanting My Blue Brute as well so I started looking for something along the same road.I have been looking very hard at this Husky.

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Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 18:56 #8

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Two of my cousins ride newer ktm 150xcw's. which are two stroke bikes. They seem pretty solid haven't had any issues with them and they ride pretty hard. I would have considered one if I wasn't so short. Went with a beta xtrainer 300 instead

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Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 19:17 #9

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Biknflyfisher wrote: I would totally love a 300EXC 2-stroke, but the IT would get its feelings hurt.
I found a 450EXC down in Dana Point that has real potential.....


If it's what you want... I say GO FOR IT!!! Life is too short not to. :Throttle
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Anyone on the forum have a KTM? 03 Mar 2018 20:03 #10

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I know you're asking about a 4 stroke, but I've got a 2009 300 XC-We. I bought it new, jetted it, installed springs for my weight, and ride the heck out of it. It's a beast. Suspension is well behaved and predictable. I'll never need a different off road bike, because I'll never be able to make full use out of the power and handling.
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