Blue to orange?
Posted July 07, 2013 - 04:29 AM
Posted July 07, 2013 - 05:07 AM
Edited by J D R, July 07, 2013 - 05:18 AM.
Posted July 07, 2013 - 02:06 PM
Looking for opinions. I posted a similar thread on the KTM forum. I ride almost exclusively woods - 6 4 230lbs. Ready to sell my 2005 WR450 it has been a great bike - main reason is I would like a little more low end snap (and just ready for a new bike). Thought about a YZ450f with some mods to set up for woods but after a lot of research/thinking, I still want estart and the yzf is likely too snappy for woods riding where you have sections of hills, deep water holes which require some lugging to glide thru. So was ready to go with a new 2012 or newer wr450 with alum frame, EFI, etc I have heard the performance has improved over the years. But have recently been reading about the KTM 450 xcf which seems like it is perfect for my interest of having a higer performance woods bike - basically KTM has done the work of converting a MX bike to woods - still has the performance but bike has been modified for woods riding. Am I reading this correctly? I have never ridden a KTM. how much difference will there be between the 2005 wr and a newer model? Thanks
Hey OMR, we have similar proportions and I've been through the same quandry and my application is technical and trail - from an 07 wr450 - reliable as hell but not exactly nimble and suspension wallowy, upgraded to 2010 YZ450 and spent quit a bit trying to make it more friendly in the tech and climbing department - failed, then bought 2012 wr450 - somewhere between the old wr and the YZ - great suspension but still found the engine too snappy (tried mapping), clutch pull too hard and fading when hot. For the heck of it I went on a Beta demo day ride - after working through the range I got my ass in the sadlle of the 498 and refused to give it back. 1've ridden a few different bikes, including KTMs in challenging tech and trail and I can honestly say this little red italian tractor is the business. It chugs up anything putting power down where others cannot find traction, very linear power, never stalls or boils and in the open stuff it flies. The only mod I've done is stiffer fork an shock springs. A few of my mates have since converted to Beta. Hope this helps.
Posted July 07, 2013 - 07:15 PM