I have a unique opportunity to purchase either a 2014 WR450F, new with plate, with the addition of a Baja Creations type kit, DOT tires, mirrors (not in CA of course). Or I can buy a KTM 500 EXC fully street legal 50 state model. Here is my delemna: Everyone who owns a KTM tells me how great they are, but I just am not 100% convinced that the 500 EXC is truely a great off road bike. I know it is good, but does it compare to the Japanese bikes, from a handling/suspension/smoothness standpoint? I can purchase a new Yamaha, and after getting it plated, add the ECU, race tuner, FMF silencer/spark arrestor, throttle stop modification, and end up with a motocross type bike that I am comfortable with, only with a wide ratio gear box, and a plate (which with the amount of fenced off property I have to deal with has become almost manditory). My main riding buddy has a KTM 500 EXC 2013 and he has put thousands into it making it "better", and he is not done yet. If anyone out there has a 2012-2013 WR450F that could give me some input, I think the changes for 2014 are mostly cosmetic, maybe a little suspension tweaking, which is really personal preference anyways. And possibly someone who has compared their ride to a fuel injected KTM of late?
Current ride: Honda CR450F with desert tank, skid plate, scotts steering damper, boysen water pump, heavy flywheel, trail tech computer, fmf silencer/spark. Issues: mx gearing is too short, no licence plate.