XR650R vs 520 EXC
Posted October 30, 2001 - 09:55 PM
XR Pros (as I see it)
Power (specially after upgrades)
Strong aftermarket following
Heavy (compaired to EXC)
Only Kickstart (no electric)
Light (again compaired to XR)
Electric and Kickstart
Hydraulic Clutch (Boon or Bane, depends on YPOV)
I am now leaning towards the KTM even with the 3000 bux difference. This bike seems to be what I am after. Winter is setting in, so I have time to mull it over. Thoughts???
Posted October 31, 2001 - 02:02 AM
Posted October 31, 2001 - 02:21 AM
The KTM is a great machine. Almost bought one. Despite the changes made in the 520 this year, it is still just an avg. handling machine. The thing will tend to push into corners instead of holding an inside line. Though the forks have been upgraded to 48 mm they still need stiffer fork springs. The electric start is a big bonus. At my old age, I wish the XR had that ability. Power is great on the KTM using less RPM to get the job done. Why didn’t I buy the 520 you ask, I could not see the extra money.
Posted October 31, 2001 - 05:44 AM
They have several very interesting bikes. For instance, their E440 weighs less than 250 lbs, has the magic button, EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection), Ohlin's front & back, costs less than a KTM, etc...
If ever a company was to make a custom bike to my wish list, this would come the closest to anything out there based on what I've read so far. The specs on all the Cannondales look very impressive to me, but I've never seen one of these new bikes in person. If you click on the 'Exotics' section here in Thumpertalk, you'll find a couple guys who own them and talk very highly of their Cannondales.
Here's the link to the E440... http://www.cannondal...e440_model.html
Here's the link to the rest of their bikes... http://www.cannondal...torsports/moto/
ps. I just bought a new XR650R
Posted October 31, 2001 - 06:45 PM
Posted October 31, 2001 - 09:08 PM
LOL qadsan. How do you like the XR...The XR will do just fine.[/QUOTE]
So far, it looks real pretty
I just got it the other night and haven't even kicked it over yet. I'm waiting for the dealer I bought it from to send me a cirtificate of origin so I can register my bike. The dealer I bought my bike from sends out this paperwork about three weeks after the purchase date to help protect them against fraudulent deals (store ploicy). Since I live in California and purchased this bike from a different state, I have to provide the California department of motor vehicles with the cirtificate of origin before they will register it for off road use. They also have to physically inspect my bike as well, all because I purchased my bike out of state. Now if I bought the bike in California, I wouldn't have had all these hassles, but then I would have had to pay another grand for the bike from my local dealers.
Sooo...the BRP sits quietly in my garage for a while longer. For 'my' application, the price, performance, reliability, etc, fits my needs very well. Like you, I'm not going to race it (my racing days are over) and the XR will just do fine
Posted October 31, 2001 - 11:33 PM
I would have thought you'd have taken that bad boy out and give it a run, or do all bikes in Calf. need to be registered regardless if they are insured or not?
Posted November 01, 2001 - 06:58 AM
...I would have thought you'd have taken that bad boy out and give it a run, or do all bikes in Calf. need to be registered regardless if they are insured or not?
All bikes in California have to be registered for something such as street, green sticker off road, red sticker off road, non-operational, etc . I'm dying to kick it over and ride it on my property, but my neighbors have some Very High Strung horses that go completely nuts at the sight or sound of anything unusual. About two months ago my kids pulling a small wagon of firewood down the horse trail in back of our house and three of their horses panicked and went completely crazy. They were crashing into and kicking the gates, fences, each other, etc. They had some major vet bills as a result of all this. I have an external garage in addition to an attached garage and everytime I open a garage door from my external garage, the horses go crazy. Everyone elses horses including ours are pretty calm, but the horses at my neighbors house are lunatics and I feel terrible whenever they get riled up & crazy like they do because they always get injured. I'm sure that if I started this bike up or rode it anywhere in my lower yard by my external garage/shop, they'd completely freak out and hurt themselves or each other.
I'm about to freak out myself from not being able to ride this thing, but that will soon change in the next few weeks
Have you already ordered your parts to uncork it? I have
Posted November 02, 2001 - 12:13 AM
Posted November 05, 2001 - 04:52 PM
[ November 05, 2001: Message edited by: METZ32 ]
Posted November 11, 2001 - 08:39 AM
I had a recent experience at falling over on my 600. Picking it up was bad enough. Then I had to start the thing. I held up the group of folks I was riding with for about 10 minutes.
For me, the weight, power and button on my 520 are well worth the extra $$.
Posted December 09, 2001 - 12:32 PM
Posted December 09, 2001 - 07:18 PM
My friend has the 520EXC and the Yamaha 426 and feels the same about the KTM, easier to ride and much less tiring. His 426 is collecting dust except for a occasional spin.
Must admit that Honda has the dealer network and after market but the KTM only needs a couple of bolt on items to enhance durability and personal perferance.
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