Originally posted by LC4Ryan2:
You are gonna pay more for a KTM because it comes with higher quality parts than Japanese bikes. Aluminum subframes on all models (not just motocross bikes), Tapered aluminum bars, hydraulic clutches, Brembo brakes, braided stainless oil and brake lines, aluminum silencers/mufflers just to name a few parts.
In the end, you may spend more money putting these parts on Japanese bike than you would buying the new KTM in the first place. KTM's do cost more, but then they are more race ready out of the box.
I don't think this is entirely accurate. The steel subframe on the WR is for durability - they are much easier to "shape" on the trail after a mishap too. The handlebars that come w/ the KTMs are good if they match your preference and fit your handguards - otherwise you are replacing those anyway. A $65 front brake line is all you will need for superb brakes. The clutch pull is not difficult at all. And some are swapping out the KTMs exhaust as well.
All siad, those KTMs are some pretty sweet machines¡