Let me address your post with a few comments;
Dude do yourself and the rest of the honest riding public a favor and be 100% honest with what you are dealing with (not saying you wouldn't be!!) My feelings on this are simple.......with a single cylinder engine....if you cannot fix it yourself than find a different hobby. Forgive me if this seems harsh or whatever but single cylinder internal combustion engines have been around for over 100 years....yes that is a century. There inner "werkins" are no longer a mystery and any mechanic that can call themselves a mechanic cannot "F" one up to the point of not running for the desired time frame.....whether it be one race or one season. Sorry you have had a run of bad luck but replacing your Honda with a KTM is not going to solve you issues. KTMs are notoriously maintenance intensive and I would hate to see you go down a road that you obviously have been down before. So pony up the bucks for a new or (known quality motor) for the XR and ride on bro!! And for those that do not like this post............
"Be honest with what I'm dealing with?" you say.
Naaa... I'm a stupid guy who knows nothing and has no common sense...
Come on... save it. Like anyone else... I've made mistakes. Like anyone else, I've had bad luck. Like anyone else... I speak my mind. And like anyone else... I will continue to speak and post my findings as well as comments.
"If I can't fix it, get a different hobby?" you say.
You've got to be kidding?! If I had the ability to fix every single one of my hobbies, repair anything and everything (which is pretty close to my skills, which you HAVE NO IDEA... and I don't care if you do) and do what you say... and so did everyone in the hobby... ALL the shops would be out of business. Please, use real world here. Not fantasy with everyone being chief mechanic on the trail.
"Mechanics ability?" you say.
Sure... bad luck was on my side. But also, saving $300 to fix it myself isn't my idea of a good idea at this point. And paying a "good" mechanic is something that I don't have a problem with. However, when I asked for advice... and asked the supposed 'right' person, I got what I paid for. Now I'm paying a top mechanic for his advice, and his skills. Not a problem, nor should it be. For me it's not. For you... who cares. Why would you even be so concerned?!
"Replaceing my Honda with a KTM?" you say.
Again, this is something to do when you have an oppurtunity. Just because you rant and rave about your new XR (coming from 2 strokes - the easiest thing in the world to work on) it doesn't mean moving to a KTM is a problem. Not for me, nor anyone. I saw a window... and was going to make the move. However, after comparing the two... I chose to rework my beloved XR. Who cares if I move or not?! You surely should not.
"And for those who do not like this post".... Who cares if you don't like it. DON'T READ it. Just turn and go on to something else. If I cared to hear some one-sided opinions, I'd come back to ask you more. However... I'm not interested. If you notice, this post has moved on... the bike is being repaired. So should you move on. Move on to something productive.
There's no need to hear from you again... since you don't like this post... just stay away from it. That's what would be 'productive'.