I almost have to laugh when I hear about the so-called preponderance of KTM problems. Most of my riding buddies ride KTM's. I can verify for a fact that while not entirely problem free that they are super dependable. I just recently sold my '04 KTM 525 (540) EXC after 14,000+ miles and 650 hours on it. The bike has been problem free, other than normal maintenance, since I bought it new in Dec 2003. Note that one of the reasons I bought the Beta
is that it came with the highly desirable, reliable KTM RFS engine. My '02 KTM 520 EXC, which I sold to a friend some years back, is still problem free after 25,000+ miles. Other bikes include KTM 300's and many KTM 450/525 EXC and MXC's. I shouldn't leave out a certain '02 KTM 520 (576) EXC with 50,000+ miles on it and still going strong. Howard says that he will never sell the bike. None of these bikes have suffered any serious problems other than normal maintenance and normal wear items.
Edited by Chas_M, September 30, 2012 - 12:45 PM.