WR426 vs KTM 400 EXC
Posted October 10, 2001 - 03:35 PM
I really enjoy the power of my 650 and don't want to be frustrated when I hit the throttle.
I grew up riding dirt as a kid, and now 20 years later I'm really enjoying being back on trails. I will be doing mostly trail riding, but stopping to play every chance I get. I like to jump, nothing too big, but I'm tired of bottoming-out when I jump the KLR.
I'm willing to consider any of the 400 bikes. So far it looks like the Honda and Suzuki are not going to meet my needs without modification. The WR426 and KTM 400 EXC both seem to have a lot going for them.
I would appreciate hearing from anyone that knows these bikes.
Posted October 10, 2001 - 03:38 PM
Posted October 10, 2001 - 04:21 PM
Those heavies will kill you off-road unless you're 6'6", 250+#'s and even then.....why would you subject yourself to that? Don't get me wrong..the KLR is a great dual-sport that is comfortable on the street, has a good usable power curve for the street and can go off-road when need be but it is leaning way over towards the street side of dual-sport. I'm blessed with owning a street-legal WR and I'll never purchase a factory dual-sport bike again(my old DR350SE was a great bike to learn on though ). Any of the 400's will put a smile on your face but now you're faced with the dillema....each has features that you must consider before you purchase...I'm personally a fan of the WR and KTM's but that's just what fits my riding style better. Choose your steed and enjoy.
Y2K WR400FM,Answer top tree w/Accu-Trax clamp,Pro-Tapers(CR-Hi w/ EE handguards),Devol Rad. & frame guards, Guts tall soft foam w/ ballistic cover, 14/52 w/DID VM X-Ring, Kouba-T,Michelin M-12's ft.& rr.,12 oz. flywheel weight, Zip-Ty Racing Link & Shark Fin(plus everythhing else cool that Ty offers), Cycra front rotor guard and T.M. Designworks Chain guide, buffer & chain wheels. Street legal except for the non-"DOT" tires.
Posted October 10, 2001 - 09:45 PM
other than that i bought my 99WR for £3,000 and have spent £1,000 setting it up. the KTM was £5,000 new and doesn't need touching.
if you're buying used and you want to play with it and "fettle" the settings aviod the '99 and get a Y2K+.
if you're well heeled get the KTM. like the others say though, they're all good except the suzuki's which need work.
Posted October 11, 2001 - 02:04 AM
Ops, forgot, e-start IS the balls!
[This message has been edited by *mike68* (edited October 11, 2001).]
Posted October 16, 2001 - 02:09 PM
'00 WR 400
Western Fab Insert, YZ timed, airbox lid removed, YZ throttle stop, Michelin S12's, UFO YZ plastic,Mobile 1.
Posted October 17, 2001 - 01:42 AM