KTM 520 EXC, to ride or not to ride??
Posted November 25, 2001 - 04:18 AM
I am currently riding a 98 wr400f, never had a days problem, always started first time, never broken anything that wasnt my fault. I am now looking at buying a 2001 KTM 520 EXC. Rode a friends some time back, cant beat that performance.
I have heard many stories about broken motors and expensive parts.
Any advice to a first time KTM owner, is this a do or a dont.
Posted November 25, 2001 - 04:22 AM
As for reliability, I thought the KTM's were no less dependable than our WR's...(???)
I really would like to throw a leg over one!
Posted November 25, 2001 - 05:22 AM
It is more work to maintain than the YZ was. I have always changed my oil after every ride or two, as I used to ride an air cooled XR 350 that ran hotter than anything I've ever seen. I just carried it over to the YZ and now the Katoom. The extra work is the extra filter and two screens. Not really a big deal. I also end up pulling the skid plate every time I change the oil, as with it on the oil misses the hole and makes a mess.
As for the bike, it feels different than the YZ did. It is taller, and the suspension needs help. I bought my YZ from an expert desert racer. It was heavily modified for desert racing, to the tune of $10,000 + ( i got it for $4000.00). The suspension was the best i've ever ridden. It ate the desert for lunch, slow stuff, fast stuff, big or little, no problem. The stock KTM stuff is great for slow stuff, too soft for big stuff. I do not MX, so no jumps. Just a lot of desert trail and wash riding. Big whoops and g-outs kill it ( I did get springs to match my weight). I have had the shock re-valved, and was not happy at first, but then found out the adjustment knob for compression works backwards. The shock is fantastic now. After spending $7500.00 for the bike, ans about $1000.oo in aftermarket stuff so far, I will have to wait to re-valve the front. For now I have upped the oil level and gone to 10wt and the big stuff is better, the small stuff kinda sucks though.
My decision to buy the KTM was one of frustration with the reliability of my YZ. Second was the e-start. My YZ was only hard to start after crashing during a desert race. Already dead tired, in a hurry and need to clear out a flooded YZ...not my idea of fun. One thing I will say about the YZ is it will run for quite some time on it's side, the ktm dies pretty quick.
BTW "The big 4" KTM is now #4...sorry Suzuki lovers.
[ November 25, 2001: Message edited by: YZ400Court ]
Posted November 25, 2001 - 04:32 PM
Posted November 25, 2001 - 05:45 PM
Posted November 25, 2001 - 06:14 PM
"Monty, Paul & myself went riding today up at Stonyford. The conditions were brutal. Rain, snow, wind. Extreme conditions. The main creeks were uncrossable so we avoided those. We rode towards one mountaintop and got caught in some serious snow. The hands and feet were numb. Paulie was kind enough to let me ride his WR, thanks again Paulie. He also let me ride his new KTM 520 for about 10 miles! That bike is AWESOME! It felt like a mountain bike compared to my WR. And if anyone thinks the magic button is overrated, believe me it isn't. Don't mean to bang the orange drum but I think I know the color of my next bike! All in all a fun ride. Didn't get to hook up with Bill (SFO), maybe next time".