WR426 VS. KTM 400EXC
Posted April 23, 2002 - 05:37 PM
Posted April 23, 2002 - 05:58 PM
Posted April 23, 2002 - 06:08 PM
The KTM EXC is an excellent bike, yes. But the engine and suspension are not at the same level as the Yamaha 5 valve. I believe that the reason Yamaha does not yet have the electric start implemented is because of the high compression, more powerful 5 valve engine. It is simply very difficult to turn over the first 6 months of riding. I have a 2000 WR400 and I haven't had to kick it more than twice in the past year.
Run the good gas, keep the valves adjusted and enjoy the real thing!
Posted April 23, 2002 - 07:41 PM
Posted April 23, 2002 - 07:43 PM
But your giveaway was aggresive riding. The KTM is a great play casual riding bike.(Yes I know there's some really hot sh~t KTM drivers out there) The Yamaha is much more comfortable when it's hammerin and slamin. The WR is also able to do tight and twisty, although I think the KTM might have a slight advantage here. Nobody I know has any trouble starting their YZ/WR when jetted correctly. I am really starting to believe that this rumor is from 2-smoke riders not familar with different technique in starting a 4stroke vs 2stroke.. Just my 02's worth.
Posted April 23, 2002 - 08:18 PM
the KTM riding position is lower, the bike is lighter and the bike comes ready to race.
the yam on the other hand has a far more powerful engine and better sussies. with the $1200 in hand and any fettling you want you can make the WR a far better bike.
so which is it going to be?
if i was to race east coast, woods etc i'd get the KTM still you can't beat that button in a pile of shyte and flicking around roots and crap.
if i was riding BAJA type stuff or trailing or casual street i wouldn't look beyond the yam.
some of these blokes are taking TWO KICKS to get their bikes running. NOW can you see where that rumour started!
Posted April 23, 2002 - 10:11 PM
do i hang onto my yamaha or go get a KTM.
at present the KTM isnt a good enough bike to get me to sell what i have.
My yamaha starts in 1 or 2 kicks from cold and id say 1st kick once its been running a while.
id like an electric button only cus some of the races over here.
can be very muddy and hard work, and after 2 or 3 hours of that,, moving your right thumb is a lot easier then moving your right leg
come june though i can see me placing an order for a new bike,,, be it yamaha, KTM ,honda or husaberg,,,, maybe even a husky
Posted April 23, 2002 - 11:26 PM
ktm is lighter and carrys the wieght down low.
im just hoping the 2003 yamaha's loose some wieght to compete with honda.
and offer an electric start on the WR but not at the expense of the kickstart
Posted April 24, 2002 - 02:58 AM
That being said, you could probably get one hell of a deal on a WR right now if $$ is a primary concern.
I think for a guy your size you need the KTM 520. Before you consider it though you must first measure the circumference of your testicles and add these numbers together. If this number is smaller than the diameter of your cranium you will be denied service at the KTM dealer....
Posted April 24, 2002 - 02:57 PM
Posted April 24, 2002 - 03:19 PM
There is no way I could do that with my XR400.
Posted April 24, 2002 - 04:28 PM
Posted April 25, 2002 - 02:02 AM
To me the biggest seat of the pants difference is how the bikes feel in loose corners, slick conditions and long climbs. The 426 and it's extra weight just feels more planted. Some of this is the suspension, some the steering angle (as far as I know). The KTM begs for a steering damper.
The 426 engine is just a brute. You can do as many or as few mods as you wish and get all the power you could ever truly use. The suspension is hands-down better. A YZ style seat/tank is an absolute must for turning!! So plan on that cost right away. Used YZ tanks are $50 (larger Clarke tanks $150?), SDG seat $79...WAYYYY less than a revalve.
Posted April 25, 2002 - 04:54 PM
Posted April 25, 2002 - 05:22 PM
Call me crazy. But, I know what I like!
[ April 25, 2002: Message edited by: PMAUST ]
Posted April 25, 2002 - 07:51 PM
Posted April 25, 2002 - 09:57 PM
starting the wr/yz is a non issue....
unless ur 2 hours into an enduro and u just dropped it , then have to start the stuburn ba$%£&d ,,on the wrong side of a slippy muddy hill when the very last of your energy has just been used sucking the last drop of water from ur camalpak,,,,,,,,,,,, then u will wish you had the KTM
ps,,, i recently saw a guy start his xr400 while sat down next to the bike,,,,, with his hand
Posted April 26, 2002 - 02:52 PM
Posted April 26, 2002 - 08:22 PM
You may be able to find a nice used WR400/426 in the low $4000 range if you shop around. KTM's will be more scarce and higher priced because they came out later. Keep in mind there is a list of things to set up on the WR that will probably already be done on a used bike. (throttle stop, YZ cam timing, YZ seat/ IMS tank, quiet & less restrictive muffler)