wr 450 or ktm 450exc-w
Posted January 04, 2009 - 05:21 PM
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Posted January 07, 2009 - 01:40 PM
around here we got 1 ktm dealer in 100 miles, so parts are next to nil or online
excellent machine though very well made, but i still got the wr
Posted January 07, 2009 - 01:43 PM
KTM sucks bigtime.
Now that's really helpful:rolleyes:
Posted January 10, 2009 - 07:06 PM
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Posted January 11, 2009 - 06:08 AM
Posted January 11, 2009 - 02:05 PM
The KTM does not have the hit or suspension of the YZ for the desert and is a little twitchy. In the woods, on the other hand, the suspension is awesome, steering cannot be beat, and the power is super linear and does not wear me out. GROUND CLEARANCE is something the Yamaha does not have, something like 11 inches versus the KTM's 14 inches. I don't know how many times I have seen buddies get hung up on logs and rocks that I go right over. Snow is another place where they get stuck in their tracks.
As far as maintenance I call it a wash. Yeah KTM has two filters (RFS bikes), but they cost half as much as the Yami filter. Yami uses more oil. The engineering of the KTM is definitely superior, but the Yamaha is bulletproof. Both companies make very strong reliable bikes, those that knock either have issues within themselves!
Posted January 11, 2009 - 02:30 PM
Posted January 11, 2009 - 02:48 PM
The only KTM I would consider to replace my trusty WR would be the KTM300.
just like beejay, the only KTM i would consider is the 300, and i almost did last year until i saw the price it was close to $9k out the door.
if i wanted bike to race enduro's i would pick the KTM, but not for the weekend warrior, they are just to much work. just like most of the European bike they need a warm bed at night and cup of hot chocolate.
i raced Ducati's for a lot of years and they are a fantastic bike but they need some care, the KTM's are the same, so don't let anyone tell you they are sh#t because they are not, they just need more TLC than the Yamaha's.
what you have to do is look at your needs in a bike then make the decision.
i ride the WR450 because they are easy to ride fast all day long, and all they need is the oil changing and air filter cleaning, which takes me about half an hour. easy.
Posted January 11, 2009 - 06:48 PM
Having owned both I follow the same maintenance schedule and have had great results with both brands. There are certainly fewer moving parts on my KTM (no linkage) and I can easily adjust my valves, not to mention the KTM ran great right off the showroom floor. My deciding factor was the plate with the KTM!