Advice needed for a newbie (WR vs KTM EXC)
Posted February 24, 2003 - 04:50 AM
Posted February 24, 2003 - 05:19 AM
It dosn't say it in big letters on the WR title. They miss it quite often at the DMV.
A WR450 is going to be hard to find.
Posted February 24, 2003 - 05:30 AM
You are correct about the older KTM's not having an 'off-road' designation. That does make it easier in some states, but not here in Iowa. I hope to change all that.
Good luck and enjoy whichever you choose!
Posted February 24, 2003 - 06:24 AM
Posted February 24, 2003 - 06:51 AM
Obviously, a 520 is quite a bit faster than a WR, especially the 426. Being a six speed it will also have better top speed, although the difference is slight. I believe the WR 450 is within a few pounds of the EXC, I think it is heavier, but the EXC feels even lighter than it is, and feels much lighter than a WR 426.
The '03 KTM line handles a bit different and has bigger forks than previous years. Changes in prior years aren't as significant, although I believe there were some isolated problems w/ the cam or water pump bearings (??), this part was upgraded in '02 I believe (don't take my word for it, a creative search on the orange side will give you the real skinny). Point being you could pick up a used EXC and get a light, e-start bike with good suspension and mondo power. If you want the same thing in blue you need to buy an '03.
As far as making a dirt bike road-legal I've no experience with or interest in that.
Hope this helps!
Posted February 24, 2003 - 08:07 AM
Posted February 24, 2003 - 08:24 AM
I quite sure they have a few 02's left over and they might still have a 01.
BTW - This was my first dirtbike and I love it....now I just need to try and register it.