Orange or Blue
Posted February 26, 2003 - 03:10 PM
My brother is looking for a new bike and he has heard that the wr450f is very hard to ride when you are tired! (or it will wear you out quick) can the KTM be that much easier to ride???? any help would be great. I think that the KTM is great but for the money I would Just get a WR250f I seem to have plenty of power for the riding that we do, mostly rocky narrow trails.
Posted February 26, 2003 - 03:36 PM
Tell him to walk the trail if he wants easy.
If he wants a serious woods weapon, obviously I would recomend the WR. The WR is the best motorcycle that ever hit the face of the earth.
That is my honest unbiased opinion.
Posted February 26, 2003 - 04:51 PM
Posted February 26, 2003 - 05:45 PM
Good luck on the quest. But reliability goes along way. Blue is the best
Posted February 26, 2003 - 05:51 PM
Posted February 27, 2003 - 04:08 AM
Posted February 27, 2003 - 07:35 AM
Posted February 27, 2003 - 08:14 AM
Posted February 27, 2003 - 08:36 AM
he's a cheeseball.just ignore him.
beezer. i'll take your advice, couldn't work today the trench was full of snow and water...i'm so sick of winter.
anybody see that interveiw with dan rather and sadaam last night?what did you think?
Posted February 27, 2003 - 08:37 AM
But, I never ever heard one of them tell another of them that their bike was crap (well, okay, maybe we joke around with each other a little ).
Yamaha makes a great product. I've been beating the living hell out of mine for two years and couldn't be happier.
The only real way to figure out what will work best for you is to try them out. There are so many choices in great bikes and even if you can't manage to try before you buy, it is hard to go wrong.
Posted February 27, 2003 - 12:18 PM
The obvious. WR (wideopen Racing)
If you go to the orange threads, the response is KTM (kick that motor)
Posted February 27, 2003 - 12:25 PM
This really seems more like flame bait than a quality question ........sorry.
Posted February 27, 2003 - 01:02 PM
Haven't ridden the new WR450 or the new 450EXC, but do know KTM powerbands are "linear" with no real "hit" in the powerband and that handling still has a European feel. The WR is so new, that you'd need to look up some ride reviews to see what it's like.
My KTM has been rock solid in reliabilty, but have heard of some that were not. I think either Yamaha or KTM has good warranty coverage for the first 30 days of ownership.
My riding pard has a '00 YZ426 and it too has been rock solid and a reliable bike.
I've known and have been good friends with my KTM dealer for 20 years, so I won't consider another brand because of that (not worth losing a friendship over). I've also had great reliability with all my KTMs.
Good Luck in your search!
Posted February 27, 2003 - 05:37 PM
The reason I posted "orange or blue" on this site is for that exact reason, I have to do all the research for my bro or he will go out on a whim and buy the nexd shiny bike in the window. so this way I just tell him to look at all the opinions that were given on this site and bingo (I quietly talked him into blue) get my drift!! but in all reality I think the WR is a great bike and I would love to se him get one. plus it is alot of $$$ for a new ride, so it is great to get others opinions. so thanks for all of the input, I really appreciate it.
Posted February 27, 2003 - 05:51 PM
Posted February 28, 2003 - 05:04 AM
Posted February 28, 2003 - 06:07 AM
I like the suspension on Yamaha better, KTM's require more work to set up properly, but when set up right its awsome, but still I like Yamaha's better. Yamaha's seem to me to turn easier out of the box. KTM is WAY more stable at speed. The new WR450 is great, but I doubt if I would ever rate its motor as high as I would the 520.
In the end I would probably really enjoy owning either bike, (and I do) and could win with either.
The final decision should ultimately be based on dealer support and location, and personal preferance. You can ask for opinions till your Blue (or Orange) in the face, and you will never get a clear answer because BOTH brands are great.
My best friend bought the Yamaha simply because he liked the color Blue better than Orange. I just put Blue plastic on my KTM for the same reason.
Posted February 28, 2003 - 02:48 PM
That is my main concern, I did a search on KTM dealers in the UTAH and there are only 4. in my mind lack of competition brings higher repair price. only my opinion. thanks for the info. I do agree that they are both great bikes. We are recreational riders, my last bike was a 89 yz250 and older than crap xr500s and he was on a XL300 and a DR300 so as you can see I am in heaven on my 03 WR and either choise would be great for him also.