WR450 or KTM450exc ?
Posted August 07, 2003 - 01:25 PM
I believe Dan has put more than 500 miles on his bike, in fact I think I read that he put 513 miles on his bike in one day back in May.
Posted August 07, 2003 - 08:56 PM
As I said before, performance is awesome (suspension, motor and handling). It was because of performance that I chose the WR over the KTM (owned 3 520's in the last 3 years).
I suppose I am somewhat sensitive to the breakdown issue. Where we ride at times, breaking down can be life threatening. We ride a lot of tribal lands here in Southern Africa. While the majority of the folk are very friendly, there is a element (especially when alcohol is involved), that would like nothing better than to take you out. Imagine walking around Harlem with a sign saying " I hate niggers", that what it can be like if you are stuck out in the rural/tribal areas. There is a practice here called "necklacing" where a mob put an old tyre round your neck, put fuel in it and set it alight. Maybe I am being a bit dramatic, but over the years riders I know have been seriously threatened and abused. Fortunately there bikes were not broken at the time and they could make an escape.
Fortunately the trails are awesome, the locals and their cattle make paths to die for (joke). You probably have more chance getting hurt on your road bike in the citys than having what I previously described happen to you.
Posted August 08, 2003 - 02:12 AM
If you are afraid of the woodruff failure why not just use the kickstarter, not always but just where you wanna be absolutely sure to get home. I have used the kickstarter a few times and it works flawlessly every time. Just starts running after 1 or 2 kicks.
Posted August 08, 2003 - 02:32 AM
can really beat me up on a tight trail. If I was looking for a new bike I would get the WR 250. That thing feels light and nimble in tight woods,plus it has the button.
Posted August 08, 2003 - 09:32 AM
Just my opinion, love both of them.....
Posted August 09, 2003 - 03:46 PM
got it home,rode 10 minutes,broke key. Took to dealer, been riding about 200 miles, cross every I own, and hope it is O.K.
Posted August 09, 2003 - 06:24 PM
Posted August 12, 2003 - 04:48 PM
repair, everyone knew the problem was the fit. So far,so good.