Ya the 450 sxf is tempting...awesome bike for sure. I have always prefered the handling of a Yamaha over a KTM. The front wheel on a KTM is so tucked in and twichy, I just can't relax and trust the front end on those bikes. I also love how much cheaper the Yami parts are and how well they are built. KTM's are built really well too, but I would rather spend the time getting my Yami setup over setting up a KTM and then feeling scared everytime i shift it out of 1st. I've owned a few orange bikes over the years and have tryed almost everything to get them to feel more planted. I guess everybody has a kind of bike that just suites them better. With KTM's you really have to steer with the back wheel. With my Yami's I can get over the bars in rocky rolly turns and not worry about the front end washing or biting.
I find the Rekluse works awesome for my YZ, but the good always comes with the bad, this means more maintenance. I am always adjusting the cable tension and the plates wear out quick, twice as fast as stock setup. The oil is also contaminated much quicker...it's not really a big deal but, I don't normally replace my clutch pack until end of season on a thumper. With the rekluse, I am replacing clutch pack at least 2-3 times per season. The Rekluse does not eliminate stalls, it just reduces the frequency.
I really like this new WR, so I'm usually lurking and watching what you guys are doing and seeing how they are coming along before I seriously consider one.
Your description of the KTM is spot on. I am a guy that likes to ride neutral to rear position, so it works for me by running a little less sag
(100 vs 110) and sliding the forks up a bit. My front is definitely lighter than all the yamaha
's I've owned but is far from being twitchy. The 08 up frames fixed that. But... no way I'd ride a KTM without my stabilizer
cranked up an extra notch.
I have not found KTM parts to be more expensive that the yamaha parts, not at all. I also find my KTM easier to work on than my yamaha.
If KTM can ever stop changing their engines and refine what they have, their reputation will be better. I think they got it right with the new engines, but wouldn't want to be the one to discover that they didn't. Been there.. done that.
That being said, Yamaha WR's are like an old chevy truck... they've run the pretty much the same drive train for 10+ years. No wonder its solid. Yamaha has it all figured out.
Something is not right with your Rekluse. Your clutch plates should be lasting longer, not shorter. Even with the low and soft engagement setting where it slips more, my clutch plates last 2 to 3 seasons before I change them "just because". If you are a heavy rear brake dragger, then your rekluse will stall the bike unless you turn your idle up just a little. But you probably know that.
I like this new wr also. I like my ktm, but my wr is my go-to bike. As great as the KTM is, the Yamaha is a sure thing...