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V968231

Trading Blue for Orange

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My WR is going to the dealer (for good this time). I'm going to trade it in for a 2004 400exc.

The KTM seems like the most suitable bike for me. The magic button is going to make life a lot easier. I will not miss the top heavy feel of the WR (I am missing the bike already though).

Not sure if I should be buying the 2004 WR450 (better the devil you know and all that).

I have had many problems with my 1998 WR which have all finally been resolved with help from you guys. Now that the bike is in order I think it is best to let it go before anything else goes wrong.

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I'm not so sure you'll be buying a more reliable bike by going to an orange thumper. However, I'd buy the 450 EXC over the 400 EXC in a heartbeat. I think the 400 is underpowered.

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I'm not so sure you'll be buying a more reliable bike by going to an orange thumper. However, I'd buy the 450 EXC over the 400 EXC in a heartbeat. I think the 400 is underpowered.

My local dealer has 1 2004 400exc and lots of 2005 450exc. The 2004 400 is £500 less.

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Have you ridden both? For $500 it would be a tough decision. You aren't really talking even bikes though since the 400 is a year older.

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It's not $500, it's in pounds, which makes it about $900. But I agree, the 450 sounds like the logical choice.

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After you pick up up your KTM don't forget to go the the hardware store and pick up a new set of tools as well. My KTM was a maintence nightmare. If you think you will be trading once machine for a more reliable machine by going orange you may be in for a rude awakening. Just my opinion and experience. Going to a new blue bike ... now thats the ticket :cry:

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Based in the UK. Where do you ride in the UK??

I would go with the WR anytime over the KTM. I have 1700 miles on my 2004 and only wrenching has come from my stupidity. (Didn't tighten the oil plug) And from what I have seen on the inside of my bike, these things rock. I am intermediate rider and my valves are still in spec!

Other than my own stupidity this bike has never hicupped!

Stay Blue. Just keep the oil drain plugs tight!!

Aze

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What additional maintenance do you have to do on a KTM?

Do you have to adjust the valves more frequently?

There seems to be a lot more posts relating to problems with the WR compared to the KTM?

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