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I think that you may have only ridden the ktm 520for a short while,if

you think that the WR is a better bike than it. I have ridden three

different WR's and they were all **** . I do have to give credt to the

only WZ that I have ridden this bike did rev faster than my 520 but you

could get the same results from my bike if your game to hold it at a

higher reve range. WZs are a better bike for on the track and ime sure

that if you compared it to an sx model rather than an exc model you may

be very surprised. Another interesting thing that I have noticed about

WR owners if they are so good why is it that everyone that I have seen

has an after market pipe,electrics,stickers, and the list goes on.

All you have to do is buy a ktm and you have the best that is made

strait up.

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Hey Sonia,

I'll bet you expect to get some enteresting replies to your post.

I am a former WR owner and I couldn't be happier with my choice to purchase a2000 200 exc. Although your opinions are welcome here, you may be getting a tad personal. The guys on this forum love their bikes nearly as much as their kids. The WR has proven itself to be a very reliable and capable mount. All that really matters is that everyone is happy with their own bike and has a good time.

I'm not surprised you feel the way you do about your KTM, they are possibly the finest mainstream offroad bikes ever built. I love mine and as long as it proves itself to be as reliable as I expect, I may never own anything else. The WR is second on my list of all the bikes I have owned but it was just a little too heavy and too tall for me (not very nimble in tight woods when going balls to the wall).

Glad to here your enjoying your mount.

Happy Trails

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I just want to know how much you 'bounce' when you go through whoops honeypie....And have you ever knocked yourself out....You asked for it Sonia Bolonia.

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Hi Sonia, I believe that KTM has produced 1 of the finest bike they have ever made.

I have tried once before and it really catched my attention.

Any performance bike will have a higher maintenance which is a fact.

KTM is indeed lighter than my WR, but I don't really feel that reliable on orange bike.

My mechanic friend has told me that, KTM has alumnium gearing and the engine cover are also made of aluminium which made it real light!

In order to protect and lengthen the gear box life, you have to make more frequent oil change than my blue bike! And it really will cost you the time and $$ spent for such a good performance bike!!

see you :)

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dont have lots to say here. jusst thought might throe in some bad english to help you personss feel at home and comfortable too. red bikes, blue onees and even orange. what colors are favorite for me!

Just razzing you guys! Keep on riding your favorite steel ponies!

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you just don't understand do you!

you never have & you never will.

it,s just a bloody game!!!

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I ate a KTM this morning for breakfast. And it wasnt the first nor the last,hmmmm delicious. :)

Did you miss something when the mag tests said the wr smokes the ktm

My wr get ridden several times weekly, I also have a 2000 380exc on the porch that hasnt been started in over 2 months. Ive found the ktm to be finicky, hard to start, drips oil all over and the dealer support is horrible, in fact the shift lever fell off in the first 7 miles of riding and the dealer wouldnot give me a replacement with out bringing the bike back to him, weak weak weak, Ive also noticed the bike has no nipple/rim locks and the tire is already pulling on the nipple.

I ride in remote locations alone and know the wr will get me in and out with out a breakdown, I cant say the same for the ktm. To each their own, but we all know the real truth.

You didnt think your brazen attack would go unchallenged did you. :D :D :D :D :D :D

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I have never had any brand loyality when it comes to motorcycles I always want the best overall package for my riding type and style, however, it must be street registerable in Californa. Currently the RFS KTM's cannot be registered for street in California or I wounld have one today. If someone knows a reasonable way around this I'm all ears. My current 99WZ 400 has the correct VIN and I may be using this unit for quite a while.

The YAM is a excellent all around performer and a excellent product. Although I do not currently own a KTM I quite sure the 520 is and will be a dominate force in four strokes across the board. I like what KTM has done and hope other MFGs will also produce high quality, highly capable, light weight, electric starting four strokes..

Clark

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Sure, I'd love to have a 520 SX except:

1) Its a four speed. Worthless to me.

2) YOU CAN'T GET ONE

I did have the opportunity to ride one around the jetting loop at my last race, the promoter (a dealer) brought his demo along. I liked:

The weight. It did make my bike feel like a pig.

The power. Easy to handle and fast at the same time. But not appreciably faster than my 426.

But I felt my suspension was clearly superior, especially in the whoops. Buy an E/XC you say? Well that has suspension valved differently (read: even worse than SX) and I'm not interested in batteries, coils, lights etc. Plus, can I even get a 3+ gallon tank for a KTM stroker?

And sure, it comes with good stuff (bars, chain etc.) If you take what you have to spend on a WR or YZ to get rid of the crap and add it to the purchase price of the YZ/WR you'd ALMOST be at the price of the KTM.

Another thing, Sonia, is that all of us Yamaha owners buy aftermarket goodies for our bikes because WE CAN!! Companies are falling all over themselves to make stuff for WRs/YZs.

Want to change up your powerband? You have like 15 pipes to choose from, several cams, and at least four companies make flywheel weights.

Want to change your ergos? Probably 20 different triple clamps, bar mounts, taller seat foam, etc.

Don't like the looks? Make it yellow or red w/ new plastic or change the graphics.

Want to know the hot setup for a particular track or climate? Need to replace the air filter you just ripped? I'm sure ANY event you go to, whether it be enduro, hare scrambles, desert race, or motocross the YZF/WR will be one of the most popular bikes there, if not THE most popular. So you'll have no problems finding lots of jetting tips, suspension preferences and spare parts.

Ask any of these questions to a KTM owner and they won't have many answers.

The universally accepted truth is that the YZ/WR is the best dirt bike on the planet.

Sure, I'd love to have a 2001 520 SX (if you chunk the worthless 4 speed and swap a 6 speed). Gee, wonder what that'd cost? I asked the dealer w/ the demo 520 to find out, and he said his KTM rep never called him back. That's not a good sign.

Yes, I realize your post was just bait, but so what, I'm bored. I hope your many grammatical errors were feigned, otherwise you are seriously language-impaired.

PS, all of this may be moot since I have not ridden a Yamaha WZ. What model is that?

[This message has been edited by Hick (edited 07-13-2000).]

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the YZF/WR will be one of the most popular bikes there, if not THE most popular.

The universally accepted truth is that the YZ/WR is the best dirt bike on the planet.

In 1999 in Australia the WR400 was the most registered motorcycle (model) sold, and that includes road bikes and all. And I would say that's pretty good considering the 2 other guys that I ride with regualry have WR's, and and out of the 3 WR's only one is registered, and my dealer reckons that the 3 to 1 ratio is about right for the ones he sells, so they are everywhere downunder.

Just some trivia that i thought I would share, not really relevent to this post, but then this post isn't really relevent to anything.

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RodH Canberra, Australia<A HREF="http://www.400thumpers.oz-au.com" TARGET=_blank>

400 Thumpers Australia</A>

2000 WR400F See Photo's and Modifications

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. It's 90% rider, 10% bike at best. For example, the XR 600 is heavy and not all that fast. However; we all know that Scott Summers rips. The KTM 520 won't make a bad rider good. Same goes for the WR.

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I agree 150% Bryan (nice spelling of the name by the way).

Evidence to support this in addition to Scott Summers:

1) In that nasty Montrose enduro I was cussing the weight of my bike while light two strokes whipped past me. At the end of the day I saw that the second place AA was riding a stock YZ400 AND he was short. Think he is a good rider? Duh!

Conclusion: Those two stroke RIDERS were faster than me. NOT their bikes!

2) Fastest rider I know is Scarymyth on his heavy DRZ400. He used to kick all of our butts offroad on his XR650L too. The ONLY time I can ever keep him in sight is on real whooped out fast third gear sections where that DRZ suspension is way over it's head.

Conclusion: He's a fast rider on ANY bike and ANY modern day bike is faster than the crappy 7 inch travel bikes he raced in A Enduro out easy years ago.

3) Another lightening fast rider I know is Eric and he rides an XR600. When I get on an XR600, I go real slow. That sucker just won't turn! Pushes through turns, won't rev (I like a revvy engine), seat is too soft. Reminds me of my couch at home.

Conclusion: I don't want Eric to get a WR400 (like he is considering) because then he will be knocking on Scarymyths door. Of course, I won't eat their dust because they will be so far off the front. :)

Bryan...

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Sonia,

The KTM's a nice bike, except for the fact it has hair growing where the bars meet the triple clamps as well as all over the fork legs.

In addition, one is only able to wash a European bike about once a week which leaves it kind of funky smelling whereas a Japanese bike is one you can wash everyday and has very little body hair whatsoever.

With that said, I think it's clear which bike I'd like to sling a leg over.

P.S. - Everybody knows the opening where the air filter goes is sideways on a Japanese bike as compared o a Katoom - Right? :)

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Originally posted by Sonia Wheeler:

I think that you may have only ridden the ktm 520for a short while,if

you think that the WR is a better bike than it. I have ridden three

different WR's and they were all **** . I do have to give credt to the

only WZ that I have ridden this bike did rev faster than my 520 but you

could get the same results from my bike if your game to hold it at a

higher reve range. WZs are a better bike for on the track and ime sure

that if you compared it to an sx model rather than an exc model you may

be very surprised. Another interesting thing that I have noticed about

WR owners if they are so good why is it that everyone that I have seen

has an after market pipe,electrics,stickers, and the list goes on.

All you have to do is buy a ktm and you have the best that is made

strait up.

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HI

I live in germany and everybody rides KTM

everywhere orange,exactly the same whats happened with the WR inthe States . A nd they love to where thei KTM sweaters,shirts, etc and their big hero is former champion

Kinigadner.But the main thing is to have fun the bike doesn`t matter,the man is important

not the exhaust the triple clamp the airbox or the just keep the throttle open

Viel Spass Jungs Ciao EDE

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WR 400 99 wr timing,applied triple clamps,

renthal bar,öhlins shock,ims gas tank ,yz seat,cycra decals,black excel rims with black

talon hubs,acerbis plastics,braking oversize

brakes ,spes motocross exhaust i love it !!

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Do you remember the good ole days when the mags had offroad tests on all the two smokers. Well, the last test I saw for offroad two strokes was a one bike test. "Why?" you ask. Because all of the Japanese manufacturers got tired of getting their butts beat by the all mighty KTM 250exc. As a matter of fact, Suzuki got so tired of getting beat that they quit making the RMX. Let's see who else makes high performance, light equipped two stroke race machines. HMMMM...

The last two four-stroke offroad tests I've read placed the KTM 400exc at the top of the list. When they compared it to the 250exc, the two smoker came out on top as a race bike. However, they did say the four stroke was more enjoyable to ride.

By the way, the out-the-door price for my 2000 200exc was $5,200 US.

I realize this post was intended to start something, but, come on, who cares who has the better bike? I love my bike, and it is the first bike I've owned that I have been completely satisfied with. I've found that two strokes suit me better and they are a blast to ride if you like the instant blast of power. Yes, as most of you know, I am a former WR owner, and it was modified like most of the bikes on this forum.

All I'm saying is that I believe my bike is the best made for me. That doesn't mean it is the best for everyone. As far as reliabilty goes, it just depends who you talk to. I don't know anyone who doesn't like their KTM, and I don't know anyone who has any major problems. If I do have a problem, my dealer carries everything in stock short of an assembled motor. To top it off, he and his employees race harescrambles and know a thing or two about bikes.

So there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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I'm faster than you are and you and you and you and you and yes even you.

NANANABOOBOO :):D:D:D:D:D and you look like a monkey too!

[This message has been edited by Scrambler (edited 07-14-2000).]

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