Thoughts on 2010 450

These are some things I thought i would share about the 2010 450.

I rode all last week end [ texas] in damp sand, some mud & assumed the air filter would be caked, I found that it was way cleaner than my friends 2010 ktm 450 [We will see if this is true in dusty conditions] & I actually rode more than him . very surprised. The location of the lower oil drain bolt is in a poor spot. The small bracket that holds the clutch cable at the engine is very 'soft" bends easy. Yes I bent it.. 09 & older oil filter fits. Stock chain & sprockets not great , we all knew that right? Mine starts good cold but if I make a mistake & kill the motor it seems a little hard to start . Maybe more hrs on it will help. This bike is maybe the hardest bike to wash I have ever owned, dirt gets everywhere . When you think your done your not. The sandy soil put a hurtn on the lower tank plastic & any where you would grip a bike with your legs. I have the power tuner & spend all my time riding , I have only tried 1 map In 2 months. I have set the sag & stiffened the rear up a click or 2 & 3-4 clicks in the front w 5 cc of oil. may not need a revalve, but possably next stiffer springs. 195# w/o gear . static sag = 23 mm with 102 race sag. . jeff

Oil filter goes in backwards from previous years, right? Closed end out? Do they have a safety tab to prevent reversed installation, as in the past?

If the pattern follows, the stock sprockets aren't bad at all as long as they don't spend any quality time with the stock chain. The OEM set on my '06 is still on it now because I installed a Regina ORN6 on it when I got it. (the bike was ridden twice until I bought it 9/'07)

Rear spring does look just a little soft. Very close though.

Interesting feedback.

I was wondering how that new "textured" plastic would hold up...thanks for the report.

Oil filter goes in backwards from previous years, right? Closed end out? Do they have a safety tab to prevent reversed installation, as in the past?

Yes......Yes.....and yes. And no oil galleries in the oil filter cover bolts like 08's

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