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Old 03-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #17251
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I'll give up some HP and a couple inches of travel to know when I
hit the magic button I'll be rewarded with vrooom, vrooom.

Your wife said that to her cohorts after your wedding. Good on ya!
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:53 PM   #17252
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Your wife said that to her cohorts after your wedding. Good on ya!
She gave up more than a "Few inches" Please don't tell her.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:04 AM   #17253
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sorry, I started typing and this became pretty long...

Generally the later the better with KTMs in my book. I personally would start at about '05 as 03-04 and 00-01 had some rougher forks. In my book '02 or even earlier to 04 is OK as long as the forks have been through as it was mostly valving issues. If they're stock then you'll probably get around to wanting to have this done. However even these forks exceed most Japanese forks other than later 48mm forks Hondas and some other premium models like the Showas.

I have a '02 and am pretty happy. I consider selling it for a newer model but its completely built and setup right and every time I consider it I decide to just keep it... My forks are the smaller size but they are completely dialed and it is a non issue when riding. They actually feel awesome.

The little quirks for each year are very well coved. By '07 they had them really dialed. The RFS engine is a little quirky in terms of funky access and some oddities. 08 and later slightly refine them a little less out of the stone age. Some 08 engines had some slight issues but are mostly OK too. '09 and later are pretty solid...

One thing is KTMs are mostly designed for home maintenance. For '07 and earlier they need to have their valves adjusted more often and this is mostly a DIY job (I do it in about 20-30 minutes, probably once or twice a year) and then oil changes pretty regularly.

Different models do vary in terms of how they ride. For example a lot of dirt bike riders people call them "Austrian Tractors" which generally agree with. I rode a '08 450 and it felt very much so like a tractor, just lugged over everything and felt great. I think admittedly the Honda CRF-X models, if your body size can fit on them as a they are a little smaller, are possibly a better bike as they have better handling. My friends on them including some who were formerly on KTMs called them scalpels and on other sites you'll see a lot of mention of this as they go where you point them and have a different approach. I think some of the late model Yamahas and Kawasakis are this way too, but I don't know a ton about them. I have a friend on a stripped down 220 lbs 450 Yamaha for example, and it's awesome. The KTMs are workhorses though. They take a bad rep for reliability but I think this is based of stuff from the 90s where there were some pretty severe quirks, and then some new model issues here and there. My bike has fallen over in rivers, off ledges, spun out on top of itself, and keeps on trucking. The only issue I've ever, ever had with it was due to an aftermarket part (Baja Designs voltage regulator). That, and they are designed for the owner themselves to keep them in good repair versus at least an older Honda which you can completely neglect sort of like an old AK-47. The newer Hondas are just as maintenance heavy as the KTMs in my opinion...

hope it helps...
Thank you for the great info on KTM. I'm sold on KTM and now need to find the right bike.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:52 AM   #17254
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Thank you for the great info on KTM. I'm sold on KTM and now need to find the right project bike to spend the rest of my days working on.
Slight modification for claification.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:07 AM   #17255
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Slight modification for claification.
That's any bike, it seems. Nobody here is happy with one bike for more than 3-6 months, excluding GISkev.

I reverted to a 16 year old bike that I'm forced to be happy with. Wide, comfy seat. Smooth power. Old cushy suspension. Soft forks, no e-Start. A total of about 8 different wires in the wiring harness. Super basic, old piece of shit that will work just fine.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:42 AM   #17256
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I just got done work'n on Milena's XT 225 (The Bear), and it seems they built the bike around carb. We have snow bike kits on a WR 450 and a MXC 525. It takes twice as long to put the kit in the Yamie, as it does the KTM.
Work'n on a KTM is enjoyable. The work I've done on the two yamie's makes me break things, as I throw my wrench across the room.
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:33 PM   #17257
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That's any bike, it seems. Nobody here is happy with one bike for more than 3-6 months, excluding GISkev.

I reverted to a 16 year old bike that I'm forced to be happy with. Wide, comfy seat. Smooth power. Old cushy suspension. Soft forks, no e-Start. A total of about 8 different wires in the wiring harness. Super basic, old piece of shit that will work just fine.
What? I had the Strom for 9 years, Still have my 01 400, 06 KLR, I think I've had the FZ 4 years. I have
a Wolverine (not Red Dawn) I bought new in 98. Not one of them has ever had a valve cover off. Oil
and filters only. Do you think if I paint them orange I can use my tool box more often?
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:44 PM   #17258
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What? I had the Strom for 9 years, Still have my 01 400, 06 KLR, I think I've had the FZ 4 years. I have
a Wolverine (not Red Dawn) I bought new in 98. Not one of them has ever had a valve cover off. Oil
and filters only. Do you think if I paint them orange I can use my tool box more often?
Well when you spread xxxx amount of miles a year over 32 vehicles they tend to last awhile. Even a ktm would last 6 months if I had 32 to ride.

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:48 PM   #17259
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Anyone have the latest on the Kokopelli? I think it has been warm....melting snow, but wonder how it was this weekend.....if anyone knows.

I understand that snow is coming to the area on Sunday and Monday......but temps back up on Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri...etc...

We are riding from Fruita to Moab on Friday....and wonder about the conditions.

A PM would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-17-2012, 08:14 PM   #17260
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Well when you spread xxxx amount of miles a year over 32 vehicles they tend to last awhile. Even a ktm would last 6 months if I had 32 to ride.

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There you go bringing logic into the whole thing.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:30 AM   #17261
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Anyone have the latest on the Kokopelli? I think it has been warm....melting snow, but wonder how it was this weekend.....if anyone knows.

I understand that snow is coming to the area on Sunday and Monday......but temps back up on Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri...etc...

We are riding from Fruita to Moab on Friday....and wonder about the conditions.

A PM would be greatly appreciated.

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I was in Moab, and at 10,000ft in the La Sals last week. It was ridiculously warm in the mountains, and near 70 in the valley. I'm sure you'll be fine.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:00 AM   #17262
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Are you telling me I could have been a "Goddess"? Be still my beating heart.
Charlie's mental break down + your Chaps = Goddess... Ya you could have/probably still can be a Goddess.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:32 AM   #17263
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Yamaha tenere

Anyone with experience on a Yamaha Tenere....i am considering a new bike?
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:52 AM   #17264
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Anyone with experience on a Yamaha Tenere....i am considering a new bike?
Three posts up, the goof riding a wheelie in his avatar.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #17265
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