2012 KTM 350 freeride

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  1. jerdog53

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  2. STANIMAL

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    Google up a Canadian dealer and ask , cant hurt.
  3. More CowBell

    More CowBell gotahave moreCowbell

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    I asked a dealer in Langstons Motorsport CA. about the chance of the freeride 350 coming to the U.S. and he said no we dont do demo rides, I just droped my head and walked away. Its not my job to train this guy.
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  5. OneEffinName

    OneEffinName Been here awhile

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    Nope - not yet. Canada gets 'em when the US does. They have them in Mexico though.

    BTW - I chatted with my dealer who went to the NA KTM meeting a couple of months back. He specifically asked the NA KTM rep about the freeride FR350. He said they actually have one in the US undergoing DOT approval.
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    I like the concept of this bike , but cant imagine it selling too well for $10k , thats a lot of coin for what is supposed to be an entry level bike .
  7. mwalker

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  8. DrKayak

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    I got a very similar response from our local KTM dealer. They had no clue there was such a bike made by KTM.

    As posted before, Dirt Bike magazine had a 1/2 page on the Free Ride and said "comming soon to the U.S.". I doubt they woudl publish that without a OK from KTM.
  9. One67

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    I'm pretty sure you've confused "easy to ride" with "entry level".

    CRF230's are entry level- steel frame, air cooled 2 valve engines, basic suspension, great for beginers and people who arn't sure if they want to get into dirt bikes or not.

    Freeride's are easy to ride because they're designed to be that way- composite Cro-Mo,alloy frame
    billet hubs, latest tech.engine tuned for torque, WP suspension.
    For people who arn't professional enduro riders but still want a high level bike.
    None of this is cheap or comes cheap.
  10. jesusgatos

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    Think the misunderstanding about this being an entry-level bike has to do with the fact that KTM is positioning this bike as a great way to introduce new riders to off-road motorcycles. Which is true. Doesn't mean that it should be compared to a CRF or TTR or whatever else.
  11. mwalker

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    I like it because its light weight with a good compromise on seat height and suspension and the perfect engine size imo.
  12. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    +1 the freeride may be everything but not an entry level bike...
    Many people still havent got what its purpose is and thats why they tend to compare it with MX and Enduro bikes, which is of course wrong...
  13. jon_l

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    It is the same old thing - sell a cheap bike with cheap components, and folks moan about budget suspension and heavy weight. Sell an expensive bike with high-spec components, and they complain about price.

    I'm glad to see a bike designed for folks who want a purpose-built, high-spec bike with quality components that isn't designed as a go-fast racing machine.
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    I am not confused , just wondering how its going to play out in that segment . I like the bike a lot , but question the price tag . They wanted to get people into riding , but at what price ?
  15. Gryphon12

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    The Freeride pricing discussions in the press indicates that in North America it will be $1,000 cheaper than a 350EXC-F. In KTM's world, that is cheap. Look at the cost of a new Trials bike from Beta or Sherco or whomever.

    This is not a bike for the masses. It is a bike for people who are, or who want to become, serious, dedicated riders. It fills the huge void from the cheaply optioned Japanese Dual Sports and the race-oriented Enduro / MX bikes. It isn't perfect for everyone - but then no bike is.

    You pay the price for light weight and high-spec components. It is certainly worth every penny based on the "value" of its components. It is even more expensive in Australia, and it is selling there; how well I cannot tell from my comfortable seat in the USA.

    Given the interest that this bike has generated in the US, it will be a terrible shame (although so typically American) if it gets here and people don't buy it because of the "price". This is why some of the best niche cars and motorcycles in the world aren't sold here - the mispreception between "price" and "value" (a poor overall world economy notwithstanding).
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    I think the "getting people into riding" thing is just sales blurb.
    I personally don't know anyone who would slap down 10g just to lick it and see.

    The other owners I've spoken to are generally older guys (30+, I'm 45) with a lot of experience who realize that they don't need 45hp for trail riding, a few have bought them for their wives, but after riding it want one for themselves :evil
  17. Gryphon12

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    I think the marketing pitch is more "getting people into KTM" rather than "getting into riding" in general.

    The original videos that I saw from KTM were for "weekend riding" and "exploring", and showed folks unloading them from big RV's and from pick-up trucks. I think that the idea was that "less is more", and that if the bike is small and light, you can also take it with you anywhere that you go, and always have a supremely capable bike with you.

    Original development versions were not street legal in the US, but all production bikes were upgraded so that we can ride "from trail to trail" on the street. It was never intended to compete with the Enduro segment, or even the US DS segment, the way I interpret the marketing materials.

    Ultimately, though, none of this matters. If it strikes a chord in enough people and sells well, and people keep it for more than a few years, and demand remains stable, then it is a hit, no matter how we really use it.
  18. One67

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    So true. that's one of the main reasons I bought one. It goes on a rack on the back of my camper trailer so I can set up base and ride out from there.
  19. blakken

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    Like i sayd erlier......
    I was very skeptic to 24 horse power....

    But i think most off the people ho pick on the freeride should keep it off ,to they have ride it for a couple days.
    if you understand the purpose with the bike and ride after that! i can say its dont have any competioners.
  20. Gryphon12

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    You mean 30 hp. In all markets now.