Base for rally bike - KTM 690E or KTM 450EXC ?

Discussion in 'Racing' started by FechFech, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Tau Anvil

    Tau Anvil African by trade

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    :deal

    If ASo goes back to 690 ruling for privateers and Malles moto....well I am gonna scream.

    I missed a good 690 as it won't be allowed. Anyway i am gonna still live according to the 450 rule fro now.:ear
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  2. SafariBerg

    SafariBerg Oz Safari Addict

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    I reckon you are safe, cant really see them changing their minds
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  3. Tau Anvil

    Tau Anvil African by trade

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    I will be honest. I love Yamaha, but for Dakar I wouldn't mind a 690RR so much less maintenance.
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  4. Cummo

    Cummo Been here awhile

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    I have a fully equipped, fully rebuilt engine ( Austria) ready to race....if you are interested, please PM me.
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  5. Tau Anvil

    Tau Anvil African by trade

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    Unless the 450 rule changes I will pass thx.....:rofl
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  6. schattat

    schattat Long timer

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    Going 450, are we? :ear
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  7. zimi

    zimi Adventurer

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    I did the Tuareg Rally this year with a 640 Adventure. The bike was good, but much to heavy for the dunes for me. Maybe for an advanced rider it's ok this weight, but I was beginner in the sand, and when you have to pick it up 10-20 times ... it makes a big different to have 30 kg less.

    I saw a lot of ktm 690. Some of my teammates, well all except one had this bike. all of them will come back with a 450 next year. Too heavy.

    I saw a few DRZ 400 as well, I think it's a good option as well.

    And there was qui a lot of Husaberg 570 and 450, the 70° engine. all were happy with it. One guy even didn't have additional tank on his.

    If I had the money would buy a Husaberg 570, but the fuel tanks are so expensive.. So I think I will look for a KTM 450-520-530....

    And there were a few Husqvarna and Beta 450 as well. All finished without troubles.
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  8. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    If you are just starting out in Rallies, go with the lighter bike. Preferably even an older carb model KTM 450/530

    And yes, I am known to be a bit of a luddite :D
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  9. GezwindeSpoed

    GezwindeSpoed Been here awhile

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    Is really dependent on which rally. I really liked my 690 on the Tuareg rally in Marocco, those long pistes and big dunes. Tunesia has small dunes which are a lot thougher on a bigger bike.
    Also Albania was great on the 690 and Hellas we will see next week :evil.
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    Never had the need for a kick-starter, this bike (and and many FI ones) has a huge battery compared to non FI bikes.
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  10. motorollie

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    Indeed its personal what bike you like, but in general; a 450 suits all rallies. It also depends on your riding skills... when you're a beginner; start as light as possible. When a rally gets technical: get as light as possible. If a rally has long pistes and no (or little) really technical sections you can consider a 690 in my opinion.

    And another tip; I see a lot of riders here with full rally fairings... this isn't necessary at all. Bigger tank, roadbook, ICO, GPS and you're done.
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  11. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Sorta depends which race your entering. Longer races that involve more nav equipment...I'd say a fairing is required to protect your equipment along with offering wind deflection
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