Could this be a good trials/trail crossover bike?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by WildDuke, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. WildDuke

    WildDuke Dune Rider

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    I spoke to my KTM dealer today and he told me to check out the KTM freeride 350. Cause I told him I wanted a trials bike that I could ride trails with. What do you guys think? Think it will be good of a flop?
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  2. WildDuke

    WildDuke Dune Rider

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  3. ADVCoop

    ADVCoop Been here awhile

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    Lots of posts in this forum about the Freeride. They are cool bikes.
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  4. DerViking

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    I think it would be lots of fun, but probably not really like a trials bike. I had a 250exc 2 stroke KTM that I geared into the basement. It was a real hoot on trail, and was definitely more capable in the rocks than my XR650, but it was not a trials bike. Center of gravity is pretty high, wheelbase is too long, and the steering radius isn't tight enough. I am not seeing a weight listed there, but I'll bet in the 200lb minimum range, which is still pretty heavy for trials, usually around 155lb for the modern rigs.

    But, I bet it would be lots of fun :clap
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  7. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    2whlrcr gooligan

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  9. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Check out the Ossa Explorer too, loving mine it's a cheater bike when it comes to trails for sure.
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  10. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Whats cheating about picking up a trials based trail bike? :evil

    In my mind if they make it and you can buy it it isn't cheating at all! :D
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  11. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    I'm ok with it too, it's my buddies that do the bitching!
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  12. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Then I guess they need to change bikes!... :clap
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  13. trailer Rails

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    Take a spin on a KTM 200, it is closer to a trials bike than anything I have ridden before.
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  14. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Thay're slowly seeing the light! Got two now that run sweet Gassers.
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  15. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Progress is good, now we need to convert the rest of them to the dark side! :rofl
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  16. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    Time seems to be doing a pretty good job of it, lots of buddies getting older and more intrested in a challenge without major consequences.
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  17. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Is the Freeride available in the USA this year? Cant see it on their website.
    MSRP?
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  18. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Was wondering that myself, haven't seen any indication it is.

    With the freeride at 222.7 lbs over the X Ride at 203.9 lbs, and the OSSA Exploerer at 163 lbs, I wondering how they all compare. :huh
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  19. DrKayak

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    The Free Ride has passed EPA and should be available in the U.S. this fall when the 2014 models arrive. Price is over $8,500 and less than $10k.

    Still no firm word if it will be plated. I will not pay that if no plate.
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  20. Mifune

    Mifune Been here awhile

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    I really have trouble seeing the point of the Freeride? Is it better suited for trials than any of the other things it's ill-suited for?
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