ktm525 vs wr450 for tight enduro

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by angelo_balto, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. angelo_balto

    angelo_balto his Royal Dudeness

    May 4, 2012
    I have read almost every tread about these 2 bikes & still have problem deciding. I know that many of you have already answered simillar threads, but give it a reading - it's about different driving situations.

    My candidates for a used trail bike (no highway use at all) and all 2001-2006 models as current budget allows, are:
    - KTM 525 EXC (i REALY love that thing)
    - WR 450F
    - KTM 300 EXC (large cc 2t are good for trails...:ear)

    The terrain that I am going to use them is:
    - tight woods & technical riding (south Europe forests)
    - a lot of rocky & muddy terrain - no sand or desert at all (we don't have them :D)
    - some steep hills (romaniacs type) - this is a great terrain for the 300 EXC...
    - rally raid - this IS going to be a problem with the 300 EXC...

    I am a tall and strong guy, so seat height and small weight differences are not an issue.

    Thing is that yesterday I borrowed a friend's 525 and I just loved that motor & all of that power, once on the woods the grunt helped. But once you stop at a hill the pds (rear shock design with no leverage used) design or the motor just makes a hell of a difficult work to re-start going uphill and regain traction.
    I am sure for fast (rally-style) riding it is fantastic, but for tight European enduro riding it's to much work (or maybe it's just me - just rode it for 20-30 technical miles).
    Many friends are trying to convince me on the WR450 on the bases that it is a more "sensible" race-bike that all the 520/525/530 are.

    My daily ride is a R1200GS ADV, so there is NO need at all for a road-friendly thumper!
  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Sep 22, 2009
    A good tuner can make the PDS ride as well or better than anything else. They can be very sensitive to set up, sag and clickers. Spend the few $ to spring and valve it and it is a different animal.

    The WR trans of the 525/530 makes it more versatile. I can race my 530EXC in MX, endo or street sumoto with a tire change. My earlier 2002 520 was as much an all purpose bike, do anything.