Need help. Can't decide

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by KnuckleBuster74, May 1, 2013.

  1. KnuckleBuster74

    KnuckleBuster74 n00b

    Apr 30, 2013
    I'm new to the dual sport arena. I've ridden dirt bikes and quads my whole life. Just sold my Harley the other day and want to get back to the dirt but still ride on the road.

    I've been looking at ktms but can't decide what to get.

    I have 2 that really interest me

    2005 525 exc r supermoto that is plated. Approx 4000 miles. Set up for racing, comes with a set of dirt tires and wheels. Among other mods.

    2009 530 xc w that is plated. Approx 1100 miles. Plenty of upgrades done on this also.

    I weight about 250 and want to be able to ride it to work as well as go bomb trails and FS roads.

    Also, would a 450 be to small for what I'm looking to do?

    Are there any problems that I need to look for or ask th seller when I go look at them?

    Thanks for any help you guys can offer.
  2. corndog67

    corndog67 Banned

    Jan 24, 2006
    Santa Maria, CA
    Newer is better. I had a YZ450F, that was much faster than I was able to ride it. The KTMs are the same. More than enough. Both those KTMs are excellent bikes.
  3. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

    Mar 16, 2006
    Portland, OR
    Orange Crush is for the KTM LC8 V-Twins. I've asked the mods to move this to Thumpers.

    I have a KTM 450 EXC. It's fine on the road but regular commuting is going to rack up the miles and the resulting maintenance. It depends how many miles a week you are talking about. Also, I wouldn't want to ride the bike for long distances [several hundred miles of pavement] on a regular basis.

    For the two bikes you list, I'd be more inclined to favor the 530 xc-w on the street than the motard on the dirt. The suspension on the motard may be pretty stiff for dirt riding.
  4. wsmc831

    wsmc831 Been here awhile

    Jan 25, 2006
    Central Oregon
    Be aware of the 530 split oil cases. About .8 liters on the combustion side so if you are riding it on the street you'll be changing it often. The 450 is the same size, just a slightly different stroke/bore, still plenty of power no matter what you weigh.