New "General Purpose KTM'ers thread"...

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by creeper, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    OK... watch the language... the porn... and any other disgusting stuff... or it'll be this :ban ... again.




    The KTM GPT is open for business. :stupid




    Loaded is a poopie head. :loaded
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  2. nvklrgirl

    nvklrgirl Mrs. kdxkawboy

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    Some of my favorite people ride KTMs :thumb
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  3. Esteban

    Esteban Banned

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    Awwwwhhh shucks, it looks like I got here too late and missed all the good stuff.
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  4. Jurgen

    Jurgen Trolljegeren Super Moderator

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    What colours do KTMs come in?:D

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  5. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Don't think it was ever banned, just moved to where it should have been. If you ask Arch nicely :rofl maybe he'll give you your own forum!

    On a more serious note, how about brand subforums under THUMPER?? No more trawling through everything now that the search function is stuffed
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  6. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    :ace ^*#$^*(&%^&@#%@%^#)%()%&#$*^#$&#$^&!!!!!
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  7. matey peeps

    matey peeps Bead Buddy

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    was it something i said? :pimp
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  8. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    Well, this is off to a good start. :huh

    Tell ya' what... Lets just let this one die on it's own, as I never intended it to be the JM of KTMdoom. It was intended to be a "one stop shop" for KTM single guys to hang out and talk.
    If it's already going in the same direction as the first one, then just let this thing die now.

    Chris
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  9. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    It seems you can take the fellas out of JM, but you cannot take the JM out of the fellas, eh?


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  10. MotoMike

    MotoMike Washed Up Desert Racer

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    I just bought my first KTM 640 and I love it. I have owned 2 other KTM's in the past, a 85' MX and I had one of the first 540's in So Cal.

    OK, flame away on the nOOb.
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  11. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    No grief comin from here creeper; I miss the old thread already. :cry

    Just a lil ole two-step for giggles.

    Hey, if I'm not single then should I piss off?

    ps - maybe you should change that to KTM single guys "and gals"... :lol3
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  12. matey peeps

    matey peeps Bead Buddy

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    OK, here's a KTM related question, well sorta. It has gotten COLD in a big hurry here, and I'm halfways considering winterizing the bikes. Of course I'll change the oil, add fuel stabilizer etc etc, but I'm wondering, once I add the fuel stab and run it thru, should I turn off the gas and let the carby run dry? I've usually just let em sit with stabilized gas in the carbys with no ill effects. :freaky
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  13. nvklrgirl

    nvklrgirl Mrs. kdxkawboy

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    Okay, I have a KTM question--apologies to creeper because I'm not trying to turn his thread into KTM Stories either but you guys seem like the practical experts. I know a bunch of guys who ride KTMs (640s and 950s). A number of them rode GSs before but at least one bought a 950 as his first bike! I'm no techno wizard and all I know about DS riding is what I've learned in the last 5 months and I'm aware that we all choose our bikes for sometimes odd reasons....but I'd like to know...

    What is it about KTMs that makes them the bike you wanted? How are they different from other DS bikes? What can you do that you couldn't do with other bikes that you've ridden? When I last rode bikes there was no such thing as a KTM (that I know of) so where did they come from? What is the difference between a 640 and a 950 (besides the obvious)? If I wanted a KTM why or why wouldn't this be a good thing?
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  14. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    KTM is from Austria... :D Just kiddin'.

    Maybe I am not the best to answer those questions as I have not owned another DS. I am interested in long range touring in places where the asphault ends.

    The big BMW was just too damn big. 650 lbs. Many here said the little BMW is a good bike, but needs thousands of dollars worth of upgrades to get to the level of the little KTM. The big KTM is interesting at only 100 lbs more that might not matter if you are a good rider (small is better to learn on I hear) but I heard the 950 was beating the heck outa Meoni in the Paris-Dakar. Over long distances the extra weight will take a toll.

    That is why I choose the little KTM. It is pretty much setup from the get go. I bought the bike sight unseen from an out of state dealer (end of the US production run!) after boatloads of research. Couldnt find anything better for what I am interested in.

    The little KTM has a bigger tank and likely a longer range and is lighter. Other than that you could ask flanny as he as owned and modified both. :thumb
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  15. Loadedagain

    Loadedagain making chips

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    i chose ktm's because of their quality and the parts the use.

    i have had zukis and hondas in the past and they cost alot of dosh to turn into good dual sport bikes. dosh you spend on the ktm when you buy it.... then there are no need to upgrade to better brakes, do the suspension, etc, etc.... they come with all the best right out of the box.

    the 950 is a bigger engine in a refined chassis. my feel of the 950 after getting off my bike (640) is it's the same bike.... just an evolution of mine. it has more power, less vibration, smoother steering, and all round better manners. it's also alot heavier :(
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  16. Jeff620RXC

    Jeff620RXC Been here awhile

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    I would echo the previous posts.
    The KTM's are quality built and they are the most dirt oriented of their class.
    They come with all the upgrades you'd have to do the jap bikes.
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  17. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    I guess it comes down to focus. What is the focus of your riding, and what would be the best tool for that?

    I've owned a lot of bikes. My last big purchase was an 1150 GS. Got a couple of other bikes, but when I moved back to Canada I re-examined what I was going to be doing with a bike. I wanted to go back to riding dirt, but I still wanted to travel. So what was out there for me?

    The GS is too much work off-road. So I looked around. Owned a KLR before, so based on that. I looked at the choices. 400's are great in the woods, suck on the road, especially loaded. 600's seemed to have a better balance of abilities, anything bigger would be too much work in tight woods. So in that range there was the KLR, XR650L, DR650, XT600, Husqvarna, Husaberg, and the 640 Adv.

    After multiple knee surgeries I needed something with a lot of suspension, I needed the bike to do more of the work. But I still wanted to go on trips. So the 640 Adv was the only bike that fit the bill for my needs.

    Doesn't hurt that I'm 6'3", so the height was a bonus. :evil
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  18. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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    Let's keep this thread alive!

    When I was looking to buy a dual sport, I went at it with an open mind. I wanted a bike that could excite me and handle the type of riding that I do. In my research, I rode quite a few bikes to narrow it down.

    ATK 605: Very cool bike with high end components, great suspension, Rotax engine, and great looks. I almost bought one, but I was worried about getting parts if needed and lack of dealers. Also the aftermarket offered very little in racks, paniers, seats, etc.....

    KLR650: Great bike for the price, but by the time I upgraded it for my aggressive riding style, I would have had almost as much money in it as my KTM with less resale value.

    XR650: The L model w/ e start is cumbersome, old fashioned, and has terrible ergonomics but is bullet proof. The off road model had no e start, but otherwise was high on my list. Great engine! Both needed fuel tank upgrades.

    DR650: Reliable and great value, but like the KLR, was lacking in power, brakes, and suspension but also had a small metal fuel tank. With upgrades, the DR can be a fantastic bike.

    GS650 Dakar: Very cool bike, and I may own one someday, but it would be an addition to my KTM and used only when a lot of highway miles would have to be endured. If I do get one, I will have to upgrade the suspension, exhaust, bars, seat, and add Touratech tanks. If it were more off road worthy, it could possibly be my only bike. Stock it lacks ground clearance, power, and suspension. Instead, I'll probably buy a 950 Adventure and keep my 640 KTM.

    640 LC4: The bike I ended up with because it had great power, stainless Supertrapp exhaust (upgraded to SXC silencer), strong Brembo brakes, 4.8 gal tank, alloy bars, e start, excellent WP suspension, stainless steel braided brake lines and oil lines, O ring chain, and great looks. The KTM only needed hand guards, knobbies, and a skid plate to be ready to rock. The bike does have more vibration than the others and lacks long distance highway comfort, but both of these problems were easy to overcome. I bought the bike new and I have just over 11K and most of those miles have been off road.

    This is all opinion of course and if someone was interested in buying a dual sport, I would recommend riding as many as possible and finding the bike that fits your needs.
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  19. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    I have had my LC4 Adv. since Sept. 2002.. I thought about winterize the bike in the past, but never did. Last winter we had a period of 21 days that temperature did not rise above 30F, and I was worried that my LC4 Adv. which had been sitting around in total of 50 somedays with the same gas in the tank would be in need of a carb rebuild or some expensive/time comsuming mechanical work before I would ever get it started again, but instead, I put the trickle charger on for a few hours and a electric heater fan below the engine case, fired it right up with the choke on, just as I would for the rest of the year. I guess there is no need to winterize my KTM.
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  20. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Hi KLR girl...

    The answer was two fold for me as to why I honed in on a 640.

    First up was in initial selection I looked at the running gear between it and other large thumpers and found the brakes, suspension, and range to be superior to bikes such as the KLR (sorry! not bashing!). I tend to try to get into the best gear first off so I have less to modify as I tweak it for my needs.

    The other consideration is that I have always enjoyed what I perceive to be somewhat unique machinery - this fit the bill (as evidenced by not seeing a single 640 adv in the lot at the San Mateo IMS show). Just kinda cool not to be riding something you do not see coming at you everyday...

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