New to me KTM 250 XCF-W

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  1. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    A hair is right, maybe an inch. Otherwise you give up too much. Once you become competent you don't need to put your feet down anyway. A tiptoe on one side is sufficient, just stop on a slope and put that foot down. My best riding buddy is 5-8 and he does not shorten bikes. Rides Vet expert in GP and usually places. When he stops one leg hangs over the seat. :D
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  2. fishheadAZ

    fishheadAZ SV haver

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    An inch is all I was thinking...if any at all. I seem to make due more or less.
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  3. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    Any more 250 xcf-w stories? :ear

    I have been thinking about getting one of these bikes for my g/f. She currently rides a Yamaha xt225 and we need to upgrade her bike. This model appears to have what she needs: 6-gears, great suspension, a bit more power without jumping to a 450, typical KTM engineering, affordable (used).

    I ride a 2007 450exc and am extremely happy with the bike. :D
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  4. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    A WR250F would be ideal for her actually. Less maintenance for you, similar performance, lower cost, virtually bulletproof.

    The XCFW is just a little more bike, a little more power and suspension a shade better. Requires KTM parts and KTM maintenance. :lol3

    Just go 2007 or newer. The previous model had the RFS motor and it was a dog. The 250 actually came out with the RC5 motor a year or two before the bigger ones. It's excellent, but does wear out faster inside, especially the ring. We don't know what KTM spec'd but at about a hundred hours they are out of spec. For just a few bucks more than the cost of a oem ring set you can get a Wasner piston set and they are all around better. I did mine right at about 110 hours.

    And don't forget, just a suspension SERVICE will run you several hundred, without doing any mods. If it hasn't been done it will need it. One of my legs had a nick and it was $150 for a used one. I think a new one is twice that or more.
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    Got a source for the Wossner piston kit at that price?
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  6. cedric

    cedric Been here awhile

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    Did you figure out the poor fitting piston pin cjb?
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  7. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    Still waiting to hear back from Thumper Racing.
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  8. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Chip Munn - Munn Racing. Great source for KTM parts. My other fav was KTMWorld in Wisconsin.

    KTMtalk.com is the defacto source for everything KTM.

    They are fairly easy to work on as well, straightforward, valves are simple and once the cams are off it's just like the old smokers.

    The engineering and ease of wrenching is much better on the KTM compared to the Yamaha. Good thing the yammer doesn't ever need much. In fact, the aluminum frame WR we had you could not even get to the carb without removing the subframe. A real PITA. There's just enough clearance to change jets.

    BTW, all these bikes are fussy to jet. Once you have them dialed they go like stink on shit.
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  9. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    browneye- thanks for the suggestions. I would like to find a bike that is light-weight still with a bit more power than her xt225. Street-legal would make it the best choice - I have been thinking wr250r, but used ones still cost as much as a used 450exc! wtf?
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  10. cjbiker

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    OK, they have the Wossner piston kit for $136. OEM rings are about $70. That's with the KTMTalk discount on both parts. Not bad, but more than a few bucks more than just the rings.

    I will agree with you that these bikes are a dream to work on. My 2008 requires tilting the subframe up to get the carb out, but it's just a couple extra bolts to remove and then it's super easy to work on. I have a WR250R also, and that thing is impossible to work on!
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  11. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Don't you think a whole new piston assembly is worth it for an extra $64? Thought so. I rest my case. :lol3

    MOTO - the WRR is a LOT heavier than these bikes. The WRF is a completely different animal than the WRR. They sound like they should be the same, and they look similar, but that's where the similarity ends. :thumb
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  12. motowest

    motowest Two-wheeled Adventurer

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    Yep, I found a list of dual-sport bikes and their weights and the KTM appears to be lighter than the WR, as expected. I will keep looking for a good used KTM that is plated.
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