Reliability: KTM vs Honda vs Yamaha vs others

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Riccardo1989, May 7, 2012.

  1. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    +1

    I didn't have to work on the DRZ as much, but the fun factor on tough trails was 4-5 notches below the KTM.

    Spending extra time & $$ in the garage is well worth the extra enjoyment on the trail. I find trail time to be priceless.

    Taking off for a 3-day TST dual sport ride this morning on the KTM. :clap
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  2. Riccardo1989

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    Hi everyone!
    I would like to know which final trasmission ratio do you use for dual sport use? nowdays i have the 14-50...
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  3. Myfuture_yourdebt

    Myfuture_yourdebt Banned

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    That's a good gearing for dual sport use...potentially. It really depends on how and where you're riding. 14-50 is stock. I have done 15/50 and it felt only a little tall in 1st gear and great when the trails open up. You haven't told us what you think of 14/50 on your bike so it's hard to give you a recommendation.

    http://www.gearingcommander.com/
    Take a look here at your possibilities (choose Yamaha WR450f '04, same as '05).
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  4. Foot dragger

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    Yah,I have had many KTM's,yet I tried to set up a DRZe and make it work for me as a dualsport bike.
    I rode it 3 years and wasted much money,no matter what is done they are heavy and have an odd sitting/standing position. Then theres the slow factor and the lack of top speed cruising issue.
    After 1 ride in particular with real steep rocky descents I sold the DRZe,bought a barely used 530 EXCR and it works fine as is,fits me at 6' tall just fine,doesnt need to be re-engineered to go anywhere off road or on,cruises at 70 if need be.

    Im pretty sure I spent more $ on that DRZE trying to make it work then any KTM would use in maintenance over 4 years.

    If all you want is a casual putt putt bike a DRZ is ok,limited and archaic but ok. Same with a XR650L,weight is weight and japanese dual sports are all real heavy.
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  5. Riccardo1989

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    yeah you are right, now i use the WR in tight stuff, i like the final trasmission except when i put the wheels on tarmac or fast gravel; so i was simply wondering which ratio riders use for Baja or Dakar races!
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  6. Riccardo1989

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    have you got the feeling that the faster you go, the more stable and enjoyable it gets??
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