The KTM300 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GasGas300, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. yosso

    yosso Been here awhile

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    The total lack of maintenance history is also what worries/concerns me...probably going to have to pass. I'll will most likely check out the bike, but unless he puts quite a bit on top the trade probably won't happen.

    Great price on that bike on ktmtalk.

    Thanks again for the words of wisdom.

    M.
  2. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    More upkeep and maintenance? I would say just the opposite. You'll be changing oil and adjusting valves on the LC4, neither are 10 minute operations.

    The 2T gets a transmission oil change every now and then....

    KTM 2T's are very reliable, and if it hasn't been kept up all that well, then you're looking at maybe freshening the top end, which despite the spendy KTM pistons....is not a bad deal at all.

    I've had a number of plated KTM 2T's and that can add a bit of value to the bike. I think his price is on the high end of good for a 2000.
    I'd be worried more about the aging suspension bits, and if you'll have to dig into the heim joint and wheel bearings.
  3. Stu

    Stu Buffo Maximus

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    The 300s are incredibly durable and will last a very long time before you have to replace the upper end (a couple of hours work and about $450 for the entire piston & gasket kit). It is very hard to determine how the bike has been used (trail riding Vs. full on throttle, whether warmed up before ridden or just jammed in gear and raced) and what maintenance has been done (rear shock oil changed -- about $130 with seals, transmission oil changed, etc.).

    If you do not have a lot of offers for your Ducati this may be a chance you would have to take. It could be just fine or it could be pretty costly. Could you ask for a cost-splitting deal if you took the shock in for service and found it was worn out, or the frame or sub-frame was bent, or it needed a complete top end? The seller should assume some responsibility for it if he cannot represent it with certainty regarding its condition. That is, don't let "caveat emptor" bite you.

    Stu
  4. yosso

    yosso Been here awhile

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    The owner made it sound like the bike was mainly ridden on the street.

    Will be viewing the bike in person this week, hopefully.

    If he sweetens the deal enough, I might do the trade, but straight across...I'm not that desperate (yet). :D
  5. yosso

    yosso Been here awhile

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    Saw the bike in person tonight - my gut impression was correct - very, very, rough. Owner seemed like a nice guy, but he's definitely not into maintenance.

    Probably going to pass, and keep my eye on the classifieds on ktmtalk.

    Thanks again for the words of advice.

    Mike
  6. smokeeater495

    smokeeater495 Been here awhile

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    I just picked up my new to me '03 300 EXC. It had an added bonus, street title:evil. I'll post some pics. Waiting for the weather to break, we're under snow and ice now.
  7. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    I'm injured and bored stupid.

    So, since smokeeater can't post any pics...


    FAT GUY on a little bike...FAT GUY on a little bike...


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  8. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Hey guys, just picked up a tagged '08 XCWe :clap

    It's been awhile since I've owned a 2T so I have some catching up (and learning to do) I already started by reading this thread, lots of good info, thanks :thumb

    I'm really impressed with the bike so far, can't wait to get it on some singletrack. I have a jet kit coming along with a bigger tank. I figured the 2.9 probably wouldn't cut it with some of the distances we ride out here. My 4 strokes spoiled me in that regard. :D

    I'll post some pictures when I finish doing a few updates.
  9. smokeeater495

    smokeeater495 Been here awhile

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    I decided to replace my leaking counter shaft seal today. It was totally fried. I think I'll do the CS sprocket too.
    [​IMG]

    The thing looks like a circular saw blade.
  10. SilverBullet

    SilverBullet Been here awhile

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    Hmm...user name is: smokeeater495
    already this early today?
    You do know it is supposed to be 4:20pm not 4:20am. haha

    That CS sprocket is completed toasted as well.

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  11. smokeeater495

    smokeeater495 Been here awhile

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    I edited my post. What I meant to say was IT was totally fried.
  12. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    I took the 3-honey out, for a little seat-time, yesterday. It was my first ride, since I damn-near knocked my block off, back in November.

    The bike was more eager than I. It's been sitting since November, and started on the third kick. I, on the other hand, was a little apprehensive.

    Fresh pre-mix and some SeaFoam, and the damn thing ran like a raped ape. I am astounded by this bike, when I use it for it's intended purpose (woods riding). It just excels...


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  13. DirtJack

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    J.J., great that you are back in the saddle again. I'm prepping mine for 3 days in Big Bend Ranch State Park next week.
  14. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Ive tried the Hyde racing pipe gaurd/skidplate combo.its kinda ugly but works great,slides over logs easy,protects the pipe as well as anything can when bashing into rocks/logs/what ever. They tend to get melty in spots from touching the pipe but I didnt worry about it much.
    Ive had 2 300's,both kicked ass and would tractor up anything then take off like a rocket when needed.
  15. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    2200.00 is pretty high price for around here for 2000 model,I couldnt get that for a bike that old. even if it looks like new there are too many other newer bikes for that price.
    Id hammer him down,the newer a KTM the better a bike it is with their constant updates.
  16. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Given that the question was asked 3 months ago, I think it's safe to say that yosso probably doesn't need a hammer :D
  17. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    Thank, Jack. Yeah...I'm trying to get back into the swing of things.


    I gotta' admit, I'm a little jealous about your trip. Is Blake goin' with ya'? If you're taking the 300, I can only imagine that it would be a trip perfect for a bike like his ('Berg...right?). :deal

    Man, it sounds like a great trip. One of these days, I will put my life back together, and get back to doin' some travelling.

    Well, you be careful. Maybe we'll hook-up sometime soon... :freaky


    By the way, if you need any extra gear oil (or anything), I have some extra stuff out in the garage. :thumb


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  18. DirtJack

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    J.J. Don't know how I missed this (it was buried in a sea of subscription e-mails). We had a great trip, pretty much had the entire ranch to ourselves. Diek had 4 flats but he was awesome (as usual) on the big Orange Adventure, and I had two trailer flats with Don's trailer. BTW, both of Blake's bikes are Bergs, but you are right, he took the 650. There were a few get-offs between Diek and myself. I stopped noticing my sore spots a few days ago. :D
  19. crazybrit

    crazybrit Long timer

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    Took the 300-hundrey out for a spin today. Due to neck injury it was first time I've been out on it since I scared the pants out of myself on my first ride in November. Installed a G2 throttle cam (400) and switched from 40p JDRed 160m to 38p CCL 160m. Took nearly all the hit out of her, a little too much as the front wheel doesn't want to come up at all but much easier to ride in the tight stuff. Might see if 200/300 cam is better but all-in-all, an excellent ride.

    Still not quite figured out the Rekluse Pro. Clutch lever works but seems binary only, all the way in is useful for giving it some gas when starting if you're not sure if you're in neutral but doesn't seem to have any ability to feather. Not sure if this is normal. So used to feathering the clutch when riding 2-strokes ....this said, the Rekluse is pretty cool, it's like cheating going up steep hills.
  20. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    CB,


    It's about time someone bumped this thread. :clap

    I went lookin' for it, the other day, and couldn't find the damn thing. :baldy

    I just read Jack's (April) post, for the first time... :lol3


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