The KTM300 Thread

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

  1. Wylie

    Wylie Back in the saddle again

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    I do have to admit there is one thing I see with the 300s that really is hard to ignore which is the placement of the expansion chamber.

    How many of you 300 owners have squished, bent or mangled your expansion chambers?

    I can't see where else it may be routed though.
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  2. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Just get an e-line pipe guard. The expansion chamber is placed like that on most all two stroke MX bikes. In stock form its a little fragile, but easily protected.

    Common practice since at least '93 (my long gone and much loved old race bike)
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  3. Shuffler

    Shuffler Hommes Grande

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    I have the stock pipe (never used) and 2 FMF Gnarly pipes in rotation using a carbon pipe guard. Hopefully I never have all 3 smashed at the same time...! :lol3
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  4. Helajames

    Helajames Adventurer

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    I have an 05 EXC that is plated in Nevada, it also has a Rekluse, desert tank and Tubliss tires, it is a sick bike. I use it mainly on the gnarly trail rides in the mountains. As others have said it is terrible to ride on the street, I use my plate to ride out of my garage to the trails only, I have a 690 Enduro for serious dual sporting.

    the cool thng about 2 strokes is you can pick them up used cheap and freshen them up easy. not much has changed in the 300's motor or chasis in the last 10 years to warrant the purchase of a new one in my opinion.

    As far the e start goes, my mine alway starts with 1 or 2 kicks!

    Jim
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  5. Shuffler

    Shuffler Hommes Grande

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    Here's to hoping that KTM delivers 2-strokes with EFI in the next few years or so....
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  6. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    I tell you what...I think you could possibly be right on track.

    I saw an interview with one of their engineers. According to that gentleman, their current production (2T) bikes meet "Euro 3" emissions requirements. And, I believe that he said that their next round of ring-dingers (2011?) will meet "Euro 4".

    If I had been given the above info. by one of my buddies, I woulda' told him that he was full of it, and argued with him until the beer ran-out. However, considering the source, I was pretty impressed. It sure seems that KTM is fully committed to the longevity of the 2-stroke experience.

    When I got my 300, I was surprised by the mix ratio (60:1). When I was a kid (during the Civil War), all 2T bikes were around the 32:1 range. (I can't exactly remember...But, I think my last CR500 was in the 40:1 range...or maybe that was my gas trimmer...) Anyway, I'm sure KTM's low ratio number has something to do with their ability to meet such stringent requirements. You gotta' hand it to them for advancing 2-stroke tech.

    Either way, it's great that KTM is still doing great things with the 2-stroke, in my very humble opinion.
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  7. LukasM

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    Sprichst du Deutsch? :wink:

    I think the video below is the one you are talking about. Towards the 7 min mark the guy says that they are currently meeting Euro 3, they will meet Euro 4 and if they want to, they could meet Euro 5 as well on both 2/4-strokes. They will continue to innovate and are already working on "alternatives to carbs for fueling".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICxqqa7y-Bc&feature=player_embedded
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  8. RedlegDaddy

    RedlegDaddy Been here awhile

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    In AZ you can put a rocket engine on a skateboard add a headlight and a taillight and they give you a plate! Just take it to one of the title agents not DMV and you are in and out with a plate in 5 minutes.
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  9. badcooky

    badcooky I see dumb people!

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    THE KTM 300 IS NOT A THUMPER.
    It's a good bike though.
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  10. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Good for you but who cares? You already said the same thing before. :nah
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  11. GasGas300

    GasGas300 Been here awhile

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    I saw a nice plastic skid plate/pipe protector made by hyde racing -- the two are integrated into one system and it looks like it protects the pipe very well - has anyone used on of these - their web site is www.hyderacing.com
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  12. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    You know, Lukas, life is not fair. I could probably Google "KTM", all day long, and never come-up with something cool to watch. Thanks for sharing the link. I really enjoyed it. In fact, I may have to watch it a couple more times.:thumb

    However, I wanna' say that the footage, that I saw (discussing KTM's two-strokes), was "filler" for some race that I was watching (if I remember correctly). And, I believe that it was another (KTM) guy who was being interviewed.

    If y'all can oblige me for a few seconds...

    I love to hear their company guys speak about their daily work. They have that PASSION that they don't even bother trying to conceal (because you would see it anyway). Their words don't seem contrived, like an advertisement...Just right there...Here's who we are, and here's what we do.

    They remind me of the Soichiro Honda, Hirotake Arai, and "Pops" Yoshimura types of old...innovators, perfectionists, and fanatics. Hell, in the vid., one of the guys even says that they are "fanatics".

    I hope that KTM stays true to their "Ready to Race" roots and philosophy, and never gets the urge to water-down their products because of some outside (or inside) influence. Their commitment to their brand is the reason why my garage is turning ORANGE...

    Sorry for my rambling...Back to the 3-honey.:super
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  13. badcooky

    badcooky I see dumb people!

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    And what section are we in?
    Thumpers that's it so it shouldn't even be here.
    Moderators,what's the dealio?
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  14. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    The dealio is that Thumpers is where people post about ALL single cylinder bikes on Advrider, regardless whether they thump or not. The mods don't want/need to create another subforum just for 2-strokes as they fit well in here and there is not too many of them.
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  15. womboin

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    Have a Hyde on a 200exc and 300exc.The 200 is one of my sons bikes and has been through the wringer.The pipe guard has some pretty nasty gouges in it but not a mark on the pipe.
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  16. GasGas300

    GasGas300 Been here awhile

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    I notice KTM has a accessory fan kit for the 300 - I ride with a guy that has a 450 and it was a must for his bike - Does the 300 need to have this also if it is being ridden on slow tight single track?
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  17. Para504

    Para504 Spam, Spam, bacon & Spam!

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    Some may argue this about the 300's (vs the 250, and for that the answer is almost always no...). The 4-s can really use the fan for that kind of riding. The 2-s are much more forgiving when it comes to the heat issue. If you're slipping the clutch like mad for long distances, then anything can boil. Most of it of comes down to the bike set up matching the terrain, and rider technique plays into it too. If you're riding in really nasty terrain, then set the bike up with the right gearing, power valve settings, and consider a G2 throttle cam to make it more tractor-like (less reliance on slipping clutch). It wouldn't hurt on any of those bikes to change the radiator fluid out to something like Engine-ice or Evans.
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  18. DirtJack

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    It is pretty easy to do with bits and pieces from KTM, TrailTech Enduro Engineering, and Sicass. Mine started out as a 2008 300 XC that had been raced by someone else.

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  19. GasGas300

    GasGas300 Been here awhile

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    Nice looking bike - I have a question about the speedo - Who makes it and where did you get the mount? Does it use and magnetic pickup? I will be needing one for my XC - I wish the XC came with one like the XCW does. I looked into buying the XCW setup from KTM, but its too $$$$
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  20. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Trailtech Vector. Look into the Vapor as well, I prefer it for a dual sport bike.
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