The KTM300 Thread

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

  1. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    All forged pistons are set up with about twice the clearance of a cast piston,hence the noise when cold.
    If I do put a piston in a KTM I get OEM,they seem to last and last.
  2. halmc

    halmc Turkey T*urd

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    Am I correct in believing that KTM began to offer the six speed transmission in the 25o/300's in 2012? If yes, was it for all models with that engine?

    I'm thinking seriously about moving from my 540 and 300 exc's to a single bike, and am considering the 300 XCW as well as the four stroke 350 XCF‑W.

    Trouble is, even tho' my present 300 is a '99 -- it's hard for me to believe any bike could be more fun, handle better or be more suited to my riding. However I thought the same decades ago about my seven speed Hercules 250 GS, and was very wrong then, and perhaps as wrong now.

    And my 540 has the handling and some serious power, but not the nimbleness of the 300.

    So the new 300's present the two stroke advantages with the magic button, but the 350 presents efi, no mixing gas, and a bit more legitimacy in the street-legal department.

    I have the paralysis of analysis, I fear. Help me out, I'd particularly like to hear from those (if any) who have changed from '99 era EXC 300 to a '12 or '13. Or from those who have experience with the current 300 and 350 offerings. But all comments, slanderous or otherwise, welcomed.
  3. lowbudget

    lowbudget _twin brothers on the go_

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    The 2Stroke EXC´s in Europe had the sixth gear box since 2011.

    I had a 1998 EGS 300, 2003 EGS 250, 2009 EXC 300 and now ride a 2012 EXC 250 - The difference between those bikes is noticeable (obviously). The step from 5 to 6 gears is a real advantage in my eyes. I always felt like the ratio between 4th an fitfh gear was way too long on the 09 model.

    I cant´s say the same for the 98 an 03 as I didn´t really get out of second gear much due to being a novice when I had them.
  4. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Great phrase!. Seems to be the story of my life! :huh


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  5. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Same for US. 2011 was first year of the six speed. 2008 was the first year of E-start for 2-strokes.
  6. Gordy

    Gordy Team Listo

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    FWIW, my starter finally died on mine last year and I had already put a new bendix in the year before.
    I bought the new style starter (that is stronger) and it really cranks the bike now! :nod
    I have a Shorai battery as well.
  7. halmc

    halmc Turkey T*urd

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    Gordy, I've a friend with an '08 300 EXC. I f*rted around with his old setup for months and no matter how well it was lubed, etc., it never worked worth a hoot. The 410w starter made a tremendous difference and it has now worked well for about a year and still going strong.

    On another note: does anyone know whether the flywheel puller for the RFS four strokes is same as that for 300 two strokes?
  8. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Having just bought a flywheel puller for my RFS 4s, I can tell you the same puller is spec'd for the 2011 300EXC. Flywheel uses 26x1mm external threads.
  9. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I live in the mountains and am wondering about riding a bike without an E-start. If/when I stall or crash it's most likely going to be on a steep hill. 50% of the time the bike will be facing the "wrong direction" for kicking, which will be a real PITA in those situations I'd think.

    As a kid I used to love kick starting my bikes, but I didn't live & ride steep, narrow, rocky, loose, technical mountain trails. Am I being a sissy? Or are my concerns valid?

    There's an 05' 300 nearby in my budget....Should I give it a try, or keep saving?
  10. renogeorge

    renogeorge Long timer

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    Being older now and trail riding not racing, I find the e start to be very valuable. Plate it and add an auto clutch and I am a happy guy. Prices on '08s are getting down there. Has to be an XCE (e) or later model XCW XC with e start.

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  11. firecrotch

    firecrotch Been here awhile

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    they kick over so easy i wouldnt rule it out just for that
  12. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Maybe I will check one out. There's an 05' for $2300 about an hour from here, if it hasn't sold yet.

    Does an 05' have the adjustment thing that will tame it down some, till I get used to it?
  13. halmc

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    IMHO whether you opt for ES is a matter of personal taste. But if you do opt for ES on a 300, ensure either that the original starter has been replaced with the 410w, or that it came with one. While some have had good luck with the 350w starter, most (including me) have found it pitifully undersized.

    And in either case, I think it's a good practice to do all cold starts with the kicker saving the ES for when it's warm. On its best day, the ES system is marginal. And ya gotta remember than unlike the KTM four strokes, the smoker has no compression release.

    If you consider an ES bike on which the starter is not working, you're very likely at least $400 away from a functioning ES, if you do the work yourself, and assuming you replace the starter with a 410w.

    I don't know the precise moment KTM began to use the 410w starter but 300 starter lore is discussed at great length over on KTM talk, two strokes.

    Here's a thread that discusses the 410w starter. There are others.
  14. Gordy

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    Also, consider the frame change in '08. IMO, that made a huge change in the steering manners and to a lesser extent, the overall feel of the bike.

    None of us are getting any younger. Buy the newest and bestest that you can get into the garage and still not get a divorce. The kids will figure out college (or not). :lol3
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    zig06 Been here awhile

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    I'm older ~ that's IF you count someone in their late 40's as being "older". That said, I feel that the weight penalty for having eStarting on my '12 300 is more than worth it. I use it all the time, even when I not trying to restart in a tricky section. For me it just adds to the overall enjoyment of riding, after taking a break you just hit the button and go ~ no finding neutral or TDC or getting the kicker into "just the right spot". Nope, I just grab my goggles and hit the button.

    It's my personal opinion that if you can afford a bike with electric start and the weight doesn't bother you (it's minimal at best) then go for it!, you only live once.
  16. zig06

    zig06 Been here awhile

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    It's my understanding that the 410w starter came out with the '13 model year 250/300, now even the '14 200 comes with it. A nice bonus is that the 410w starter will bolt into the older models (as you pointed out). :clap
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    +1. Once you are well into your 50's you will be officially old and infirm. E-start, auto clutch, and left hand rear brake makes this a real cheater bike for tough single track.
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    I don't want it "too easy", I have ATVs for that!

    Normally, I wouldn't be concerned about kicking, but if the kicker's on the uphill side I'd be screwed. :cry

    I'll keep saving....

    (Too bad you can't add a starter to an older bike.)
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    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Careful, them's fight'n words.

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  20. Foot dragger

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    I agree,sure I can kick it but why? Ive had dirtbikes since 1972 and I like having something different and new that works great!

    I was online at Munn Racing and saw a rebuild kit for the 2 stroke E start,it was about 70.00 for the whole kit. Cheaper by far then buying a whole new starter. I bought the 14 model with the stronger starter/battery,1st time Ive tried e start on a 2 stroke but it doesnt take long to get used to it.

    But when hanging off the edge of a sketchy sidehill trail I can see it being really,really good. Or stalled in a rocky creek. Or halfway up a steep hill after being blocked by a fellow rider who didnt make it up.
    I tried that last sat and it was nice to hit the button,feather the clutch and continue on up the big rock we were climbing.

    Im sold.