What year KTM 300 XCW should I get?

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  1. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    what is the fuel range on the stock tank on the 300?
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  2. Shooter1

    Shooter1 Been here awhile

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    Obviously buying the newest bike you can get's you the most advanced hardware, but coming off an XR650, I suspect even an early 2000's model would feel good. I've owned three 300's, a '00, an '02 and my current '06 300 XCW. The '06 feels a bit lighter and turns slightly better but it's not a huge difference. If I was on a budget and could get a pre '04 in good shape I'd have no problem riding it. I like the 300's because with their torque I can ride it a gear high in the woods, make good time and it doesn't wear me out. That helps alot on my 57 year old body. I've found that there isn't that much difference in a drag race between comperably set up 200/250/300's. It just the larger the motor the more low/mid range torque they put out. With pipes, power valve springs and FWW's you can make any of them do what you want. You really can't go wrong with any size KaTooM.

    Good luck.
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  3. miguelitro

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    coming off a 650r a late 90's yz250 will make you much faster damhik:rofl
    mike
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  4. Capt. Egregious

    Capt. Egregious Been here awhile

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    "coming off a 650r a late 90's yz250 will make you much faster damhik:rofl
    mike"

    :D yeah, can't wait to drop 100lbs.
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  5. Capt. Egregious

    Capt. Egregious Been here awhile

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    Well I thought I would update you guy's on my dream bike shopping list. I have been saving my money and got my health problems resolved. Spent afew months with poor health and a week in the hospital, now ready to plunk down the hard earned cash. My dream bike is still a 300 2smoker but with my year end bonus and tax return added to my bike fund my search has now added AWD :evil :D

    Things are getting exciting now. Thanks for all the info and feed back. Super helpful. If anyone has negative info or reviews on the Christini kits I would love to hear em. I have read every bit of info I can get my hands on and so far its all been very positive.

    Searching for the perfect bike is soo much fun. The search will be never ending.
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  6. Foot dragger

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    I just picked up an 09 200,Im 6' tall and it fits the same as my last 300 as far as I can tell.

    The thing is I cant stop taking the thing out and thrashing it,I had forgotten just how much fun a 200 is. On off-camber edge of doom straight up and down trails I think its the bomb.

    If your riding wide open flat out terrain the bigger/faster bike the better.

    For Tight Woods and technical stuff Im thinking if I bought a new bike it would be a 2013 200XCW. On tight to medium fireroads I can still ride it like a little speedway bike as sideways as I like.

    Its really too much fun!
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  7. Foot dragger

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    What does one of those AWD 300's weigh I wonder? Im going to a tubliss on the rear with 7psi Trials tire on my 200.
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  8. Capt. Egregious

    Capt. Egregious Been here awhile

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    I run the Tubliss system on my XRR, they have worked really well for me. I run Maxxis desert ITs around 8-10 psi.

    The Christini system adds 15 lbs to the bike. So I would think the AWD KTM 300 will come in around 245lbs. Still 50 lbs lighter then then the BRP.

    I bet a 200 would be plenty of bike for my skill level but I'm still dreamin of big bores.
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  9. Ned1

    Ned1 Lend Me Yu Choppa

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    Having owned a 200, a 250 and riding a 300 numerous times....The 2hun will have a very light feel comparatively but it will keep you honest in terms of gear selection and staying on the pipe. Point being, the 2hun has to be ridden like you mean it whereas the big bore can be ridden in a somewhat more lazy manner given its tolerance to being lugged. I personally prefer the 250 size for its ability to spin up quickly and the little bit of extra low end power.
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    I agree with that pretty much,the 200 doesnt have limitless bottom end like a 300,Ive found putting a Gnarly pipe on one,jetting it spot on,gearing it properly for tight trails, and its able to climb anything with out revving it.
    Stock gearing is just too tall,1st gear on mine is almost like a trials bike gear,second will climb anything but sometimes 1st comes into play when things get squirrly. I like that I can get sideways and backwards mostly out of control on a 200 and save it before I even know what happened.
    Very forgiving light feeling bike.
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    Capt. Egregious Been here awhile

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    I will be picking up this beauty this coming weekend:D. Gotta do abit of driving but my family and myself will make a weekend of it. (My twin 3 year old girls will love the pool at the hotel I hope)
    [​IMG]

    I can't wait to through a leg over her. My wife allready shut me down on racing the weekend after, She thinks 3 week after surgery is too soon. Oh well, She puts up with the rest of the things I do.
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  12. Foot dragger

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    That's slick! Something different to play with,for extreme trail riding I can see where the 2 wheel drive would be neat.
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  13. Taurkon

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    I can't make out if it's a 200 or greater. If its a 200, I think you will be very happy with it based on your weight and riding level. My wife has a 200, and although it's too much for her (12oz fly wheel weight and G2 cam on order), it really is a great bike and I love riding it ST. If Husaberg had a 200, I would have purchased it over the TE250.
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  14. Capt. Egregious

    Capt. Egregious Been here awhile

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    It's a 08 300 xcw. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.
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    Congratulations, you'll have to take it to Walker for a secret stash run.
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    Im a regular size guy at 185lbs and 6' tall,I ride my 200XCW on any trail I rode my 300 on.
    It goes like stink and is so easy to flick around its just fun! Im always surprized more guys dont ride the 200's.
    Its a cheater bike,never gets hot on big climbs,rails corners like a BMX bike. Ive got 170 hours on the OEM top end,I'll put a piston kit in it but it still runs like new.
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    Capt. Egregious Been here awhile

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    Well here she is. Rode it around the Cabella's parking lot and over afew snow banks. Feels awesome. Super light:clap

    [​IMG]
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    Capt. Egregious Been here awhile

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    So far I'm loving it. Hope to get a lot of riding in soon. This bike feels soo light, I bet a 200 feels unreal when tossing it around. Thanks again to all you fellow 2smokers for all the pointers/info. :freaky
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    Dirt Rider weighed one at 283 dry weight,I guess that's pretty light. That was a 4 stroke 450 though.
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  20. Capt. Egregious

    Capt. Egregious Been here awhile

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    I rode the new bike to work today, what a gas. 2strokes on the street will get me in trouble:D.
    The 300s center of gravity seems super low and feels very light. But everything feels lighter then a mud covered XRR:rofl

    The rebuild process of the new bike has begun. One piece at a time.
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