GPX FSE 450R

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by MBRIDER, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. Woods Ridin

    Woods Ridin Adventurer

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    I figured id join up on this thread, I got my bike june 30th. My bike also has the pinched coolant line, after i ran the bike it actually filled out a bit, i still wanna replace it though.
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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Clipping that pipe a few mm looks like a nice option till Gary gets another fitting to replace it.
  3. Woods Ridin

    Woods Ridin Adventurer

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    I made a first impressions video about some of the basic stuff. Just started this whole video thing, it’s going take some time to get good at it. Anyways, here it is for those who are interested.
  4. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Good vid and good luck with it!

    Im not a fan of the gas caps either, but a 2018 KTM SXF250/350/450 screw on cap fits and I use the little stubby hose and safety wire it on or it goes missing quick. About $15.

    Oh and with sone safety wire and big 1/4" zip tys you can reinforce the factory flags on the bars. I posted a pic of that in the TSE250R thread. Ride safe!
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  5. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Best pic i have offhand. Zip ty around the bar and then IIRC safety wired the zip ty over to the perch. It was a clean install and the flags lasted thru a bunch of crashes too.

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  6. Woods Ridin

    Woods Ridin Adventurer

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    oh shoot, just a safety wire on the hose might fix the leaking, ill try that first. ill go get my zip ties...
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  7. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Pic above buddy.
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  8. GlennR

    GlennR Chasin' my tail

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    Welcome to the forum & congrats on the new bike. :thumbup
  9. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    Best remove those mirrors before you get too woods cray-cray.

    Do it soon, or they will remove themselves. At least that's what I've heard
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  10. Woods Ridin

    Woods Ridin Adventurer

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    yeah i will they were going all over the place! I dont like them that much, i will probably get some more compact ones
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  11. Lawman_745

    Lawman_745 Adventurer

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    Well here's the run down on the GPX 450:

    Good:

    Suspension is amazing
    Smooth linear power
    Best brakes I've ever had on any motorcycle
    Comfortable seating position
    Light flickabal feel
    EFI works great, no hiccups or flameouts
    LED display is one of the best I've ever seen
    Easy access to the filter and battery box
    Stock battery is a crazy light lithium ion
    CNC hubs, triple clamps, shifter, brake pedal
    Tool kit that comes with it is loaded
    Price price price!
    Customer service/support is second to none

    Not so good:
    Key switch is a pain to get to
    Radiator hose routing needs to be redone
    Clutch perch bolt backs out easily
    Seat is hard and grippy
    Power is slightly less than a regular 450
    Headlight is hi beam only
    Comes with no horn or license plate light
    Some of the rear fender bolts strip out easily
    Geared way to low for most of everything.
    Exhaust is really loud

    I'm really knit picking when it comes the the negatives. For less than 6k brand new, you won't beat it. IMG_20200711_202219334.jpg
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  12. Woods Ridin

    Woods Ridin Adventurer

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    id agree with most of what you said lawman, Id rather have more reliability than power personally, just my thoughts. I think the seat is better than the DRZ's, i dont judge it too much. Ive been on 2 rides so far, got about 52 miles of sand/mud on her. This is me not knit picking over stuff that doesnt matter too much, the only think that bothers me on this bike is i cant shift into neutral when the bike isnt moving, theres a sticker on the engine case talking about how you cant shift unless the accelerator is loosened, not sure whats up with that, some kind of safety? My handle bars got kinda loose on my last ride, still gotta get some lock tight. Barkbuster snapped clean off this morning, i knew it wouldnt last long... I also found myself accidentally doing a jump at about 30, scared the hell out of me, got at least 3ft of air, didnt bottom out to my suprise, wont be doing that again anyways...

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  13. Franque

    Franque Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure that I've ever ridden a bike that will easily shift into neutral when the bike is still. Usually it's easier to shift into second, and then shift the half step down into neutral.
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  14. Lawman_745

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    I'll gladly save some hp for reliability. Hopefully these motors and take some abuse!
  15. Woods Ridin

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    I haven't had issues with any other bikes either, i couldn't get it to go to neutral to save my life. But when i turn the bike off, it goes right into it with no issue, even while stationary. Usually with other bikes i would just rock back and fourth while shifting to get it into neutral, not working for me. Any one else noticing this too? lawman? just wondering if this is specific to me or my bike.
  16. Navin

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    Its a common thing on every KTM/Husky/GPX/PPro Ive had. I find N rolling to a stop or just shut it off. Depending on where/how its stopped and gear pressure, you will need to rock it at some point too. My FSE, my LXR and SXF/FC all did the same. I transport them in gear and to find N sometimes requires rolling it a few inches to let the gears go to N.

    Normal.
  17. nuggets

    nuggets It's all my fault...

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    Can't find neutral when I want to, but damn if I don't find it several times a ride when I don't want it. Guess I should bang my upshifts harder
  18. Dirtleg

    Dirtleg C-16 is tyranny. Supporter

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    That happens too me way too often as well. Doesn't matter what bike I'm on.
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  19. shinyribs

    shinyribs Thumpers for life

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    I found I never need neutral unless the bike is off anyway, so a hard to find neutral doesn't bother me. Neutral on my KTM is damn near impossible to get in to with the engine on. It made me miss my silky smooth Honda transmissions....at first...now I enjoy shifting between first and second constantly on tight trails and never accidentally seeing neutral.

    A hard to reach neutral isn't always a bad thing!
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  20. Woods Ridin

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    If anyone wondered if they needed a new headlight...
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