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Discussion in 'The Sandbox - AKA Flatistan' started by Mugwest, Feb 5, 2012.
37 weeks of school, 9 weeks of summer school...finally on vacation.
Hoowee baby, I've been axed to teach summer school two or three times, was told it was "easy money," never took the bait. Summer break is my light at the end of the tunnel
i've been looking at four stroke KTM's and Husky's.. for some odd reason...
When they say hours of use. What is considered bad ? 500 hours? 100 hours?
what makes hours of usage "bad"?
reading the mx stuff on KTM they say 120 to 200 hours on a two smoke is time for top end rebuild..
but then on the 4 strokes they say 500 hours is considered lots of hours and things need to be rebuilt.
is there a standard to look out for?
ktm/husky/beta's etc are like Jeeps.. all the parts can be replaced in a worst case senario.. right?
Why not look at the Manufacturers recommended service intervals?
Careful though the ernge fan buoys will say way over the Mfg recommendation
Service intervals are for sponsored riders. Change oil/filters, run quality fuel and ride.
Until it breaks.
I have 3 KTMs. Two of which have a symbiotic relationship with the hope that one gets to play. If not ride the red, blue or yellow bikes bikes.
I'm on my 5th Austrian bike. They're every bit the workhorse a jap bike is. And other than very minimal routine maintenance I haven't had to do anything. Maybe yer doin it wrong
Maybe you are......
I’ve had much the same experience as Hatch. No muss, no fuss. Lots of hours, and many smiles per mile on orange bikes.
Except for that 200. It just wanted to kill me every time I got on it. Still didn’t need much wrenching though
Maintenance records and signs of abuse (worn cases/frames, striped bolt heads, notchy wheel/steering head bearings, zero knowledge of valve check/suspension oil change, etc) dictate a lot. I've seen 200+ hour bikes immaculate, and 30 hour bikes look like they were thrown from a mountain side on fire.
The 2012+ four strokes are built very well. I'd shy away from any used 250, but the 350/500 are good for long hours. I've seen a 350 with 450+ hours with nothing but clutch replaced once, valves regularly checked and a set of rings after 300 for precaution with zero issues, but an owner who checked everything like a hawk.
Lots of smiles per mile from the ernge bikes.
950se is like medicine
My 2012 5hunny was an awesome bike with zero issues for over 300 hours.
You do NOT have to go by the recommended BS maintenance. It wont last forever and its need attention but not a rebuild after each ride like recommended!
whats a good Non-DOT tire that works good with FL Sand for places like Ocala or Tallahassee ?
or even Pensacola...
Michelin Starcross 5 soft or medium if you're riding lots of roots.
I just stick with my standard TMII and Scorpion PRO. Even on the two smoke. Why fix what ain’t broken
D606 and Scorpion Pro for me as I can't stand the noise from the rear TMII on the pavement. But my wife loves the TMII and Scorpion Pro. And both combinations are DOT approved.
i was thinking Scorpion Pro.. i dont need DOT tires but the TM2 does fit the bill for an aggressive tire for sand.. i have the tire on the KLX250 and it works great..
the klx400r seems to have the factory Dunlop 756 still.. they are more than half gone.
There is probably a cheaper version that’s not DOT for the Scorp, but I buy in bulk....