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Old August 4th, 2009, 03:57 PM   #1
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He wants a $1k for it and claims it just needs a clutch cable. Anything notoriously wrong with these bikes?
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Old August 4th, 2009, 05:41 PM   #2
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KTM's are all great bikes.

They use nothing but top of the line parts. I'd say jump on it at that price..
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ktms are real nice. if its only a clutch cable then buy it. push start it and ride it around in first or second gear. see how the motor sounds. if it runs good jump on it.
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Clutch cable? Aren't all KTM's 98+ hydraulic clutches?

Aside from the hydraulic clutch issues i have seen, they have no more problems than other bikes. Aside from parts being a little pricier. I would say go for it if that is all you want to spend
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Clutch cable? Aren't all KTM's 98+ hydraulic clutches?

Aside from the hydraulic clutch issues i have seen, they have no more problems than other bikes. Aside from parts being a little pricier. I would say go for it if that is all you want to spend
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It's a fair price, there's a lot of $1000 bikes out there, some good deals too if you wait around with cash in hand. Not that there's anything wrong with that KTM.

Random bike I saw:
'02 CR250 for $1300: http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcy/1292148385.html
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Ive got my eye on an 00 rm 250 for $1400 as well. The only thing keeping me from jumping on either one is the sale of my atk. Its an agreement I have.
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if it is hydrolic clutch you could have some probs BUT!!! that is just becazuse they usually sell complete clutch kits insted of parts that you need ...at least from my parts search....with that said depending on year and exact model it could have cable operated clutch.....great bikes and mostly a race brread bike most from the factory with excell rims and race pipe...

with that said... if you decide against it please forward the info as i would be intrested
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if it is hydrolic clutch you could have some probs BUT!!! that is just becazuse they usually sell complete clutch kits insted of parts that you need ...at least from my parts search....with that said depending on year and exact model it could have cable operated clutch.....great bikes and mostly a race brread bike most from the factory with excell rims and race pipe...

with that said... if you decide against it please forward the info as i would be intrested
For sure, however its located about an hour west of stl. However we could strike a deal if your still intrested. I make it back to michigan about once a month.
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I am 99% sure the 98 is a manual clutch. Even if not, they hydraulics are VERY reliable and easy to maintain. I have bought separate clutch parts no problem - but I have found where KTM does package up in kits, it is because you rEALLY do need to replace all those parts together. Again - I am pretty certain 98 was manual clutch.

Parts anymore are NOT any more expensive than other brands, and I have never had a problem finding parts. I have 3 KTMs in the garage currently, and have owned 3 others...loved them all. My 2005 250 currently has over 7000 hard off road miles and plenty of races on it - did top end twice (due for it again after this season is done), and bottom end rebuild once. My 2000 KTM 300 had around 8,000 miles on it when I sold it - 1 bottom end rebuild, 3 tops ends. The 03 200 is on original top and bottom end with around 4,000 miles on it. My old 97 similar story. KTMs year to year for several years in a row will have many interchangable parts - which makes availability better.


Heim bearings (bottom of rear shock) go bad ( I plan on one about every 1 1/2 seaons of riding) - easy and not to expensive to replace.

Clutch basket fingers will wear, gets plenty of basket rattle - with enough miles, will need replacing.

Powervalve assemblies last well, but likely needs to be cleaned.

top and bottom ends last long.
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