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Old July 19th, 2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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I am in the market for a dual sport/trail bike. I have been out of the riding scene for 6-7 yes. I used to ride an xr400 and really liked the low end but it needed a little more punch.
I am looking at early 2000's bike's. I have it down to an 03 wr250f or 450f or a KTM 450exc? I have not yet ridden either one but I am looking for others thoughts?

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Old July 19th, 2013, 12:53 PM   #2
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I have nothing to back this up, but I dont think a wr250 would have enough ass for any real road use other than to a trail not far from home and back.
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I have nothing to back this up, but I dont think a wr250 would have enough ass for any real road use other than to a trail not far from home and back.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 09:50 PM   #4
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Go with the 450. If you get the 250 you will ride it for awhile, get comfortable on it, and then wish you had more power.
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Disagree.
Because the anti man posted this, I definitely think you need a 450, or even find a ktm 520.
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Go with the 450. If you get the 250 you will ride it for awhile, get comfortable on it, and then wish you had more power.
Yamaha or KTM?
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Old July 19th, 2013, 11:05 PM   #7
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I think the early 2000s would be a wr426. A buddy of mine rides one on/Offroad. It had been a very reliable bike for him. Plenty of useable power. It actually faster that another friends 2013 wr450.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 11:18 PM   #8
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Age should be taken into consideration.... You are not the young lad you used to be. With that said, it will hurt less when you bust your ass on the 250 seeing it is slower and has less power than a 450. Just looking out for you my friend!
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I've had 3 Yamaha 4strokes bikes, and 1 yfz450 quad. They were all great, and gave me zero problems. I bought all of them used. The newer gen ones were easier to start, like 2003. I'd avoid the ktm becaus If u need a part for it, and it means the difference between a ruined riding trip,or getting back on the trail, ktm dealers in the boonies ? Not so easy to find. Yamaha parts are way more common. If u really want a step up, the newer yet wr's have aluminum frames and are lighter then they're older counterpart's steel frame design. Only gripe on the bikes your lookin at, is they are a lil on the heavy side. Oh and it'll be like riding a missile compared to your old xr.
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Yamaha or KTM?
Depends how deep your pockets are. Ktm's tend to be more expensive to buy and to fix, not to mention most powersports dealers don't carry parts for them. I would go with the Yamaha.
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KTM all the way.
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Crf450x. I'm sure hancho will chime in with his likes. I believe he rides a newer one to. They are great motors and have plenty of power for anything you'd like to do
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I loved my yz426....hell i want it back, go 450 rich
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Crf450x. I'm sure hancho will chime in with his likes. I believe he rides a newer one to. They are great motors and have plenty of power for anything you'd like to do
My crf450x fucking rocks...best all around do everything dirt I've ever owned, I am real happy with that purchase
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I went and rode an 04 KTM450exc, and it followed me home.
I have put about 10 miles on it so far and am quite impressed so far. We will see what this weekend brings.
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I went and rode an 04 KTM450exc, and it followed me home.
I have put about 10 miles on it so far and am quite impressed so far. We will see what this weekend brings.
HHHHAhahahhahaaa....sucker! Have fun with that bike, I'm sure your wallet will love it!
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But at least you bought a bike, now you need to get out and use it. I don't think you got a great bike, but that's just because everyone I've ever known to have a 4stroke ktm haven't had good luck with them. Two people I know with older 2smoke ktm have been trouble free, but that's about it
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Well did you ride this thing yet? Where is the story?
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Well did you ride this thing yet? Where is the story?
X2, Is the OP broken down in the wilderness?
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I have put approx 30 miles on it. this was on a section of the mccct trail in the BIG O loop near Whiskey Creek. I was primarily riding with my newbie kids but i am quite impressed with it so far. I am looking forward to a ride with just the guys to get a real feel for it though.

So far So good.
I will update after the weekend.
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