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Old 10-12-2012, 05:56 AM   #21
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From: Lake Stevens, WA

I Ride: 2007 450EXC, 2002 EC300
For me the KTM was an eye opener, I haven't ridden their street machines but on dirt the thing almost rides itself. The suspension and braking are excellent out of the box, and the balance is great too. It s really hard to put my finger on what's sooo much better about it. I would almost say no single thing is way way better but lots of stuff is a little better and thought seems to have been put into everything. For SM it's going to be hard to beat the performance of the APE but I won't try to sell reliablility there so lets move on.

Switching from a Honda 450 to a KTM 450 was like night and day. I loved my CRF but since the KTM entered the picture the Honda has been collecting dust so to speak (you know I keep it clean still). If you want to try them side by side send me a PM we can hit the trails.

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Old 10-12-2012, 07:15 AM   #22
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I Ride: KTM 625 smc | TL1000S/R | wr450 (x2) | CB350 | xr100 | CRF50/88 | TTR50 | razz50 | your mom
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Remind me again how ktm did in AMA MX BEFORE all the fast guys were hurt? Tell me all about how good ktm is doing in AMA road racing? Talk to me about how affordable any ktm is?
This is the STUPIDEST BULLSHIT I've heard...

Fred.. your funny and all, but this is fucktarded. It's the same bullshit everywhere else on PNW. Someone asks for an opinion and you come up with some obscure shit.

How much do they spend on Hondas, Yamahas, Ktms and kawis when they go race? The race bikes have NOTHING to do with production bikes?

This guy asks a simple question.. and you fuck it up. Congrats.



















Back on topic.











I have ridden all of them.. and I believe out of the box KTM's are the best bikes you can get.. ( for dirt ) Their street bikes are pretty solid and VERY well equipped as well.

I've had my 625 for 8 years and it's never skipped a beat.

I've also had my yamaha 450 for 9 years.. and have put a ton of money into it (brakes, suspension, levers, wheels, carbs, exhaust, etc etc) I also love it.
If I'd have gotten a KTM instead of my wr, I would have payed more up front.. and now many years later they would be about break even..


So my opinion is they're pretty fucking awesome out of the box. I've seen a few snap in half.. but it's usually doing something honda/yami/kawi riders are scared to do!!! ha ha that was a joke.



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Old 10-12-2012, 08:29 AM   #23
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I Ride: Busa. Sold KTM 625 SMC
I love my KTM. Hasn't skipped a beat. I would say it's bullet proof.

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Old 10-12-2012, 08:41 AM   #24
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I Ride: 2011 Victory Zach Ness Vegas #64
i do miss my old RC8 but i am happy where i am now in the cruiser world. smokedu's akra RC8R is a mega rare bike and i wonder who he killed to get it..hmm....

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Old 10-12-2012, 08:53 AM   #25
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The deal is that if something happened to my Speed Triple, I'd be taking a very, very, very close look at a Super Duke...droooooool

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Old 10-12-2012, 08:54 AM   #26
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I Ride: Ninja 650 or somebody elses.


690 Enduro R, She sure is perty. I see what you mean about the price, but the components are spot on out of the box like you guys have been saying.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:27 AM   #27
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I Ride: Something new every 1k miles.
My 690SMC is one of the funnest bikes I've ever owned. I wish they still had 'em around and I'd probably end up buying another one. More money up front but had Brembos, Stainless lines, good suspension, handguards, EFI, all the stuff you have to pay extra for elsewhere. Had a unique character and was a BLAST to ride.

Only bike I've ever regretted selling.

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Old 10-12-2012, 09:54 AM   #28
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They're Bad....
Fixt....


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Old 10-12-2012, 09:58 AM   #29
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I Ride: fast, except on the road.
I like orange, but never owned a KTM, but that may change. I really like the 200 for dirt and if they make the 1200 Superduke, I may have to get it.

P.S. Deb, that Camaro is "Hugger Orange"!

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:04 AM   #30
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I Ride: 2003 Copper SV1K
I still kick my own ass on occasion for selling my 125SX. Nasty, nasty little motor in that thing and the whole bike weighted about 175 lbs. Great woods weapon and was agile enough to keep up with larger bore bikes in the woods. Great MX bike...although in the wide open it sucked ass and ran out of gears way too quick.

I'd hop all over a dual sport KTM and sumo the crap out of it.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:10 AM   #31
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I Ride: 2000 BRP (XR650R)
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This is the STUPIDEST BULLSHIT I've heard...

BLah Blah Blah...

In the video description it says...."[U]all[/U ]he broke was his FEMUR and some bones in his hand..."

Guess its funny to me cause...the femur is like the hardest bone to break in your body...


On Topic Q.

I always wondered, are those 690 SM's two cylinders or are they single cylinder thumpers? I had an xr650l and had SM tires on it but it was not very smooth...

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:10 AM   #32
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... if they make the 1200 Superduke, I may have to get it...
Holy mother of...are you kidding...is there a rumor of such a monster being created?

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:10 AM   #33
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In the video description it says...."[U]all[/U ]he broke was his FEMUR and some bones in his hand..."

Guess its funny to me cause...the femur is like the hardest bone to break in your body...


On Topic Q.

I always wondered, are those 690 SM's two cylinders or are they single cylinder thumpers? I had an xr650l and had SM tires on it but it was not very smooth...
Single...with dual header like the XR's.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:13 AM   #34
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I Ride: 2000 BRP (XR650R)
I want a dirt bike/SM with a v4 or I4 (maybe a Vtwin but still kinda rough power delivery).

Closest thing i seen is the ducati hypermotard...

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:20 AM   #35
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I Ride: for fun!...and for friends who are no longer with us.
I think the talk about unreliability stems from the older bikes. I've read the mid-late 90's bikes had some electrical problems. The older bikes also had left side kickstarters(as did other euro dirtbikes) which made the big bores a bit difficult to start if you were use to right side kickstarters. I had a mid 90's KTM 540 and I could never get the starting routine down so I sold the bike. The newest KTM dirtbike(actually a SM) I've road was a early 2000's 640. There's a reason why they're nicknamed "paint shakers" . The vibrations through the foot pegs/handlebars were enough to cross a 640 off my shopping list. It sounds like KTM has refined their newer bikes and I'd consider a newer one if I was in the market. I've ridden a friends 990 Super Duke and it was a nice bike.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:52 AM   #36
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Holy mother of...are you kidding...is there a rumor of such a monster being created?
It's gonna happen. RC8R motors with different tuning.

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Old 10-12-2012, 10:53 AM   #37
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I Ride: fast, except on the road.
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Holy mother of...are you kidding...is there a rumor of such a monster being created?
Yup! Same motor as new 1190 Adventure, hopefully with a little more HP!

http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/news...uke-spy-photo/


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Old 10-12-2012, 11:34 AM   #38
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I Ride: '05 Busa, '81 Seca 550, '78 Hawk, '69 Z50A
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And They're Orange!

Orange is good....Orange is reliable....If it doesn't work you can always hit somebody with it.
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I just bought my first ktm ......And it's orange.
They're ORANGE! C'mon.. do you really need any other reason?

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:51 AM   #39
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Ktm owners are very sensitive so if ur a sensitive person u should buy a KTM

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Old 10-12-2012, 11:51 AM   #40
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I Ride: 2010 RC8R; 2009 ZX6R; Percheron/Paint (equine variety)
Representing my love for the RC8R! <3

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