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Old 06-03-2014, 01:26 AM
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Fwiw I ride a 450 XCW. My 2 cents.

Perfectly suited for bombing trails in the open desert, fire roads and single track, yet a workable compromise on the track or road. I've honestly not done much track riding with this bike, enough to know that it is a heavy pig. That said if your not looking to compete and just want to rip it up on a bigger track, it will still be fun and great training. The road is a compromise as well, mine has a 'barely streetlegal' kit, basically enough to get a plate sans the req'd DOT tires. It's great for hopping between trails in say Moab, and the misses and I rally out to dinner from time to time but beyond that you really feel like your wringing its neck to do 65+ for more than a few minutes at a time and the handling isn't ideal at speed. Guys swap sprockets, drop the RPM's and install some more street freindly rubber and rip them around all over on the highway but I don't have the time, money and energy to swap tires/wheels for a weekend dirt trip and thus mine stays in it's current trim. Hope that helps.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:35 AM
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here she is...2004 400 EXC with some goodies on it. auto-clutch, dampener, tubliss, and maybe some other things I haven't recognized in the pile of paperwork. Chasing down a couple street legal items now...small things like...the title, mirror, horn - tires don't say DOT.

It's a little tall for me - need to dial in the suspension and maybe get a shorter seat. I'm short.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:15 AM
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Looks like it's been pretty well taken care of! I see you're already setup with a sweet moto carrier! Good work Shawn!
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:26 PM
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450 ktm exc 2004 or newer will be great
It has a lower first gear for slow going and a taller 6th gear for comfortable cruising at 60 MPHs
The suspension on a ktm EXC or XCW is what you are after for sure
Any SX will beat you up and require new springs and a revalve for sure so stay away from any motocross oriented bike
Also any motocross bike (think ktm sx, yamaha yzf, honda crf will have a much taller first gear meaning you will have to learn to go over obstacles with lots of momentum and speed rather than crawling as the first gear is much higher and they only go about 50 Mph top speed at about 7000 rpms
Parts for KTMs are everywhere and they seldom need any work and the old RFS engines can go 40000 miles before requiring a new top end if taken care of
A ktm 450 or 525 from 2001 to 2007 are the landcruisers of motorcycles (these are the old rfs engines )
2008 are great but a bit harder to work on and the valves are a shim stack vs a traditional feeler gauge adjustment
I don't know landcruisers very well but know bikes for sure and ride with some of the fastest riders in the state (think almost pro but too old and International six day enduro guys)
I would get a 2004 to 2007 ktm exc or xcw 450 period nothing newer and nothing older unless it's a steal which doesn't exist in the world of KTMs
I have owned about 15 Ktms and you can't go wrong
Well now I have a Husaberg (ktm owned / this is the new Husqavarna) love it
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:39 PM
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Cardinal fj60
I have a front dot tire you could borrow
It's not mounted
Let me know
Nice 400 !!!!
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Cocarlisle, I was riding at Taylor last fall with a guy who was training for isde a little as well. Forget his name now but he basically spent every weekend of the summer at Taylor with his family. Do you know who I'm talking about?
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:38 PM
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