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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by John F » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:43 am

Thanks for all the advice.

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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by beejaytee » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:22 pm

juddspaintballs wrote:
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Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:40 pm
I’ll throw in since I’m one of the few running a ktm for dual sport use.
Does my 450 not count as a KTM for dual sport use?

I was just saying I was impressed with the WR250R on the street. I do like dual sporting my RFS and I'd get one of those over a WR250R any day.
That’s why I didn’t say I’m the only one Jed.


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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by John F » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:23 pm

I looked at this today. Nice bike in nice shape that seemed to run fine. Seemed a lot heavier than my KTM 300. It is heavier, and the weight is higher up. Seller had receipts for motor work. Please feel free to PM me as to price. I came away thinking that if I was going to spend $4K, then I mine as well spend $5K-$6K and get a 2013 or newer bike (250-500 exc-f)

https://baltimore.craigslist.org/mcy/d/ ... 33295.html

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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by Laoch » Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:33 pm

Dude IDK, but that seems like a lot of work done. Did this guy race the bike, abuse it, blow it up or just preemptively fix shit?

The guys I know that ride those things seem to really like them- road, trail, DS or ST - it can do it all.

IMHO newer is better, less shit to worry about breaking?

And again IDK, but that price seems high.
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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by Boom Boom » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:38 pm

Those were and are great engines however the small oil capacity of them just hammered the oil if not changed every use or two. Not very dual sport worthy if looking at doing a long ride. You can easily get a bike a bit newer with FI and a single sump engine that hold far more oil. The EXC has a great gear box ratio for both off road and dual sport. A new 350 or 500 is a great long distance bike.. If I was to do more plated riding my 300 smoker would need replaced with a 350 4-stroke. Not as nimble but does everything well. Just my $.02
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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by John F » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:06 pm

Laoch- The owner told me that he screwed up by not checking the valves for awhile and it got real hard to start. So, he brought it in and it needed valve/head work and rings, as well as whatever else is on the receipt. I agree that the price is high, so I'm passing and still looking. The bike seemed like it'd be good on fire roads, street, easy trails.

Boom Boom- I'd rather get a newer 350 or 500, but its all a matter of $$. If I can find a good street-legal RFS bike for a good deal, I may go for it. I'm also looking for a good 2014 or newer exc-f. I'm in no rush--my 300 is fine, and whatever I get will be a second bike, which I guess is why I'm a little reluctant to go new or spend real big

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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by John F » Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:01 am

I passed on the KTM RFS bike, and went to JT with my truck and tie-downs for the KTM 500. Test rode it and it just didn't do it for me. It vibrated through the pegs really badly above 45 or 50 mph or so. The suspension was also really stiff and had almost no sag when I sat on it. And the service records were spotty at best. So, I'd have to get the suspension serviced and lowered, and probably would try to get a set of those cool and expensive pegs that supposedly isolate vibration. That stuff adds up quick. Then, the other day I went to Pete's and test rode one of their used WR250s. I really liked it, and that's most likely what I'm going to get. It was smooth on the road, lowering it is easy, and I've read enough here and there about it off road that gives me the impression it'l do what I want. Cool bike. So, I'm on the hunt for a clean WR250R.

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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by Marylander » Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:30 pm

This is one of the suspension shops who get raves from wr-r folks.
https://go-race.com/online-merchandise/ ... uspension/

I think Sam had his set up there. I don't think anything was done to the suspension of my wr-x and it does get kind of bouncy.

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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by Laoch » Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:03 pm

I kinda went through the same deal with bikes and finally decided to bite the bullet and buy new :shrug:

I think in the long run, you get what you want and save money. And I think you tend to keep a new bike for longer, because it doesn't have any issues and you like to ride it.

Good luck with the hunt.
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Re: Dual Sport Advice Needed

Post by Bucho » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:08 pm

John F wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:01 am
I passed on the KTM RFS bike, and went to JT with my truck and tie-downs for the KTM 500. Test rode it and it just didn't do it for me. It vibrated through the pegs really badly above 45 or 50 mph or so. The suspension was also really stiff and had almost no sag when I sat on it. And the service records were spotty at best. So, I'd have to get the suspension serviced and lowered, and probably would try to get a set of those cool and expensive pegs that supposedly isolate vibration. That stuff adds up quick. Then, the other day I went to Pete's and test rode one of their used WR250s. I really liked it, and that's most likely what I'm going to get. It was smooth on the road, lowering it is easy, and I've read enough here and there about it off road that gives me the impression it'l do what I want. Cool bike. So, I'm on the hunt for a clean WR250R.
Cool. Twist recently got a WR250R also.
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