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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:21 pm 
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I'll regret selling my DRZ. They just don't make anything like that anymore.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:16 am 
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KentWR wrote:
I'll regret selling my DRZ. They just don't make anything like that anymore.

I'll agree with that! Looking for yet another one now. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:18 pm 
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KentWR wrote:
I'll regret selling my DRZ. They just don't make anything like that anymore.

I'll agree with that! Looking for yet another one now. :D


Where are you based?


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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:21 pm 
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In the real world (not on paper) what's the difference between the 's' and 'e' model drz's ?
My 's' was really good on the road, but offroad, I found it on the heavy side, and lacking in oomph when it came to hoisting the front wheel in anything other than 1st gear.

I am also in a situation where I have to ride to the trails, which I can see being a right pain in the arse on my current bike - as good as it is.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
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More oomph, less weight intended for off road: suspension plastic tank, no passenger provisions

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:14 pm 
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billyandmollysdad wrote:
In the real world (not on paper) what's the difference between the 's' and 'e' model drz's ?
My 's' was really good on the road, but offroad, I found it on the heavy side, and lacking in oomph when it came to hoisting the front wheel in anything other than 1st gear.

I am also in a situation where I have to ride to the trails, which I can see being a right pain in the arse on my current bike - as good as it is.


How is the KTM 350 on the road, how does it cope with a 20-30 mile ride to the trails?

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
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It copes ok, not as comfortable as the DRZ. But to be fair I haven't used the KTM much, and I didn't have the Suzuki for long either.
The KTM is definitely wasted on me to be honest, I'm happy to plod around at my own pace - which I could do on near enough anything, if I keep to 55-60mph it's not too bad.
If I were to use the bike for work, which I often do during the summer months, that would mean an oil change every week, which is a pain in the arse, and expensive !
Don't get me wrong, the 350 is a wicked bike to ride, just not at all practical - and yes, I know it wasn't built to be !!

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:37 am 
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billyandmollysdad wrote:
It copes ok, not as comfortable as the DRZ. But to be fair I haven't used the KTM much, and I didn't have the Suzuki for long either.
The KTM is definitely wasted on me to be honest, I'm happy to plod around at my own pace - which I could do on near enough anything, if I keep to 55-60mph it's not too bad.
If I were to use the bike for work, which I often do during the summer months, that would mean an oil change every week, which is a pain in the arse, and expensive !
Don't get me wrong, the 350 is a wicked bike to ride, just not at all practical - and yes, I know it wasn't built to be !!


Indeed - I found the same with a KTM

Wanted to be off all the time at a fast pace, suspension too hard for rocky going

Gone back to an old air cooled trail bike, great on the road & just right for trail riding, not racing is it?

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
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I'm gonna give the KTM a chance to grow on me for a while.
But I must admit to not relishing the amount of maintenance it will need :roll:
See how long I last :D

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
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billyandmollysdad wrote:
I have a secret yearning for a 200 exc...
I say secret because I've always said I don't like 2 smokes :roll:
Why are they so cheap if they're this good ?


Because they are horrible, nasty, stinky things that make you ride like a sixteen-year-old, twat.

I "Hate 2-stokes"

and "Will never own a KTM"

(I have a 200 EXC :oops: :lol: )

((To be honest, the 200 is a lot of fun sometimes but I can't recommend it as your only trail-bike. 4-strokes are just easier to ride))

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