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 Post subject: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:41 pm 
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Hi all,

I'm currently in two minds whether to sell my ktm 200 and pickup something different. I also have the ktm 640 with a large tank, so it comes in at about 175kg wet.

The 200 isn't road legal yet, but should be in a few weeks. I've been taking the 640 out around the Peak District on the boats, and have managed all the lanes so far, albeit struggled and went very slow on a few.

I'm toying with getting rid of the 200 in favour of something that doesn't have low service intervals and premix.

Something light, about £1500 and fun!

I live in Manchester so have to ride 30 miles to get to any lanes. I do have a trailer, but don't really fancy the hassle of using it every time I want to go out.

So I've considered a ktm400, ttr250, and a drz400. I prefer the ktm right now as it's the lightest (and I like the bikes).

I know drzs need a lot of work out of the box to get it trail ready, is the ktm or drz similar?

Also is there anything else that you would suggest. I know of the xr400s too.

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Paul

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 5:46 pm 
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Would be hard pushed to find a good KTM 400 on a £1500 budget I would go forbad TTR


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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:17 pm 
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You said you want a light bike......the drz is not exactly a light bike.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:43 pm 
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Greetings,

For light weight within your budget might I suggest the following 4T;

Yamaha TTR 250
Yamaha Serow
Beta Alp 2.0
Kawasaki KLX250
Honda CRF 250

If you are thinking of DZR then perhaps a Beta Alp 4.0 might fit the bill.

Might be worth your keeping the current stable, ride with the Group and see what else folk are using to compare :idea:

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Hugh.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:34 pm 
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Having tried a DRZ-S this year, i sold it as it was too heavy for a 400 and not as good as a XR400 on the trails - so sold it for another XR400R

Recently pick up a KTM400 RFS and that is a peach, for a 400

Still keeping the XR though

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 12:21 am 
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If you're considering the TTR 250, how about the WR250R. Not too bad straight out the box, although admittedly mine is mod-ed to hell :lol:

A hugely fun bike on the lanes and does a fine job of getting there too.

Hitting the MX track in the morning with mine. Would advise much needed suspension upgrading is needed for that sort of a pounding first thou :) .

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:16 am 
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I have just sold a DRZ400s. They are heavy and not particularly powerful on the trails, good on the tarmac though...

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:36 am 
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Keep the 200, they are bulletproof... Not high maintenance either.... And when it eventually does need anything, it's a cheap job.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:39 pm 
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2004/2005 ktm250exc 2stroke.

Brilliant almost indestructible.

First was a 2004 6 days I got second hand with 3 k on it.. Then did another 23,000 miles of enduros, 200+ trail rides and fun days...never had the head off, same clutch..but changed sprockets, chain, brake pads, spark plug and tyres..
Sold it seen on sight to a KTM dealer for more than it was advertised on eBay for :P

Missed it so much I got a 2005 exc version second hand for £1,200 with 5,000 miles on.
Now completed just over 11,500 of trail riding & fun days and 525 MXC used for trail riding.
Again never had the head off and only major expense was replacing rear plastics after a cliff fall... Starts first time, goes up stuff, comes down stuff well within my ability range and always brilliant fun... Now worth more than I paid for it as well!

Also interchangeable frame and cycle parts with my 05 525MXC.. Ideal combination for me..

If the wife lets me I'll upgrade the 525 to a 690Enduro (with sm spare wheels) but I'll keep the 250... It's just too reliable and fun to get rid of... ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:07 pm 
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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 ?

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