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Author:  kyongoi [ Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:15 pm ]
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Hello, Im new to this and live just outside Mansfield, Notts.

Ive been looking into buying a KTM EXC400, and i've heard good things about KTM's, But if anyone can suggest a similiar bike or advise me on what engine size to go for, either the 400 or 450cc?

Are there any meet's around my way?


Author:  GrayHTRF [ Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:12 pm ]
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Friend of mine has owned the ktm 400 since new,and it has been a cracking bike.
But,I must stress the reason for that is regular maintenance.

Author:  haich [ Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:09 pm ]
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A KTM will be scary for a newby, so much power, would be better off with a 250 4 stroke (unless your doing alot of miles on tarmac) and giving it a go. After you get used to trail riding then upgrade to a bigger more powerful machine.

Author:  kyongoi [ Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:15 am ]
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Thanks very much for the advise.

Author:  brompton92 [ Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:31 pm ]
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250F from 2008 onwards is a good bike.

400 exc from 05 onwards is a perfect trail bike.

250F is a little bit more maintenance than the old RFS motored 400's.

Author:  PJT [ Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:30 pm ]
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Just don't go for the KTM 450 or any other 450 if you are new to trail riding.
I started with a 400 DRZ, a little on the heavy side but if you can pick it up then it's OK.
KTM 400 should be OK or many people who ride in the peak use a WR250.
Go to a local group meeting and discuss it before you buy, you may avoid a mistake.

Author:  Richard Simpson [ Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:34 pm ]
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If you can find one...there were a number of KTM 250cc 4-strokes that were converted to 350 by (I think) fitting the 400 piston. A lovely sweet engine with seamless power.

The best bike KTM (n)ever made!

Author:  slowbob [ Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:54 pm ]
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I wouldn't be put off by 450's. If you are a competent rider then you realise that the throttle works both ways and you don't have to twist it to the max.

Author:  Mag [ Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:04 am ]
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On that basis I would also recomend a 530 EXC too.

Author:  kipperkendall [ Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:38 pm ]
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Agreed - after many, many years off a bike I bought a Husaberg 450 and love it. Power delivery is different to a 2 stroke but I think I would have more chance of flipping a 250 2 stroke than a 450!!

The only thing would be that if you have a small 250 trail bike that is equally happy on the road (Yamaha DT??) then it will be much easier for getting used to the trails, rutts, etc. A pedigree enduro like a KTM, Husaberg, etc is a race bike and takes a bit more getting used to.

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