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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:33 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:45 pm 
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The question is:

"Best "big bike" to accompany KTM 200 EXC?"

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:07 pm 
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Lots of food for thought there! I'll rule the drz off then, and stick at the lighter bikes.

I can also appreciate the idea of keeping the 200.. I've spent a lot of time on it, and I know the externals of the bike inside out now. I've changed a lot of parts, and know that everything is sound.. Putting in heavy duty tubes, changing reeds, fixing the loom... etc. I couldn;t say the same about another bike if I sold it.

I did just go to look at a ktm 525. I wouldn't have considered it, if it wasn't £800. It was cheap supposdely because the clutch was making a rattle (which it was). That seems a common issue and shouldnt be hard to fix.

If it wasn't for the fact that the bike was blatently cloned. The guy only had the right hand side of the V5 (not a major issue on it's own).
The frame number was stamped onto a metal plate, then riveted over the original. Oh and the engine number didn't match the HPI.

When I pointed this out the guy quickly decided he didnt want to sell it and pushed it back inside.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 8:57 am 
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agour wrote:
Lots of food for thought there! I'll rule the drz off then, and stick at the lighter bikes.

I can also appreciate the idea of keeping the 200.. I've spent a lot of time on it, and I know the externals of the bike inside out now. I've changed a lot of parts, and know that everything is sound.. Putting in heavy duty tubes, changing reeds, fixing the loom... etc. I couldn;t say the same about another bike if I sold it.

I did just go to look at a ktm 525. I wouldn't have considered it, if it wasn't £800. It was cheap supposdely because the clutch was making a rattle (which it was). That seems a common issue and shouldnt be hard to fix.

If it wasn't for the fact that the bike was blatently cloned. The guy only had the right hand side of the V5 (not a major issue on it's own).
The frame number was stamped onto a metal plate, then riveted over the original. Oh and the engine number didn't match the HPI.

When I pointed this out the guy quickly decided he didnt want to sell it and pushed it back inside.



Some poor buggers stolen bike we assume then ?
Report it to the police.

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:50 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 12:56 am 
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With regards to the 200, I've read that they can be quite twitchy with the power delivery, and the powerband can suddenly hit.

Wouldn't that make it a bad idea for a novice off road rider?

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
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Not when compared to a 640 ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:02 pm 
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I have a 200 and have done a few mods as it was horrible for trail riding at first.
Change the sprockets to 14 and 44
Adjust the power valve right to the top of the adjustment mine rarely comes in now unless I really open it up.
I have fitted a 12 oz flywheel weight.
These have made a huge difference.


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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:58 pm 
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johnnyboxer wrote:
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



DRZ - 133kg
CRF250L - 144kg

I don't think its that heavy for a 400 trail bike myself. The good thing about the DRZ is its great on the road. If you are just using it to ride up byways its fine for that. Good ones seem to fetch £££'s these days


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 Post subject: Re: Best 'small bike' to accompany ktm640
PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:28 am 
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I went out on a Yorkshire run with a small guy on a DRZ.. I don't know where he is now,I couldn't catch him...


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