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Old 02-14-2013, 09:03 PM   #41
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Rm250's are great bikes. Lots of girls ride them.
And ktm dominates baja.....


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And ktm dominates baja.....
You bet your ass they do. Just because they dont place first on podium like your belved honda team doesnt mean they didnt finish with podium standings. Again you missed my point. Hard enduros amd racing are what ktm does. The technology they smash into their 50cc kids bikes are staggering.

Now.... anybody know what ktm stand for or is it up to sambergstedt to educate the peoples?


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You bet your ass they do. Just because they dont place first on podium like your belved honda team doesnt mean they didnt finish with podium standings. Again you missed my point. Hard enduros amd racing are what ktm does. The technology they smash into their 50cc kids bikes are staggering.

Now.... anybody know what ktm stand for or is it up to sambergstedt to educate the peoples?
300 xc. Extremely high drool factor. You ever ride baja? If so, dude word. Not trying to argue but when I think baja, I think team red. But their bike is outdated by ktm standards. They have dominated for a long time. Since Danny Hammel.
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Kind of looking at a bike for doing the continental divide. Seems the 990 fits the bill pretty well. BMW seems to be not favorable in off road (70/30), where the 990 seems to be more 50/50. The baja version is pretty tits. Or I could spend half as much and go ultra light on a XR650R. I hate these decisions.

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Old 02-25-2013, 06:18 AM   #45
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Kind of looking at a bike for doing the continental divide. Seems the 990 fits the bill pretty well. BMW seems to be not favorable in off road (70/30), where the 990 seems to be more 50/50. The baja version is pretty tits. Or I could spend half as much and go ultra light on a XR650R. I hate these decisions.

http://www.ushighland.com/

Kinda cool. I've never actually seen one.
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Kind of looking at a bike for doing the continental divide. Seems the 990 fits the bill pretty well. BMW seems to be not favorable in off road (70/30), where the 990 seems to be more 50/50. The baja version is pretty tits. Or I could spend half as much and go ultra light on a XR650R. I hate these decisions.
Or look for a used one of these.....
http://www.ktm.com/us/enduro/690-enduro-r-usa/highlights.html#.USvV3B0QaSo
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I love the 690 bikes, if I didn't want to ride farther on the pavement, that would be my choice for sure!

To finally answer the question about KTM:
Kronreif - founding father's last name
Trunkenpolz - the other founding father's last name
Mattighofen - the city in Austria that it all began (and still is there)

In Adventure news, I mounted my new top case to my bike the other day, it will be great to not have to carry everything on my back now

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Kind of looking at a bike for doing the continental divide. Seems the 990 fits the bill pretty well. BMW seems to be not favorable in off road (70/30), where the 990 seems to be more 50/50. The baja version is pretty tits. Or I could spend half as much and go ultra light on a XR650R. I hate these decisions.
It would be hard to beat riding an XR650. The Honda is the bike of choice in the Baja. Not a lot of KTM's but they are growing in popularity. Rocky Mountain folks love the KTM. A 525 or injected 530 would be a great choice for mountain pass and single track trails. The 990 will be a weight pig on techy stuff but an awesome bike to eat up gravel roads and slab. There is no perfect bike of course.

KTM = Kost Too Much.

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And ktm dominates baja.....

You bet your ass they do. Just because they dont place first on podium like your belved honda team doesnt mean they didnt finish with podium standings. Again you missed my point. Hard enduros amd racing are what ktm does. The technology they smash into their 50cc kids bikes are staggering.
Well KTM doesn't really dominate Baja. Dakar, FFFKK yea. Are they the best adventure racing bike, most likely but dang they have weird little issues, like crap fuel pumps, funky counter sprocket connections, exposed pipe right by the foot on the 525's. Parts are in competition with BMW in ubber expensive and very hard to obtain. Would I own an orange bike, heck yea. However I want a world travel off road bike and someday I will get a 2007 BMW X Challenge and make major mods.

Everywhere I went in Baja last week were Honda's, then Yamaha and DRZ 400's. The five riders on the trip, 4 were on KTM's.



















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Any suggestions to a more vintage bike with similar riding goals? 70s or so... Assume it would be cheaper, more to work on, harder to ride...

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It would be hard to beat riding an XR650. The Honda is the bike of choice in the Baja. Not a lot of KTM's but they are growing in popularity. Rocky Mountain folks love the KTM. A 525 or injected 530 would be a great choice for mountain pass and single track trails. The 990 will be a weight pig on techy stuff but an awesome bike to eat up gravel roads and slab. There is no perfect bike of course.

KTM = Kost Too Much.

Well KTM doesn't really dominate Baja. Dakar, FFFKK yea. Are they the best adventure racing bike, most likely but dang they have weird little issues, like crap fuel pumps, funky counter sprocket connections, exposed pipe right by the foot on the 525's. Parts are in competition with BMW in ubber expensive and very hard to obtain. Would I own an orange bike, heck yea. However I want a world travel off road bike and someday I will get a 2007 BMW X Challenge and make major mods.

Everywhere I went in Baja last week were Honda's, then Yamaha and DRZ 400's. The five riders on the trip, 4 were on KTM's.

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I just wish the xr650 was button start. I have right knee issues.
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The Honda XR 650 has not changed in like 14 years. Same clutch cable, seat, tank, forks, etc. Honda makes a XR650 R and a XR650 L. R is a bit more HP, a bit better suspension and requires a kick start. The L was made to be street legal, passes California air emissions, all lights, horn, blinkers and has a magic button. Yes an electric start XR650 and they are common. Now compare their weight with a KTM, arg. But so damn dependable, really an awesome bike and the XR series is rated top 50 bikes of all time by many, including AMA. I have an XR250 woods bike and it is a tall blaster. The most famous lady in Baja, the Lizard lady who lives in Telluride and has mapped all over Baja making GPS guidebooks rides a bored XR250. Light, dependable, long range tank, bullet proof.

Lots of folks trading in the old school Honda awesomeness for KTM's. Should be easy to find one in SOCAL. And for you Andy, the XR650L would be the ultimate urban escape vehicle. You could be in Baja in a few hours. Crossing the border is easy as well since they have bike lanes.

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Plus it will fit in the back of my car.

Looked up that honda, seems very fancy...


Looking for more this style:

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I just wish the xr650 was button start. I have right knee issues.

Look for a 1988 NX650....beast of a wheelie bike...and electric start.
I got pulled over on the shop demo all the time.


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I got pulled over on the shop demo all the time.


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Yamaha XT500.


OR Honda XR/XL 600.


XL is stock road legal.
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Kind of looking at a bike for doing the continental divide. Seems the 990 fits the bill pretty well. BMW seems to be not favorable in off road (70/30), where the 990 seems to be more 50/50. The baja version is pretty tits. Or I could spend half as much and go ultra light on a XR650R. I hate these decisions.
Just be honest with the riding you will be doing and you will be happy with whatever you choose.

For fire-road type stuff the BMW is right up there with the KTM. When it gets more technical they are both BIG bikes with a ton of power.....
XR650R's get very old if you have to go fast in a straight line and flat.

All these bikes are about compromise, you just have to pick the one that fits you the best and go from there.


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