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Old 03-03-2010, 09:25 PM   #194
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Joined: Jan 2007
Location: Dubai Desert
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Viable Options other than KTM

Yamaha, accessible to normal public without massive cost
Honda, idem
Sherco, not sure of cost

GasGas, not yet proven
Husqvarna, incidental entry
Husaberg, not yet proven

I cannot believe the KTM 450 will be in a "standard 690 frame". The Yamaha's and Honda's can go the distance provided you dont tune the shit out of them i.e higer cam profiles, racing pistons etc. One of my bikes is a Husky which is as low maintanance as my Honda's. I reckon the modern bikes are great options but the factory bikes will always be lighter and faster.
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