Originally Posted by JMo (& piglet)
Hee hee - the "450 Adventure" the Americans (particularly) have been crying out for here on ADVrider... be a nice thought huh?
As I said above, it is interesting and indeed telling that KTM don't seem to be building something around their existing EXC bikes/engine? And strange - since a lot of privateers finnish the Dakar perfectly well on modified (Meca'system etc) EXCs...?
But then of course the factory boys couldn't be seen to be riding something so 'everyman' now could they? Especially if it means their performance would be closer to what everyone else is riding...
Lets' hope the can sell a few RC8s and X-bows to help finance this new project eh?
I think KTM is going for a new range over the 450 EXC for sales purposes nothing else. Im speculating it wont be too different from the EXC´s just with a different name and look so they can bank on a major sales boost.
To change the subject: I´m curious why you have said nothing about the WR 450 for the Dakar? Dont you like the Yamaha or its it the attraction of the kTM/BMW that is motivating you?