Originally Posted by pcvance
"good" motors you say? I've owned two CRF 450s and both needed a complete rebuild with less than half the hours/miles that my current 525 has now. The Hondas needed crank assembly, cylinder, piston, head/valves etc. at a cost of around $1500 parts and labor. The 525 KTM has over 300 hours and just under 7000 miles and is running like a champ. Consider that I had around 6k in the two 05' CRFs and maybe got 150 hours out of each, the KTM wins hands down in cost to operate per hour/mile. Add the fact that the EXC has a six speed gearbox and it becomes obvious that Orange from Austria is better than Red from Japan.
The KTMs seem to be a whole lot easier to get plated too.
Ok Rick, I gave you the scoop, now where is my beer?
Not my experience, my 06 top end was just rebuilt for $350. Crank is fine. Love my X motor.
It's hard to compare my X to a KTM because the people we ride with on KTM's either can't keep up or quit half way through the ride.