Originally Posted by Ed@Ford
I dearly love my CRF250L.....but I might have to learn to love KTM...what? Well I was reading an issue of Motorcycle Travel & Leisure at Barnes & Noble. It had a discussion with a top level exec of KTM about the 390 naked bike they are making in their Indian facility. He was totally up front saying there is a "Dual Sport" version of the 390 (actually 375cc) IN PROCESS! The 390 that comes to the USA in October is 44 horsepower....so...imagine a CRF-like bike...a whole bunch lighter...with TWICE the horsepower.....hmmmm sounds tasty
For what it's worth. I lurked on the KLX forum for quite a while, before deciding to go with the red bike. One guy over there who had a KTM, said that his bike conked out in the middle of nowhere. You can imagine the difficulty of getting it to where you could put it in a truck. The dealer couldn't figure it out, and had a tech fly over here from Europe. He couldn't figure it out either, and took the engine back to Austria. In the end, they just gave him another motor. Some of those, not sure the models, need the oil changed after every ride. Yeah, more power, less weight, but basically a street legal race bike. Do more research, ask around more. Probably has way better suspension right of the showroom floor, but you are paying a premium price. Just saying............
Edit: I have a pretty good memory, this is the last post by Ricky on the KLX forum. Not going to go through and find his post about the orange bike, ask him about orange: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...postcount=8072