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Old 03-08-2013, 05:49 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Motardhead View Post
I thought the first part of 2004 had silver rims too and the black front fender too. 2004.5 is when they switched to black wheels right?

RedRupert vs Orangecicle...who is right?
I'm not sure about the format of Yankee VINs, so I won't suggest referring to that, but the engine number will be pretty reliable indicator (just above the gear lever):

03 600 = 2003
04 600 = 2004

I still say silver rim + dual coloured mudguard is a 2003.

Also, note that the silver rear rim is 4.00" rather than the 2004-onwards 4.25"

To be 100% sure ask your KTM dealer to check on their 'KTM Dealer Net' records - there you'll be able to see the build date and the date of shipment from the factory.

Also, remember that there is no such thing as 2004.5 or 2005.5 - you Yanks just made all stuff that up.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:44 AM   #17
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Purchase price is the LEAST important factor to scrutinize when considering any pseudo-unfamiliar, decade-old vehicle that you plan to straddle on a busy highway or remote gravel road...imho, price doesn't even belong on the list of considerations.


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Old 03-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #18
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:14 AM   #19
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I had a 990. HATED the efi. Sold it and bought a 950. Much, much happier with the 950

I paid 6400 two years ago for my '05.5 with 13k miles, and feel it's worth every penny. Your bike has more aftermarket parts than mine. As far as price goes, it does seem just a bit high.

Buy a motorcycle lift. Harbor freight one works good for the money.

Good luck in your decision.


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Old 03-10-2013, 12:52 AM   #20
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With those miles the gremlins like the TSBs will largely be sorted out but a call to the dealer will allow them to run off the service history (if done by KTM) so you'll know exactly what's been done. Similar to the last poster, the carb bike is so much nicer to control IMO
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:28 PM   #21
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Thanks for all the help. Turns out the guy sold it before I could put down a deposit. Bummer.
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